Railroad and Shipper executives headline winter meeting of Midwest Association of Rail Shippers

by Canadian Shipper

CHICAGO, Illinois–“Rail Shipping-Powering America’s Economy” will be the theme of The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) 2014 Winter Meeting to be held January 15–16 at the Oak Brook Hills Resort–Chicago in Oak Brook, IL.

It will be the 242nd regular meeting for MARS, one of five regional associations under the umbrella of the North American Rail Shippers Association. In addition to top-level industry speakers and topical panel discussions, the MARS Winter Meeting also features continuing education seminars on different aspects of railroading. Last year, almost 500 people attended the meeting and seminars, making it one of the largest gatherings of rail shippers in North America, said a news release. 

Speakers for the upcoming Winter Meeting include: Keith Creel, president and COO of Canadian Pacific Railway, the second largest railroad in Canada; Eric Butler, executive vice president of Union Pacific Railroad, the largest railroad in North America; Stephen Dowdle, president of Potash Corporation Sales, the world’s largest fertilizer producer; transportation financial analyst Tony Hatch with the view from Wall Street; a legislative update from government affairs insider Adam Nordstrom; and David Williams, Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service.

The meeting will also include a roundtable discussion on “Intermodal Innovation and Insights,” and will feature executives representing the chassis, drayage, logistics, and shipper components of this fast-growing industry.

“The program for our Winter Meeting looks to be one of our best,” said MARS President Lisa Longtin. “We are bringing together people with a great mix of real-world experience and best-practice knowledge to inspire continued improvements in the rail-shipping industry.”

As in years past, the luncheon on Wednesday, January 15 will be jointly hosted by MARS and the Traffic Club of Chicago. The scheduled luncheon speaker is Joseph Szabo, administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, the industry’s safety regulator.

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