August 10, 2021 3:07 pm

Meet the Team: Maria Lopez

Maria Lopez is the Associate Director, Commercial Operations & Customer Service for Mitsui Rail Capital and has been with the team for seven years and in the railcar industry for more than a decade. MRC has earned a reputation for excellent customer service and quick response time and Maria has a major part in that. She believes in filling life with great stories and pushing through the tough times – like running a marathon. You can reach out to her at

What got you into the railcar industry and, more importantly, what has kept you in the railcar industry? 

I started at GE Rail because they were looking for a Spanish-speaking person to assist with their Mexico ventures and support for their customers. Then once I got in the industry and joined MRC, I started enjoying it and finding it really interesting! There is so much to the railcar industry – not just watching the trains go by.

What duties do you perform to help Mitsui Rail Capital be the company it is? 

I support the commercial and the mechanical operations teams to ensure that our fleet is positioned in the right place for our customers. I make sure our customers’ needs are met and that they are satisfied with our services.

Other than the cliché answer “The people,” what’s your favorite thing about working at Mitsui Rail Capital and/or in the railcar industry? 

I like the size of our company. It gives everyone that works here a big sense of responsibility. You don’t feel like just a cog in the machine. Everyone has a big role in our small company, so what you do and bring to the company truly matters.

It can’t be all work, work, work. What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to play tennis and volleyball and while I hate running, I have finished two Chicago Marathons and three half marathons.

You get a big sense of accomplishment (and relief) when you finish a marathon or half-marathon, but when you’re actually running it, you can’t help but think, “Why do people do this? This isn’t fun!”

Are there any words/principles that you live by? Favorite quotes? 

My mantra: Fill your life with adventure, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show. Life is about journeys and experiences, not possessions.