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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

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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 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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