Industrial Products Update
Meet the Team
Earlier this spring, Union Pacific announced organization changes occurring due to a medical leave of absence of Union Pacific Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Young, who is being treated for pancreatic cancer. Industrial Products bid farewell to Eric Butler, who was promoted to Executive Vice President - Marketing and Sales, replacing Jack Koraleski who was appointed President and CEO during Mr. Young’s absence. Industrial Products welcomed Brad Thrasher, Kenny Rocker and John Newman. Below are the introductions to the new leaders of the Industrial Products Team. They look forward to working with you and learning more about your business.
Brad Thrasher was appointed Vice President and General Manager - Industrial Products in March 2012.
Prior to this appointment, Brad was Assistant Vice President & General Manager at both Union Pacific subsidiaries - Union Pacific Distribution Services and Streamline. Since joining Union Pacific in 1988, Brad has also held numerous positions in Marketing and Sales within the Automotive, Chemical and Industrial Products business groups.
Brad graduated from Creighton University in Omaha in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Brad and his wife Ann have three children.
Kenny Rocker is the Assistant Vice President - Industrial Products Marketing with responsibility for marketing strategies and business development. Under Mr. Rocker's leadership, Industrial Products helps customers and manufacturers improve their supply chain competitiveness in domestic and international markets. He joined Union Pacific in 1994 and has held positions of increasing responsibility across Marketing and Sales in Logistics, Market Development and Sales, Marketing and field sales. His most recent role was Assistant Vice President of the Automotive group.
Rocker earned this Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Tuskegee University in 1994. He has served on the Young Art Patrons board at Joslyn Art Museum, currently serves on the Tuskegee University College of Business Advisory Board, Lutheran Family Services Board and leads a Multi-cultural network for parents of children with Down’s Syndrome. Also, he has held responsibilities of President and Vice President of the Union Pacific’s Black Employee Network (BEN), which is an employee resource group focused on recruiting, retaining and promoting African Americans within Union Pacific. He and his wife April have two children.
John Newman is Assistant Vice President - Industrial Products Sales. John began his career with Union Pacific in 1991, and has held various positions in Finance and Marketing & Sales. Most recently, John led a team responsible for industrial development, short line commercial relationships and port infrastructure support. He also held commercial positions in Union Pacific's Chemicals group, including business development, industrial chemicals and petroleum products.
John is a graduate of the University of Michigan's MBA and engineering programs. He and his wife have three children. He has a passion for the arts, especially music, and currently serves as Board Chairman for Omaha's opera company.
150th Anniversary Trivia
Union Pacific has had influential leaders throughout its 150 years. One such example is Greenville M. Dodge who was hired in May of 1866 by Thomas C. Durant, Union Pacific’s first Vice President and General Manager. Dodge earned a degree as a civil engineer and at one time worked as a surveyor for the M & M Railroad and owned a freight-shipping agency. In the Civil War, he served under Generals Sherman and Grant and helped repair Southern railroads. Several times, Thomas Durant urged Dodge to leave the war effort and join Union Pacific, but Dodge would not leave until he felt he had fulfilled his duty. His other condition: As chief engineer, he wanted absolute control of construction. Today, Grenville Dodge remains the one person most closely identified with the construction of Union Pacific.