Scott Lothes, President and Executive Director, scottlothes.com
Scott Lothes became the Center's full-time executive director in 2011, after serving on its staff part-time since 2008.
In 2013 he
succeeded John Gruber as president and editor of the Center's journal
, Railroad Heritage
Fascinated by railroads from birth, Lothes
grew up watching coal trains in West Virginia.
He took up photography while attending college at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was graduated magna cum laude in 2002 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
To date more than 300 of his
photographs have appeared in print, along with forty bylined articles in magazines including Trains
, Classic Trains
, Railfan & Railroad
, and Railroads
Illustrated, as well as two front-page travel stories in the Sunday Oregonian, Portland, Oregon's leading newspaper.
won the Trains
and Canon photography contest in 2003, tied for first place in the Center's 2006 Creative Photography Awards Program, and in 2008 staff at Trains
selected one of his
photos for inclusion in its "100 Greatest Railroad Photos" special issue.
presented at the Center's 2008 conference, and he
has made numerous multimedia presentations at Winterail, Summerail, the Autumn Leaf Slideshow, and Beecherfest.
Prior to joining the Center, Lothes spent three years as assistant editor of the engineering magazine Sound & Vibration and two years as an English teacher at a high school in Hokkaido, Japan.
has also lived in Oregon and traveled extensively in Vietnam and China.