I am honored to be serving as your president for the Next two years. During this time, I plan to continue to move the organization forward and build on the accomplishments of my predecessors.
A little about my background: I have been a member of AAPRCO since 1998 and am a shareholder and owner of Sierra Hotel and Puget Sound. One or both of these cars (usually both) have participated in every AAPRCO special since 2002. Currently I am a managing partner of Stet and Query and Ampersand and Reset Partnerships, family owned investment vehicles. My last job was Co Director and then Director of Terra Museum of American Art. Prior to that assignment, I was a commercial and Public Finance Director for the First National Bank of Chicago.
As your president, I am committed to continuing the dialogue with Amtrak and the freight railroads in order to hold costs in line, increase access and enhance parking opportunities. In order to solidify our position, we are dedicated to increasing our legislative presence both in Congress and at the local level. To that end, Ross Capon will continue to advocate for us on Capitol Hill.
Special trains are one of the backbones of our organization bringing car owners and associates together in the enjoyment of Private Varnish. With the help of Taylor Johnson, we will push forward with midterm and convention specials.
I am actively seeking volunteers to assist in many areas and hope you will contact me if you are interested in serving on committees. I look forward to working with you and hearing your ideas and concerns.
– Bob Donnelley
During the 2016 “City of Spokane” special, a stop was made in Bozeman to present a $5,000 check to Eagle Mount. The organization is committed to providing therapeutic recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and young people with cancer. It was recognized in 2010 by NBC’s TODAY show as one of five small charities in America that make a big difference. Eagle Mount never turns anyone away and doesn’t accept government funding. The AAPRCO Board of Directors voted to donate to a local charity for each special train.