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Joe Stephens selected as a Progressive Railroading Rising Star

Joe Stephens, Vice President, has made a significant impact on the growth of Herzog Technologies, Inc. Joe has been an integral member of the teams that have led to the awarding of Herzog’s largest signal and communications contracts to date.

Joe Stephens, Vice President for Herzog Technologies, Inc.


Herzog is proud to announce Joe Stephens has been named a Progressive Railroading magazine 2020 Rising Star honoree. The magazine considers a Rising Star an individual “under 40 years of age who has made, or is making, a positive impact on his or her company, organization, department or team, and is viewed by others — peers, colleagues, supervisors, clients or associates — as an up-and-coming leader in the rail industry.”

Last year, at age 37, Joe was promoted to Vice President for Herzog’s signals & systems company, Herzog Technologies, Inc., where he focuses on estimating and project planning for wayside signals and communications, Positive Train Control (PTC), GIS data collection, and software development for railroads and transit clients.

“Joe is highly motivated to improve and advance industry best practices. He has no problem collaborating across all levels of a project’s organization, from the owner to its field crews, to get the job done right,” says Jim Hansen, Chief Commercial Officer for Herzog Contracting, Corp.

Joe possesses a solid understanding of how to successfully estimate, plan, and monitor the financial path of Herzog’s rail systems and PTC projects. He was an integral member of the team that has led to the awarding of some of Herzog’s largest signal and communications (S&C) contracts to date, including the Mid-Coast Corridor Projects, TEXRail, DART Silver Line, Virgin Trains USA Phase 2, and the Central Florida Commuter Rail (SunRail) Transit Project Phase 2 South and maintenance projects.

Joe’s knowledge of both the civil and track construction side of the business enables him to look at a project differently than other civil contractors. He can dive into deeper detail on PTC and signal installation and clearly demonstrate to primes how to properly engage certain components when performing a cutover. His ability to apply industry knowledge to technology and relate this to each client’s distinct objectives, purpose, and scope is exceptional.  Congrats, Joe!


Read Joe’s award interview on the Progressive Railroading website. All 2020 Rising Star award winners will be featured in the upcoming September issue.