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AARS 2014 Annual Meeting

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


  • Registration for the AARS Annual Industry Luncheon, Monday Sept. 15 at Noon at the Union League Club of Chicago
  • 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.

Registration is closed
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. Tickets are $225. 

For more information about the Rising Stars Dinner and to purchase a ticket 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. After August 21, room availability will be very limited.  It is recommended that you call Carrie Foor at 331-643-3369 to find rooms at good rates near the ULCC, or if you prefer to stay on the Magnificent Mile, rooms are available at the Inn of Chicago www.innofchicago.com at rates from $132 (online prepaid reservations) to $184/night.  

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

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Rail tour to Michigan City, courtesy of Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District & South Shore Freight
Board at the Van Buren St. Station at 12:30 p.m.

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
Patrick O'Brien, President, Belt Railway Co. of Chicago
9:00 am Break in Technical Showcase

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

10:30 am Outlook of Rail Traffic, and the Impact of Crude 
and Car Standards
Jason Kuehn, VP Rail Practice, Oliver Wyman 

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. TTCI Update
Carmen Trevizo, Director, TTCI

2:45 pm  Break

3:15 p.m. Leadership & Safety
Sustained Attention Training:  Strategies for Fighting Distraction
Ron Robusto, COO and Don Saunders,
VEOLIA Transportation

4:45 p.m. Managing the Process
Managing New People
Mike Sherlock, Gen. Supt., Amtrak and Donna DiDomenico- Human Capital Business Partner, Amtrak

5:15 p.m. Adjourn

6:00 p.m. Bus begins boarding for Annual Dinner -- Gino's East 
6:15 p.m. Bus departs ULCC for Gino's

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, Barry Morton, GM Safety, CSX REDI Center and
MTA Representative

9:15 Break

9:45 Roadway Worker Safety 
John Drake, Sr. Project Manager, 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 
Fred Leif, President, Railway Labor Associates of Missouri

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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