Profile of Paul Wingo, newest BLE Vice-President

International Vice-President Paul L. Wingo Jr. is the newest member of the BLE's Advisory Board. He was elevated to the office of International Vice-President on November 1, 2002, following the retirement of Vice-President Joe Cassidy.

He was elected First Alternate International Vice-President in September of 2001 at the BLE's Seventh Quinquennial International Convention in Miami Beach, Fla.

Vice-President Wingo is a member of BLE Division 198 (Chattanooga, Tenn.). Immediately prior to his elevation to Vice-President, he served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Norfolk Southern (Southern Region) General Committee of Adjustment (1986 to 2002) and as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Tennessee State Legislative Board (1982 to 2002).

Following four years of active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, Vice-President Wingo began his railroad career in 1966 when he hired out as a switchman on the Southern Railroad. He earned promotion to locomotive engineer in 1969 and joined the BLE in September of that year.

Throughout his career, Vice-President Wingo held numerous elected positions. He served Division 198 as Secretary-Treasurer from 1969-1986, Legislative Representative from 1980-2000, and Local Chairman from 1986-2001.

He was a delegate to the 1986, 1991 and 2001 BLE International Conventions, winning election to the First Alternate-Southeast Member of the Board of Appeals in 1986. For nine years he served as a member of the Board of Appeals, from 1987 to 1996. Prior to his election as First Alternate International Vice President in 2001, he was elected Fifth Alternate International Vice President in 1996 at the BLE's Sixth Quinquennial International Convention in Detroit.

Outside of the BLE, Brother Wingo served on the Board of Directors of the Brotherhood's Relief and Compensation Fund (1996-2002) and served on the Board of Directors of the North American Railway Foundation (1996 to 2002).

Vice-President Wingo and his wife, Linda, were married on October 2, 1965.

The couple resides in Ooletwah, Tenn., and has two sons - Major Carl David Wingo, USAF, stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Okla., and Paul Lebron Wingo. The couple also has two grandchildren.

Paul Lebron Wingo followed in his father's footsteps and is a locomotive engineer, currently serving as Local Chairman of BLE Division 198 in Chattanooga, Tenn.


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