ARM Founders and Board of Directors


    In the early 1980's five local "railfans" noticed that there was no official or organized attempt to preserve and protect the artifacts relating to Arizona's railroad history.  By 1983, the five railfans founded and incorporated the Arizona Railway Museum as a non-profit (501-C-3) organization dedicated to the preservation of Arizona's railroading history.

Founders
(listed alphabetically)
Bob Alkire
R.J. "Bart" Barton
Tim Honetschlager
Ron Schofield
Mike Warden

    The Arizona Railway Museum is governed by a six* member Board of Directors (plus the five* Founders).  The term of office for each Director is two years with half of the seats being elected each year (a staggered board).  Each year, the Directors nominate and approve candidates (from within the original five Founders and the elected Directors) for the positions of President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.  Other titles are assigned as necessary.

* Note: In 2004 one Founder relinquished their seat on the Board of Directors, allowing the addition of one elected Director for a total of seven (plus four Founders).

2014 Board of Directors
Larry Benedict President
RJ "Bart" Barton Vice President of Operations
Steve Whisel Vice President of Administration
Craig Shields* Treasurer
Karen Chmiel Executive Sectretary / Gift Shop Co-Manager
Andrew "Andy" Szabo Director / Standard Gauge Motive Power Superintendent
Mark Redmond Director / Editor "Chander Branch"
Russ Lassuy Director
Stan Garner Director
   

* Appointed by Board (non-voting)

 

2013 Board of Directors
Larry Benedict President
RJ "Bart" Barton Vice President of Operations
Tom Klobas Vice President of Communications
Russ Lassuy Vice President of Physical Plant / Executive Secretary
Karen Chmiel Treasurer
Andrew "Andy" Szabo Director / Standard Gauge Motive Power Superintendent
Mark Redmond Director / Editor "Chander Branch"
Steve Whisel Director / Curator

 

2012 Board of Directors
Larry Benedict President
RJ "Bart" Barton (Founder) Chief Operating Officer
Tom Klobas Vice President of Administration
Craig Shields Treasurer 
Andrew "Andy" Szabo Executive Secretary & Locomotive Foreman
Karen Chmiel Director / Gift Shop Manager
Mark Redmond Director / Editor "Chandler Branch"
Steve Whisel Director / Curator

 

2011 Board of Directors
RJ "Bart" Barton (Founder) President and Chief Operating Officer
Tom Klobas Vice President of Administration
Michael "Mike" Margrave Vice President of Legal Affairs
Craig Shields Treasurer 
Andrew "Andy" Szabo Executive Secretary & Locomotive Foreman
George Barker Director
Mark Redmond Director
Karen Chmiel Director

 

2010 Board of Directors
Tom Klobas President
RJ "Bart" Barton (Founder) Vice President of Operations
Michael "Mike" Margrave Vice President of Legal Affairs
Craig Shields Treasurer 
Andrew "Andy" Szabo Executive Secretary & Locomotive Foreman
George Barker Director
Ken Dickinson Director
Mark Redmond Director

 

2009 Board of Directors
Tom Klobas President
RJ "Bart" Barton (Founder) Vice President of Operations
Michael "Mike" Margrave Vice President of Legal Affairs
Craig Shields Treasurer 
Hal Whitehead Executive Secretary
Andrew "Andy" Szabo Locomotive Foreman
George Barker Director
Ken Dickinson Director

 

2008 Board of Directors
Tom Klobas President
RJ "Bart" Barton (Founder) Vice President of Operations
Michael "Mike" Margrave Vice President of Legal Affairs
Craig Shields Treasurer 
Bruce Stadwiser Executive Secretary
Andrew "Andy" Szabo Locomotive Foreman
George Barker Director
Ken Dickinson Director

 

2007 Board of Directors
Tom Klobas President
RJ "Bart" Barton *Founder) Vice President of Operations
Michael "Mike" Margrave Vice President of Legal Affairs
Andrew "Andy" Szabo Chief Mechanical Officer
Craig Shields Treasurer 
Bruce Stadwiser Executive Secretary
Russell "Russ" Lassuy Director
Ken Dickinson Director

 

2006 Board of Directors
Tom Klobas President
RJ "Bart" Barton (Founder) Vice President of Operations
Michael "Mike" Margrave Vice President of Legal Affairs
Craig Shields Treasurer 
Bruce Stadwiser Executive Secretary
Andrew "Andy" Szabo Director
Russell "Russ" Lassuy Director
Hal Whitehead Director

 

2005 Board of Directors
Michael "Mike" Margrave President
Tom Klobas Vice President of Administration
RJ "Bart" Barton (Founder) Vice President of Operations
Harold "Hal" Whitehead Executive Secretary
Craig Shields Treasurer 
Russell "Russ" Lassuy Director
Bruce Stadwiser Director
Andrew "Andy" Szabo Director

 

2004 Board of Directors
R.J. "Bart" Barton (Founder) President
Mike Margrave Vice-President - Legal
Dennis Warren Vice President - Financial
Craig Shields Treasurer
Hal Whitehead Secretary
Tom Klobas Director
Russ Lassuy Director
Bruce Stadwiser Director

Note: One Founder has relinquished their seat on the Board of Directors, allowing the addition of one Director.

 

2003 Board of Directors
R.J. "Bart" Barton (Founder) President
Mike Margrave Vice-President - Legal
Dennis Warren Vice President - Financial
Craig Shields Treasurer
George Holt Secretary
Hal Whitehead Facility Manager
Sydney Holt Director

 

2002 Board of Directors
R.J. "Bart" Barton President
Mike Margrave Vice-President - Legal
Dennis Warren Vice President - Financial
Sydney Holt Treasurer
George Holt Secretary
Hal Whitehead Facility Manager
Steve Whisel Director

 


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