O’Brien excited for future

From left, outgoing President Patrick O’Brien and new President Michael J. Grace

As Patrick O’Brien reflects on a 32-year career with the Belt, 16 of which he served as president, he’s proud.

“It’s been a pleasure and privilege working with everyone here,” he said.

O’Brien is thank-
ful for his dedicated senior staff with which he has worked over the years and excited for the railroad’s future thanks in part to the managers who’ve begun their tenures within the last five years.

“They’ll help ensure the long-term viability of the company,” O’Brien said.

He praised the next generation of railroaders across the crafts.

“I’m leaving the company in good hands,” O’Brien said. “The BRC is in a good financial position and will continue to provide safe, reliable transportation services to its owners and customers.”

O’Brien is also pleased with his successor, Michael J. Grace, and notes that his ability to engage others is a vital asset.

“Michael has extensive railroading experience and excellent people skills,” he said, “I wish him the best and know he will do a great job providing leadership.”

O’Brien plans to do more golfing and traveling in retirement.