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Railroad Superintendents

AARS 122nd Annual Meeting

  • 22 Jul 2018
  • 5:00 PM (CDT)
  • 24 Jul 2018
  • 11:00 AM (CDT)
  • W Lakeshore Hotel, Chicago, IL

Registration

  • Attendance to the AARS Annual Lantern Award Luncheon, Monday, July 23 at Noon at the W Lakeshore Hotel Chicago in the Industry 1&2 Room. Includes lunch only and does not include admission to the AARS Annual Meeting and events.
  • 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 122nd Annual Meeting for Progressive Railroading Rising Stars award recipients

Register


Register now for the AARS 122nd Annual Meeting, July 22-24, 2018 at the W Lakeshore in Chicago.

Registration is open!

The meeting will open with a reception on Sunday, July 22 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 22 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

The meeting program will continue Monday, July 23 at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude on Tuesday, July 24 at 11:00 a.m. 

Golf Outing:  On Tuesday, July 24, the AARS will hold its annual golf outing to benefit the AARS Scholarship Fund at the Harborside Golf Course in Chicago.  Click here to visit the Golf Outing page.  

Hotel Information

The meeting will be held at the W Lakeshore in Chicago at 644 N. Lake Shore Drive.  http://www.wchicago-lakeshore.com/

Make your reservation before June 29, 2018 by calling the hotel directly at 312-943-9200 or 888-627-9034 and mention your participation in the American Association of Railroad Superintendents Annual Meeting to receive the special discounted nightly rate of $199/night.  

You may also make your hotel reservation at this link:  https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/AARS2018    

https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1803079664&key=2B02D5E8

Sunday, July 22

1:00 p.m. Rail Tour:  Tour of Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad's transition to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).  Bus departs the W Lakeshore Hotel at 12:15 p.m. from the W Lakeshore Lobby, return to the hotel by 4:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. Meeting Registration Opens in Great Room, 6th floor

5:00 pm Opening Reception and Technical Showcase in Great Room, 6th floor

6:30 pm Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Awards and Dinner in Altitude, 33rd floor

Monday, July 23

7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical Showcase in Great Room, 6th floor

8:00 am  Opening Remarks and Charge to Superintendents in Altitude, 33rd floor

 Keith Creel, President and CEO, Canadian Pacific Railway


9:30 am Regional Perspective:

 Jim Derwinski, CEO and Executive Director, METRA

10:30 am

Panel Presentation: 

Attracting and Retaining Employees Panel

Kelly Millenbah, Associate Dean & Director, Michigan State University

Brook Hartzog, GM, Florida East Coast Railway

Cris Hatcher, Director of Training & Development, Watco Companies


11:45 am Break in Technical Showcase in Great Room, 6th floor

12:00 Annual Industry Luncheon in Industry 1&2, 6th floor

Lantern Awards

1:15 p.m. Return to Altitude, 33rd floor

1:15  Performance Metrics

John Friedmann, VP Network Operations & Strategic Planning, Norfolk Southern Corporation

2:00   Economic Outlook

Melissa Peralta, Senior Economist, TTX

2:45 p.m. Break in Technical Showcase in Great Room, 6th floor

3:15 pm Rising Stars Panel: Achieving Success in the Rail Industry

Amy Rice, VP Strategic Planning, CSX

Jeremy Kramer, Director of Transportation, Louisville & Indiana Railroad

Clayton Johanson, Terminal Manager, Suburban Operations, BNSF

4:15 p.m. Update on the “Railroad Renaissance”

Tony Hatch, Transportation Analyst, ABH Consulting

5:00 pm Adjourn

6:00 p.m. Michael A. Paras Foundation Fundraiser at Biggs Mansion Chicago

Tuesday, July 24

7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical Showcase in Great Room, 6th floor

 8:00 am Safety Culture Topics

 8: 00 a.m. DOWDuPont Safety Focus

o    Rail Fleet management & maintenance, 

o     NAR Prevention

o    TRANSCAER and ER support

9:00 a.m.  Developing a Safety Culture within Your Railroad - Panel

Moe Savoy, Vice President and Deputy Chief Mechanical Yards & Terminals, Amtrak

David Tarwater, GM at Birmingham Terminal Railway and Alabama Warrior

Mike Long, Senior Safety and Operations Manager, Short LIne Safety Institute

10:00 am Transitioning to CNG

IHBRR representative

10:30 am Business Session

11:00 am Adjourn

 

11:45 pm Annual Golf Outing

Harborside Golf Course, 11001 S. Doty Ave., East, Chicago for the AARS Annual Golf Outing to benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship



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