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Presented by
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Nov. 29 – 30, 2018 | New York City

The Pulse of the Rail Industry

RailTrends brings together the industry's most notable rail industry stakeholders for an extremely timely, high-level overview of today's economic operations and directions in rail.

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2018 Presenters

We are continuing to add new speakers daily, check back soon for additional announcements.

Presenter Name

Chuck Baker

Partner, Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell, LLC
President, National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association

Chuck Baker is a partner at Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell (CC&H) where he represents clients such as the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC), the American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), the OneRail Coalition, the American Railway Development Association (ARDA), Canadian National Railway, and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority. For the NRC, Mr. Baker also serves as its President. In this capacity, he has responsibility for all of the association's core financial, operational, and legal programs, including the federal legislative and regulatory and program in front of both Congress and the Administration. For the OneRail Coalition, a coalition of freight rail, intercity passenger rail, commuter rail, rail labor, and rail supply industry interests, Mr. Baker coordinates the group’s activities and messaging, and its interface with Congress and the Administration. Mr. Baker is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for America’s Gateways & Trade Corridors (CAGTC). Prior to joining CC&H, Mr. Baker worked with the Surface Transportation Policy Project in Washington, D.C. Mr. Baker has also worked for Deutsche Bank Securities as an investment banker specializing in Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions in San Francisco, CA. Mr. Baker is a native of Baltimore, MD, and a graduate of Rice University in Houston, TX.

Presenter Name

Donald Broughton

Principal & Managing Partner
Broughton Capital

Prior to founding Broughton Capital in April 2016, Broughton was Managing Director, Chief Market Strategist and Senior Transportation Analyst at Avondale Partners. Broughton joined Avondale Partners in January of 2008 after spending over 12 years at A.G. Edwards. At A.G. Edwards, in addition to being the Senior Transportation analyst, he was the Group Leader of the Industrial Analysts and served on the firm’s Investment Strategy Committee. Prior to going to Wall Street, Mr. Broughton spent eight years in various Distribution and Operations management roles in the beverage industry, including serving as the Corporate Manager of Distribution for Dr Pepper / Seven-Up companies and Chief Operating Officer for Bevmark Concepts. Many in the transportation industry know him for his quarterly tracking of trucking bankruptcies. He is also known for his development of a ‘Value to Density Spectrum’ study of the tangible goods flow and its economic ramifications. Broughton’s equity research has earned acclaim and is regularly quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, and numerous other national media outlets. He is a frequent guest on CNBC, Nightly Business Report, CNN, Fox, NPR, and other broadcast media. His stock-picking performance has been repeatedly recognized by The WSJ, which has ranked him in its “Best on the Street” survey for his picks in both the cargo and railroad industry groups. Forbes has highlighted his performance in its “When Picky Analysts Pick” series. He has been ranked by Zacks Investment Research and Starmine as a 5-Star Analyst (their highest ranking) based on the historical performance of his recommendations. Beginning in mid-2006 Broughton published reports warning of an impending economic slowdown and by early 2007 published reports explaining why a recession was coming. More recently, in July of 2010 and again in September 2011 his “Blue Car Report” explained why fears of a double dip were severely overblown and outlined why the market would have a significant rallies by the end of those years. He believes that the current market is struggling to digest the end of the industrial led recovery and the beginning of the consumer led recovery in this cycle.

Presenter Name

Ed Hamberger

President and CEO
Association of American Railroads (AAR)

Ed Hamberger serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Mr. Hamberger has over thirty years experience in public policy through his work in both the executive and legislative branches of government, as well as his career as an attorney. Prior to joining the AAR in July 1998, he was the managing partner of the Washington, DC office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell. He came to the firm in 1989 after having served as Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs at the Department of Transportation. Mr. Hamberger began his career in transportation in 1977 as General Counsel of the National Transportation Policy Study Commission. In 1985, he was appointed as a member of the Private Sector Advisory Panel on Infrastructure Financing and in 1994 served as a member of the Presidential Commission on Intermodal Transportation. Most recently, he served on the Blue Ribbon Panel of Transportation Experts, appointed by the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. Mr. Hamberger received his Juris Doctor, and both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science, in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Presenter Name

Brian D. Hancock

Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Kansas City Southern

Brian D. Hancock joined Kansas City Southern (KCS) in 2015 as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. In this capacity, he is responsible for sales, marketing, customer solutions and business development activities in the United States and Mexico. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. and Panama Canal Railway Company. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Prior to joining KCS, Hancock was vice president global supply chain for Whirlpool Corporation. Earlier in his career he served as vice president and general manager at Schneider National, a privately held transportation and logistics leader. More recently, he served as president – North America for The Martin – Brower Company, L.L.C., as well as senior vice president of supply chain for Family Dollar Stores, Inc. Hancock is currently a member of the board of directors for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and the Marriott School Supply Chain advisory board at Brigham Young University. He holds a master’s degree in business from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. He is fluent in English and Portuguese.

Presenter Name

Tony Hatch

Senior Transportation Analyst
ABH Consulting

Anthony Hatch is a Senior Transportation Analyst with over twenty-five year's experience covering what he has named the "Railroad Renaissance". He founded ABH consulting, which focuses on the freight transportation segment, particularly surface and intermodal transportation, in 1999 after 15 years Wall Street experience. He previously worked at Salomon Brothers, Argus, PaineWebber and Natwest Markets (USA). He provides traditional institutional transport research, and due diligence and other services to new forms of transport investment such as private equity, infrastructure, and hedge funds in such areas as intermodal, rail maintenance and construction, railcars, and 3PLS. Along with Progressive Railroading Magazine he co-sponsors and leads "RailTrends," the most comprehensive railways conference every fall in NYC. Mr. Hatch has worked for major railroads such as Norfolk Southern, CSX, Union Pacific, BNSF, Kansas City Southern, Canadian National, as well as global railroad associations and freight shipper/supplier organizations. He is currently a non-executive director with Axion International. Mr. Hatch is a past president of the Motor Carrier Analysts Association.

E. Michael O’Malley

Railway Supply Institute

Mike O’Malley has served as President of the Railway Supply Institute(RSI)since February 2018. RSI is a trade association representing more than 250 companies involved in the manufacture and delivery of products and services in the freight car,locomotive, maintenance of way, communications and signaling, and passenger rail industries. RSI connects members to their customers, supports them in the global marketplace, and advocates on behalf of the industry in the legislative and regulatory processes. America’s railway suppliers represent a $28 billion/year industry supporting more than 100,000 American workers. O’Malley’s career also includes prior experience in the railroad industry, federal and state government, and international trade organizations. He joined CSX at its Jacksonville, Florida headquarters in 2007 as vice president, state government and community affairs before being named vice president, procurement and supply chain management in 2013. From 2002. 2007, O’Malley served with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in Washington, D.C. as counselor to the undersecretary for policy, deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy, and most recently as chief of staff with the Federal Aviation Administration. Before his tenure with DOT, O’Malley was a government relations advisor with Shaw Pittman LLC. Prior to that, he worked for International Trade Services Corp., the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago, and on the staff of Illinois Governor Jim Edgar. His education includes a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a Master of Science in European Studies from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2018 Railroad Innovator

Ed Hamberger

Ed Hamberger

President and CEO
Association of American Railroads (AAR)

"Ed has helped the AAR through the flowering of the 'railroad renaissance' with grit when it was needed to fend off ill-conceived regulatory threats, and he did so with grace, always," says Tony Hatch

Hamberger, who's served as AAR's CEO since 1998, has helped the freight-rail industry navigate periods of economic change and regulatory uncertainty. Notably, he's consistently (and nimbly) advocated for a balanced regulatory environment, one that has enabled railroads to post continued record private investment in infrastructure. Hamberger also fostered innovation on the government relations front, leading the way as the industry entered the public-private partnership realm. And he continues to strive to clear a path to help railroads to develop and deploy new safety technologies. Join us as we celebrate Ed's career before he retires early next year.

2018 Agenda

We are finalizing the agenda, please check back soon.

About RailTrends

Since 2004, RailTrends® has maintained its ranking as the most elite event in the railway industry. Each year this leading conference brings together the industry's most notable Class I professionals for an extremely timely, high-level overview of today's economic operations and directions in rail.

The only event in a class of its own — if you attend any event this year, make sure it's this one. Attending RailTrends® provides you with compelling insight, unparalleled networking opportunities and the chance to partake in valuable dialogue concerning the most up-to-the-minute industry news and financial highlights. Join us this November, and you'll see why RailTrends® is a meeting of necessity.

RailTrends® is co-founded by Tony Hatch, President, ABH Consulting, and Progressive Railroading magazine.

Join Us Nov. 29–30 and...

  • Partake in exclusive networking opportunities

  • Learn from industry thought-leaders

  • Hear perspectives and insights from multiple
    industry stakeholders

  • Position yourself as a rail industry elite

High-Caliber Attendees

Those sitting next to you are just as impressive as the ones on the podium. Check out who was in the room last year:

President & Chief Executive Officer
Alaska Railroad Corporation

Anacostia Rail Holdings Company

Director of Capacity Planning
BNSF Railway

AVP, Strategy & Innovation

AVP Financial Planning

Deutsche Bank

Capital Projects Manager
ExxonMobil Chemical Company

EVP, Global Corp Development
Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

Sr. Director Rail Logistics

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


TD Securities

Manager Intermodal Rail Development Port Rail Program
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Sr Commodity Analyst
Tyson Foods, Inc.

Director & Sr Equity Analyst
Wells Fargo

...And that's just a sample of attendees from 2017!

The Venue

RailTrends® will take place at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel

1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-1900

The New York Marriott Marquis is in the heart of New York, located in the theater district with convenient access to theater, dining, shopping, popular landmarks and the all-important TXTS booth! The New York Marriott Marquis offers guests large rooms, a state of the art fitness center, a grand atrium, and a revolving rooftop restaurant with stellar views of the city. The entire RailTrends program will be located at the Marriott Marquis property.

Book A Room

NOTE: RailTrends has negotiated a group rate for conference participants of $399/night. The deadline for the group rate is Friday, November 9.

Contact Us

Attendee Information

Amy Brown

Director of Education and Conferencing
1-800-727-7995 x458

Gina Doyle

Program Manager, Education & Conferencing
1-800-727-7995 x459

Sponsorship Information

Join us for this incredible opportunity to brand your company at one of the most high-level conferences in the rail industry. As a RailTrends® 2018 sponsor, your company gets valuable exposure to a variety of industry leaders including railroaders, analysts, equipment lessors, financial institutions, shippers, suppliers, and others with an interest and stake in the growth of the railway industry.

For sponsorship information, please contact:

Kirk Bastyr

Progressive Railroading

Sponsorship Contract

2018 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

PS Technology
Progress Rail

Silver Sponsors

RJ Corman
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