Register now for the AARS 122nd Annual Meeting, July 22-24, 2018 at the W Lakeshore in Chicago.
Registration is open!
The meeting will open with a reception on Sunday, July 22 at 5:00 p.m.
AARS will host the Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Award Dinner as part of the AARS Annual Meeting on Sunday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Registration to the AARS Annual Meeting includes a ticket to the Rising Stars dinner. For more information about the Rising Stars dinner, visit http://www.progressiverailroading.com
The meeting program will continue Monday, July 23 at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude on Tuesday, July 24 at 11:00 a.m.
Golf Outing: On Tuesday, July 24, the AARS will hold its annual golf outing to benefit the AARS Scholarship Fund at the Harborside Golf Course in Chicago. Click here to visit the Golf Outing page. Hotel Information
The meeting will be held at the W Lakeshore in Chicago at 644 N. Lake Shore Drive. http://www.wchicago-lakeshore.com/
Make your reservation before June 29, 2018 by calling the hotel directly at 312-943-9200 or 888-627-9034 and mention your participation in the American Association of Railroad Superintendents Annual Meeting to receive the special discounted nightly rate of $199/night.
You may also make your hotel reservation at this link: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/AARS2018
Sunday, July 22
1:00 p.m. Rail Tour: Tour of Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad's transition to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Bus departs the W Lakeshore Hotel at 12:15 p.m., return to the hotel by 4:00 p.m.
5:00 pm Opening Reception and Technical Showcase
6:30 pm Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Awards and Dinner
Monday, July 23
7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical Showcase
8:00 am Opening Remarks and
Charge to Superintendents:
Keith Creel, President and CEO, Canadian Pacific Railway
9:00 am Precision Railroading
Jamie Boychuk, VP Precision Scheduled Railroad Implementation, CSX
9:30 am Regional Perspective:
Jim Derwinski, Incoming CEO and Executive Director, METRA
Attracting and Retaining Employees Panel
11:45 am Break in Technical Showcase
12:00 Annual Industry Luncheon
1:15 Performance Metrics
John Friedmann, VP Network Operations & Strategic Planning, Norfolk Southern Corporation
2:00 Economic Outlook
Melissa Peralta, Senior Economist, TTX
2:45 p.m. Break in Technical Showcase
3:15 pm Rising Stars Panel: Achieving Success in the Rail Industry
Amy Rice, VP Strategic Planning, CSX
Jeremy Kramer, Director of Transportation, Louisville & Indiana Railroad
Clayton Johanson, Terminal Manager, Suburban Operations, BNSF
4:15 p.m. Update on the “Railroad Renaissance”
Tony Hatch, Transportation Analyst, ABH Consulting
5:00 pm Adjourn
6:00 p.m. Michael A. Paras Foundation Fundraiser at Biggs Mansion Chicago
Tuesday, July 24
7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical
8:00 am Safety Culture Topics
8: 00 a.m. DOWDuPont Safety Focus
o Rail Fleet management & maintenance,
o NAR Prevention
o TRANSCAER and ER support
9:00 a.m. Developing a Safety Culture within Your Railroad - Panel
David Tarwater, GM at Birmingham Terminal Railway and Alabama WarriorMo Savoy, Vice President and Deputy Chief Mechanical Yards & Terminals, Amtrak
10:00 am Transitioning to CNG
10:30 am Business Session
11:00 am Adjourn
11:45 pm Bus Departs for Annual Golf Outing
Bus departs to Harborside Golf Course for the AARS Annual Golf Outing to benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship