The Richard L. Beadles & James E. Ukrop Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is named after Richard L “Dick” Beadles who previously served as President of the Richmond, Fredericksburg, & Potomac Railroad; and James E. “Jim” Ukrop who previously served as CEO of Ukrop’s Supermarkets and First Market Bank, as well as President of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Dick and Jim realized the need to connect Richmond and Virginia with improved intercity and high speed passenger, and together they helped to create Virginians for High Speed Rail. Over the last two plus decades, their support and advocacy have inspired a generation of leaders and helped make Virginia one of our nation’s leaders in regards to rail transportation.
Virginians for High Speed Rail's Beadles & Ukrop Achievement Award is presented to the following individual(s) for their lifetime of leadership in rail transportation development.
2014: Virginia Senator John C. Watkins
2020: C. Wick Moorman, former CEO of Norfolk Southern and former CEO/President of Amtrak
The Josée Covington & Meredith Richards Legislative Achievement Award
This award is named after Josée Covington, founder and CEO of Covington Travel, who became VHSR’s first President who successfully led the organization’s transition from being a program partnership to an independent non-profit in 2000. Meredith Richards is a former member of the Charlottesville City Council and VHSR’s longest serving President, whose multi-year community focused grassroots campaign resulted in the successful extension of the Lynchburg Regional train in 2009.
Virginians for High Speed Rail's Covington & Richards Legislative Achievement Award is presented to the following individual(s) for your leadership securing a significant legislative victory to advance rail transportation
2020: Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine
The W. Thomas Rice Rail Renaissance Award
This award is named after Mr. W. Thomas Rice, a native of Virginia, who was first employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1934. Following his service in World War II where he was promoted to Major General, he joined the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad where he became President in 1955. Mr. Rice then became President of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad followed by becoming Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad upon its merger with the Atlantic Coast Line in 1970. In 1978, Mr. Rice became Chairman Emeritus of Seaboard Coast Line Industries and its successor CSX until his passing in May of 2006.
Virginians for High Speed Rail's Rice Award is presented to the following individuals for their leadership in rail transportation development.
2000: Governor James S. Gilmore III
2001: Virginia Senator John C.Watkins
2002: Governor Linwood Holton
2003: Annie and Bob Bryant
2004: Viktoria Badger
2005: Governor Mark R. Warner
2006: Fmr. Amtrak President David L. Gunn
2009: Governor Timothy Kaine
2015: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx
2020: VDRPT Director Jennifer Mitchell