Upcoming Meetings

2015 Winter Meeting

January 14 – 15, 2015
Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort
Oak Brook, IL


JANUARY 14 & 15, 2015

The 244TH regular meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers will be held at the Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort on January 14 & 15, 2015.

The theme for this meeting is RAIL SHIPPING 2015: MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF HIGH DEMAND and we are hosting a very full agenda filled with keynoters and all stars. Some of the highlight speakers are (in order of appearance):

  • Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, President and CEO of Cliffs Natural Resources
  • Barbara Wilson, President of First Union Rail
  • Claude Mongeau, President and CEO of CN
  • Daniel Elliott III, Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board
  • Clarence Gooden, EVP and Chief Commercial Officer, CSX Transportation
  • Timothy Butters, Acting Administrator, PHMSA

We also have returning popular all stars (in order of appearance):

  • Tony Hatch, President, ABH Consulting
  • Adam Nordstrom, Partner, Chambers, Conlon and Hartwell, LLC
  • Eric Starks, President, FTR Transportation Intelligence

We will continue our popular series of: Rail-Customer Success Stories, this year addressed by GR Lyons, President, Lycon, Inc and Ken Lucht, Director of Government Relations, WSOR railroad. There will be an all railroad panel discussing Rail Service.  

Responding to requests for more networking time, there will be several breaks during the program and, at the end of each day, your choice of attending rail specific seminars or continuing to network and then the evening reception on January 14.

In the right column of this page there are the current agenda and registration forms for the meeting and the railroading seminars.

The current registration fee is $215, for the entire program, including breakfasts, conference, luncheon, reception and dues for 2015, a great value for this content and quality of conference. No refunds after December 27, 2014.

The hotel is holding a block of rooms for us with a preferred rate of $133.00 a night, including internet access.  The cut-off date for our rate is December 27, 2014.  Make your reservations early to be assured of your choice of  rooms. You can reserve your room online and get the MARS meeting rates or call 866-275-6295 and ask for the MARS rate. If you need help registering, contact Eliva Aluculesei at 630-850-5541.

There will be an election of officers on January 15th.

Please fill out posted forms, making your check payable to MARS. If you use the posted registration forms and pay by credit card, please print or type your credit card number legibly. There is a lot of information on MARS and you may also register online.

We invite you to review this site and take note of the increased content including additional information about our sponsors.

Please join our new Linkedin group at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4089306&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr

Also don’t forget the cutoff date for MARS Scholarship Application is Thursday, January 31, 2015.

Tom Tisa