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Joe Sudduth named NRC Field Employee of the Year

Joe Sudduth has been a key field superintendent for Herzog Contracting Corp. for the last 41 years and has continuously shown dedication to excellence in his work. He always goes beyond what is asked of him–demonstrating innovation, perseverance, and team leadership.

NRC president Chuck Baker (left), and NRC Chairman Mike Choat (right) with Herzog’s Joe Sudduth (center) after he received the NRC Field Employee of the Year award at the 2019 NRC Conference in Marco Island, Florida.


In late December, Herzog Contracting Corp. (HCC) was thrilled to learn that one of its employees, Joe Sudduth, would be awarded the 2019 Field Employee of the Year award by the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association, Inc. (NRC). This honor is bestowed upon a rail contracting employee “demonstrating the most dedication and excellence in their field” at the annual NRC Conference.

Joe was humbled when Herzog notified and congratulated him on being selected. “To hear that from you guys means a lot to me,” he shared.

Most recently, Joe served as a Superintendent on the SunRail Phase 2 South Commuter Rail project in Orlando, Florida. Thanks in part to Joe’s managerial skills, this challenging $154 million joint venture project has been a remarkable success.

When asked about Joe’s character, HCC project manager Deron Haptonstall for SunRail Phase 2 spoke very highly of him. “I have worked with Joe on several projects over the last 21 years and he has never failed to amaze me with his knowledge, positive attitude, and work ethic,” Deron claimed. “This is a very demanding business and Joe has been there with a smile on his face looking for ways to make us safe, profitable, and ultimately a successful organization. He has been the key component to the successful development of several of our track projects throughout the country and has demonstrated superb excellence in his field.”

Joe traveled to the NRC Conference in Marco Island, FL in January where he received his plaque and honors from the NRC. Reflecting on his experience he expressed genuine gratitude, “I love railroad work and the challenges it brings. I would like to thank the people who nominated me and the NRC for choosing me out of all the nominees. [The conference] was very enjoyable…Very nice people!”