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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.

Beth Whited

EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, UP

Beth F. Whited Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer Whited was appointed executive vice president and chief human resource officer in August 2018. In this position, she is responsible for the human resources and labor relations functions and...

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Carl Ice

AAR Chairman, President & CEO, BNSF

Carl R. Ice President and Chief Executive Officer Carl Ice was appointed to his current position of president and chief executive officer for BNSF Railway on Jan. 1, 2014. Previously, he served as president and chief operating officer since Nov....

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Chuck Baker

President, ASLRRA

Chuck Baker joined ASLRRA as President in February 2019 after a 15-year career in the railroad industry. Before joining ASLRRA he was a Partner at Chambers Conlon & Hartwell (CC&H), where, in addition to the ASLRRA, he represented clients such...

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Clarence Gooden

Director Universal Logistics Holdings and Former President of CSX

Clarence Gooden is the recently retired President of CSX Corporation. Mr. Gooden served as President of CSX Corporation from September 2015 until February 15, 2017, and as Vice Chairman of CSX and consultant to the board and CEO until May...

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Ed Hamberger

From 1998 to 2019, Ed Hamberger  served as president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Railroads (AAR), the world’s leading railroad policy, research and standard setting organization for freight railroads of the United States, Canada and Mexico,...

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George P. Bush

Commissioner TX General Land

George Prescott Bush is a native Texan, born in Houston on April 24, 1976. He was first elected Texas Land Commissioner on Nov. 4, 2014 and was overwhelmingly re-elected on November 6, 2018. He received the second highest vote total...

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Graham Brisben

Founder & President, PLG Consulting

Graham Brisben is the CEO and founder of PLG Consulting, which provides consulting and management services in strategy, supply chain, and logistics engineering focused on the industrial economy. He formed the business in 2001 following a career in the railroad...

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Ian Jefferies

President, AAR

As the Association of American Railroads (AAR’s) president and CEO, Jefferies advocates for and works with member railroads to ensure the continued viability of America’s railroad industry. Prior to assuming the role on January 1, 2019, Jefferies was the senior...

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John G. Murphy

SVP International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

John G. Murphy directs the U.S. Chamber’s advocacy relating to international trade and investment policy. Since joining the Chamber in 1999, Murphy has led its successful campaigns to win congressional passage of trade agreements with a dozen nations, including Colombia, Panama, and...

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Stefan Loeb

EVP Chief Commercial Officer, Watco Companies

Stefan Loeb serves as Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer for Watco Companies, L.L.C. of Pittsburg, KS. His responsibilities include leading the marketing and sales and strategic growth teams as well as commercial aspects of acquisition opportunities for the Watco family...

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May 16, 2018
May 18, 2018


hyatt regency McCormick
Chicago, IL United States


Tom Tisa
NARS Rail Shippers

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