North American Rail Shippers Discuss the ‘Optimal Network’ at Upcoming Annual Meeting

Carl Ice and George P. Bush to Address Rail Shippers at May 15–17 Event in San Antonio

CHICAGO—March 14, 2019 (James Street Media Services)—The North American Rail Shippers Association (NARS) will be discussing the critical issues currently facing the freight rail industry and how to achieve an “optimal network” at its annual meeting May 15–17, 2019 in San Antonio.

"Facing rapid and continuous change in operations, technology, trade, and talent, today's shippers are seeking solutions for optimizing the supply chain and finding the right connections in their network to fulfill their needs,” said NARS President Dana Burleigh. “Our aim with the NARS 2019 Annual Meeting program is to deliver speakers like Carl Ice, George P. Bush, and others who can inform our members with insights they can immediately apply to their specific challenges."

The agenda is still being finalized for the two-day meeting, but highlights include:
•  a keynote presentation from Association of American Railroads (AAR) Chairman Carl Ice, who is also president and CEO of BNSF; 
•  a regional conversation with George P. Bush, Commissioner of Texas General Land;
•  a panel discussion with rail shippers; 
•  a presentation on energy by rail;
•  an analyst panel featuring Tony Hatch, ABH Consulting, Jason Seidl, Cowen & Co., and Kristine Kubacki, Mizuho; and
•  Association Leadership panel featuring new ASLRRA and AAR leaders.

The program will also include presentations on managing your talent pool, intermodal issues, and regulatory and legislative updates. 

NARS Annual Meeting
Wednesday–Friday, May 15–17, 2019

Westin Riverwalk
420 W Market Street, San Antonio, TX
Hotel reservations online, or by phone (210) 224-6500


$525 by April 26; $595 after that date

• Online conference information and registration

• Email:

• Phone: (331) 643-3369

About The North American Rail Shippers Association
The North American Rail Shippers Association (NARS) is comprised of a network of five regional North American associations including the Pacific Northwest Association of Rail Shippers, the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers, the Southwest Association of Rail Shippers, the Northeast Association of Rail Shippers, and the Southeast Association of Rail Shippers. Headquartered in the Chicago area, NARS brings together representatives from this network of more than 7,000 members of the rail shipping and railroad community in an annual forum, which enables open discussion of rail transportation issues. For more information, please visit the NARS website at

Carrie Foor, NARS executive director
Phone: (331) 643-3369