January 15-16, 2014
Oak Brook Hills Resort – Chicago
Oak Brook, IL 60523
ADVANCE NOTICE - WINTER MEETING
OAK BROOK HILLS RESORT - CHICAGO
JANUARY 15 & 16, 2014
The 242nd regular meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers will be held at the Oak Brook Hills Resort-Chicago on January 15 & 16, 2014.
The theme for this meeting is RAIL SHIPPING – POWERING AMERICA’S ECONOMY and we are hosting a very full agenda with opening remarks by both Keith Creel, President and COO of the Canadian Pacific Railway and Eric Butler, EVP Marketing and Sales, Union Pacific Railroad and a host of headline speakers including: William Doyle, President, Potash Corporation, Joseph Szabo, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration and David Williams, Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service.
We will also continue our popular series of: “Win-Win” rail-customer success stories, this year addressed by Jason Anderson, GM, City of Rochelle, IL and Robert Wingate, GM, City of Rochelle, RR, the view from “Wall Street” by Tony Hatch and a legislative update by Adam Nordstrom. There will be town hall discussion on Intermodal Innovation and Insights – and we hope that you plan on participating. We have expanded our railroading seminars to include RR101, basics of doing business with the railroad, RR201, the commercial side of railroading, RR 301, railcar fleet management and a new segment on Demurrage 101. Last January we had 495 registered to attend. A full agenda and a tremendous networking opportunity.
We've posted the current agenda and registration forms for the meeting and the railroading seminars.
The current registration fee is $195, for the entire program, including breakfasts, conference, luncheon, reception and dues for 2014, a great value for this quality of conference. No refunds after December 31, 2013.
The hotel is under the new management of Destination Hotels, an operator of many fine conference hotels and they are holding a block of rooms for us with a preferred rate of $128.00 a night, including internet access. The cut-off date for our rate is December 31, 2013. Make your reservations early to be assured of your choice of rooms. You can reserve your room online and get the MARS meeting rates by going to here or calling 855-458-5701. If you need help registering, contact Angela Shaughnessy at 480-678-0883.
There will be an election of officers on January 16th.
Please fill out the 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.
Please join our new Linkedin group.
Also don’t forget the cutoff date for MARS Scholarship Applications is Thursday, January 31, 2014.