Alan Shaw

Innovator of the Year 2023

RailTrends is thrilled to announce that Norfolk Southern Corp. President and CEO Alan Shaw is the 2023 recipient of the Railroad Innovator Award, in recognition of his outstanding achievement in the rail industry.

"After seeing Alan at Norfolk Southern's investor day this past December, I instantly thought of the Railroad Innovator Award," says transportation analyst Tony Hatch, RailTrends' program consultant. "He talked about managing through a cycle and thinking longer term — a more balanced approach to service, productivity and growth ... Alan's looking ahead. Other rail leaders are, too, but he was the first CEO to crystallize it."

"From articulating his vision of what a better way looks like going forward to the NS response in East Palestine to the commitment to doing the next right thing, Shaw continues to demonstrate he and his team are charting a different course," says Progressive Railroading editor Pat Foran, who will present Shaw with the award at this year's conference.

A Platinum-Level Event

RailTrends returns for its 19th year and is the "must attend" event of 2023 for railroad professionals and stakeholders.


Our agenda is carefully crafted and composed of some of the most renowned executives in the industry who are eager to share their thoughts and insights. You'll hear the perspectives of Class Is, Regionals and Short Lines.


RailTrends captures the pulse of the rail industry. This two-day event is your opportunity to hear first hand the latest news on the economics, technologies, operations and directions in rail.

Numerous Networking Opportunities

Our networking opportunities are unmatched, giving you the opportunity to meet and mingle with the industry elite. Expand your professional network and participate in powerful discussions and dive into all that RailTrends has to offer.

With two days of thought provoking sessions, discussions and debates, you'll gain a newfound clarity on where the industry is going.

A Unique Rail Event

Brought to you by

Tony Hatch
Senior Transportation Analyst
ABH Consulting

This conference was designed for rail people by rail people.

2023 Agenda

(as of 10/11/2023, subject to change)

Thursday, November 16

8:00 AM
8:05 AM
Fireside Chat: State of the Industry

Chuck Baker, President ASLRRA / Ian Jefferies, President & CEO, Association of American Railroads / Marc Brazeau, President & CEO, Railway Association of Canada

8:45 AM
Rail's Path to Green Propulsion —
Challenges and Opportunities

Adriene Bailey, Partner, Oliver Wyman

9:30 AM
2023 Railroad Innovator of the Year

Alan Shaw, President & CEO, Norfolk Southern

10:00 AM
Networking Break
10:30 AM
Canadian Pacific Kansas City

Keith Creel, President & CEO, Canadian Pacific Kansas City

11:00 AM
Analyst Panel

Tony Hatch, Senior Transportation Analyst, ABH Consulting / Rick Paterson, Managing Director, Equity Division Loop Capital Markets / Lawrence Gross, President & Founder, Gross Transportation Consulting

11:45 AM
1:15 PM
Industry Association Viewpoints

Patty Long, President, RSI / Urszula Soucie, President, REMSA / Ashley Wieland, President, NRC / Rob Cannizzaro, COO, IANA

2:00 PM

Patrick Lortie, Senior Vice-President and Chief Strategy Officer, CN

2:30 PM
Railcar Market: Trends and Impacts

Paul F. Titterton, Executive Vice President, President Rail North America, GATX

3:00 PM
STB Update

Martin J. Oberman, Chairman, Surface Transportation Board

3:30 PM
Networking Break
4:00 PM
BNSF & J.B. Hunt

Thomas Williams, Group Vice President, Consumer Products Business Group, BNSF Railway / Darren Field, EVP and President, Intermodal, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

4:45 PM
Strategic Digitalization: Pioneering Real-Time Visibility in Rail

Ken Mannka, EVP Operations North America, Nexxiot

5:15 PM
RJ Corman at 50

Ed Quinn, CEO, RJ Corman

5:30 PM
Cocktail Hour

Friday, November 17

8:00 AM
8:15 AM
Nearshoring, Trade and the USCMA

Pat Ottensmeyer, Senior Advisor to President & CEO, Canadian Pacific Kansas City

8:45 AM
Genesee & Wyoming

Mike Miller, CEO North America, Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

9:15 AM
Short Line Perspective

Ryan Ratledge, CEO, Gulf & Atlantic Railways / Henry Posner, III, Chairman, RDC / Dean M. Piacente, CEO, OmniTRAX

10:00 AM
Networking Break
10:30 AM
Union Pacific

Beth Whited, President, Union Pacific

11:00 AM

Joe Hinrichs, President & CEO, CSX

11:30 AM
Fast-Tracking Innovation: A Discussion of Digital Foundations and Accelerators

David Schaar, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group / Rajeet Mohan, Partner, Technology Strategy - Travel & Transportation, PwC

12:00 PM
Railcar Counts

Richard Kloster, President, Integrity Rail Partners

12:30 PM

2023 Speaker Lineup


Your RailTrends registration provides full access to the entire event, including:

  • All sessions and panel discussions
  • Coffee and light breakfast on Thursday and Friday
  • Buffet lunch on Thursday
  • Thursday evening reception
  • Presentation materials emailed post-event

Tickets cost $2,199. Bulk registration discounts are available for groups of 4 or more; contact Wendy Dietzler at for details.

The Venue

Marriott Marquis

The newly renovated New York Marriott Marquis is an iconic fixture of Times Square and brilliantly captures the vibrant energy and spirit of Manhattan. Located on West 46th Street and Broadway, this hotel places guests near some of NYC's most exciting attractions including Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and the Theater District.

The RailTrends hotel room block is full; please contact the Marriott Marquis directly to reserve your room at the standard rate.

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Cocktail Reception

RailTrends IS SOLD OUT

Please join us next year in New York City: November 14-15, 2024!

Contact Us

Questions About The Event

Wendy Dietzler

Director of Events and Education
(414) 228-7701 ext 458

Questions About Sponsorship

Kirk Bastyr

(502) 500-3524