GLENDALE, N.Y., Nov. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- James P. Bonner, currently vice president of New York & Atlantic Railway Company (www.anacostia.com/railroads/nya), has been named president, effective November 4, 2016. At the same time, Marlon B. Taylor is promoted from assistant vice president to vice president of the NYA.
Mr. Bonner succeeds Paul M. Victor who becomes managing director at Anacostia Rail Holdings Company, NYA's parent company.
Mr. Bonner has more than 19 years of experience in the rail industry. He joined NYA as director of sales and marketing in 2013. In 2015, he was promoted to vice president. Previously, he had been general manager for Connecticut Southern Railroad in Hartford, Connecticut, a Genesee & Wyoming property. Prior to that assignment, he was assistant general manager of Otter Tail Valley Railroad, Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Mr. Bonner previously held various posts with RailAmerica, California Northern Railroad and Kyle Railroad. Mr. Bonner has a degree in business/computer science from Northwest Kansas Technical College.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to lead New York & Atlantic Railway," said Mr. Bonner. "I look forward to building on the railroad's past successes and achievements. Our mission is to continue to lead NYA to new heights in both safety and customer service."
Mr. Taylor joined NYA in April 2016 from Pacific Harbor Line, Inc. (PHL), an Anacostia affiliate. He has 17 years of rail experience. Starting as an engineer/conductor for PHL, Mr. Taylor subsequently worked as train dispatcher, trainmaster and chief dispatcher, advancing to director of operations prior to joining NYA. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from DeVry University. He also graduated from the Executive Program at UCLA's Anderson School of Management and the Railway Management Program at Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business.
Mr. Victor's railroad career spans 49 years, most recently as president of the NYA since 2007. He previously managed railroads in Latin America and Africa. In 1989, he directed the first major privatization of freight service in Argentina and subsequently directed the first privatization of rail commuter service in Buenos Aires. He was one of the founders of Iowa Interstate Railroad and previously directed operational planning for the Illinois Central Railroad (now CN). He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master of Science degree from Roosevelt University.
Peter Gilbertson, president of Anacostia Rail Holdings, said, "We are gratified that James Bonner and Marlon Taylor will be taking the senior leadership roles at New York & Atlantic Railway. Their experience and safety-focused leadership will add great value. We appreciate what Paul Victor has accomplished at NYA and are pleased that he will continue to make senior-level contributions to Anacostia."
About New York & Atlantic Railway
New York & Atlantic Railway began operation in May 1997 as result of the privatized concession to operate freight trains on the lines owned by Long Island Rail Road. The railway serves a diverse customer base and shares track with the densest passenger system in the United States. NYA connects with Canadian Pacific, CSX, New York New Jersey Rail, Norfolk Southern, Brookhaven Rail Terminal, and Providence and Worcester railroads.
About Anacostia Rail Holdings
Anacostia Rail Holdings Company is a short line railroad holding company. Its railroads operate in seven states and include the Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad, Gulf Coast Switching Company, Louisville & Indiana Railroad Company, New York & Atlantic Railway Company, Northern Lines Railway, and Pacific Harbor Line. For more information please visit www.anacostia.com.
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SOURCE New York & Atlantic Railway Company; Anacostia Rail Holdings