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Ed Dowell (center) was elected President of the ATDA during its 34th General Assembly on October 17, 2023. He is pictured here along with ATDA’s Executive Board and General Counsel.

The BLET sends congratulations to Brother Ed Dowell, who was elected President of the American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA) during the ATDA’s 34th General Assembly in Las Vegas on October 17, 2023. The BLET also congratulates outgoing President Leo McCann upon his well-deserved retirement. National President Eddie Hall represented the BLET at the meeting.  Prior to his election as President, Brother Dowell had served the ATDA as Secretary-Treasurer for eight years and as Vice President for four years. Brother McCann’s railroad career spanned 50 years, including six terms as President of the ATDA. He is a fourth-generation railroader. Also elected was Bill Sikes, who will serve as ATDA’s Secretary-Treasurer, along with four Vice Presidents: Brandon Denucci, Kevin Porter, Barry Cross Jr., and Colin Thurman.

Ed Dowell (left) is sworn in as President of the ATDA by outgoing president Leo McCann who is retiring after a 50 year railroad career that included six terms as ATDA president.