AARS 2014 Annual Meeting

  • 14 Sep 2014
  • 5:00 PM (CDT)
  • 16 Sep 2014
  • 5:00 PM (CDT)
  • Union League Club, Chicago, IL


  • Includes one exhibit space which includes skirted table, electricity and carpet along with registration for one company representative. Also includes AARS membership for up to 8 company representatives, and additional meeting registrations at a discounted rate of $295 per person. Includes additional supplier member benefits.
  • Includes Sunday reception, Monday and Tuesday meeting and luncheons, and Monday Annual Meeting dinner for one member attendee.
  • Includes Sunday reception, Monday Annual Meeting dinner, Monday and Tuesday meeting and luncheons
  • Registration to attend the AARS Annual Industry Luncheon ONLY. Available to members of the Traffic Club. Noon September 15, 2014 Union League Club Main Dining Room
  • Registration to attend the AARS Annual Industry Luncheon ONLY. Available to members of the Western Railway Club. Noon September 15, 2014 Union League Club Main Dining Room
  • Includes participation in Sept. 14 Rail Tour & Opening Reception, Sept. 15 Spouse/Guest Tour at Eataly, and Sept. 15 Annual Dinner at Gino's East.

The 2014 AARS Annual Meeting will be held at the Union League Club in Chicago Sept. 14-16, 2014.  

The AARS is consolidating its traditional two meetings per year into this larger single meeting in 2014 in response to member requests for a simpler meeting schedule and robust program.  

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Award Dinner on Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Union League Club.  AARS members receive a discount on the Rising Stars dinner ticket. Tickets for AARS members are $150 per person compared to the normal price of $175. Use the link below to obtain the discounted ticket rate:

For more information about the Rising Stars Dinner and nominations process for the Rising Stars Awards, visit:

Hotel Room Reservations and Dress Code
The room rate for the Union League Club is $169/night plus a 20% surcharge which includes all taxes and fees.  You may make your room reservation by calling the club directly at 312-427-7800 or 800-443-0578 by August 21, 2014. Visit www.ulcc.org to learn more about the Union League Club.  Click here for Union League Club dress code information.

Information about the program is provided below, and registration is now open.

For more information about exhibition and sponsorship, please contact Carrie Foor at 331-643-3369 or at cfoor54@msn.com. View sponsorships here.  Note that many have been filled, but some sponsorships are still available.

AARS 118th Annual Meeting Program

Sunday, September 14, 2014
5:00 pm Opening Reception and
Technical Showcase

6:30 pm Progressive Railroading
Rising Stars Awards and Dinner

Monday, September 15, 2014
(Spouse outing to Eataly, Chicago)
7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical Showcase

8:00 am Charge to Superintendents
9:00 am Break in Technical Showcase

9:30 am Executive Presentation:  Don Orseno, Executive Director/CEO Metra

10:30 am TTCI Presentation

11:30 Break

12:00 Industry Associations Luncheon
 featuring FRA Administrator Joe Szabo

1:15 pm 
Leadership & Safety
Managing Safety: Programs
Gerry Gates, SVP, Genessee & Wyoming Inc.

2:00 p.m. Crude Oil Industry Impact & Outlook:  New Car Standards
Jason Kuehn, VP Rail Practice, Oliver Wyman 

2:30 pm  Break

3:00 p.m. Leadership & Safety
Sustained Attention Training:  Strategies for Fighting Distraction
VEOLIA Transportation

4:30 p.m. Managing the Process
Managing New People
Mike Sherlock, Gen. Supt., Amtrak

5:00 Adjourn

6:00 pm Annual Dinner -- Gino's East 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical Showcase

8:00 Track 1: Leadership & Safety
Leadership through Cultural Change 
Mike Paras, GM, Belt Railway Co. of Chicago and
Norfolk Southern Representative

9:15 Break

9:45 Railway Worker Safety 
RWT Roadway Worker Training Inc.,

8:00 am Track 2: Managing the Process
Engineering 101

9:15 Break

9:45 Resume Engineering 101

12:00 Lantern Awards Luncheon

1:00 pm Track 1: Leadership & Safety
Accident Investigation
Gary Wolf, Wolf Railway Consulting

2:30 Break

3:00 Resume Accident Investigation

1:00 pm Track 2: Managing the Process
1:00 pm Labor & Management 

2:30 break

3:00 pm
Panel on Optimizing Freight, Commuter, DOT, Amtrak Relationships

4:15 Business Session and Closing
5:00 pm Adjourn

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