GENERAL SESSION KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 

Monday, May 4, 3:45 pm


Featured Speaker:  The Honorable Ronald Batory, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration

Ronald L. Batory is a career professional with more than 45 years of field and system experience in the railroad industry. He spent the first 23 years of his career working for both eastern and western Class I railroads until he was appointed President of The Belt Railway Company of Chicago in 1994.

Mr. Batory's leadership success of serving their needs in Chicago Gateway led to CSX and Norfolk Southern Corporation later recruiting him to Consolidated Rail Corporation in preparation of their STB approved partitioning of eastern carrier and establishing what is now commonly known as the Shared Assets Areas. Accomplishment of that unique task in providing a plane of equality for joint competition later favored him in being appointed to his last position of President & Chief Operating Officer for the entire corporate entity.

Upon his retirement in 2017 he pursued public service in Washington, D.C., which resulted in a Presidential nomination and unanimous consent by the United States Senate to become the 14th Administrator of The Federal Railroad Administration.

Ron is a graduate of Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan, where he received his bachelor's degree. He also holds a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University. He has served on various governing boards associated within the sectors of both industry and education. Mr. Batory resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife, Barbara.



Featured Speaker:  The Honorable Howard "Skip" Elliott, Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Howard R. “Skip” Elliott was sworn in as the fifth Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) following his unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate on October 5, 2017.

Mr. Elliott came out of retirement to enter public service after a distinguished 40-year career in America’s freight railroad industry. For the last ten years, he served as the Vice President of Public Safety, Health, and Environment for CSX Transportation (CSX), where he focused on issues of direct concern to PHMSA’s mission of protecting the American people and their environment. He has also served on the board of directors for CSX IP, a CSX subsidiary.

Mr. Elliott’s career has demonstrated his lifelong commitment to safety and his expertise widely acknowledged in the field of transportation safety. In recognition of his many professional contributions, he was awarded AAR’s prestigious Holden-Profrock Award for lifetime achievement in hazardous materials transportation safety, as well as many other awards and honors.

Skip is a proud graduate of Indiana University (IU), where he received his bachelor’s degree in English and Forensic Studies. He was the recipient of the IU Department of Criminal Justice’s first ever Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009, and he is a member of the Executive Dean’s Advisory Board for IU’s College of Arts and Sciences. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia Southern University. A native of Indiana, he and his wife currently reside in Florida.