To bolster its expertise, CTC, Inc., aggressively seeks and employs nationally-recognized experts in highway-rail grade crossing safety and signaling systems. In addition to preemption and grade crossing warning system specialists, several members of the CTC executive leadership team were instrumental in developing federal and industry standards for quiet zones and wayside horn systems. As well, many of our employees joined CTC from Class I and Class II railroads, municipalities, regional and state transportation agencies, and commuter rail systems.
Read on to learn more about the executive leadership team driving innovation at CTC.
Rick Campbell is a respected and nationally recognized expert in railroad signal design and highway-rail grade crossing safety. His deep understanding, gleaned over 40 years in the rail industry, encompasses design and construction of rail grade crossings, quiet zones, traffic signal preemption, signal design, wayside horns and traffic signal interconnection. As CTC’s president, Rick oversees client services, signal design, and product development.
Throughout his career, Rick has masterminded the research and development of innovative products for special applications in the rail signal industry, some of which have been patented, including the wayside horn technology, railroad preemption interface, four-quadrant gate control, intelligent serial traffic signal preemption control and inductive loop applications for rail. He has held executive leadership roles for more than 20 years, leading signal engineering teams and providing signal training seminars and presentations on highway-rail grade crossing warning systems. Since 2000, Rick has provided more than 200 training seminars regarding grade crossings for personnel from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), five U.S. Class I railroads, nine U.S. passenger railroads, Transport Canada, 35 state DOTs, numerous city/county agencies, and law enforcement organizations.
Rick’s extensive knowledge makes him a go-to resource for state and local agencies. He has served on numerous federal committees and working groups that develop standards and best practices throughout the country for signalization at grade crossings. Some of these published recommendations currently in use across the U.S. include:
- Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), 2000/2003/2009 editions
- AREMA Communication & Signal Manual of Recommended Practices
- Part 3.1.15 for operation of four quadrant gate systems
- Part 3.1.10 –Interconnection of Highway Traffic Signals
- Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Recommended Practice –Preemption of Traffic Signals Near Railroad Crossings
- FHWA Grade Crossing Handbook
- Ohio Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
- Ohio DOT Traffic Engineering Manual
Rick has contributed to featured articles in industry publications, including IMSA Journal and ITE Journal, and was a featured expert for Fox News New York in March 2015.
Rick also serves as a qualified signal expert witness for railroad litigation, providing testimonies and opinions regarding design, operation and maintenance of railroad signals, application of traffic control devices, four-quadrant gate operation, traffic signal interconnection and preemption. Additionally, he is a published author on the topic of signal systems.
Rick earned his bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from the University of Maryland. He is actively involved with numerous professional organizations such as AAR, APTA, ITE; at present, he serves on the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) Executive Board, is the chair of AREMA’s Subcommittee 1 (Committee 36), Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Warning Systems Controls, and acts as the engineering adviser to Operation Lifesaver National Advisory Council (NAC). He serves the State of Texas as a reserve deputy sheriff and is member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
As COO and CFO, Mike Cunningham guides the CTC executive leadership team, and the company’s financial growth and corporate infrastructure. His executive and financial leadership experience includes more than 27 years in the manufacturing and public utility industries.
Before joining CTC in 2010, Mike spent 15 years in the automotive industry, gaining extensive experience in operational cost analysis and contract negotiations, including the Big 3 automakers. Prior to 1995, Mr. Cunningham served in the public utility industry and was the lead accounting witness in regulatory proceedings involving Texas and New Mexico public utility commissions and both state senates.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a certified public accountant.
Kurt Anderson brings more than 40 years’ railroad engineering experience to the CTC executive leadership team. As senior vice president, he is tasked with managing business development, contract fulfillment and day-to-day operations, including all engineering, project management, construction, and inspection services for the company.
Before joining CTC, Inc. in 2007, Kurt managed public-private projects for the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) for more than 20 years. There, his responsibilities included the planning, engineering and implementation of grade crossing safety improvement projects, including warning systems, surface projects and grade separation projects. Kurt has been involved with highway-rail grade crossing safety programs since 1979, and he has comprehensive engineering expertise in all aspects of implementing highway-rail grade crossing improvement projects, including preliminary surveys, project design, estimating and construction.
Kurt has also been involved with the planning and development of quiet zones across the country, working with varied municipalities, state DOTs, the FRA and railroads, including commuter and freight rail. He has received national recognition for his work in quiet-zone development at regional, state, national and international seminars and conferences, and is a recognized quiet-zone expert. Kurt is also a leading national expert in wayside horn technology, and led the development of that technology and crossing closure verification systems as quiet zone treatments described in 49 CFR § 222 and 229, Use of Locomotive Horns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings, Final Rule.
Kurt holds a B.S. in civil engineering from The University of Nebraska, and is a very vocal Huskers fan. He has previously served as past chairman of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association’s (AREMA’s) grade crossing committee as well as other industry grade-crossing technical committees.
With a career spanning more than 40 years, John Sharkey, PE, brings tremendous knowledge to the CTC executive leadership team as vice president, signal systems. In this role he oversees both wayside and grade-crossing signal design, along with signal construction.
Throughout his career, John has designed or approved the design of more than 1,200 highway-rail grade crossing warning system projects, over 800 miles of railroad centralized traffic control systems, and the dispatcher control system for a Class I railroad. For 10 years, he assumed the role of general manager, Communication & Signaling, of a Class I railroad (Illinois Central, now Canadian National), overseeing 150 construction and maintenance personnel and 30 engineering and field managers. John also brings experience as part of the executive team of rail signal and communication manufacturer Safetran Systems (now Siemens).
John is a published author on interconnection circuits at highway-rail grade crossings and was a major contributor to the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ (ITE) recommended practice on Preemption of Traffic Signals at or Near Railroad Crossings. Additionally, he holds patents on the “out of service” feature of the latest generation of the constant warning time equipment as well as the “rail based communication” feature for the same device. John developed both the 3- and 6-wire supervised interconnect circuits for highway-rail grade crossings, which subsequently were adopted by the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA). John is also a qualified signal expert, providing testimonies and opinions regarding design, operation and maintenance of railroad signals, and incident analysis.
Since 1998, Mr. Sharkey has chaired AREMA Committee 36, Highway Grade Crossing Warning Systems. Mr. Sharkey was also Chairman of the American Association of Railroads (AAR) Communications and Signal Division, and participated in the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA’s) rulemaking on grade-crossing signal system safety, which helped shape important federal legislation.
Mr. Sharkey holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a pre-certified TX DOT consultant in the category 7.2.1 Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Studies and 8.5.1 Highway-Rail Grade Crossings, and is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in six states. He currently operates from CTC’s Midwest office in Elgin, Ill.