Ronald L. Batory
President & Chief Operating Officer
Ronald L. Batory is a career professional with more than 46 years of field and system experience in the railroad industry, serving in various administrative and operating management positions of considerable responsibility. He spent the first 23 years of his career working for both eastern and western Class 1 railroads in addition to serving a court appointed Trustee’s successful oversight of regional railroad bankruptcy.
Then in 1994 he was appointed President of The Belt Railway Company of Chicago, a multiple owned switching and terminal subsidiary of then nine (9) competing Class 1 carriers. His leadership success of serving their needs in the Chicago Gateway led to CSX and Norfolk Southern Corporation later recruiting him to Consolidated Rail Corporation in preparation of the STB approved partitioning of eastern carrier and establishing what is now commonly known as the Shared Assets Areas. Accomplishment of that unique task in providing a plane of equality for joint competition later favored him in being appointed to his current position of President & Chief Operating Officer for the entire corporate entity.
Ron is a graduate of Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan, with a B.A. degree along with an M.A. degree from Eastern Michigan University. He serves on various governing boards associated within the sectors of both industry and education.
Family residency is in New Jersey, with his wife, Barbara.
Jonathan M. Broder
Vice President – Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer
Jonathan Broder manages Conrail’s legal and corporate affairs, including its real estate, business development, government and public affairs and insurance functions.
Jon received a BA from Oberlin College and a JD from the Temple University School of Law. After working in private practice as a litigator for several years at the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper Hamilton, he joined Conrail’s law department in 1988, specializing in economic regulatory litigation, antitrust compliance and general commercial law. During the 1990's, Jon worked extensively on numerous strategic initiatives, including development of the Conrail Express shortline program, Conrail's efforts to acquire the eastern half of the Southern Pacific during the Union Pacific –Southern Pacific merger, and the Conrail-CSX-NS transaction. On the Conrail transaction, he coordinated much of the regulatory and commercial aspects of the transaction, as well as leading several implementation teams for the merger. Finally, Jon has spent over 20 years working to preserve the Highline in New York City. In 2015, the Highline Park was the most popular attraction in New York City.
Jon also serves on a number of not for profit boards, and lives in Philadelphia with his wife Joy.
Anthony D. Carlini
Vice President – Chief Administrative Officer & Treasurer
Anthony D. Carlini started his career with Conrail in 1988 as an Internal Auditor and was promoted to positions within the Accounting Department eventually assuming the position of Director – Payroll Processing. Following the acquisition by CSX and Norfolk Southern and the subsequent creation of Shared Assets he was promoted to Assistant Vice President - Human Resources. Additional responsibilities were assigned leading to his position as Vice President – Chief Administrative Officer and Treasurer.
Tony holds a B.S. in Finance and M.B.A. from La Salle University.
Timothy C. Tierney
Vice President and Chief Engineer
Timothy C. Tierney joined Conrail in 1978 and has worked in various positions of increasing responsibility within the Engineering Department, including Division Engineer of the Buffalo, Albany, and Philadelphia divisions. He became Assistant Chief Engineer, and Chief Engineer in Philadelphia and currently holds the position of Vice President and Chief Engineer of Conrail Shared Assets. He is responsible for Engineering, Locomotive Assets, and Mechanical Policy and Planning headquartered at Conrail’s Mount Laurel, New Jersey headquarters.
Following the acquisition by CSX and Norfolk Southern Tim assumed the responsibility for managing capital expenditures and oversight of design, development and project management of infrastructure projects.
Tim has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Norwich University, a Masters’ Degree in Engineering Management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and he also holds Professional Engineering licenses in Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Superintendent of Operations
John J. Garofolo began his career in 1979 with Consolidated Rail Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He started as a Locomotive Fireman and was promoted to Locomotive Engineer operating freight on the Pittsburgh Division which included the famous horseshoe curve.
His first management position was Road Foreman and in October 1989 was promoted to Assistant Terminal Superintendent in Avon Indiana and maintained the Superintendent title throughout the years in a series of promotions.
After the 1999 acquisition of Conrail by CSX and Norfolk Southern he was promoted to Superintendent of Operations, North Jersey and assisted in the success of the newly created Shared Assets.
He is currently the Superintendent Operations approaching his 37th year of service.
Joe attended the University of Cincinnati on an athletic scholarship and played on the Bearcat football team. He graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration and a minor in Psychology.
Neil P. Ferrone
Chief Risk & Regulatory Compliance Officer
Neil Ferrone has worked for Conrail for 43 years and has over 35 years of experience in transportation safety. His career began with the Central Railroad of New Jersey as a trackman in 1974 and has worked in various positions of increasing responsibility within the Engineering, and Safety Departments, including Safety Supervisor of the New Jersey and Philadelphia Divisions
While working his way through the managerial ranks, he was also able to complete his degree in Occupational Safety and Health Engineering from Columbia Southern University. Mr. Ferrone is also accredited as a Certified Health and Safety Manager (CHSM). His knowledge of railroad infrastructure and maintenance along with his education led to the position of Regional Safety Superintendent for the Western Region of Conrail. After a six-year assignment with the Western Region, he was transferred in 1993 to corporate headquarters in Philadelphia.
After the acquisition of Conrail by CSX and Norfolk Southern in 1999, his responsibilities expanded to include regulatory compliance and reporting, hazardous material transportation, infrastructure security, environmental, safety, operating rules and training.
Neil also serves on a not for profit Board of New Jersey Operation Life Saver, and lives in New Jersey with his wife Judy.
Assistant Superintendent of Operations
Rodney Gordon has 18 years of experience in the railroad industry in various transportation positions.
Prior to joining Conrail, Mr. Gordon was Regional Vice President for Watco Companies East Region, which included operations in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Alabama. In this position he served as the leader for the region overseeing operations, finance, mechanical and engineering forces. During his time at Watco (2008-2013) he was responsible for the acquisition/startup of several shortline railroads. Prior to Watco, Rodney worked for Canadian National Railroad (1998-2008) in various management positions starting as General Yard Coordinator in Pontiac, Michigan and was Division Superintendent in Battle Creek, Michigan when he left for Watco in 2008.
Rodney is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Joint Social Sciences. He also is on the executive committee of the American Association of Railroad Superintendents.
Eric B. Levin
Assistant Chief Engineer-Engineering & Mechanical Assets
Eric B. Levin is Conrail’s Assistant Chief Engineer – Engineering and Mechanical Assets, a position he has held since January of 2013. In this position he is responsible for Conrail’s Engineering Track, Structures and Mechanical Department functions.
Prior to joining the Engineering Department Eric served in various positions of increasing responsibility within Conrail’s Mechanical Department. Eric has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State, holds qualifications as a locomotive engineer, and has been active in the railroad industry for over thirty years.
Joseph D. Soto
Assistant Superintendent of Operations
Joseph D. Soto has over 22 years of railroad experience in operations including, transportation, intermodal, automotive, and service design. His resume includes positions with CSX, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific and his current position with Conrail.
Joe joined Conrail in 2013 as the Assistant Superintendent of Operations. In this role he was responsible for managing operations support, auto terminals, and service delivery. He is currently responsible for transportation operations.
Joe has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with a concentration in United States History from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. While completing his degree he was the President of the Big Brother/Big Sister Club of Boston College, acting as the liaison for the students and Boston’s City Chapters.