All 2019 Speakers


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Chuck Baker


Chuck Baker joined ASLRRA as President in February 2019 after a 15-year career in the railroad industry. Before joining ASLRRA he was a Partner at Chambers Conlon & Hartwell (CC&H), where, in addition to the ASLRRA, he represented clients such as the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC), the OneRail Coalition, the American Railway Development Association, Norfolk Southern, and Canadian National. For the NRC, Mr. Baker also served as its President. In that capacity, he had responsibility for all of the association's core financial, operational, and legal programs, including the federal legislative and regulatory 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 coordinated the group’s activities and messaging. 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.

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Ronald L. Batory

Federal Railroad Administration

Nominated by President Donald J. Trump on July 10, 2017, and confirmed by the United States Senate on February 13, 2018, Ronald Batory is the fourteenth Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Mr. Batory is a widely respected and highly regarded railroad industry professional with more than 45 years of experience serving in numerous operational, administrative and managerial positions. Mr. Batory began his railroad career in 1971 working as a traveling Freight Car Accounting Auditor for the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton (DT&I) Railroad. He subsequently served in a series of positions with progressively greater responsibility before joining the Grand Trunk Western Railroad (GTW) in 1981 when it acquired the DT&I. In 1987, Batory became Vice President- General Manager of the Chicago, Missouri and Western Railway, and then in 1989 went to work for the Southern Pacific Transportation Company. During his regional leadership tenure at Southern Pacific, he fostered joint labor and management efforts focused on casualty prevention, service consistency and cost containment, resulting in significantly improved operational performance. In 1994, Batory was named President of the Belt Railway Company of Chicago (BRC), the largest switching terminal in the U.S. and a vitally important linchpin in the nation’s rail hub, jointly owned at the time by nine Class 1 railroads. His success in serving the needs of multiple competing railroads at the BRC prompted CSX and Norfolk Southern Corporation to recruit him in 1998 to manage the partitioning of Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) as part of a merger approved by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board. In 2004, Batory became President & Chief Operating Officer of Conrail, the eighth largest freight railroad in America, until his retirement in April 2017. Mr. Batory earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 from Adrian College in Michigan, and a Master of Arts degree in 1975 from Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Batory is a native of Detroit, Michigan and resides with his wife Barbara, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Michael Bostwick

EVP and Chief Commercial Officer
PanAm Railways

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Marc Brazeau

President and Chief Executive Officer
Railway Association of Canada

Marc Brazeau is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Railway Association of Canada (RAC). Brazeau has more than two decades of transportation industry association experience. Between 1995 and 2015, he worked for the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA), where he spent more than seven years as the President and CEO. In that role, he implemented advocacy strategies, represented the association with elected politicians and senior government officials to defend the interests of its members, and liaised with media on all matters related to the Canadian automotive aftermarket industry. Mr. Brazeau holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Ottawa and a three-year Public Relations diploma from Humber College. In addition, he holds the internationally recognized Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation, which is built on abilities that demonstrate the essential skills of efficient and effective not-for-profit management. Mr. Brazeau is bilingual.

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John Brooks

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

John Brooks was appointed Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer on February 14, 2017. During John's sales and marketing career he has held senior responsibilities in all lines of business, including coal, chemicals, merchandise products, grain and intermodal. He began his railroading career with Union Pacific and later helped start I&M Rail Link, LLC, which was purchased by the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern railroad (DM&E) in 2002. John was Vice President of Marketing at the DM&E prior to it being acquired by CP in 2007. In the role of CMO, John will be responsible for CP's business units and lead a group of highly capable sales and marketing professionals across North America. In addition, John will be responsible for strengthening partnerships with existing customers, generating new opportunities for growth, enhancing the value of the company's service offerings and developing strategies to optimize CP's book of business. With more than 20 years in the railroading business, John brings a breadth of experience to the CMO role that will be pivotal to CP's continued and future success.

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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.

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Justin Broyles

Vice President Commercial Development
R.J. Corman

Justin is currently the Vice President of Commercial Development at R.J. Corman, overseeing all commercial efforts of the company's 13 short line railroads and the Storm Team efforts. With over 17 years in the railroad industry, Justin rejoined R.J. Corman in May of 2018 after serving for three years as Chief Commercial Officer for Patriot Rail. Prior to that, he held various leadership positions within R.J. Corman, focusing mainly on Derailment Services, Construction and National Accounts. Justin holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

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Rodney Case

Oliver Wyman

Rodney Case, a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Transportation Practice, specializes in transportation operations planning, infrastructure design and maintenance, strategy development, and performance management, notably for the rail freight industry. Mr. Case has led multiple projects with European and Asian freight railways, focused on helping clients adapt to the new competitive realities of open access by reducing overall costs while increasing flexibility and service levels. Oliver Wyman’s approach of moving from train-centered to shipment-centered strategies is increasing profitability in this short haul market. The transfer of industry-leading practices between European and North American railways continues to generate new value capture strategies for the industry on both sides of the Atlantic. Mr. Case has led projects on fleet optimization, maintenance, procurement and renewal for both locomotives and for wagon fleets. These projects have included the application of advanced operations research techniques and software tools that resulted in high order savings in fleet management. Supply chain projects in North America have included bulk commodity transportation, port management, feeder network development and optimization for rail and river based networks. Strategic analysis incorporating operations efficiency and business portfolio underpinned significant investment analysis. Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Mr. Case was an executive with a large European freight railway where he led the redesign and implementation of a restructured network and operations model. In addition, Mr. Case worked for 17 years for North American Class I railways in roles including track maintenance, operations management, labor negotiations, IT, rail car procurement, process redesign. As the Director of Service Design he led the preparation of operating plans - analyzing service level impacts, system costs, train path and schedule logistics, crew and locomotive resource utilization, railcar fleet velocity impacts, rail yard and intermodal terminal workloads, port terminal schedules, connections to foreign railway services, and implementation into daily operations. Mr. Case has written numerous papers published in transportation journals, and was a co-author of the paper entitled “Perfecting the Scheduled Railroad: Model-Driven Operating Plan Development”, which won the INFORMS Franz Edelman Award for achievement in the practice of operations research and management sciences. Mr. Case received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Western Ontario and his master’s degree in logistics and supply chain management from Cranfield University in the UK. He speaks English and French and basic German.

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Patrick Fuchs

Vice Chairman
Surface Transportation Board

Patrick Fuchs was sworn in on January 17, 2019, as a Member of the Board for a term of office expiring on January 17, 2024, following his confirmation by the United States Senate on January 2, 2019. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Fuchs was senior professional staff member working on surface transportation and maritime issues for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation under the leadership of Chairman John Thune of South Dakota. Mr. Fuchs has played an integral role in the development and enactment of major railroad legislation, including the first reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board since its creation in 1996 and the first passenger rail reauthorization in over seven years. He also worked on legislation to improve rail project delivery, rail financing, and hazardous materials safety, all of which were enacted as part of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), the five-year, $305 billion surface transportation authorization. Mr. Fuchs helped develop and enact the first reauthorization of the National Transportation Safety Board in over a decade. He also worked on legislation to increase safety by addressing opioid abuse in transportation, reforms enacted as part of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. His work also includes the most recent authorization of the Federal Maritime Commission as well as three authorizations of the Maritime Administration, enacted as part of the National Defense Authorization Acts for Fiscal Years 2017, 2018, and 2019. Prior to serving Chairman Thune, he was a policy analyst and Presidential Management Fellow at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he managed railroad and maritime regulatory reviews. During his time at OMB, Mr. Fuchs worked on regulations pertaining to rail safety technology, rail tank car safety, and railroad operating practices, among other issues. He has also worked for the U.S. Department of State, where he received the Meritorious Honor Award for extraordinary contributions to substantive economic analysis. His experience also includes time with the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education. Mr. Fuchs graduated with distinction in economics and political science and earned an M.P.A. from the University of Wisconsin, where he received the Director's Achievement Award for his outstanding academic record. Mr. Fuchs and his wife, Katherine, were born and raised in Wisconsin.

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Lawrence Gross

President and Founder
Gross Transportation Consulting

Larry Gross is a thirty-nine-year veteran of the freight transportation sector. He is the President and Founder of Gross Transportation Consulting of Durango, CO, an independent consulting practice specializing in freight transportation matters Larry is an acknowledged expert on the intermodal sector who is quoted often in the press and makes frequent appearances before the transportation community. His “Land Lines” column appears monthly in the Journal of Commerce. He comments frequently on Twitter using the handle “Intermodalist”. He is also the author and creator of “Intermodal in Depth”, an analytical report covering all aspects of the intermodal sector. Larry has played a key role in the creation of educational content at the IANA Intermodal Expo for the past six years including participating in the “Inside Intermodal” opening general session. He enjoys teaching and has authored business case studies for use in the IANA Academic Challenge competition at the University of North Florida, the 2018 Operation Stimulus competition in Denver as well as the IANA Expo Academic Challenge. Prior to starting his consulting practice, Larry enjoyed a long career in intermodal equipment development and sales. He is the individual most closely associated with the innovative RoadRailer intermodal system, an organization that he headed for over a decade. During this part of his career he was responsible for the sale of roughly a half-billion dollars’ worth of RoadRailer equipment both in North America and various overseas nations. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Arts and Design from MIT. He splits his time between Durango CO and Mahwah, NJ, enjoying the special qualities of each location.

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Tony Hatch

Senior Transportation Analyst
ABH Consulting

Anthony B. Hatch was honored by being named the 2019 North American Rail Shippers Association (NARS) “Person of the Year”. Tony has been a senior transportation analyst on Wall Street for over thirty years, starting at major financial institutions (Salomon Brothers; Argus, PaineWebber, Natwest Markets) prior to starting his independent analyst/consultancy at the turn of the century. Mr. Hatch's coverage has been focused on the freight transportation segment, particularly surface transportation. Mr. Hatch is known for his knowledge of the intermodal area, where the various modes of freight transport converge, on which he has held several dozen specialized conferences, prior to co-founding and co-leading RailTrends in the 21st century, the rail industry’s most comprehensive conference ( Mr. Hatch provides not only “traditional” yet independent institutional transport research but also provides “bespoke” research such as due diligence and other services to “new” players in transport investment such as private equity, infrastructure and activist and other hedge funds in such areas as intermodal, short lines, rail maintenance and construction, railcar leasing and 3pls, as well as specific research for or concerning major railroads in North America as well as in Brazil, China, the UK, India and, especially, Australia. In addition to assignments with various trade and government organizations (such as the Association of American Railroads, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, the United Transportation Union, the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Railway Association of Canada, the Intermodal Association of North America, the North American Association of Rail Shippers, AREMA/NRC/RSI, the Railway Association of the UK, Australian railways, Railinc/Steelroads), various other freight shipper and supplier organizations (including NITL, NGFA, and NEARS/SEARS/MARS/SWARS, etc), and management consulting firms such as Pwc, Oliver Wyman/ Mercer Management, etc. He has also worked with an extensive list of private equity/infrastructure firms in the space, both here and globally. Mr. Hatch, when directly on “the street”, was named to various honor rolls, including the institutional investor (“ii”) and Wall Street Kournal all-star teams and he garnered the top spot in the prestigious Greenwich poll. He is a past president of the motor carrier analysts association. His career highlight had been testifying before congress on railroads, starting in 1998, among other testimonies. Mr. Hatch graduated from Harvard College with an a.b. In American History in 1982. He lives in New York City, and enjoys baseball (watching – LA Dodgers! - and playing), real football (spurs), Harvard sports, in addition to history (British, US, Canadian), politics, and sports cars.

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Eric Jakubowski

Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Anacostia Rail Holdings Company

Eric Jakubowski joined Anacostia Rail Holdings Company in March 2012. Prior to this position, he was director of network strategy - US, for Canadian National Railway. He previously held marketing and operating positions for more than 25 years with both CN and Conrail. Eric served on the STB’s Rail Shipper Transportation Advisory Committee as well as Northwestern University’s Transportation Center Business Advisory Committee. Harvard University (BA); Northwestern University (MBA); (MA)

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Ian Jefferies

President and Chief Executive Officer
Association of American Railroads

As the Association of American Railroads (AAR’s) president and CEO, Jefferies advocates for and works with member railroads to ensure the continued viability of America’s railroad industry. Prior to assuming the role on January 1, 2019, Jefferies was the senior vice president of AAR’s government affairs where he led the development, promotion and implementation of legislative priorities for the AAR. Before joining the AAR, Jefferies cultivated more than a decade of experience working within government. From 2009 to 2013, Jefferies served as a senior policy advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. In this role, Jefferies provided policy guidance on a host of transportation issues, including railroad economic regulation, rail safety and passenger rail. Jefferies also led the successful development, negotiation and reauthorization of major infrastructure legislation and managed the successful conference of Committee legislation relating to the 2012 surface transportation reauthorization law, MAP 21. Jefferies began his career in government serving as a Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, before transitioning to the federal government. Prior to serving in the United States Senate, he worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. In these roles, Jefferies led program reviews on a variety of issues including infrastructure development, international trade, major weapon systems acquisition and federal contracting.

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Richard (Dick) Kloster

Sr. Vice President
AllTranstek / FTR

Richard (Dick) specializes in rail transportation equipment markets. He has an extensive background in marketing, business development, asset management, operations and sales in the rail industry; spending more than 15 years with a major rail equipment leasing company, and 10 years with several railroads, managing functions responsible for domestic and global research and market intelligence, fleet/competitor analysis, market forecasting, new market development, strategic planning and operations.

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Stefan Loeb

Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer
Watco Companies, LLC

Stefan Loeb serves as Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer for Watco Companies, L.L.C. of Pittsburg, KS. His responsibilities include leading the marketing and sales, strategic growth, and the commercial aspects of acquisition opportunities for the Watco family of companies. Prior to this role, Stefan served in multiple commercial roles at Watco including Chief Marketing Officer, Executive Vice President - Network Strategy, Senior Vice President – Marketing & Sales and Vice President of Business Development. Before joining Watco in 2010, Stefan spent nine years at Bank of America and its predecessor LaSalle Bank, mostly in the Surface Transportation Division providing capital and banking services to shortline railroads and rail supply companies. Stefan holds a B.S. in Business, Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University – Bloomington and resides in Downers Grove, IL.

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Michael Miller

President, North America
Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

Michael O. Miller was appointed President of G&W's North American operations in October 2018. He joined the company as Chief Commercial Officer for North America in September 2010 and was previously General Manager of Norfolk Southern's Modalgistics Supply Chain Solutions, where he improved customers' supply chain efficiencies through rail, transload and intermodal service. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Strategic Development for Derivion Corp and held logistics-related positions with Georgia-Pacific and Roadway Express. Mr. Miller holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and a master's in business management from North Carolina State University.

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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.

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Patrick Ottensmeyer

President and Chief Executive Officer
Kansas City Southern

Ottensmeyer has served in his current role since 2015. From 2008 to 2015, he was executive vice president sales and marketing, and from 2006 to 2008, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to joining KCS, Mr. Ottensmeyer served as Chief Financial Officer of Intranasal Therapeutics, Inc. from 2001 to May 2006. From 2000 to 2001, he served as Corporate Vice President Finance and Treasurer for Dade-Behring Holdings, Inc. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Ottensmeyer served as Vice President Finance and Treasurer at Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation and BNSF Railway and their predecessor companies.

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Kenny Rocker

Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales
Union Pacific

Kenny Rocker was appointed executive vice president Marketing and Sales in August 2018. He is responsible for the company’s four major business units: Agriculture, Energy, Industrial and Premium, including Union Pacific’s Mexico business. He also oversees the railroad's Customer Care and Support team and the Loup Logistics subsidiary. Previously, Rocker served as vice president - Industrial, a position he held since August 2016. Since joining Union Pacific in 1994, he has held various Marketing & Sales positions including assignments in Automotive, Chemicals and the Market Development & Sales Center. Rocker graduated with a bachelor's degree in Finance from Tuskegee University. He currently serves on the Seventy Five North board and was previously Chairman of the Lutheran Family Services Audit Committee and on the NorthStar board. He and his wife, April, have four daughters.

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Jean-Jacques Ruest

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jean-Jacques Ruest was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2018, after having served as Interim President and CEO since March 2018. He was previously Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer since January 2010, with responsibility for providing the strategic direction and leadership for CN's Sales, Marketing and CN Supply Chain Solutions groups. Mr. Ruest joined CN in 1996 as Vice-President, Petroleum and Chemicals. He was appointed Vice-President, Industrial Products in 2003, Vice-President, Marketing in 2004, and Senior Vice-President, Marketing in June 2006. Prior to this, Mr. Ruest worked for 16 years at a major international chemical company. Mr. Ruest holds a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing from HEC Montréal (Université de Montréal) and a Bachelor of Science degree in applied chemistry from Université de Sherbrooke. He also completed the executive program of the University of Michigan Business School, and CN's Railroad MBA program. Mr. Ruest holds a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing from HEC Montréal (Université de Montréal) and a Bachelor of Science degree in applied chemistry from Université de Sherbrooke. He also completed the executive program of the University of Michigan Business School, and CN's Railroad MBA program.

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Rafael Santana

President and CEO

Rafael Santana is President and CEO of Wabtec, a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. A native of Brazil, Santana brings roughly 25 years of commercial, product management and executive leadership experience to this post, including more than 10 years in the transportation industry. He has a proven track record of transforming businesses, while delivering top- and bottom-line growth. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of GE Transportation, a unit of General Electric company, where he significantly expanded the company’s regional footprint and built strong overhaul and modernization capabilities and backlog through multi-year programs. Prior to that role, he was president & CEO of GE in Latin America, where he helped transform the market into one of GE’s largest and fastest-growing regions. A respected global and business executive, Santana also served as president and CEO of the Turbomachinery Solutions Business of GE Oil & Gas, where he drove significant margin improvement and growth in a contracting marketplace. Prior to joining GE in 2000, Santana worked for six years at ExxonMobil and British American Tobacco. Santana has a degree in engineering from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil and will be based at Wabtec’s new headquarters in Pittsburgh, starting this fall.

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John Scheib

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Norfolk Southern Corporation

John Scheib is Executive Vice President – Chief Strategy Officer at Norfolk Southern Corporation. He is a recovering attorney, having worked in various legal capacities at Norfolk Southern, including as Executive Vice President Law and Administration and Chief Legal Officer. As Chief Strategy Officer, John leads the Service Optimization and Customer Engagement Division in its mission to ensure Norfolk Southern provides a high level of customer experience and that the railroad’s operating plan, terminal operations, and equipment strategy that drive that service is continually refined to maximize efficiency and executability. Prior to joining Norfolk Southern in 2005, John served in all three branches of the federal government, including as Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Chairman of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board and as Counsel to the Subcommittee on Railroads of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the U.S. House of Representatives. John holds a B.A. in American Government from the University of Virginia, and he received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law. He is also a graduate of the General Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is an Eagle Scout and fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates. John holds a B.A. in American Government from the University of Virginia. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law, where he was an articles editor of the Villanova Law Review and where he received three awards at graduation, including the Hyman-Goodman Award, which is given annually to the graduating student, who, in the opinion of the faculty, has done the most for the graduate's class and the School of Law through both academic and extracurricular achievement. John is also a graduate of the General Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has authored or co-authored more than fifteen scholarly articles on various legal topics. He is an Eagle Scout and fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In fact, he attended Pittsburgh Pirates fantasy camp in 2011, where he was named by former Pirate Dave Giusti “the Sleeper” of the 2011 draft and was named team MVP by manager and former Pirate Gene Clines.

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Mark K. Wallace

Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Mark K. Wallace Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mark Wallace was appointed Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing in July 2018 to lead the company’s commercial organization, as well as real estate and facilities functions. He joined CSX as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Chief of Staff in spring 2017 and was named Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer in January 2018. Prior to joining CSX, he served as the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Chief of Staff at Canadian Pacific, a role he was appointed to in July 2012. While at Canadian Pacific, Wallace was responsible for the law department, corporate communications and public affairs, investor relations, facilities and real estate functions as well as overseeing the efficient operations within the president and Chief Executive Officer’s office. Prior to his time at Canadian Pacific, Wallace spent more than 15 years in various senior management positions with Canadian National (CN). At CN, he led the public affairs function in both Canada and the U.S., and prior to that, he was the Chief of Staff in the office of the president and Chief Executive Officer. Wallace serves on the Board of Directors of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, one of the country’s top pediatric hospitals.

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Ashley Wieland


Ashley Wieland is the President of the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC). Wieland previously worked for the NRC in roles that covered operations, conference planning, government affairs and grassroots events. Most recently, she served as director of state government relations for the American Traffic Safety Services Association, where she built the association's state government relations program from the ground up, NRC officials said in a press release.

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Barbara Wilson

President & Chief Financial Officer

Barbara is the President and Chief Financial Officer of RailUSA, LLC. RailUSA, LLC acquires and operates freight railroads in North America. We strategically invest in railroad properties where value can be added through our expertise. RailUSA, LLC owns the Florida Gulf and Atlantic Railroad based in Tallahassee, FL and the Grenada Railroad based in Grenada, MS. RailUSA, LLC has strong financial backing from several long-term financial partners. Barbara provides strategic leadership for the business and is responsible for implementing long-rang goals, strategies, plans and policies. Prior to joining RailUSA in 2019, Barbara was the President of Wells Fargo Rail, the rail equipment operating leasing subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank which owns and leases over 175,000 railcars and 1,400 locomotives. While leading Wells Fargo Rail, she led the growth of that business 3x, to the largest lessor in North America, through the acquisition of three industry competitors. Barbara is a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Northwestern University Transportation Center. She began her career at the Bank of Boston in the Transportation Lending Group and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston College and an MBA from Babson College. Barbara has also been an active Board Member on several non-profit boards over the past decade.

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