Upcoming Meetings

SAVE JANUARY 17 & 18 FOR THE MARS WINTER MEETING

THE WESTIN LOMBARD YOKTOWN CENTER
70 YORKTOWN SHOPPING CENTER
LOMBARD, IL 60148
HOTEL RESERVATIONS (PH) 888-627-9031
ON LINE REGISTRATIONS AT 2018 MARS Winter Conference

Our summer meeting was a big success with an attendance record of well over 500 registrants and over 250 registered for our Scholarship Golf Outing. The evaluation survey was very positive. If you have not shared your views about the meeting, the on-line survey is still open at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MARS2017SUMMER.

Thanks for joining us and for all your support.

Please plan on joining us on the dates of January 17 & 18, 2018 for the 250th meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers.

We will be hosting a pre-meeting reception on January 16 beginning at 5 p.m.

Our conference is scheduled for a full day on January 17th, including breakfast, lunch and an evening reception, and a half day, including breakfast, on the 18th. Dress code is business casual. Networking tables will be available for distribution of your company’s information. We have increased our networking time but will still have a full agenda.

The complete agenda will be available soon. We are proud to announce that we will be addressed by
-Jose Guillermo Zozaya Delano, President & General Manager, KCS de Mexico
-Tony Hatch, President, ABH Consulting
-Mark Millett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Steel Dynamics, Inc
-Erik Starks, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, FTR Transportation Intelligence
-Mark Van Cleave, Executive Vice President, Industrial Sales & Leasing, Trinity Rail
-Beth Whited, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Union Pacific Railroad

Several other popular key attractions invited.

We will be hosting the Rail Supplier’s Expo again this year.

This January we are hosting six breakout sessions suitable for transportation execs as well as people new to the industry:
Railroading 101, Railroading 201, Intermodal 101, Railcar Fleet Management, and other rail freight oriented topics.
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.

Meeting registration is not open yet but you can book your lodging.

The hotel has allocated a block of rooms available from January 15th through January 18th at a preferred rate of $147, single or double, including internet access. There is a three-day cancellation clause in our contract. You can reserve your room on line at 2018 MARS Winter Conference.

Cutoff date for the preferred rate is December 26, 2017.

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

Do not forget the last day to apply for a MARS scholarship is January 31, 2018.

We look forward to seeing you in January.

Mike Barth
President

More MARS Meeting Dates
January 17–18, 2018 Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL
July 16–17, 2018 Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI
January 16–17, 2019 Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL
January 15–16, 2020 Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL