Ms. Julie King
64 South Prairie Street, Suit 216
Galesburg, Illinois 61401
Fax: New Number Pending
I am honored to serve as your Executive Director. My first exposure to private railcars was in 2008 when I attended the convention in San Pedro, California. It was a delightful event, and I was hooked! Since then I have had the pleasure of attending other conventions, enjoying wonderful private railcar excursions, and most importantly — getting to know many AAPRCO members.
I am passionate about the American railroad story and the important role railroads play in building our nation and shaping our future. My hometown of Galesburg, Illinois, is a consummate railroad town.
My work background is in state and federal government, including ten years in Washington, DC, where I served as Chief of Staff to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and represented California agriculture clients at the public relations firm Robinson, Lake, Sawyer, Miller. For the last ten years, I have worked for the National Railroad Hall of Fame, where I continue to serve as the Executive Director. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois.
My husband is the Market President at our local Wells Fargo Bank. We live on a farm, and in our spare time, we raise corn, soybeans, wine grapes, and two lovely daughters.
I look forward to getting to know more about all of you — our members — as time progresses. Please do not hesitate to contact me to offer suggestions, ask questions, or just to say “Hello.”
Mr. Ross Capon
Legislative Liaison for AAPRCO
AAPRCO Vice President, Government Affairs
Ross Capon, serves as the legislative liaison for AAPRCO. A transportation consultant, he is president emeritus of the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP), where he worked for over 39 years following 3+ years as a railroad operations specialist at what is now the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. He grew NARP from a one-staffer operation to six employees and a million dollar annual budget. NARP has been praised for its effectiveness during his tenure. Capon’s report, “Amtrak’s Long-Distance Trains: Brief History, Benefits, Infrastructure Challenges” was commissioned by the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission and is linked from their web site at https://miprc.org/portals/0/pdfs/LD%20trains%20history%20benefits%20infranstruce%20challenges%20by%20Ross%20Capon%20for%20MIPRC.pdf?ver=2015-11-09-093837-010
Ross attends meeting involving railroad transportation on Capitol Hill and visits with influential congressional leaders and staffers. He educates lawmakers and advocates for private cars and recommends actions for AAPRCO. Ross keeps the membership informed through weekly reports to the Board of Directors and monthly reports in NewsBriefs.
Ross was appointed as AAPRCO’s Vice President, Government Affairs (a newly created office), at the September 2021 board of directors meeting held at Burlington VT.