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2018 Annual Meeting

May 16, 2018 - May 18, 2018


 Agenda Meeting Registrants as of  May 14, 2018Meeting & Golf Registration NARS W-9

Registration Open!

Attention:  Golf registration is now closed due to a full course.

Meeting registration is still open!  It’s not too late to register.

Don’t miss out on this exciting program which tackles today’s important issues including Infrastructure, NAFTA, Adapting and Adopting Technology, Shipper Success, Economic Outlook and much more. Scroll to the bottom of this page to view our speakers or click above to view agenda.

The meeting will be held May 16-18, 2018 at the Hyatt McCormick Place in conjunction with Traffic Club of Chicago events.  Enjoy two exciting events in one location!

Cancellation/Refund Policies:

Conference Registration. Conference registrants canceling registration on or before April 25, 2018 will receive a full refund of the conference registration fee. No refunds will be issued after April 25, 2018.

Golf Registration.  Golf registrants canceling registration on or before April 25, 2018 will receive a full refund of the golf outing registration fee. No refunds will be issued after April 25, 2018.

Golf Outing

This year’s outing will be held at Cog Hill in Lemont, IL in partnership with the Traffic Club of Chicago (TCC).  NARS will have Course #1 at Cog Hill.  Those golfing through the Traffic Club will golf on Course #s 2, 3 and 4.   This is a great chance to connect with your NARS peers during golf and network with a broader group at the Networking BBQ.  To  register for the NARS Golf Outing, click on the link above.  To register for golf on the TCC courses, visit the Traffic Club site at

Cog Hill, 12294 Archer Avenue, Lemont, IL 60439

Date & Time
Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
Shotgun start @ 9:00AM — all golfers must check in by 8:15AM

Registration Includes
Green fees, Golf carts, Course contests.

Networking BBQ from 1:30PM – 5:30PM w/ open bar via separate ticket purchase.

Club Rentals
If you will be renting golf clubs for the Annual Dinner Golf Outing, we recommend reserving a set before-hand by calling the Cog Hill Pro Shop at (630) 257-5872 ext. 318.

Rain Policy
The NARS Golf Outing will take place rain or shine. If the course becomes unplayable due to severe weather, rain checks will be issued upon request.

Hotel Information

The Hyatt McCormick Place Hotel is conveniently located in downtown Chicago. Click on the link below to make your hotel reservations. Book your group rate for North American Rail Shippers Association (NARS).

Our group rate is $259.00 per night. This rate is available until all rooms have been reserved or until April 27, 2018. (All reservation requests and/or changes received after the cut-off date will be accepted on a space and rate available basis.)

Reserve Your Room

Alternatively, you can contact Hyatt Reservations Desk directly at (888) 421-1442 and ask for the “North American Rail Shippers Association” for our group rate.
Transportation: Visit this link to learn more about transportation to the Hyatt and parking.

Group Rate Cut-Off Date is April 27, 2018

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Event Speakers

More biographies to come soon.

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Adam Nordstrom

Principal, Viking Navigation LLC

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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 16, 2018
May 18, 2018


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