OPEN HOUSE EVENT Bill Galligan presents Vision Accomplished: The History of Kansas City Southern



ABOUT THE EVENT: Bill Galligan will present and discuss his new book, Vision Accomplished: The History of Kansas City Southern, on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at 6:30PM at Rainy Day Books.

Listen to KCUR's Up To Date on June 13th at 9:30am as Bill discusses the new book!


ABOUT THE BOOK: Vision Accomplished: The History of Kansas City Southern

The remarkable story of the Kansas City Southern tells of a company that from day 1 followed its own path, led by a succession of visionaries who were not afraid to take risks in pursuit of the railroad company's success.


Without the resources of the earlier land grant railroads, the Kansas City–based company forged a unique approach to growing its franchise. It compensated for its modest size by developing an outsize, personalized commitment to its customers, suppliers, and rail partners. While larger railroads, with their vast rail networks, sometimes cajoled customers and smaller railroads into conforming to their service offerings, Kansas City Southern sought to develop mutually beneficial relationships with multiple constituents.


Vision Accomplished is the story of a succession of individuals who through the strength of their personalities, vision, courage, and character led the railroad through one perilous situation after another and in so doing crafted a corporate culture truly unique in the railroad industry. It's a story of a railroad that by rights should have died dozens of times but continued to survive and grew to become a major participant in the North American supply chain.



"Vision Accomplished is delightful. Galligan shows us how this small but feisty railroad survived over the not-so-kind years as the character and personalities of its leaders kept a long-standing company culture intact. Emphasizing how they met the challenge without burying the reader in numbers makes it a page turner. An ideal book for any MBA candidate." ~W. C. (Bill) Lyman


"With the publication of Vision Accomplished, the KCS story is made eminently readable by no less than Bill Galligan who led its communications team. While the book brings to life its unique personalities, markets and culture, more importantly it makes the company's evolution easier to understand by highlighting underlying themes, my favorites being long term thinking; respect; culture; non-traditional strategy; and lack of false modesty. With KCS' Vision Accomplished as the result of the CPKC merger, the timing is good for this book to inspire others'. Hopefully the quality of their work will be as good as Mr. Galligan's." ~Henry Posner III – Chairman, Iowa Interstate Railroad, and Adjunct Professor, Dietrich College of the Humanities, Carnegie Mellon University


"Bill Galligan has opened a window on the history of an important railroad that historians and journalists have mostly ignored. His account of how Kansas City Southern survived one crisis after another and then flourished in this century is riveting. Read it and be amazed at what determined people can do." ~Fred Frailey – Formerly Special Correspondent and Columnist, Trains magazine and author of Last Train to Texas


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: William H. Galligan

During a professional career spanning five decades, Bill Galligan experienced and directed nearly every aspect of corporate communications, including speech writing, script preparation, oversight of audio-visual productions, product advertising and marketing, and press, public, and investor relations. Joining Kansas City Southern (KCS) in 1992 he was tasked with creating a corporate communications program, with special emphasis on upgrading investor relations outreach. Under his direction, KCS became an annual recipient of prestigious U.S. and international IR awards. In recognition of his achievements, Bill was recently inducted into IR magazine’s Hall of Fame. During his twenty-five year tenure at KCS, he also took on a host of special projects for the four chief executives under whom he served. Bill presently splits his time between Kansas City and shoreline Connecticut.


EVENT DATE & TIME: Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at 6:30PM

EVENT LOCATION: Rainy Day Books, 2706 W 53rd St, Fairway KS

EVENT FORMAT: Bill Galligan will present and discuss his new book, Vision Accomplished: The History of Kansas City Southern


PLEASE NOTE: Books will be available for purchase and signing will follow the discussion

DISCLAIMER: All author event sales are final and non-refundable. Eventbrite ticket fees are non-refundable.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
2706 W 53rd St
Fairway, KS 66205
Vision Accomplished: The History of Kansas City Southern (Railroads Past and Present) By William H. Galligan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780253068330
Availability: In Stock as of this morning. Order Now!
Published: Indiana University Press - February 6th, 2024

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