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Meet the Speakers of the 2024 MARS Winter Meeting

Written by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor
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The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) will host its annual Winter Meeting Jan. 9-11, 2024, in Lombard, Ill., at the Westin Chicago Lombard hotel.

The rail industry meeting, titled “The 100th Anniversary of MARS,” will feature experts discussing their perspectives on the issues and trends currently impacting freight rail operations and shipping. The full schedule includes a day and a half of presentations and several networking opportunities.

“North American railroads are in a strong position to support the safety, environmental, and supply chain efficiency goals of today’s shippers,” said MARS President Kathy Bathurst. “We’ll start the second century of MARS meetings by looking ahead to those opportunities.”

Presentations from key industry leaders include:

  • Keith Creel, President and CEO, CPKC
  • Elgeo Harris, Senior Manager, Government Affairs, Bunge
  • Tony Hatch, President, ABH Consulting
  • Joe Hinrichs, CEO, CSX
  • Ian Jefferies, President and CEO, AAR
  • Eric Marchetto, Executive Vice President and CFO, Trinity Rail
  • Eric Monger, Vice President, KBX Rail, KBX
  • Alan Shaw, President and CEO, Norfolk Southern
  • Paul Titterton, Executive Vice President and President, GATX
  • Beth Whited, President, Union Pacific

During the meeting, the MARS Scholarship Program will also be highlighted, as well as the MARS Young Professionals. The second day of the meeting will feature the election of the 2024 Officers and Executive Committee.

Registration fee for the meeting is $325 until December 20. After that date, it is $375. A block of hotel rooms is available at the Westin Chicago Lombard through December 18.

For more information and to register, click here.

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