NEARS SPRING 2020 AGENDA AS OF 2/06/2020

NEARS SPRING 2020 CONFERENCE AGENDA – NEWPORT RI


TUESDAY APRIL 21ST, 2020
17:30 – Newport Dinner Train – Early Boarding
18:00 – Newport Dinner Train – Depart Station


WEDNESDAY APRIL 22ND, 2020
15:00 – Registration Opens
17:30 – The Joseph & Eileen Gearin Networking Reception
Networking Reception Sponsored By GeoMetrix
19:00 – Dinner On Your Own in Fabulous Newport


THURSDAY APRIL 23RD, 2020
07:00 – Breakfast Starts (Available until 08:15)
Breakfast Sponsored By Curry Rail Services
07:30 – Registration Re-Opens
08:15 – Welcome to NEARS, Safety Briefing and Housekeeping
Dennis Wilmot, President & CEO, Iron Horse Logistics Group
John Meyers, Secretary, NARS
08:30 – The Tony and Jason Show – Town Hall Style, including Cowen Survey
Introduction: Dennis Wilmot, President & CEO, Iron Horse Logistics Group
Tony Hatch, Principal, ABH Consulting
Jason Seidl, Managing Director, Cowen & Company
09:30 – Railroading into the Next Decade – Strategic Development
Introduction: Jack Rudnicki, Manager Sales, BNSF Railway
Tom Tisa, Head of Business Development, CSX
10:15 – Networking Break & Vendor Fair
Break Sponsored By AMTR
10:45 – Railroad Equipment Panel – Resource Trends and Perspectives
Moderator: Brian Smalley, Sr. Director Marketing & Sales, National Steel Car
P. Leigh Scott, Sr. VP - Marketing & Sales, National Steel Car
Paddy O’Neill, Sr. Director Equipment Planning, Norfolk Southern
John Gallaher, Sr VP, Industrial Sales and Leasing, TrinityRail
NOON – NEARS Networking Lunch and Vendor Fair
Lunch Sponsored By AMTR
13:00 – Regional Railroads Have the Goods
Introduction: Michael Clements, VP Marketing, Pan Am Railways
David Fink, President, Pan Am Railways
13:45 – The CMQ Railway – Under CP Rail, What Does the Future Hold?
Introduction: Erica Breiterman, Global Logistics Lead, AdvanSix Inc.
David Colter, President/CEO, GAC Chemical Corp.
Gurpreet Khaira, AVP - Energy, Chemicals and Bulk, CP Rail
14:30 – Networking Break and Vendor Fair
Break Sponsored By AMTR
15:00 - The Jim and Josh Show – The Northeast from a Journalist’s Perspective
Introduction: Don Cameron, Director of Sales, Celtic Intermodal
Jim Blaze, Journalist, FreightWaves & Railway Age
Joshua Davidson, Editor, Atlantic Northeast Rails & Ports
15:45 – Important Rail Issues of Today and Tomorrow
Introduction: Thomas Coleman, Business Development, NE Freight Transfer
Darrell Wallace, Executive Director, North American Freight Car Association
16:30 – Cowen Short Survey Wrap-Up
Jason Seidl, Managing Director, Cowen & Company
17:30 – The Joseph & Eileen Gearin Networking Reception
Networking Reception Sponsored By GeoMetrix
19:00 – Dinner On Your Own In Fabulous Newport


FRIDAY APRIL 24TH, 2020
07:00 – Special Networking Breakfast Starts (Available Until 08:15)
Networking Breakfast Sponsored By TBA
08:15 – A Special Breakfast –Tony Marquis, Senior VP Operations - East CP Railway (Retired)
Introduction: Erica Breiterman, Global Logistics Lead, AdvanSix
Tony Marquis, Senior VP Operations - East CP Railway (Retired)
09:15 – Short Line Railroading Today in the Northeast
Introduction: Todd Hunter, Director of Marketing, North Shore Railroad Co.
Chuck Baker, President at American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
10:15 – Closing Remarks and William J. Donovan Memorial Drawing