Burlington

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 30th, 2019
16:30 – VRS Dinner Train – Early Boarding, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar

17:30 – VRS Dinner Train – Depart Station

TUESDAY OCTOBER 1st, 2019
15:00 – Registration Opens

17:30 – The Joseph & Eileen Gearin Networking Reception
Networking Reception Sponsored By AMTR

19:00 – Dinner On Your Own in Fabulous Burlington

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2nd, 2019
07:00 – Breakfast Starts (Available until 08:30)
Breakfast Sponsored By Curry Rail Services

07:30 – Registration Re-Opens

08:00 – Welcome to NEARS, Safety Briefing and Housekeeping
Jason Seidl, Managing Director, Cowen & Company
John Meyers, Secretary, NARS

08:30 – The Tony and Jason Show – Town Hall Style, including Cowen Survey
Tony Hatch, Principal, ABH Consulting
Jason Seidl, Managing Director, Cowen & Company

09:30 – State of the Railroad Industry
Moderator: Jason Seidl, Managing Director, Cowen & Company
Michael Miller, President North America, Genesee & Wyoming, Inc

10:30 – Networking Break & Vendor Fair
Break Sponsored By Curry Rail Services

11:00 – LNG by Rail: Exploring Potential Markets
Intro: Jack Rudnicki, Manager Sales, BNSF Railway
Joshua Soles, LNG Market Manager, BNSF Railway

NOON – NEARS Networking Lunch and Vendor Fair

13:30 – Rail Shipper Technology Panel
Moderator: Brian Smalley, Senior Director Marketing & Sales, National Steel Car
Lindsay English, Director – Rail Products, ICL Systems
Robert Cooper, Principal Digital Product Manager, Wabtec
Martin Lew, CEO, Commtrex

14:30 – Customer Service – How to get rail business done!
Intro: Todd Moulton, Senior Account Manager, CSXT
Arthur Adams, Vice President, Sales & Customer Engagement, CSXT

15:15 – Networking Break and Vendor Fair
Break Sponsored By Curry Rail Services

15:45 – Surface Transportation Board – State of Rail
Introduction: Dennis Wilmot
Lucy Marvin, Director of Office of Public Assistance, Govt., Affairs & Compliance

16:30 – Cowen Short Survey Wrap-Up
Jason Seidl, Managing Director, Cowen & Company

16:45 – NEARS Transition Plan, Presentation and Awards

18:00 – The Joseph & Eileen Gearin Networking Reception
With Special Guests: Alice and the Magician – Aroma and Garnish Sampling
Networking Reception Sponsored By AMTR

19:30 – Dinner On Your Own In Fabulous Burlington

THURSDAY OCTOBER 3rd, 2019
07:30 – Special Networking Breakfast Starts (Available Until 09:00)
Networking Breakfast Sponsored By The Greenbrier Companies

08:00 – A Special Breakfast –The Direction of Rail Equipment Today
Intro: Erik Bohn, Director, Logistics & Customer Service, Americas, Omya Inc
John O’Bryan, Senior VP Business Development & Integration,
The Greenbrier Companies

09:00 – Conference Follow-Up – Rail is Academic
Intro: Jack Rudnicki, Manager Sales, BNSF Rail
Dr. Peter Swan, Associate Professor, Penn State University

10:00 – Closing Remarks and William J. Donovan Memorial Drawing