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MARS Winter 2023 Meeting

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 - Thursday, January 19, 2023

The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) is headquartered in the Chicago area. General membership comes from the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan and the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Its objective is to provide an open forum for resolving transportation and car supply issues, coupled with programs designed to educate and inform the membership in areas of railroad operating practices, freight car supply, new innovations in transportation and legislative matters. Meetings are held twice a year, in January and July. Dues are $25 per year.

The MARS Winter Meeting will start with registration at 4:00PM and a get acquainted reception at 5:00 PM on January 17. The January 17-19 event will offer presentations from key industry leaders including:

 Katie Farmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, BNSF Railway

 John Fenton, Chief Executive Officer, Patriot Railroad Company

 Tony Hatch, President, ABH Consulting

 Ian Jefferies, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Railroads

 Adam Nordstrom, Principal, Viking Navigation

 Martin Oberman, Chairman, Surface Transportation Board

 Henry Posner III, Chairman, Railroad Development Corporation

 Glenn Pushis, Senior Vice President, Special Projects, Steel Dynamics

 Tracy Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian National

 David Shannon, General Manager, RailPulse

 Alan Shaw, President and Chief Executive Officer, Norfolk Southern Corporation

 Lorie Tekorius, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Greenbrier Companies

There will also be an expanded MARS vendor exhibition during the Winter Meeting that will run concurrent with all meeting events.


January 17 - January 19
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, IL
70 Yorktown Center
Lombard, IL 60148 United States
(630) 719-8000


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