MARS 2023 Summer Meeting — Thank you for joining us in Lake Geneva!


Don’t Miss the MARS 2018 Winter Meeting!

Please plan on joining us on the dates of January 16-18, 2017 for the 250th meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers. The early registration fee is $250 which includes 2018 dues. We will again host the popular Suppliers Expo, there will also be a “Get Acquainted” pre- reception on the evening of January 16. No refunds after December 26, 2017

Our conference is scheduled for a full day on January 17th, including breakfast, lunch and an evening reception and networking buffet, 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 (in order of appearance):

  • Mark Millett, President, CEO, Steel Dynamics, Inc.
  • Jose Guillermo Zozaya Delano, President & General Manager, KCS de Mexico
  • Barbara Wilson, President, Wells Fargo Rail
  • Pat Ottensmeyer, President, CEO, Kansas City Southern
  • Beth Whited, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Union Pacific
  • Tony Hatch, President, ABH Consulting
  • James Squires, Chairman, CEO Norfolk Southern
  • Don Loftis, Principal Software Engineer, Olin Corporation
  • Vanta Coda, Executive Director, Port Of Duluth
  • Erik Starks, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, FTR Transportation Intelligence
  • Other Topic Experts

This January we are hosting six breakout sessions suitable for transportation execs as well as people new to the industry:

The hotel has allocated a block of rooms available from January 9th through January 13th 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 online here. If you need assistance with room reservations, please call Kenia Izquierdo, Group Reservations Manager at 630-719-8083. Cutoff date for the preferred rate is December 26, 2017.

Please join our new LinkedIn group.

Also, please visit our website at We invite you to review the site and take note of the increased content including additional information about our sponsors.

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

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