All 2021 Speakers


   



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Adriene Bailey

Partner
Oliver Wyman

Ms. Adriene Bailey is a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Transportation and Logistics practice, with a particular focus on rail, intermodal, and third-party logistics. She began her career at Oliver Wyman and subsequently held senior executive positions at various transportation and logistics firms, including two Class I railroads before rejoining Oliver Wyman in 2019. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Transportation Institute at the University of Denver (DTI) where she previously served as its Chair; is a past member and past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA); sits on the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Advisory Council; and serves on the Board of Directors of Stuart Dean – a private company dedicated to preserving the value of commercial and historically important buildings. Ms. Bailey holds a BS in engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.


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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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Alín Campián

Vice President of Commercial Strategy and Yield Management
R. J. Corman

Alín Campián joined R. J. Corman in 2020 as the company’s Vice President of Commercial Strategy and Yield Management. Alín plays a key role in ensuring that R. J. Corman maintains a competitive position in the transportation & logistics industry and propels the company toward greater analytical precision, the use of data driven metrics, and revenue optimization processes across the R. J. Corman platform. He is a Business Development and Financial Planning & Analysis leader with over 15 years of experience in the infrastructure and transportation & logistics space. For 10 years, Alín assisted private equity investors with leveraging their assets to accelerate revenue, improve asset yields, and achieve exponential growth. Prior to his position with R. J. Corman, Alín held leadership positions with Steel River Transport Ventures, Patriot Rail Company, Florida East Coast Railway, and CSX Transportation. Alín holds a BS in Business Administration as well as multiple advanced degrees including a Master in Communication Science, a Master in Accounting, and a Master of Business Administration in Financial Management from North Carolina State University.


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Keith Creel

President and Chief Executive Officer
CP

On January 31, 2017, Mr. Creel assumed his new role as President and Chief Executive Officer, becoming the 17th person to lead the company since 1881. Mr. Creel was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in February 2013 and joined the CP Board of Directors in May of 2015. Under Mr. Creel's leadership, CP is finding safer, more efficient ways to connect customers to domestic and global markets, and will continue to play a prominent role in connecting communities in both Canada and the U.S. Prior to joining CP, Mr. Creel was Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Canadian National (CN). He held various positions at CN including Executive Vice-President Operations, Senior Vice-President Eastern Region, Senior Vice-President Western Region, and Vice-President of the Prairie Division. Mr. Creel began his railroad career at Burlington Northern Railway in 1992 as an intermodal ramp manager in Birmingham, Alabama. He also spent part of his career at Grand Trunk Western Railroad as a superintendent and general manager and at Illinois Central Railroad as a trainmaster and director of corridor operations, prior to its merger with CN in 1999. Mr. Creel holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Jacksonville State University. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Creel has a military background as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, during which time he served in the Persian Gulf War in Saudi Arabia. Recognized for his leadership at CP, he was named by Progressive Railroading as "Railroad Innovator" for 2014.


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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. www.intermodalindepth.com 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 (www.railtrends.com). 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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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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Michael McClellan

Vice President Strategic Planning
Norfolk Southern Corporation

Michael R. “Mike” McClellan is Vice President Strategic Planning. McClellan joined Norfolk Southern in 1998 as NS’ Assistant Vice President of Intermodal Planning, became Vice President of Intermodal Marketing in February 2000, and Vice President of Intermodal & Automotive Marketing in February 2005. McClellan began his career in 1985 in the Marketing and Sales department of Conrail. Since then, McClellan has worked for the Transportation Practice of Ernst & Young as well as time as an independent transportation consultant. McClellan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati. McClellan serves on the Boards of the University of Denver’s Intermodal Transportation Institute, the Virginia Maritime Association, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.


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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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Martin J. Oberman

Chairman
Surface Transportation Board

Martin J. Oberman was designated Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on January 21, 2021. Marty was sworn in as a member of the Board on January 22, 2019. He is serving in his first, five-year term following his confirmation by the United States Senate on January 2, 2019. His current term expires December 31, 2023. Marty has had an extensive career in both the public and private sectors. In 2013, Marty was appointed to the board of Metra, the Chicago region’s commuter railroad, the second largest in the U.S. In 2014, he was unanimously elected Metra chairman and served until the end of 2016. While at Metra, he gained approval for the agency’s first long term fare program aimed at tackling the agency’s multi-billion dollar state-of-good-repair backlog, and led the Board’s effort to institute transparency and professional management in an effort to overcome an historic culture of politics and patronage abuses at the railroad. Most recently, he served on the board of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) until November 2018. Since 1975, Marty also maintained a successful practice in Chicago as both a trial and appellate lawyer. Marty graduated from Yale University and the University of Wisconsin Law School, cum laude, and served as a Note Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review. He has been married to his wife, Bonnie, since 1971, and has two children, and three grandchildren. Marty is a native of Springfield, Illinois.


Jon Palmbak

Senior Vice President
IANA

Responsible for leading IANA’s Information Services division, offering product program development, and translation of IANA’s vision into compelling member product-service offerings. identifying strategic intermodal-industry solution opportunities that create value for IANA members, stakeholders and channel partners, while achieving growth objectives. Actively engaged and collaborated on a macro level with IANA members, industry stakeholders, channel partners and related solution providers and disruptors, to deeply understand the intermodal industry, challenges and opportunities that address environmental initiatives, risk management, safety and security.


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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
CN

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 at the time of the privatization. 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. Over the course of his career, Mr. Ruest has been honoured many times by the business community, notably as 2019 Railroader of the Year and an Inductee to the International Maritime Hall of Fame in 2017.


Presenter Name

Urszula Soucie, CEM

President
REMSA

As President, Urszula Soucie manages the day-to- day administration of REMSA including membership communication, recruitment, and retention, the monthly newsletter, accounting, the annual directory, the scholarship program, and supporting the planning and execution of the Railway Interchange Conference. Prior to joining REMSA, Ms. Soucie worked for a Wisconsin based consulting firm and was Research Assistant to several transportation studies. Ms. Soucie received her B.A. in Humanistic Studies from McGill University in Montréal, Québec, Canada.


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Ashley Wieland

President
NRC

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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