NARS to discuss “optimal network” at annual meeting

Written by Andrew Corselli
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Association of American Railroads (AAR) Chairman Carl Ice, who also serves as President and CEO of BNSF, will deliver a keynote presentation.

The North American Rail Shippers Association (NARS) will be discussing critical issues currently facing the freight rail industry and how to achieve an “optimal network” at its annual meeting May 15-17 in San Antonio.

The meeting’s agenda is still being finalized, but topics include a keynote presentation from the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Chairman Carl Ice, who also serves as President and CEO of BNSF; a regional conversation with George P. Bush, Commissioner of Texas General Land; a panel discussion with rail shippers; a presentation on energy by rail; an analyst panel featuring ABH Consulting’s Tony Hatch, Cowen & Co. Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl, and Mizuho’s Kristine Kubacki; and an Association Leadership panel featuring new ASLRRA and AAR leaders.

The meeting—which will also include presentations on managing your talent pool, intermodal issues, and regulatory and legislative updates—will take place at Westin Riverwalk, located at 420 W Market Street. The cost to attend is $525 by April 26 or $595 after that date. Registration can be done online, by phone at 331-643-3369 or via email: [email protected].

“Facing rapid and continuous change in operations, technology, trade and talent, today’s shippers are seeking solutions for optimizing the supply chain and finding the right connections in their network to fulfill their needs,” said NARS President Dana Burleigh. “Our aim with the NARS 2019 Annual Meeting program is to deliver speakers like Carl Ice, George P. Bush and others who can inform our members with insights they can immediately apply to their specific [problems].”

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