Ronald Penelton

Ronald Penelton

Personal Quote

“Good leaders are made not born. If you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Good leaders develop through a never ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience” (Author Unknown)


Achieve a career change into a challenging position that will fully utilize newly acquired, and academically enhanced managerial and leadership abilities. Ready to use transferable skills forged from hard work and learning opportunities.  Currently a twenty year veteran in the fast paced operations of a Fortune 500 class 1 railroad, responsible for the safe and on time movements of multi-million dollar mineral, agricultural, metals, consumer goods, forest, paper, chemical, automotive and intermodal shipments by rail.



                            Business Case DevelopmentNegotiationProject Management

Strategic PlanningChange ManagementResearch

Real Estate Lease/SalesProblem SolvingProcess Improvement

Work History

Work History
Oct 2000 - Present

Rail Traffic Controller

CSX Transportation

- Direct and coordinate the safe movement of railroad traffic, and supervise on-track workforces from our Divisional Operations Center.

- Responsible for the efficient crewing of originating and relay trains, and also coordinates the proper balancing of crews to maintain operational congruency and budgetary control, during normal shift operations.

- Communicates with the proper personnel to devise strategies for the most effective and cost saving movement of high value trains.

- Proven team player and respected achiever.

- Ancillary duties include supervise, strategic planning, long-range planning, cost control and to make go/no-go decisions

Major Accomplishment – Selected for the CSX Associate Development program (November 2007 to November 2008).  Privileged to work with an Assistant Divisional Manager, in a mentoring setting, in which we focused on networking, goal setting, project management, process improvement (Six Sigma), strategic planning, presentation skills, team building, leadership, communication and human relations.

Aug 1989 - Oct 2000

Terminal Rail Traffic Controller

Norfolk Southern Railroad

- Maintained safe and efficient movement of railroad traffic, and supervision of workforces on a specified territory.

- Assigned group assisted with daily strategic planning for the movements of train and railway forces within our specified territory.

- One of many important responsibilities was to communicate daily with local fortune 500 industries regarding rail movements, such as Ford and GM.

- Completed ISO 9002 certification training. 

- Achievements included creating a work procedure manual for new employees in our yard office, and assisting with improving customer relations within our terminal. 

Jun 1986 - Jul 1989

Sales / Customer Service

TCI Cable Vision

- Served as marketing representative responsible for direct sales and securing easements.

- Assigned group performed customer service in a call center environment.

-  Responsible for troubleshooting customer problems and dispatching service personnel



Interpersonal Relationship

• Dale Carnegie Course: Effective Communications and Human Relations Certificate (November 2008)  

Programming Languages

• Assembly • Basic • Cobol • Fortran • RPG


• Accomplished student pilot (flew solo cross-country in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk airplane)  

All Microsoft Office Programs

• Project Management • Word • Excel • PowerPoint • Publisher • Access

Six Sigma

• Six Sigma Black Belt Expert Rating Certificate (November 2008)  

Project Management

• Project Management Expert Rating Certificate (August 2008)  

Disaster Housing Inspector

• Disaster Housing Inspector (FEMA Contractor) ACEII Certificate (November 2001) • Disaster Housing Inspector (FEMA Contractor) ACEIII Certificate (January 2004)  

Real Estate Broker

• Licensed in Indiana as a Commercial/Residential Real Estate Broker (April 2001 to present) • Licensed in Illinois as a Commercial/Residential Real Estate Broker (August 2001 to present)  


Dec 2008

Masters Degree

Coursework: Theory and Practices of Leadership / Legal Issues for Managers / Finance for Managers / Advanced Marketing Management / Managerial Economics / Human Relations and Organizational Behavior / Managerial Ethics / Communication in Organizational Settings / Motivation Development and Change / Management of International Business / Strategy Formulation

Dec 2004

Bachelor of Science

May 2001

Associate of Science

Lewis & Clark Community College
May 1984

Associate of Applied Science

Lewis & Clark Community College