Chris Bigoness, an industry operational specialist who joined Hanson in 2019, has been involved with the rail transportation industry for 20 years — a career focus he centered on after earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from Texas A&M University.
Chris, who works at the firm’s Fort Worth, Texas, metropolitan office, works with industrial clients to optimize their material handling, loading and unloading of transport vehicles, internal transportation operations and integration with transportation providers. He also develops overall logistic improvement plans that incorporate infrastructure changes and operational refinement.
What led me to pursue this career: Even at a young age with a mechanical background, I knew I wanted to work in the railroad industry. Railroads and rail shippers built this country, and I’m lucky to have been involved with them for most of my career. Hanson offered the chance to work with a wider range of logistics needs for industrial clients, and it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
What I do on a typical day on the job: I help our industrial clients realize the maximum potential of their rail- and truck-served sites with data-intensive analyses of their internal logistics operations, for maximum efficiency now and in the future. I also help clients searching for a new location determine which site is most suited to their long-term operational returns on investment.
My favorite part of my job: There is never a shortage of variety when it comes to clients and projects in the logistics realm. All aspects of the industrial world have a transportation component, and Hanson gives me the opportunity to help clients find the maximum value in all of them.
The biggest challenge I have faced on the job: The transition from the “traditional corporate” environment to the consulting world has been challenging but rewarding. The consulting world requires a more entrepreneurial approach to client relationships than is typically seen in corporate America, but I have found it helps open doors to clients that will benefit from our expertise.
Notable projects I have worked on: Shortly after my arrival at Hanson, I began working on a facilitywide rail operations analysis and modeling project for a major petrochemical client. Using a trove of client rail operating data and working in close coordination with the client, we provided a solution that greatly reduced in-plant rail switching costs while maintaining the capacity the processing operation required.
What I like to do when I’m not working: I have two boys, ages 2 and 3, who occupy most of time away from work. I love anything that involves being outside, even in the Texas heat. Golf, fishing, hiking and biking are a few favorites. I also enjoy tinkering with old cars and supporting my Texas Aggies.