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January – Mechanical & Purchasing Night

135th Anniversary Mechanical & Purchasing Night Dinner Meeting
January 24, 2019Ernest Piper, Chief Mechanical Officer, Keolis Commuter Services

Reception: 5:30 p.m. • Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Omni Parker House
60 School Street, Boston

Guest Speaker
Ernest Piper
Chief Mechanical Officer
Keolis Commuter Services

Ernest Piper is the Chief Mechanical Officer for Keolis Commuter Services. In his position he is responsible for overseeing the maintenance and inspections of over 125 locomotives and 481 coaches. Mr. Piper came to KCS with over three decades of leadership experience in railroad operations, industrial and operating safety, marine safety, emergency management, environmental planning and compliance, and public policy. This includes multiple senior executive/operations positions at the Alaska Railroad Corporation (Chief Operating Officer, Chief Mechanical Officer, and Assistant VP for Health, Safety, and Environment) and Amtrak (Mechanical Superintendent, Deputy Chief of Continuity and Preparedness, Principal Officer for New England state customer management). He was the project sponsor for a safety turnaround project at the Alaska Railroad that earned a Harriman Award for continuous improvement.

Ernest was also the Incident Commander for the State of Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill response and restoration, and incident commander for multiple railroad emergencies and hazmat events. He served three Alaska Governors as a direct report strategic planner, policy advisor and project manager, negotiated multiple and complex compliance, cleanup, and management plans with state, federal and local governments, and, as a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, was part of the reporting team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.


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