New Northern Region Public Affairs Organization at Union Pacific Established
Railroad Puts Team in Place to Improve Focus on Community and Governmental Relations
Omaha, Neb., January 09, 2008 Union Pacific today announced new regional public affairs appointments for its nine-state Northern Region.
The regional public affairs offices are aligned with the company’s existing three operating regions and have responsibility for community relations, state government relations, media relations, public partnerships and philanthropic programs.
"Our new structure gives Union Pacific more representation at a local level in an effort to improve the working relationships we have with community and state officials," said Joe Bateman, vice president - public affairs Northern Region.
Bateman, who is based in Omaha, joined Union Pacific in 1984 as director - government affairs. He was promoted to senior assistant vice president - government affairs in 1988, a position he held until his recent promotion to vice president - public affairs Northern Region. Prior to joining UP, Bateman was the director - public affairs for Norfolk Southern Corporation. Throughout his railroad career, Bateman has served on numerous civic and rail industry committees including the Association of American Railroads’ State Rail Policy Committee, where he has held the positions of vice chairman and chairman. Bateman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia.
Supporting Bateman across the nine-state region are Dick Hartman, Mike Payette, Tom Zapler, Brenda Mainwaring and Ben Jones.
Dick Hartman is director - public affairs for Wyoming and Colorado. Hartman joined Union Pacific in 1985. He was graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma with a double-major Bachelor of Arts degree in American Government and American History. Hartman also earned a Master of Arts degree in political science from Colorado State University. He is based in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Mike Payette, assistant vice president - government affairs for Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota as well as UP’s portion of Metra operations, began his railroad career with the Chicago and North Western Railroad (C&NW) in 1972. Payette has held various positions in the law and government affairs departments. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago School of Law.
Tom Zapler, director - public affairs for Illinois and Union Pacific’s portion of Chicago’s Metra operations, joined the C&NW in 1971 and has held various positions in the claims and government affairs departments. Union Pacific and the C&NW merged in 1995. Zapler graduated from the University of Miami at Ohio with a Bachelor of Science degree in history.
Payette and Zapler are based in Chicago.
Brenda Mainwaring, based in Omaha, is the director - public affairs for Nebraska and Iowa. She began her railroad career with Union Pacific in 1997 and has held several positions in the corporate relations department. Mainwaring has been responsible for the coordination of various projects including the development of the Union Pacific Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa; coordination of UP's activities as a supplier to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City; and development of Kenefick Park at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha. She graduated from the University of Iowa with both Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in anthropology.
Ben Jones has been named director - public affairs covering Missouri and Kansas. Jones joined Union Pacific this month after working on staffs of several Missouri elected officials during the last ten years. He is based in Kansas City, Mo. Prior to joining Union Pacific, Jones was the chief of staff for Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Westminster College, in Fulton, Mo. Jones also earned his Master of Arts in public administration from the University of Missouri- Kansas City and has completed Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass.
Mark Davis has been appointed director - corporate relations and media for the Northern Region. He began his railroad career in 1980 with the Missouri Pacific Railroad and has held several positions in the public relations department. The Union Pacific and Missouri Pacific railroads merged in 1982. Davis is based in Omaha. He graduated from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications.
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Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.
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