The Iowa Interstate Railroad is pleased to announce that Al Satunas has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Joe Parsons, General Manager effective immediately. The COO is responsible for the overall management of the Transportation, Engineering, Locomotive and Mechanical departments. Al will be headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Al began his employment with us in October of 2008 as Illinois Superintendent and was promoted to Chief Transportation Officer in 2010. Al began his railroad career with the Southern Pacific Railroad in Train Service in 1992. He then progressed in his career to the Terminal Manager for the Union Pacific Railroad. Al has held the positions of Terminal Superintendent for Peoria & Pekin Union, General Manager and Assistant Regional Vice President for Rail America’s Heartland Region. Al also worked for Omni Trax – Illinois Railway for one year as General Manager overseeing all departments before he took the position of Manager of Special Projects for H & H Trackworks, Inc.
Mike Stuver will take on the responsibility of Chief Transportation Officer reporting to Al. Mike will have the responsibility for the safe and efficient movement of freight across the entire system.
As a result of the aforementioned promotions, the system will be realigned into the Iowa and Illinois Divisions.
Derek Mead has accepted the position of the Iowa Division Superintendent. Jim Keatts has accepted the position of the Iowa Division Road Foreman of Engines.
Darby Destromp has accepted the position of the Illinois Division Superintendent. Brandon Pregler has accepted the position of the Illinois Division Road Foreman of Engines. As a result, we will begin recruiting for the position of Trainmaster in Silvis.