Ben Tarbutton, III

Sandersville Railroad Company

Ben Tarbutton, III is president of the Sandersville Railroad Company, a short-line railroad located in Sandersville, Georgia, about 60 miles southwest of Augusta. The railroad has been in operation since 1893, transporting various commodities including kaolin, wood chips and plastics.

Tarbutton currently serves as vice president of the southern region for the American Shortline and Regional Railroad Association; the president of the Georgia Railroad Association; and as vice chairman of the Washington County Industrial Development Authority. He is also chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

He is a past chairman of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, Leadership Georgia, Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Higher Education Facilities Authority. He is also past president of the Georgia Railroad Association and the Sandersville Rotary Club.

Tarbutton graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

 Ben  Tarbutton, III, President