AGENDA


Monday, October 5

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11:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT Opening General Sessions  

Join Doc Claussen, ASLRRA’s Chairman, and Chuck Baker, ASLRRA’s President, to kick off the week.  Monday’s focus is on industry and short
line safety.

 
11:00 am – 11:45 am  Welcome - Doc Claussen, Chairman, ASLRRA
 
     
  "State of the Association" Address - Chuck Baker, President, ASLRRA
 

Join Chuck Baker for a retrospective on the challenges faced by the Association and its members and the response in 2020, and a look
toward the future.

 
11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Keynote - Hon. Ron Batory, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration  
 

Ron Batory, sworn into office in February 2018, is the fourteenth Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Mr. Batory is a
widely respected and highly regarded railroad industry professional with more than 45 years of experience serving in numerous operational,
administrative and managerial positions. Join us to hear an overview and update on FRA priorities.

 
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Safety Awards Presentation

 

Help us recognize your industry peers for their safety performance in 2019. We will highlight the 295 railroads who received Jake Awards, the
12 President's Award winners, as well as this year's Safety Person of the Year, Jose Jimenez, Machinist, The Belt Railway Company of Chicago
and Safety Professional of the Year, Travis Herod, SVP of Environmental, Health and Safety, Watco Companies.

 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT  Virtual Exhibit Hour  
     
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm EDT Education Breakout Sessions: Block One  
Finance & Administration Income and Estate Tax Considerations in Succession Planning

Legal  Run, Hide, Fight: Active Shooter Events    
Mechanical  AAR Car Repair Labor and Material Pricing Process Changes   
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm EDT Education Breakout Sessions: Block Two  
Engineering & MOW  CWR Programs - What FRA Expects in Your Program   
Human Resources  Hot Topics and Best Practices in Workplace Employment Issues   
Marketing  Site Selection and Development   
     
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm EDT  Networking Happy Hour   


 

 

Tuesday, October 6

10:30 am – 1:00 pm EDT General Sessions - Washington Focus  
 

The focus will be on our key partners in the Legislative and Regulatory Arenas beginning at 10:30 am.

 
10:35 am – 10:45 am Happenings on the Hill  

What lies ahead for ASLRRA’s key legislative priorities? Join influential congressional staffers representing both
sides of the aisle to discuss the what their bosses are working on and what they see on the horizon that impact
the short line industry, including transportation and infrastructure bills, the election and a potential lame-duck
session, and our number one issue: 45G! Followed by two captivating panels:

 
10:45 am – 11:20 am  Rail Policy and Grant Funding (Authorizers) Panel - Alison Graab, Majority Policy Director, Committee on
Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate, Kara Fischer, Majority Policy Director, Committee on Commerce,
Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate, Andrea Wohleber, Majority Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on
Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of
Representatives, and Drew Feeley, Minority Senior Counsel, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous
Materials, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives
 
     
11:25 am – 12:00 pm  Tax Issues and 45G (Tax Writers) Panel - Andrew Grossman, Chief Tax Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Ways & Means and Nick Wyatt, Tax and Nominations Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate
Committee on Finance and Chris Arneson, Senior Tax Policy Advisor, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
 
     
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm FRA Update  
 

Join Mike Long, Director of Railroad Operations and Outreach, Mark Daniels, Railroad Administrator, Safety Management Team 8 (SMT-8) - Short
Lines West, and David Kannenburg, Railroad Administrator for Safety Management Team 2 (SMT-2), Short Lines East for an overview, followed by
small group discussions by Region (SMT-8 and SMT-2).

 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT   Virtual Exhibit Hour  
     
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm EDT Education Breakout Sessions: Block One  
Mechanical  Locomotive Emissions - What Short Lines Need to Know  
Technology  Positive Train Control   
Young Professionals  How to Make a Pitch   
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm EDT Education Breakout Sessions: Block Two  
Finance & Administration  Finance Hot Topics   
Legal    General Counsel Panel   
Safety & Operations  Engineer/Conductor Substance Abuse Certification Issues   
     
     

 

Wednesday, October 7

11:00 am – 1:00 pm EST General Sessions - Managing the Mayhem: Economy & Business Development Beyond COVID  

Despite a global pandemic, short lines have continued to deliver!  The focus is on providing a balanced look at the year we’ve had, and
preparing for the future.

 
11:00 am – 11:30 am Keynote - Tony Hatch, Senior Transportation Analyst, ABH Consulting: What's New, What's Old, What's Not Coming Back (COVID Changes)  
 

Hear from renown freight transportation analyst, Tony Hatch. Hatch is known for his knowledge of the intermodal area, where the various modes
of freight transport converge, on which he has held several dozen specialized conferences.

 
11:30 am – 12:15 pm How Do Infrastructure Investors View and Value Short Line Railroads?
 
 

Join BMO Capital Markets' Steven Hull, Managing Director, and Ben Marks, Director, as they moderate a panel discussion exploring infrastructure
funds' impact on the short line rail landscape, diving into how these unique investors assess value in the sector. Panel participants include Ben
Krause, Partner - North America Infrastructure, 3i Group; John Ma, Director and Head of First Sentier Investors' North American Infrastructure
Investments team; Ryan M. Ratledge, former CEO of Central, Maine & Quebec Railway and Bob Dovenberg, Managing Director, Mergers and
Acquisitions, BMO Capital Markets.

 
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Short Lines - Finding Opportunities Everywhere   
 

Stefan Loeb, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer for Watco Companies, L.L.C. and Vice-Chair of ASLRRA moderates a panel
showcasing the winners of ASLRRA's 2020 Business Development Award. Join Daren Geschwindt,VP-Distribution Services, Reading Blue Mountain
and Northern Railroad, Cliff Grunstra, Chief Marketing Officer, Carload Express and the Delmarva Central Railroad, Peter K. Mills, President and
Chief Executive Officer, The Indiana Rail Road Company, and John Vance, General Manager, Ann Arbor Railroad to hear how they driving new
business opportunities and thriving in spite of COVID-19.

 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT   Virtual Exhibit Hour   
     
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm EDT
Education Breakout Sessions: Block One
 
Human Resources  Managing Health Risks in the Workplace   
Safety & Operations  Methodology for Making the Case of Training   
Young Professionals  Next Generation Benefits: Young Professionals and the RRB   
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm EDT Education Breakout Sessions: Block Two  
Finance & Administration Economic Update   
Marketing  Tech Tools to Improve Workflow and Enhance Daily Practices   
Technology  Cybersecurity   
     
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm EDT  Networking Happy Hour   
     

Thursday, October 8

Exhibitor Orientation
Exhibitor Orientation
11:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT General Sessions - Building Critical Partnerships  
 

Join us for an overview of the state of play with State DOTs, shippers, and movement of hazardous materials. Leave with some ideas of how
to maximize these partnerships to achieve business goals in 2020.

 
11:05 am – 11:45 am Working with State DOT's  
 

Join a panel of state transportation department leaders from around the country for tips on how to build relationships with State Departments
of Transportation, an update on funding mechanisms and programs that are currently available and on the horizon, and what they are looking
forward to in upcoming transportation legislation.

 
11:45 am – 12:30 pm What Would it Take to Move More Freight by Rail?  
  Join short line shippers to hear more about how their companies evaluate transportation options, what barriers there are to moving more freight
to rail, and how short lines can work more closely with shippers to grow business. 
 
     
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Keynote - Hon. Skip Elliott, Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration   
     
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT   Virtual Exhibit Hour  
     
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm EDT Education Breakout Sessions: Block One  
Marketing                   Precision Scheduled Railroading    
Safety & Operations  Rail Car Crude Storage: Overcoming Regulatory Hurdles   
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm EDT Education Breakout Sessions: Block Two  
Engineering & MOW  Next Generation of Bridge Management   
Human Resources  Marijuana Use in the Workplace   
Young Professionals  Lessons from Leaders  
     
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm EDT   Networking Happy Hour   
     

Friday, October 9

Exhibitor Orientation
Exhibitor Orientation
11:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT General Sessions - Looking to the Future  
 

To close out our week, join us for ideas on how we are all moving forward – together.

 
11:00 am – 11:45 am The Future of Freight Rail Transportation  
  Join Travis Rollings, Vice President of System Services, Herzog Technologies and Peter Thomas, VP & Chief Commercial Officer, Digital and Electronics
Solutions,Wabtec Corporation for an engaging discussion on the future of freight rail, and how game-changing advancements in technology currently
being deployed and those in development will drive us forward as the safest, most efficient, and environmentally friendly form of surface transportation.

 
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Where Are We Headed? - Short Line Class III CEO Panel  
  Join Class III CEO's in a frank discussion of the year we've survived and the road ahead from the unique viewpoint of short lines.   
     
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Keynote - Hon. Patrick Fuchs, Member, Surface Transportation Board   
     
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT   Virtual Exhibit Hour  
     
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm EDT Education Breakout Sessions  
Finance & Administration Short Lines and the New Rail Investment Era   
Legal  Spotlight on Federal Preemption in the Wake of COVID-19   
Technology  Performance Indicators for Railroad Operations   
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PLEASE NOTE - Schedule is subject to change.