North Carolina Railroad Company Names Kessler VP of Engineering

North Carolina Railroad Company has hired Jim Kessler, PE, as vice president of engineering and planning.

In that role, he will bring his knowledge and experience to bear on the company’s capital investment program and work with transit organizations, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and especially Norfolk Southern, whose personnel are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the railroad. Kessler joins Glenn Hartsoe, who will continue to work with NCRR as a part-time consulting engineer.

“Jim brings more than three decades of railroad engineering experience to NCRR, and that makes him a valuable resource for our company and for North Carolina,” NCRR President Scott Saylor said.

Before joining NCRR, Kessler worked as a principal engineer with HNTB in Raleigh, N.C., where his duties included managing the firm’s North Carolina rail practice. He retired from HNTB in 2010 after 30 years and joined Hatch Mott MacDonald as a rail engineering consultant. Kessler holds a B.S. in civil engineering from North Carolina State University.