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2018 Summer Meeting

July 16 - July 17


Meeting Registration

Please set aside the dates of July 16th and 17th to attend the 251st meeting of MARS at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva WI. The conference registration and Scholarship Outing registration forms are attached. The following key transportation executives have agreed to address our group:

  • Gabriel Guerra Castellanos, President and CEO, Guerra Castellanos & Associates
  • Linda Bauer Darr, President, American Short Line and Regional Railroads Association
  • John E. Fenton, President and CEO, Patriot Rail
  • Taylor Robinson, President, PLG Consulting
  • Paul Titterton, SVP and Chief Commercial Officer, GATX

and other keynote speakers addressing the economy, trade and freight transportation topics.
Dress code is business casual. Networking tables will be available for distribution of your company’s information. We will have our Scholarship Outing, reception and networking buffet dinner on our first day, July 16th, with our business meeting scheduled for a full day on July 17th. Plan to adjourn at 3:45.

We will be using the meeting layout that we tested last year and proved to be quite popular, with all activities in the main hotel. We will host the personal presentations in the Grand Ballroom, with live feed presentations in the Maple Lawn Room allowing for more casual viewing without sacrificing ability to interact with the speakers. Our coffee break-networking will also have its own room, the Evolve Room, with seating in the Chophouse.

On the registration form, there will be a field to reserve a hard copy meeting brochure if you want one. Remember, all the information in the book is in the “phone app”. Our phone app has been so popular and widely adapted, we need to get a better estimate of how many books are actually needed so as to avoid unnecessary costs and use of natural resources.
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We would welcome additional sponsors for our programs and events – please contact Bill Schauer at 630-513-6700 or email Thank you for your support. Please join our LinkedIn group.


Hotel Room Reservations

The hotel has allocated a block of rooms from July 15th through July 17th at a preferred rate of $156 for hotel guest rooms or, one-bedroom suites (or $252 for two-bedroom suites) at the Timber Ridge Lodge, on site. Other amenities are included for those staying at Timber Ridge, including a discount at the Spa and free access to the Water Park. There is a three day cancellation clause in our contract. Cutoff date for the preferred rate is June 15th. Our group rates are also available for three days prior and three days after our meeting, on a space available basis. If there is any problem with registrations, please call Ricardo Hernandez at 800-558-3417, ext. 5179 You can register for your hotel rooms on line with links above.

Grand Geneva – Reserve Your Room Timber Ridge – Reserve Your Room



July 16
July 17


Grand Geneva Resort
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 United States
(800) 558-3417


Bill Schauer
MARS Rail Shippers

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