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2019 Annual Meeting

May 15, 2019 - May 17, 2019


NARS 2019 Annual Meeting – San Antonio

May 15-17, 2019



Final Agenda

Registration as of May 7, 2019

Don’t miss out on this exciting program which tackles today’s important issues and kicks off with Keyote Speaker Carl Ice, AAR Chairman and President and CEO of BNSF.

Wednesday, May 15:  Registration opens at 3:30 p.m. and Opening Reception at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 16:  Meeting begins with 7 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Meeting at 8 a.m.

Friday, May 17:  Meeting opens with 7 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Meeting at 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Meeting Highlights:

  • Trade Issues:  John MurphySenior VP International Policy, US Chamber of Commerce – Presented by Kansas City Southern
  • Regional Perspective:  George P. Bush, Commissioner of Texas General Land 
  • Intermodal Insights: Panel led by Celtic International
  • Energy by Rail:John Miller, Group VP, BNSF and Graham Brisben, Founder and President, PLG Consulting
  • Analyst Panel:Tony Hatch, ABH Consulting and Kristine Kubacki, Mizuho — Moderated by Stefan Loeb,  Watco Companies
  • Leadership Breakfast:Clarence Gooden, Director Universal Logistics Holdings and Former President of CSX
  • New Association Leadership:Ian Jefferies, President, AAR, Chuck Baker, President ASLRRA and Iker de Luisa, Managing Director AMF
  • Managing the Talent Pool:Beth Whited, EVP and Chief Human Resource Officer, Union Pacific Railroad and Kelli Saunders, President & CEO Morai Logistics
  • Plus: More speakers and topics


Cancellation/Refund Policies:

Conference Registration. Conference registrants canceling registration on or before April 24, 2019 will receive a full refund of the conference registration fee. No refunds will be issued after April 24, 2019.


Hotel Information

The Westin Riverwalk Hotel is located in the heart of San Antonio along the Riverwalk.

420 W Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

T 210.444.6113

Secure your special rate of $209/night by reserving your room by April 23, 2019.

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Group Rate Cut-Off Date is April 26, 2019


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Event Speakers

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 15, 2019
May 17, 2019


Westin San Antonio
420 West Market St.
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
(210) 224-6500


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