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AARS 121st Annual Meeting

  • 23 Jul 2017
  • 5:00 PM (CDT)
  • 25 Jul 2017
  • 11:00 AM (CDT)
  • Chase Park Plaza Hotel, 212 Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108

Registration

  • Meeting registration for one person which includes entry to the AARS Annual Meeting Opening Reception, one ticket to the Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Awards dinner, 2 continental breakfasts, and entry to the AARS Lantern Awards Luncheon.
  • Meeting registration for one person which includes entry to the AARS Annual Meeting Opening Reception, one ticket to the Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Awards Dinner, 2 continental breakfasts, entry to the AARS Annual Lantern Awards Luncheon.
  • Includes meeting registration for one company representative (entry to all meeting events including the Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Awards Dinner), 10' exhibition space with 8' skirted table, electricity, carpeting, logo and link on AARS website, sponsorship listing in pre- and post- meeting newsletters, eblasts and all on site conference materials. Includes AARS membership for up to 8 company representatives.
  • Includes registration for one guest or spouse with entry to the AARS Annual Meeting Opening Reception and MSU Alumni Reception. This registration does NOT include a ticket to the Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Award Dinner.
    No specific spouse outing has been arranged for the 121st Annual Meeting.
  • Special discounted registration to the AARS 121st Annual Meeting for Progressive Railroading Rising Stars award recipients

Save the date for the AARS 121st Annual Meeting, July 23-25, 2017 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, 212 Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108

The meeting will open with a reception on Sunday, July 23 at 5:00 p.m.

AARS will host the Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Award Dinner as part of the AARS Annual Meeting on Sunday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Registration to the AARS Annual Meeting includes a ticket to the Rising Stars dinner.  For more information about the Rising Stars dinner, visit http://www.progressiverailroading.com/risingstars/about.asp

The meeting program will continue Monday, July 24 at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude on Tuesday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m. 

Register Now!

Golf Outing:  On Tuesday, July 25, the AARS will hold its annual golf outing to benefit the AARS Scholarship Fund at the Far Oaks Golf Course.  Visit www.faroaksgolf.com to learn more about the course.  Registration for the golf outing is now open

Hotel Information

The meeting will be held at the historic Chase Park Plaza Hotel.  Obtain the special room rate of $172/night by calling the hotel directly and mentioning AARS.

The hotel will begin accepting reservations after October 30, 2016.

212 Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108

(314) 633-3000

Sunday, July 23

1:00 p.m. St. Louis Dome Car Rail Tour (departs Union Station at 1 p.m.,returns at 4 p.m.) ~ hosted by RJ Corman~

5:00 pm Opening Reception and Technical Showcase

6:30 pm Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Awards and Dinner

Monday, July 24

7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical Showcase

8:00 am Charge to Superintendents

Ed Harris, Executive Chairman, OmniTRAX

9:00 am Break in Technical Showcase

9:30 am Regional Perspective

Mike McCarthy, President, Terminal Railroad Association

10:30 am

Day to Day Management:

  • -          Training new hires
  • -          Dealing with difficult managers/employees
11:45 am Break in Technical Showcase

12:00 Annual Industry Luncheon

Lantern Awards

1:15 Challenges Facing New Managers

Panel including: Chad Sundem, General Director Trans.,BNSF ; Adam Baginski, Manager Engineering Services, Conrail ; Jeff Brantz, Manager Service Design, METRA and more...

2:45 p.m. Break in Technical Showcase

3:15 pm Instilling the Railroad Culture in New Employees

Panel including:  Michael Collier, Supt. Field Operations - Mechanical, BNSF;Chris Andrews, AVP Safety and Training, Florida East Coast Railway (FEC); Kevin Day, Assistant Chief Engineer Technology, Testing and Standards, CN; Plus representatives from GWRR and NS.


4:30 p.m. Michigan State University Railway Certificate Course Alumni Presentation

5:00 pm Adjourn and MSU Railway Certificate Course Alumni Reception

Tuesday, July 25

7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical Showcase

7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical

Showcase 

8:00 am Developing a Safety Culture

Panel including:  Brian Reilly, Human Performance Program Specialist, FRA; Justin Vonashek, VP System Safety, Metro-North; Gary Wolf, President, Wolf Railway Consulting; and representatives from RWT.

Note:  Derailment Investigation Seminar attendees are invited to participate in the 8:00 a.m. session

9:15 am Break in Technical Showcase

9:45 am Market Outlook

10:30 am Business Session

11:00 am Adjourn

Bus departs to Far Oaks Golf Club for the AARS Annual Golf Outing to benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship

Register for the Golf Outing!


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