The Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company's (MDDE) management team has generations of experience providing quality, customer-focused service in the rail and trucking industries. Whether you're located directly on a rail line, or you're seeking a rail-truck transload option to deliver product to your door, we have the experience and expertise to make it happen. An introduction to our primary team members is found below.
Edward G. Banks, Jr., Esq. – Chairman
Having been recruited in 1978 by the original investors, Chairman Edward G. Banks, Jr., has served MDDE for 40 years. Throughout his distinguished legal career, Mr. Banks represented a number of business clients across Delmarva, including Perdue Farms, the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Delmarva Power, The Virginia and Maryland Railroad, Comcast, Choptank Electric Cooperative, and The Town of Berlin.
Mr. Banks served three terms on the Governor’s Salary Review Commission, and twice as a member of the Transportation Advisory Committee assembled by the Maryland Department of Transportation. He is a past Chairman of the Greater Salisbury Committee, a past Ward Museum Director, and a past Member of the Delmarva Poultry Industry Board of Directors for 25 years, having served 5 years on its Executive Board.
Cathrin Banks - President and General Counsel
President and General Counsel Cathrin Banks handles MDDE’s executive affairs, legal matters, government relations, and marketing.
Ms. Banks holds a degree in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a law degree from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. After a clerkship with the Honorable Albert J. Matricciani, Jr. of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Ms. Banks joined the trial law firm of Salsbury, Clements, Bekman, Marder and Adkins, LLC in Baltimore. In 2015, Ms. Banks joined The Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company (MDDE) as Assistant General Counsel, was named Vice President and General Counsel in 2016, and President and General Counsel in 2019. Ms. Banks has also worked for Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr. and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.
During her time as a trial attorney, Ms. Banks gained considerable trial and litigation experience, handling a large number of complex civil cases. She also has extensive knowledge of the arbitration and mediation process, as well as the Maryland Legislature and its Executive Branch, making her well suited to handle government relations. Since joining the railroad industry, Ms. Banks has become familiar with a broad range of railroad-related legal matters and administrative issues. She is a member of the League of Railroad Industry Women, the B&O Railroad Museum Board of Directors, the American Shortline and Regional Railroad Association Board of Directors, and a former member of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland the Board of Directors.
John C. Paredes - Executive Vice President of Finance
Vice President John Paredes manages MDDE’s corporate relations and finances, as he has since first joining the company in 1980. Since hiring on with MDDE, Mr. Paredes has been instrumental in the company’s evolution from pre-Staggers railroading to the safe and efficient system it is today.
Mr. Parades served as President of MDDE from 1989 to 2003, and from 2017 to 2019. He has also served on the Salisbury University Perdue School of Business Advisory Council and is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials.
Andrew Rementer - General Manager
As General Manager, Andrew Rementer oversees operations, mechanical and maintenance of way at MDDE. He began his railroad career with Norfolk Southern in 2004, and joined MDDE in 2017. Previously having served as Chief Mechanical Officer, Andrew was promoted to General Manager in 2021.
Cody Brinkley - Chief Mechanical Officer
Cody Brinkley oversees all locomotive and railcar maintenance. Cody has been with MDDE since 2018, and previously held the positions of conductor, engineer and track inspector.
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