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Upcoming events

    • 20 Jun 2022
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • 23 Jun 2022
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Chicago, IL

    Save the date for the AARS 124th Annual Meeting, June 20-21, 2022 in Chicago right on Wacker Dr. near Michigan Ave. at the Swissotel!

    NOTE:  Due to issues related to COVID-19, the 2020-21 Annual Meeting has been canceled.

    The 2022 meeting will open with a reception on June 20 at 5:00 p.m.

    AARS will host the Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Award Dinner as part of the AARS Annual Meeting on June 20 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/risingstars/about.asp

    The meeting program will continue June 21 at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude on June 22 at 11:00 a.m. 

    Registration will open in January, 2022.

    Golf Outing:  On June 22 the AARS will hold its annual golf outing to benefit the AARS Scholarship Fund.  More information to come.

    Hotel Information

    The meeting will be held in downtown Chicago at the Swissotel.  Reservation information to come.

    AGENDA

    The agenda for the 124th Annual Meeting is to be published beginning in January, 2022.  

    Below is the agenda from the 123rd Annual Meeting in Norfolk, VA to provide you with an idea of a typical AARS Annual Meeting.  Learn more about the 2019 meeting proceedings by viewing our AARS Journal coverage of the meeting by clicking here.

    Monday, July 22

    Industry Tour of Norfolk Harbor! 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Tour Sponsored by:  

    5:00 pm Opening Reception and Technical Showcase

    6:30 pm Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Awards and Dinner

    Tuesday, July 23

    7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical Showcase sponsored by 

    8:00 am Keynote Speaker

    Jim Squires, President, CEO & Executive Chairman, Norfolk Southern

    9:00 am Break in Technical Showcase

    9:30 am Regional Perspective

    David Gooden, Division Superintendent, Norfolk Southern

    10:15 am Rising Stars Panel: Achieving Success in the Rail Industry

    Kelley Carr, Sr. Manager – Positive Train Control, Safety, Compliance & Training, Amtrak

    Scott Schiemann, Chief Engineer, Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad

    James Schwichtenberg, Vice President, Chief Safety Officer, CSX


    11:45 am Break in Technical Showcase 

    12:00 Annual Industry Luncheon & Lantern Awards 

    Charge to Superintendents

    Ed Harris, EVP Operations, CSX

    1:30  Onboarding a Shortline

    Stefan Loeb, EVP and Chief Commercial Officer, Watco Companies

    John Rickoff – President & CEO Lake State Railway

    Mark Rosner – President & CEO Carload Express


    2:30  Break in Technical Showcase 

    3:15 pm 

    Panel Presentation: Precision Scheduled Railroading


    -          Dave Ferryman, VP Commercial & Technology, EVRAZ N.A. (confirmed)

    -          Brian Murray, Regional Superintendent, CSX


    4:15 p.m. Update on the “Railroad Renaissance” Tony Hatch, ABH Consulting

    Wednesday, July 24

    7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical Showcase in Great Room, 6th floor

     8:00 am   Attracting & Retaining New Employees


    Bill Fountain, Director of Recruitment, Genesee & Wyoming

    Rachael Peterson, EVP People Services, Watco Companies

    Dan MacKay, AVP Human Resources, Norfolk Southern

    9:00 a.m.  Enhancing Your Safety Culture within Your Railroad – Panel

    Darrell Snyder, VP Mechanical, Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad

    Clay Smith,  Manager of Safety & Training, Florida East Coast Railway

    Ken Glover, VP Safety, Genesee & Wyoming

    10:30 am Business Session

    11:00 am Adjourn

    11:30 pm Bus Loads for Annual Golf Outing, departing at 11:45 a.m.

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

    1:15 p.m. Shotgun Start at River Front Golf Club, Suffolk, VA





Past events

11 Nov 2021 Human Factors Seminar ONLY - Nov 2021
09 Nov 2021 NOV 2021 AARS Derailment Investigation Seminar ONLY -- Philly
09 Nov 2021 Registration for BOTH AARS Derailment Investigation & Human Factors Seminar -- Philly
05 Nov 2019 2019 AARS Derailment Investigation Seminar -- Chicago O'Hare
24 Jul 2019 2019 AARS Annual Golf Outing to Benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship Fund
22 Jul 2019 AARS 123rd Annual Meeting
05 Jun 2019 2019 Human Factors Seminar
06 Nov 2018 Human Factors Seminar
24 Jul 2018 2018 AARS Annual Golf Outing to Benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship Fund
22 Jul 2018 AARS 122nd Annual Meeting
08 May 2018 AARS Derailment Investigation Seminar -- Los Angeles
23 Apr 2018 AARS Derailment Investigation Seminar -- Philadelphia
25 Jul 2017 2017 AARS Annual Golf Outing to Benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship Fund
25 Jul 2017 2017 AARS Annual Derailment Investigation Seminar
23 Jul 2017 AARS 121st Annual Meeting
26 Jul 2016 AARS Annual Golf Outing to Benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship Fund
24 Jul 2016 AARS 120th Annual Meeting
09 Nov 2015 AARS Annual Derailment Investigation Seminar
21 Jul 2015 AARS Annual Golf Outing to Benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship Fund
19 Jul 2015 AARS 119th Annual Meeting
03 Nov 2014 AARS Derailment Investigation Seminar, Nov. 3-4
14 Sep 2014 AARS 2014 Annual Meeting
04 Nov 2013 AARS Derailment Investigation Seminar, Nov. 4-5
21 Jul 2013 117th AARS Anual Meeting Newark, NJ/New York, NY
28 Feb 2013 41st Winter Meeting ATLANTA
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