GENERAL SESSION KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


Monday, October 5


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 U.S. 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.


Wednesday, October 7


Featured Speaker:  Anthony Hatch, Senior Transportation Analyst, ABH Consulting

Anthony Hatch has been a senior transportation analyst on Wall Street for over twenty years, starting at Salomon Brothers; proceeding to Argus, Painewebber, and most recently at NatWest Markets (USA) prior to starting his independent analyst/consultancy in 1999 and working with CV Brokerage.

Mr. Hatch's coverage has been focused on the freight transportation segment, particularly surface transportation. Mr. 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.

Anthony B. Hatch was recently honored with the 2019 North American Rail Shippers Association (NARS) “Person of the Year” Award.

Mr. Hatch, when directly on “The Street”, was named to various honor rolls, including the Institutional Investor (“ii”) and Wall Street Journal All-Star Teams and he has garnered the top spot in the prestigious Greenwich Poll. He is a past President of the Motor Carrier Analysts Association and was just recently named to the board of Axion, a recycled-materials rail tie manufacturer. His career highlight had been testifying before Congress on railroads, starting in 1998, among other testimonies.

Tony graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in American History in 1982. He resides in New York City, and enjoys baseball (watching – LA Dodgers! - and playing), real football (spurs), Harvard sports, in addition to history (British, US, Canadian), politics, and sports cars.


Thursday, October 8


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.


Friday, October 9


Featured Speaker:  The Honorable Patrick Fuchs, Member, Surface Transportation Board

Patrick Fuchs was sworn in on January 17, 2019, as a Member of the Board for a five-year term of office, following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on January 2, 2019.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Fuchs was senior professional staff member working on surface transportation and maritime issues for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation under the leadership of Chairman John Thune of South Dakota.

Mr. Fuchs has played an integral role in the development and enactment of major railroad legislation, including the first reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board since its creation in 1996 and the first passenger rail reauthorization in over seven years. He also worked on legislation to improve rail project delivery, rail financing, and hazardous materials safety, all of which were enacted as part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), the five-year, $305 billion surface transportation authorization.

Mr. Fuchs helped develop and enact the first reauthorization of the National Transportation Safety Board in over a decade and worked on legislation to increase safety by addressing opioid abuse in transportation, reforms enacted as part of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. His work also includes reauthorization of the Federal Maritime Commission as well as three reauthorizations of the Maritime Administration, enacted as part of the National Defense Authorization Acts for Fiscal Years 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Patrick graduated with distinction in economics and political science and earned his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin, where he received the Director’s Achievement Award for his outstanding academic record. Mr. Fuchs and his wife, Katherine, were born and raised in Wisconsin.