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
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.
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.
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.
The focus will be on our key partners in the Legislative and Regulatory Arenas beginning at 10:30 am.
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:
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To close out our week, join us for ideas on how we are all moving forward – together.