NEARS Reschedules Spring Conference

Written by Andrew Corselli, Managing Editor
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NEARS announced that its Spring Conference was moved to June 3-5, 2020, with more information coming out over the next few weeks.

“We know that this may not be the best time to commit to a conference when there is so much uncertainty out there,” NEARS noted. “All we ask is please pencil us in, and consider us for June. You may be looking to travel and get back to work in June, and we want you to know that we will be here for you.”

In addition, NEARS said that it has also rescheduled its Dinner Train in the Grand Bellevue on the Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad for Tuesday, June 2. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m., and departs promptly at 6 p.m. It will be approximately a 2.5-hour round-trip journey. The sun is scheduled to set during the end of the trip.

The menu is the following (please choose entree when you register):

Beef Entree: Rosemary Rubbed Beef Tenderloin

Chicken Entree: Lightly Breaded Parmesan Chicken Breast

Fish Entree: Baked Lemon Poppy Cod

Entrees are served with Rice Medley and garnished with Chef’s Choice Vegetable, and Tiramisu for dessert. There will be a cash bar. The cost of the train ticket and dinner is $69, which includes gratuity.

Friends and Family Program

NEARS is offering a special package for Friends and Family to be able to benefit from the NEARS Conference as well as enjoy all of the fun of Newport.

“For $150, your friend or family member may participate in all NEARS events, including the two hosted cocktail receptions, breakfast on Thursday and Friday Morning, and lunch on Thursday,” NEARS said. “We also have a special event on Thursday specifically for you!”

The special event is a trip to Saltwater Studio, for a unique artistic opportunity of Marine Botanical/Seaweed Pressings, using native seaweed and organic materials sourced from the coastal environment. Seaweed pressing has a rich history with ties to the Victorian Era and Newport. You will learn the history of seaweed pressing and make your own artistic creation to take home with you. Lunch will also be included in this outing.

Spring Conference Agenda:

Tuesday June 2, 2020

17:30 Newport Dinner Train, Early Boarding

18:00 Newport Dinner Train, Depart Station

Wednesday June 3, 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 June 4, 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: Todd Moulton, Senior Account Manager, CSX

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.

Coby Bullard, VP Sales & Marketing – Merchandise, Energy,

Chemicals & Plastics at Canadian Pacific Railway

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

16:00 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 JUNE 5TH, 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

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