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Midwest Association of Rail Shippers to host Summer Meeting

The meeting will focus on the theme of rail-driven innovation, exploring how technological advancements are transforming the shipping industry.

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The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) Summer Meeting will be held July 8–9, 2024, at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The theme will focus on how rail-driven innovation is connecting shippers with technology.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to register soon before prices increase on June 9 for this popular gathering of industry insiders.

“Summer Meeting attendees will have a unique opportunity to learn about the fast-moving technological developments that are changing our industry,” says Matt O’Kray, MARS President, and Vice President Commercial, Transtar, LLC. “Plus, the Grand Geneva Resort is a beautiful spot to spend an extra day before or after the event.”

The agenda will include high-level executives from railroads, major shippers, and industry experts, including:

  • Chuck Baker, President, American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association
  • Matthew Findlay, Director Mechanical Systems, CPKC
  • Jon Gabriel, Vice President–Network Strategy, Design & Innovation, BNSF Railway
  • Eric Gehringer, Executive Vice President–Operations, Union Pacific
  • Karen Hedlund, Member, Surface Transportation Board
  • Peter Jones, Senior VP, International Engineering, Product Development & Automation, Greenbrier
  • Michael Miller, CEO–North America, Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
  • Eric Monger, Vice President, KBX Rail
  • Brad Myers, Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, Amsted Digital Solutions
  • Adam Nordstrom, Principal, Viking Navigation LLC
  • Conrad Victor, Director Logistics, Cleveland Cliffs

This year’s meeting will also feature the annual Scholarship Golf Outing, plus a reception and networking dinner on the first day, July 8. New for 2024, the MARS Inaugural Pickleball Tournament will be offered. The business meeting is scheduled for a full day on July 9.


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