Association Welcomes Membership Director

As part of its pursuit to find new ways to bring value to the shortline industry, the Association has hired Matt Rice to lead its membership operation. He begins Aug. 3.

Rice has been director of projects and grants for Congressman John Shimkus (R-Ill.), who is not seeking re-election. This recent role is part of an extensive career in politics that gave Rice opportunities to get to know people and issues in manufacturing, agriculture, and the rural Midwest.

“He brings a unique understanding of the industry and a deep appreciation for the companies this Association represents,” Executive Vice President Vernon Schmidt said. “He is a relationship builder with ideas on how to make our Association more indispensable to members.”