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2023 Annual Meeting Chicago

May 24, 2023 - May 26, 2023


A New Era in Railroading!

Thank you to everyone who made the NARS 2023 Annual Meeting in Chicago such a success!

In 2023, we co-located with the Traffic Club of Chicago to host one of the premier networking opportunities in the rail shipping industry with our signature events being co-hosted on the same dates, in the same city and at the same hotel.

Our speaker and panelist line up included:

Arthur Adams, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, CSX
Terry J. Atkinson, Assistant Vice President – Industrial Products, Union Pacific Railroad
Tomeka Watson Bryant, General Manager, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad
Katie Farmer, President & CEO, BNSF
Lance Fritz, President & CEO, Union Pacific Railroad
Rick Galvan, The Greenbrier Companies
Tony Hatch, abh Consulting
Joe Hinrichs, President & CEO, CSX
Adam Nordstrom, Principal, Viking Navigation
Martin J. Oberman, Chairman, Surface Transportation Board
Dean Piacente, CEO, OmniTRAX
Jean Savage, CEO & President, Trinity Industries, Inc.
Alan Shaw, President & CEO, Norfolk Southern
Torri Stuckey, Head of Merchandise Marketing, CSX
Shermann “Dilla” Thomas, Chicago Historian & Founder, Chicago Mahogany Foundation
Roger C. Tutterow, Ph.D., Professor, Michael J. Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University

Schedule of Events

Registered Attendees


Lance Fritz Slides

Tony Hatch Slides

Adam Nordstrom Slides

Dean Piacente Slides

Jean Savage Slides

Roger C. Tutterow, Ph.D. Slides

Hotel Information
Marriott Marquis Chicago
2121 S Prairie Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

NARS 2023 Annual Speaker Bios

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Adam Nordstrom

Principal, Viking Navigation LLC

Adam Nordstrom is a Principal with Viking Navigation LLC, based in Arlington, Virginia. Viking is a government relations consulting practice helping entrepreneurs and local governments navigate their dealings with the White House, federal agencies, and the U.S. Congress. Since 1999,...

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Alan Shaw

President and CEO, Norfolk Southern

Alan Shaw is President and Chief Executive Officer at Norfolk Southern Corporation. Since 1827, Norfolk Southern has safely moved the goods and materials that drive the U.S. economy. Today, its dedicated team members deliver more than 7 million carloads annually,...

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Arthur Adams

Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, CSX

Arthur Adams is Senior vice president of Merchandise Sales and Marketing , responsible for leading all portfolios within the industrial products, food and agriculture, fertilizers and regional sales segments. He also oversees customer engagement, short line and regional railroads, business...

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Dean Piacente

Chief Executive Officer, OmniTRAX

Dean Piacente serves as the Chief Executive Officer for OmniTRAX, Inc., one of North America’s largest privately held transportation services companies. As CEO, Dean drives the company’s strategy for differentiated rail and real estate solutions and oversees the daily operations...

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Jean Savage

Chief Executive Officer and President, Trinity Industries

Jean Savage was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of Trinity Industries in February 2020. She has served as a member of Trinity’s Board of Directors since November 2018. Ms. Savage is a member of the WestRock Board of Directors,...

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Joe Hinrichs

President & Chief Executive Officer, CSX

Joseph R. Hinrichs, a leader with more than 30 years of experience in the global automotive, manufacturing, and energy sectors, was named President and Chief Executive Officer of CSX in September 2022. Hinrichs brings to CSX a commitment to operational...

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Katie Farmer

President & Chief Executive Officer, BNSF

Katie Farmer was named President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2021; she also leads BNSF’s Board of Directors. Katie has been with BNSF for 30 years, most recently serving as executive vice president and Chief Operations Officer since...

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Lance Fritz

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Union Pacific

Lance M. Fritz is Union Pacific chairman, president and chief executive officer. He became chairman of the board effective Oct. 1, 2015. Fritz became president and chief executive officer Feb. 5, 2015, when he also was elected to the corporation’s...

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Martin Oberman

Chairman, Surface Transportation Board

Martin J. Oberman was designated Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on January 21, 2021. Marty was sworn in as a member of the Board on January 22, 2019. He is serving in his...

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Rick Galvan

Senior Vice President, Greenbrier Rail Services

Rick Galvan has 30 years of experience in the railroad industry. He joined Greenbrier in 2019 and is currently Senior Vice President of Greenbrier Rail Services (GRS), the Company’s railcar maintenance, wheels and parts business unit. Before joining Greenbrier, Galvan...

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Roger Tutterow

Professor of Economics, Kennesaw State University

Roger Tutterow is Professor of Economics at Kennesaw State University where he holds the Henssler Financial Endowed Chair. His analysis of the economic, business and political environments have been featured in a variety of media including Wall Street Journal, Financial...

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Sherman "Dilla" Thomas

CEO & Chief Historian, Chicago Mahogany Foundation

Chicago historian Dilla, as he is affectionately called, is a fascinating blend of modern historian, cultural worker, and public employee. Dilla has become a Chicago social media sensation by going viral on Tiktok. His 60 second history videos on everything...

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Terry Atkinson

AVP – Industrial Products

Terry J. Atkinson is currently AVP – Industrial Products, where he leads a dedicated team of marketing and sales professionals within the Construction, Forest Products, and Metals commodity teams. Terry joined UP in 2004 as a Marketing and Sales Intern...

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Tomeka Bryant

General Manager, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad

Tomeka Watson Bryant serves as the General Manager of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, where she directs daily operations of the New Orleans Public Belt, including railroad strategy, safety strategy and process improvement initiatives. Watson Bryant, a second-generation railroader,...

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Tony Hatch

Senior Transportation Analyst, ABH Consulting

Anthony B. Hatch was honored by being named the 2019 North American Rail Shippers Association (NARS) “Person of the Year”. Tony has been a senior transportation analyst on Wall Street for over thirty years, starting at major financial institutions (Salomon...

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May 24, 2023
May 26, 2023


Marriott Marquis Chicago
2121 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616 United States
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NARS Rail Shippers

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