Midwest Association of Rail Shippers Opens Summer Meeting Registration

Registration is now open for the 249th meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) that will be held July 10–11, 2017 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis. The theme for this meeting is What’s Coming Down the Tracks for Rail Shippers?

“It is unclear what impact regulatory, economic, and trade policy changes will have for rail shippers,” says MARS President Michael Barth. “With that in mind, the summer meeting program offers a group of industry experts who have the experience and foresight to help shippers and railroads better understand how to prepare and benefit.”

The MARS summer meeting will feature key transportation executives, including:

• Keith Creel, President and CEO Canadian Pacific;

• Sharon Clark, SVP, Transportation and Regulatory Affairs, Perdue AgriBusiness;

• Paul Titterton, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, GATX;

• Ben Shain, Director Vehicle Logistics, Nissan; and

• Pat Ries, Senior Merchandiser, Consolidated Grain and Barge.

The semiannual meetings include speakers, presentations, and panels focusing on some of the toughest issues currently facing the freight rail industry. They also provide a forum to educate and inform in the areas of railroad operating practices, new innovations in transportation, and legislative matters.

For the upcoming Summer Meeting, the schedule on Monday, July 10 includes the annual Scholarship Outing, a reception, and a networking buffet dinner. The business meeting is scheduled for a full day on Tuesday, July 11.

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