Mark Hinsdale Bio
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Hinsdale was clear about his lifelong passion for railroading. His parents encouraged his interest, as did the 30-some railroads he wrote to in his early teens requesting career guidance. "They all advised me to attend college first, study business or transportation subjects, and then apply to enter a railroad management training program." Hinsdale said. He followed their advice, graduating from Michigan State University while working as an extra board tower operator between Detroit and Grand Rapids for the C&O, a CSXT predecessor.
Hinsdale has always worked the Operations side of the rail business, with positions in virtually every transportation job available, ranging from trainmaster to general manager of two CSX divisions. But he says his favorites included the Cumberland Coal Business Unit, where his entrepreneurial interest made the position challenging and fun. A second favorite was his involvement during early negotiations for the Conrail acquisition by CSX and Norfolk Southern. He and his colleagues in the strategic planning group worked night and day for the better part of two years to dissect the respective properties from Conrail and resolve the "enormous complexities" that the split imposed.
Coming full circle, Hinsdale became general manager of the territory in Michigan in which he grew up. "I never dreamed I'd one day be in charge of the railroad that I'd loved as a kid," Hinsdale said. I'll always be proud of that achievement and grateful for the opportunity to work alongside so many fine railroad people.
Hinsdale has lived in locations all across the CSXT network. He left CSXT for a period of three years to become general manager of operations for Freight Australia, a private Australian freight railroad. He returned in February 2004 after the railroad was sold.
Today, Hinsdale heads Capacity Management -- a new department under the leadership of Alan Blumenfeld, senior vice president-Service Design "Formation of this department recognizes that we're not in retrenchment any more," Hinsdale said. "Our industry is enjoying substantial traffic growth because of a number of economic factors very positive to railroad transportation. Our job is to determine how we can parcel out our precious capacity wisely to generate the best product with the highest value feasible."
In his spare time, Hinsdale enjoys railroad photography, a ll kinds of music, including playing the piano, travel, reading, old movies and baseball. His favorite teams, he says, are his beloved and formerly "hapless" Detroit Tigers and the Chicago Cubs, whom he enjoys watching but are "virtually never a threat."
From CSXT News - Meet Mark Hinsdale 1/9/2006
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