AREMA Honorary Members are individuals of acknowledged eminence in railway/transit engineering or management and of high ethical and professional standards, who have contributed substantially to the profession and the association.

It’s a privilege and honor and it is restricted to a select few.  No more than one Honorary Member can be added each year.  Individuals nominated for honorary member status must meet specific eligibility requirements and are evaluated by a selection committee.

AREMA and its predecessor organizations has 64 distinguished, Honorary Members – now 65 as one more name was added to the list - John T. Sharkey, PE.

As the result of a petition duly submitted and endorsed, the AREMA Board of Governors have voted to declare John T. Sharkey, PE, an Honorary Member of AREMA in recognition of his contributions to the industry.  John received more than the required number of endorsements which is quite an honor.

John is Vice President-Signal Systems for CTC Inc. and has over 46 years in management positions in the railroad industry as a railroader, supplier, and transportation consultant with increasing levels of responsibility throughout his career.

From 1998-2019, he was been the Chair of AREMA Committee 36 – Grade Crossing Warning Systems. He is also a member of various organizations.

He has an esteemed resume.  During John’s entire career, he has tirelessly supported the advancement of AREMA, its Communication & Signal predecessor the AAR, and the railroad industry as a whole.

John also is well known for his mentoring and unselfish support, to anyone in our industry, at any level, who sought out his insight & vast knowledge of the issues affecting us all. This fact was reaffirmed within the significant number of endorsement letters supporting John’s nomination for Honorary Member.

Congratulations to John.  His impressive service to the industry is appreciated.

Current Honorary Members