French Thompson is currently a Director of Public Private Partnerships for the MidCon Corridor of BNSF Railway
The MidCon Corridor comprises of eleven states and one Canadian Province that ranges from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Brownsville, TX. His role encompasses forging partnerships between public entities and BNSF to develop mutually beneficial projects that can improve public livability and railroad efficiency.
Before beginning his career at BNSF, French obtained two Bachelor of Science degrees in Applied Physics (Morehouse College of Atlanta, GA) and Civil Engineering (The University of Michigan of Ann Arbor, MI).
French has been with BNSF for seven years and has held numerous roles of increasing responsibility, from a Kansas City based Project Engineer to a Manager of Engineering. He served as a Roadmaster in Oklahoma City, where he worked to coordinate the entire BNSF infrastructure modifications needed to accommodate the new I-40 Relocation. French also served as the Manager of Public Projects for the states of Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin where he coordinated with federal and local municipalities to accomplish crossing closures, quiet zones, crossing safety upgrades, grade separations and other various BNSF and public coordinated projects. His most recent role was Manager of Engineering, where he managed BNSF’s capital expansion program across the upper mid-west from Chicago to Whitefish, Montana. Some of the projects included managing BNSF’s 2012 capital expansion program for the North Dakota Bakken Oil region and the CREATE Public Private Partnership in Chicago.