Upcoming Meetings

2015 Winter Meeting

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


JANUARY 14 & 15, 2015

Please plan on joining us on the dates of January 14 & 15, 2015 to attend the 244th meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers at Hilton’s Oak Brook Hills Resort. The early registration fee is $195 which includes 2015 dues. There will be no refunds after December 27, 2014.

Our conference is scheduled for a full day on January 14th, including breakfast, lunch and an evening reception, and a half day, including breakfast, on the 15th. Dress code is business casual. Networking tables will be available for distribution of your company’s information. As requested, we have increased our networking time but will still have a full agenda.

The full agenda will be available soon and we will have a truly topical and informative program. We are proud to announce that we will be addressed by Mr. Claude Mongeau, President and CEO of the CN, Mr. Clarence Gooden, EVP Sales and Marketing and Chief Commercial Officer, CSX Transportation and Mr. Daniel Elliott III, Chairman, STB with Dr. Christopher Lofgren, President and CEO of Schneider, invited. We will also be joined by the popular Tony Hatch with the Wall Street view of the Rail Industry and Adam Nordstrom addressing a legislative update.

This January we are again hosting the “Railroad 101”, “Railroad 201”, “Railroad 301” and “Intermodal 101” seminars, along with other breakout sessions of particular interest. The subject matter to be covered in RR101will be the basics of rail operations and moving a shipment on the railroad with the goal of helping those new to our industry understand how a railroad works and RR201 will cover doing business with the railroads. These courses will be taught by John Schmitter, President of KEP LLC and Professor at Daniels College of Business, University of Denver. Railroading 301 will explain the basics of railcar fleet management and will be addressed by David Sellers, AVP, Automotive, TTX (INV). Intermodal 101will address the basics of intermodal service and terminology and will be hosted by Ron Sucik, president of RSE Consulting. We plan on having other special interest breakout sessions.  There is no charge for these seminars and it is not necessary to attend the conference to attend the seminar, so please invite anyone you feel may benefit from this subject matter.

You can register online or you can also register using the PDF forms.

The hotel has allocated a block of rooms available from January 10th through January 18th at a preferred rate of $133, single or double, including internet access.   There is a three day cancellation clause in our contract. You can reserve your room online. Cutoff date for the preferred rate is December 27, 2014.

For those of you that were unable to attend our meeting in July, we had an excellent program and speakers resulting in attendance records and positive feedback from those in attendance. We believe we have another noteworthy program lined up for January.

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

We look forward to seeing you in January.

Tom Tisa