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September 18, 2019 12:15 PM, EDT

IANA Honors BNSF’s Steve Branscum, CCM’s Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson and Kevin LhotakWilson (left) accepts the Silver Kingpin award from Lhotak. (IANA)

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LONG BEACH, Calif. — Steve Branscum, retired group vice president for BNSF Railway, and Mike Wilson, CEO of Consolidated Chassis Management, have received Silver Kingpin Awards from the Intermodal Association of North America during Intermodal Expo 2019 on Sept. 16.

Kevin Lhotak, chairman of IANA and president of Reliable Transportation Specialists Inc., made the presentation. The award recognizes an individual’s long-term contributions to intermodal freight movement.

Lhotak said this marks only the second time that co-recipients were honored since the award’s inception in 1977.

Branscum, who began his career in 1980 working in locomotive and railcar maintenance, often is described as a visionary in the industry, Lhotak said. In the early ’90s, Branscum got in on the ground floor at Santa Fe Railroad as it created an intermodal unit. After a merger between Santa Fe and Burlington Northern, Branscum played a key role in building out the BNSF network, Lhotak said. Throughout his career, Branscum has served as board chairman and vice chairman of IANA.

Wilson took on the role of CEO of CCM in April. He had been a member of the CCM board of managers and an officer of its parent company, OCEMA, since 2010. Wilson got his start in the transportation industry working on the docks in New Jersey. Throughout his career, he has held leadership roles at United States Lines, Crowley Maritime, United Arab Shipping and Atlantic Container Line. Before joining CCM, Wilson was senior vice president of Hamburg Süd North America Inc. He also has served as board chairman and vice chairman of IANA.

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“Intermodal by its very nature is made up of business partners conducting a multitude of tasks,” Wilson said while accepting his award. “Those who are most successful have a strong desire to collaborate and engage.”