To ADVANCE through this Memory Album
please SCROLL to the BOTTOM of each page.

  17 FEBRUARY 1987 - 2002  

Perhaps most important to RDC's success has been the business acumen and discipline that its President Bob Pietrandrea has brought to the business.  His judgment of both people and structure is challenged on a daily basis and has withstood the test of time.  This is perhaps best reflected in the fact that he is the only graduate of Ellwood City High School to go on to become Chairman of a railroad in Africa.

Henry Posner III


Henry and I started on the RDC journey together 15 years ago.  We endured many challenges in the early years.  Some companies would not have survived similar difficulties, but it was through Henry’s commitment and dedication to the business and the railroad industry that RDC was able to change its business model and carve out a niche in the international arena.  The successes that we have since come to enjoy are a result of that commitment and dedication.  RDC is well known internationally as a company that is capable of handling the most challenging railroad operations in the world.  It is a reputation that was earned through hard work and integrity, qualities that are a hallmark of the Posner Family.  It is a privilege to be associated in business with Henry and his family and I am proud and grateful to call him my friend.

Robert A. Pietrandrea



In the 15 years since RDC was formed, it has become the most interesting and the most far-flung of the businesses in which Hawthorne has been involved.  RDC contributes more to the welfare and to the future of those underdeveloped countries than any other business that I know.  I hope you do as well during the next 15.

Henry Posner Jr.
Chairman, The Hawthorne Group


Congratulations to the RDC team on reaching your 15th Anniversary!  Your success has truly made a positive difference in the lives of many in your areas of operation.  May you continue to go from strength to strength.

Anne M. Molloy


I had the privilege of working with RDC’s dynamic team in its early formative years.  I am inspired still by Henry and his group’s steadfast determination and hard work in keeping the railroad industry “alive”.

JoAnne M. Warren
Administrative Assistant/RDC (1987-1990)


RDC is a case study in how to conduct business anywhere with professionalism, integrity and accountability.  It is a pleasure to partner with RDC and I wish all of my friends at RDC another 15 years of success.  Congratulations on the first 15 years!

Russell Neely
Vice President, ERL Services, Inc.

RDC's management team has proven that while management is not a popularity contest, it needn't be an unpopularity contest. The legacy of RDC's management is that while not everyone had the same opportunity in the past, there will be no opportunities closed to them in the present or future and that each member of the RDC team is a unique individual entitled to respect. What a superb legacy.

Frank N. Wilner
Director, Public Relations
United Transportation Union

It is both a pleasure and a challenge to be on  RDC's team. This milestone is a testament to the farsightedness and tenacity of its Principals. I appreciate the opportunity to be joined with a company and a family who are dedicated to making a difference in the world and who inspire the cooperation of others. May RDC’s endeavors continue to be successes!

Kathy Przybylski


“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.  What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”

Thomas Paine
Anglo-American Political Philosopher (1737-1809)



All photographs are the property of Railroad Development Corporation.
Unauthorized duplication is prohibited.