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.
EVP and Chief Commercial Officer
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.
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.
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.
President and Chief Executive Officer
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.
President and Chief Executive Officer
James Foote, a senior executive with over 40 years of diverse railroad industry experience in operations, marketing and finance, was named Chief Executive Officer of CSX in December 2017. Prior to this role, Foote served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from October to December 2017. As COO, Foote aligned CSX’s Operations and Sales and Marketing Departments to advance the Scheduled Railroading transformation begun by the late E. Hunter Harrison. Before joining CSX, Foote was President and Chief Executive Officer of Bright Rail Energy, an innovative technology company that develops and sells products that allow railroads to switch locomotives to natural gas power. Foote began his railroad career at the age of 18 in the Mechanical Department on the Soo Line Railroad in Wisconsin, repairing locomotives and performing a variety of operations jobs. Moving rapidly from the front lines into management positions of increasing responsibility, he joined the Chicago and North Western Railroad, where he held senior positions in finance, law, labor relations and corporate communications, eventually becoming Vice President of Corporate Development, Investor Relations and Tax. In 1995, Foote joined the Canadian National Railway (CN) and again ascended through roles of increasing responsibility, being named Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 1999. He was in that position in 2003 when the CN named Mr. Harrison as CEO and began its implementation of Scheduled Railroading. Foote worked closely with Mr. Harrison throughout the CN’s transformation that turned a $2 billion company into one worth more than $24 billion. Foote pursued an aggressive marketing strategy that included the introduction of new intermodal and carload services that, in coordination with the operations team, greatly reduced transit times and resulted in major traffic growth. Foote left the CN in 2009, and in 2012 formed Bright Rail Energy. Foote holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a Juris Doctor degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
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.
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.
Senior Transportation Analyst
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.
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)
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.
Integrity Rail Partners
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.
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.
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.
Managing Director, Equity Division
Loop Capital Markets
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 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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Alan Shaw is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Norfolk Southern Corporation. He has been with Norfolk Southern for 24 years and has held various positions within the company. Alan served as Vice President-Intermodal Operations (2013-2015), Group Vice President-Chemicals (2009-2013), Group Vice President-Coal Transportation Services (2008-2009), Director-Coal Transportation Services (2002-2008), and has held various staff positions in the Coal and Finance departments (1994-2002). In Alan’s current position, he has overall responsibility for Norfolk Southern’s marketing and sales, industrial development, short line, and real estate activities across the NS network, including international business activity. Mr. Shaw is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (1989) and a MBA in Finance (1992). He also graduated from the General Management Program at Harvard Business School (2012) and earned the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (1997) from the Association for Investment and Management Research. Mr. Shaw currently serves on the Board of Directors of TTX Company and the National Association of Manufacturers. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach, VA, and a member of the IEA Coal Industry Advisory Board based in Paris, France. Alan and his wife, Tiffany, live in Virginia Beach with their four children.
Vice President – Network Planning & Treasurer
Kansas City Southern
Mike Walczak is Vice President – Network Planning & Treasurer at Kansas City Southern. He has held this position since July 2020. Mike joined KCS in July 2008 and has held multiple roles including Vice President Financial Planning & Analysis and Purchasing, Vice President Strategic Operational Planning, and most recently Vice President Mechanical Operations. Prior to his tenure at KCS, Mike held various positions within the finance organization at Sprint over an 11 year period. Mike has an undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas.
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer
Union Pacific Railroad
Whited was appointed executive vice president and chief human resource officer in August 2018. In this position, she is responsible for the human resources and labor relations functions and will lead the company's employee engagement culture initiatives. Whited served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer since November 2016. She previously led the Chemicals business for four years and served as vice president of the railroad's National Customer Service Center. Since joining Union Pacific in 1987, she has held a variety of executive roles in Strategic Planning, Investor Relations, Finance, and Marketing and Sales, including president of subsidiary Union Pacific Distribution Services. Whited is a member of the Humanities Nebraska Board, Lauritzen Gardens Board and the University of Denver Transportation Institute (DTI) board. She was a founding member and former president of Union Pacific's LEAD (Lead, Educate, Achieve, Develop) women's initiative. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. She and her husband Kelvin have three children.
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.