Gary Eelman is Senior Vice President of Rolling Stock Transit Sales, with additional responsibility for Cat® engine sales for the global rail market.
Gary began his career in 1972 with Penn Central Railroad in New York City, working his way up through mechanical and transportation leadership positions in subsequent railroads such as Conrail and Amtrak. In 1983, he became Chief Mechanical Officer for New Jersey Transit, the third largest commuter railroad in North America. From 1987 to 1999, he held the position of Vice President at Helm Financial Corporation, where he was in charge of a significant locomotive lease portfolio.
Gary holds multiple technical, transportation and leadership certificates and has taught classes in pneumatics, passenger train operations and leadership skills. He is an airline transport rated commercial pilot and a certified flight instructor for instrument flying and multi-engine, high performance aircraft. He has attended an National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) course on accident analysis and leadership skills classes at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Gary joined Progress Rail as a Vice President in August of 2010.