Charley has been in the railroad industry for over 50 years. He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1969. He gained skills and practical engineering knowledge working for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) and Montana Rail Link, where he served as assistant chief engineer. Charley also worked for Railco Multi Construction, ETS Pacific, and Morrison Knudsen Corporation where he continued to develop his railroad project management skills and experience. He joined Hanson Professional Services in 1997 as senior railroad engineer working in the Bellevue, Washington office on various projects. He served as a regional vice president of Hanson until his retirement in 2017 and presently is a senior railroad consultant to Hanson. Over his career in the railway industry, Charley has provided leadership and has served the industry well. His dedication to AREMA has been extraordinary, having served in various leadership positions on committees, the board, and chair of the Scholarship Committee. Charley is also an Emeritus member of Committee 24. His resume is highly acclaimed.