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2020 Winter Meeting

January 14, 2020 - January 16, 2020


254th MARS meeting at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, IL
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Preliminary Registrations by Attendee

Preliminary Registrations by Company

Our conference will start with registration and a get acquainted reception at 5:00 PM on January 14 and is scheduled to adjourn at 11:45 January 16. We are hosting a full agenda filled with many keynoters and topic experts. Some of the committed highlight speakers are (in order of appearance):

  • Lance Fritz, Chairman, President and CEO, Union Pacific RR
  • Darrell Wallace, Executive Director, NA Freight Car Association
  • Eric Starks, Chairman and CEO, FTR Transportation Intelligence.
  • Adam Nordstrom, Principal, Viking Navigation.
  • Patrick Ottensmeyer, Chairman, President and CEO, KCS Railway.
  • Kate Kaufman, Head of Shipper Operations, Uber Freight
  • JJ Ruest, Chairman, President and CEO, CN
  • Anthony Hatch, President, ABH Consulting

In addition to those headliners, there will be several recognized subject matter experts including, shipper speakers and speakers on use of current technology. A full schedule with six hours of informative presentations and five hours of dedicated networking time.

We are also hosting six breakout sessions suitable for transportation executives as well as people new to the industry:
Railroading 101, Railroading 201, Intermodal 101, Railcar Fleet Management, Transloading 101, State Rail Shipper Assistance

No refunds after December 26, 2019. Dress code is business casual.


Hotel Information

The hotel is holding a block of rooms for us with a preferred rate of $147.00 a night, including internet access. The cut-off date for our rate is December 26, 2019. Make your reservations early to be assured of your choice of rooms. You can reserve your room online or by calling 630-719-8000 and ask for the MARS rate.

Book Your Room

If you need help with room reservations call Kenia Izquierdo at 630-719-8083.


January 14, 2020
January 16, 2020


Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
70 Yorktown Shopping Center
Lombard, IL 60148 United States
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(630) 719-8000


Bill Schauer
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