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Railroad announces changes in management

Published December 08. 2018 07:30AM

Reading & Northern announces the appointment of Chris Goetz as vice president maintenance of way and Erik Yoder as assistant vice president real estate.

In announcing the appointments, Christina Muller-Levan, vice president administration, said, “Along with Chris and Erik, the Reading & Northern has many talented individuals with strong skill sets that are beneficial to numerous departments.

“Chris and Erik’s work in MOW and real estate displayed that they both have strong leadership capabilities and railroad expertise that could be lent to both departments, which are needed during this time of exponential growth over the past 12 months at the Reading & Northern.”

Goetz will lead the team to serve the rapidly growing needs of Reading & Northern’s expanding rail system and new development opportunities.

Goetz has been working with the Reading & Northern Railroad since January 2013, when he started in real estate and MOW departments as a track worker. In 2015, he transitioned full-time into the real estate department as a project manager where he was responsible for the management of the Reading & Northern’s Right of Way by overseeing the department’s inspector team and coordinating public projects with outside contractors. In 2018 Goetz was promoted to AVP Real Estate.

During his tenure in the real estate department, he was tasked with the construction management of the Nesquehoning Bridge Project.

He is married to Reena Goetz, and has two daughters, Kirra, 12, and Mia, 10.

Yoder will be working to continue to protect the Reading & Northern’s Right of Way through the support of the department’s strong inspector team and coordination with public contractors and utilities.

He has been with Reading and Northern since fall 2011 when he was hired as the MOW administrator. In 2013, he was promoted to assistant vice president MOW, and in 2014 transitioned to operations department as AVP operations planning. In 2016, he was promoted to vice president MOW.

Yoder is married to Deborah Yoder, and has four children; Aubree, 13, Mindy, 11; Wesley, 9; and Gabriel, 6.

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