Midwest Association of Rail Shippers Examine  Impact of Precision Scheduled Railroading on Shippers

Registration now open for July 15–16 Summer Meeting to be held in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

CHICAGO—May 16, 2019 (James Street Media Services)—Registration is now open for the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) Summer Meeting to be held July 15–16, 2019 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The theme for the meeting is “Precision Scheduled Railroading and the Shipper Impact.” 

“As more railroads move to implement the principles of Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR), shippers need to know how it will affect their operations and profitability,” said MARS President Tom Surma. “I hope the speakers and presentations at our Summer Meeting will provoke some real dialogue on the impacts for shippers."

The MARS Summer Meeting will feature key transportation executives and experts, including:
•    James Squires, chairman, president & CEO, Norfolk Southern;
•    Patrick Fuchs, vice chairman, Surface Transportation Board;
•    Eric Jakubowski, chief commercial officer, Anacostia Rail Holdings;
•    James Magee, president, CAI Rail;
•    Tim Quinlan, director and senior economist, Wells Fargo Securities; and
•    A panel of shippers discussing PSR impacts.

The MARS semiannual meetings include speakers, presentations, and panels focusing on current issues facing the freight rail industry. MARS also provides 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 15 includes the annual Scholarship Golf Outing, a reception, and a networking buffet dinner. The business meeting is scheduled for a full day on Tuesday, July 16. 

Monday and Tuesday, July 15–16, 2019

Grand Geneva Resort
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI  53147
(800) 558-3417, ext. 5179

Members $300; Non-members $325

Advance reservations are required for the conference and golf outing. For information or to register:
Online conference information and registration
• Email: mars@mwrailshippers.com
• Phone: (630) 513-6700

About The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers

The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) is one of five regional North American associations under the North American Rail Shippers (NARS) national organization. Headquartered in the Chicago area, MARS provides an open forum for discussion and resolution of rail transportation issues by bringing railroads, shippers, receivers, and rail supply companies together twice annually for formal meetings in the Chicago area. To review the most recent meeting presentations, and to inquire about MARS membership, please visit the MARS website at www.mwrailshippers.com.

Bill Fahrenwald
James Street Associates