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Brian W. Hammock

Resident Vice President
CSX Transportation

hammock-brian-1862As the resident vice president of CSX Transportation, Brian W. Hammock is driven in his professional career to be part of building and creating. Over the last five years, he has been focusing his attention on the financing of the $466 million Howard Street Tunnel expansion.

“The thing about transportation in Baltimore, because of our place on the map, our access to deep water, the investment that those before us made to build the first railroad in America, our interstate highway system, transportation is at the center point of who we are as a people in Maryland and specifically in Baltimore,” he said. “Early in my career, I saw the connections and how important it was to our past but also to our future.”

Hammock earned a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Before coming to CSX in 2014, he worked as an attorney at Venable LLP and as a senior adviser and special assistant to the chief of staff during Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration.

The youngest of four boys, Hammock notes he was raised to “look up to and get advice from my older brothers and that transitioned into my career where I sought out the advice of people with experience,” he said. “I found that experienced professionals appreciated it. … I was really fortunate to have really strong mentors throughout my career.”

Hammock volunteers in multiple aspects of his life, including being a board member for the Baltimore Industrial Group and Homeland Association. He donates his time to his children’s schools and as a sports coach. He also provides more than 100 hours a year in pro bono legal work.

“For me, (volunteering) is an obligation of citizenship — to carve out a certain allotment of your time toward civic engagement,” he said.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2019 VIP List awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.