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AARS 119th Annual Meeting

  • 19 Jul 2015
  • 5:00 PM
  • 21 Jul 2015
  • 11:30 AM
  • Baltimore, MD

Registration

  • Includes meeting registration for existing AARS Active or Lifetime member, and includes entry to Sunday Opening Reception, 1 ticket to the Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Award Dinner, Monday Continental Breakfast, Monday Lantern Awards Luncheon, and Tuesday Continental Breakfast.
  • Registration for one nonmember to attend the AARS 119th Annual Meeting and includes entry to the Sunday Opening Reception, 1 ticket to the Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Award Dinner, Monday Continental Breakfast, Monday Lantern Awards Luncheon, Tuesday Continental Breakfast. Does not include registration in the Annual AARS Golf Outing.
  • Includes registration for one company representative plus an 8 x 10' booth space with, table, carpeting and electricity. Includes AARS annual membership for up to 8 company representatives. Meeting registration for one company representative includes entry to the Sunday Opening Reception, Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Award Dinner, Monday Continental Breakfast, Monday Lantern Awards Luncheon, Tuesday Continental Breakfast. Does NOT include registration in the AARS Golf Outing.
  • Includes registration for one spouse/guest to attend the Annual Meeting Spouse/Guest outing on Monday, July 20; attendance to the 119th Annual Meeting Sunday Opening Reception; and Monday and Tuesday Continental Breakfasts. If you would like to attend the Sunday Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Award Dinner, please purchase a separate ticket as it is not included in this registration.
  • Registration for photographers donating art for Frank J. Richter silent auction.
  • AARS Member Price for Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Award Dinner. You must be registered as a Spouse/Guest or as an Attendee to the Annual Meeting to purchase this ticket. Tickets must be purchased by June 21, 2015 to obtain this special rate.
  • Includes registration for two company representatives, one 8 x 10' booth with table, carpeting and electricity, logo placement on AARS website for one year, table tents at Monday and Tuesday Continental Breakfasts, distribution of company literature throughout meeting, annual membership for up to 8 company representatives, and full registration to all Annual Meeting events including the Opening Reception, Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Dinner, breakfasts and Monday Lantern Awards Luncheon.
  • Includes registration for two company representatives, one 8 x 10' booth with table, carpeting and electricity, logo placement on AARS website for one year, table tents at Sunday Opening Reception, distribution of company literature throughout meeting, feature editorial in AARS Journal post-conference, annual membership for up to 8 company representatives, and full registration to all Annual Meeting events including the Opening Reception, Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Dinner, breakfasts and Monday Lantern Awards Luncheon.
  • Includes registration for two company representatives, one 8 x 10' booth with table, carpeting and electricity, logo placement on AARS website for one year, table tents at Monday Lantern Awards Luncheon, distribution of company literature throughout meeting, feature editorial in AARS Journal post-conference, annual membership for up to 8 company representatives, and full registration to all Annual Meeting events including the Opening Reception, Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Dinner, breakfasts and Monday Lantern Awards Luncheon.

Registration is closed

Save the date for the AARS 119th Annual Meeting, July 19-21, 2015 on the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.  

Registration is now open! Click here to link to online registration.

Click here for a print version of the meeting program.

Hotel Information

Embassy Suites Inner Harbor

222 St. Paul Place
Baltimore,  Maryland,  USA 21202
1-410-727-2222

Please contact the hotel directly by June 21, 2015 to reserve your room at the special AARS rate of $155 - 179/night based upon availability.

Make an online hotel reservation by clicking here.

Or you may call the hotel directly to reserve your room by calling 410-727-2222.

To register for the AARS Annual Golf Outing to benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship Fund, click here.


Sunday, July 19

12:45 p.m.  (Boarding begins at 12:30 at the Baltimore Penn Station)

Click here for a map from the Embassy Suites to the station

ACELA Rail Tour

Acela rail trip from Baltimore to Wilmington with tour of Amtrak's Consolidated National Operations Center (CNOC), the high-tech, 50,000 square foot facility from which Amtrak's national operations are controlled.

5:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

6:30 p.m.

Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Award Dinner

Click here to learn more about the Rising Stars Award and Award Recipients

Monday, July 20

Click here to learn more about Guest/Spouse Events on Monday, July 20

7:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast in the Technical Showcase

8:00 a.m.

Charge to Superintendents

Joe Boardman, President & CEO, Amtrak

9:00 a.m.

Break in the Technical Showcase

9:30 a.m.

Legislative Update from Capitol Hill

Joe McHugh, VP Governmental Affairs, Amtrak

10:30 a.m.

Security, Safety & Operations:  Passenger & Freight

Tom Farmer, AVP Security, AAR

12:00 Noon

119th Annual Meeting Luncheon and Lantern Awards

1:15 p.m.

Service Challenges Facing the Rail Industry

Jason Kuehn, Director Rail Practice, Oliver Wyman; Ronnie Russell, Rail Operations Superintendent, Bombardier; Randy Hunt, Director Joint Facilities, Norfolk Southern; Shawn Gordon, Superintendent, Amtrak; and Kevin Page, Chief of Infrastructure Initiatives and Strategic Partnerships, Commonwealth of VA discuss the services challenges facing the rail industry.

3:00 p.m.

Break in the Technical Showcase

3:30 p.m.

Education Partnership for Optimal People Development

Donna DeDomenico, Human Capital, Amtrak; Jeremy Hammett, Manager Training II, BNSF and NARS; Dr. Richard Stewart, Ph.D., CTLChair Department of Business and Economics University of Wisconsin - Superior. 

Tuesday, July 21

7:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast in the Technical Showcase

and pre-check of golf bags (Embassy Suites bellman)for AARS Golf Outing

8:00 a.m.

Leadership & Safety:  Sustained Attention Training, Strategies for Fighting Distraction

Panel including Ron Robusto, COO, TransDev;  George Elsmore, Principal, GE Safety Associates; Don Fisher, Professor and Dept. Head, Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts; and Don Saunders, President, DLS Consulting.

8:50 a.m.

Break in Technical Showcase

9:20 a.m.

Panel on New Management Challenges

Representatives of Norfolk Southern, CSX, Conrail, TransDev, and other railroads discuss the challenges faced by those new to management in the rail industry. 

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Business Session

11:00 Bus loads for Greystone Golf Club

11:15 a.m.

Bus departs to Greystone Golf Club for the AARS Annual Golf Outing to benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship



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