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RailTrends 2020


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2019 Railroad Innovator

2019 Railroad Innovator Patrick Ottensmeyer

Pat Ottensmeyer

President & CEO - Kansas City Southern

As chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's U.S.- Mexico Economic Council, Ottensmeyer ensures the rail industry has a voice at the table, engaging with public- and private-sector leaders to strengthen bilateral commercial ties. He also served as the U.S. chairman of the strategic trade initiatives working group of the U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue. Meanwhile, KCS has been nudging the innovation needle, embracing blockchain and all that next-gen positive train control might net. At RailTrends 2018, Chief Innovation Officer Brian Hancock said KCS would be fully automated in six to 10 years. And under Ottensmeyer's watch, KCS is taking what Hatch calls "a bold view of PSR as a growth-driver of looking at change not to please the lowest common denominator (i.e., not just to close yards), but to achieve their credo, service begets growth!"

Before taking the railroad's reins, Ottensmeyer served as KCS's EVP of sales and marketing from 2008 to 2015, and as EVP and chief financial officer from 2006 to 2008. Prior to joining KCS, Ottensmeyer was EVP and CFO of Intranasal Therapeutics Inc. from 2000 to 2006. Before that, he was VP of finance and treasurer for Santa Fe Pacific Corp. and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. (1993 to 1999).

2019 Agenda

Thursday November 21

7:30AM Registration and Coffee Service
8:00AM Welcome
8:15AM State of the Rail Industry
9:30AM Carload: the Railroad’s Canary
10:00AM Morning Networking Break
10:30AM Union Pacific
11:00AM Surface Transportation Board Updates
11:30AM Networking Lunch
1:00PM Norfolk Southern
1:30PM Roads in the Fork: Railroads 2020 & Beyond
2:15PM CSX
2:45PM AAR Perspective
3:15PM Afternoon Networking Break
3:45PM The Explosion of the Short Line
5:00PM Cocktail Reception

All 2019 Speakers

Discovering Railtrends


The only event in a class of its own—RailTrends is returning for its 15th year and continues to uphold its reputation as the must attend event of the year for railroad professionals.


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 expertise. Gain the compelling perspectives of notable Class Is, Regionals and Short Lines.


We set out on a mission to provide our attendees with the pulse of the rail industry. This two day event is a unique opportunity to hear first hand the latest news on today's economic operations and directions in rail.


The status of yesterday's rail market may not be the same as today's. Each year's event will always remain relevant to the current successes and challenges of the latest state of the industry.


Brought to you by Progressive Railroading and Tony Hatch, Senior Transportation Analyst, ABH Consulting, this conference was designed for rail people by rail people.


Our networking opportunities are unmatched, giving you the chance to position yourself as an industry elite. Expand your professional network and participate in powerful discussions and dive into all that RailTrends has to offer.


Through two days of thought provoking sessions, discussions and debates, you'll walk away with newfound clarity on where the industry is at and where it's going.

The Venue

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.

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Attendee Information

Amy Brown

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

Gina Doyle

Program Manager, Education & Conferencing
414-228-7701 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® sponsor, your company gets valuable exposure to a variety of industry leaders including railroads, 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


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