Mr. Springer is the retired Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, whose subsidiary BNSF Railway Company operates one of the largest North American rail networks. He is a Trustee of Aston Funds (a family of mutual funds headquartered in Chicago, IL), a Director of Junior Achievement of Chicago, a member of the College of Science Advisory Council at the University of Notre Dame, and a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Academic Programs Committee of the College of Commerce Advisory Council at DePaul University. He is a former director of several public and private companies. Mr. Springer is also a member of Financial Executives International, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Illinois CPA Society.
A native of South Bend, Indiana, Mr. Springer held a number of professional and executive positions with Arthur Andersen & Co., Gould Inc., and Brown Boveri Electric Inc. before joining Santa Fe Industries as its Director of Finance in 1982. He progressed through the finance organization becoming Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Santa Fe Pacific Corporation, the successor by merger to Santa Fe Industries, in 1991, and its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 1992.
When Santa Fe Pacific merged with Burlington Northern Inc. in 1995, Mr. Springer was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, a position he held until his retirement in 1999.
Mr. Springer graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He received a Masters in Business Administration degree from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He and his wife, Roselyn, have four children and five grandchildren.
He can be reached at (847) 382-6147.