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Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) 2015 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - Thursday, January 15, 2015
All Day Event

Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) Gather January 14–15, 2015 to Focus on Meeting High Demand for Freight Service


"Rail Shipping 2015:  Meeting the Challenges of High Demand” will be the theme for the 244th meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS)

January 14-15, 2015

Oak Brook, IL


Key presenters include:  Clarence Gooden, CCO for CSX Transportation; Lourenco Goncalves, chairman, president & CEO of Cliffs Natural Resources; and Daniel Elliott III, chairman of the Surface Transportation Board (STB).

Keynote speaker for the conference luncheon will be Claude Mongeau, president & CEO of CN.

Analyst Tony Hatch will present the Wall Street perspective on the rail industry, while Adam Nordstrom previews legislative issues & Eric Starks discusses the economy.

The conference is scheduled for a full day on January 14, and a half day on January 15.  During the meeting, MARS will also host the seminars “Railroad 101,” “Railroad 201,” “Railroad 301” and “Intermodal 101,” along with other special-interest breakout sessions. There is no charge for these seminars and it is not necessary to attend the conference to attend a seminar.

As in years past, MARS and the Traffic Club of Chicago will jointly host the luncheon on Wednesday, January 14.

Register online for the winter meeting at


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



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