Our 2018 Nashville Conference Discussion Topics – THE COMPLETE AGENDA

Select a date tab below to observe our conference topics for each day!

Under each presentation topic, please click on the speaker’s name to see detailed information about the presentation, speaker and image of the speaker.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Event Registration

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Exhibit Hall Welcome Reception

For MARTS presentation schedule, please see Monday & Tuesday tabs, above

Monday, September 10, 2018

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Conference & Trade Show Registration

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Exhibits Open

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Exhibits Open

8:00 AM – 9:45 AM Railcar Repair Committee Presentation – Session 1

Sponsor: David Cackovic, Assistant Vice President and Chief Technical Standards, TTCI

How to Audit: D15 Welding Program (45 min)
Speaker: John Killion, Union Tank Car Company

Welding Panel and Q&A Session

Speaker: Larry Strouse, Federal Railroad Administration

Speaker: Bruce Siebold, BNSF Railway

Speaker: Stephen Berkshire, Transportation Technology Center, Inc.

9:45 – 10:00 AM Recess

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Railcar Repair Committee – Session 2

Sponsor: Randall Thomure, Chairman of Committee

Panel Discussion: Building a Quality Manual and How to Implement

Speaker, Don Gullien, Manager of Quality Assurance Program, Transportation Technology Center, Inc.

 Speaker,  Dean Matzo, Vice President Quality, Trinity Rail

Speaker, Gerard Bohling, Manager, Quality Assurance, CF Rail Services

High-Tech Methods for Railcar maintenance

Speaker, Todd Snyder, Director Advanced Freight Car Engineering, Union Pacific Railroad

Confined Space Tools and Practices

Speaker: Joseph Lohkamp, CIH, CSP, AVP-Industry Hygiene/Safety-East, ESIS HSE

12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM Exhibit Hall Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM General Session & Keynote Address – Held in Davidson Ballroom, Level 1M

Speaker: Ronald Batory Administrator of FRA

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Joint Session with RSI – Washington DC Panel – Held in Davidson Ballroom, Level 1M

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Tank Car Technical Standards

Sponsor: James Rader, Vice President, Greenbrier Management Services

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Concert & Reception in Exhibit Hall

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

7:00 AM-11:00 AM Registration

7:30 AM – 11:00 AM Exhibits Open

7:30 AM-8:30 AM Exhibit Hall Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM MARTS Business Meeting

8:30 AM – 10:15 AM Technical Presentations

Sponsor: David Cackovic, Assistant Vice President and Chief Technical Standards, TTCI

Presentation TBD
Speaker: Lisa Stabler, President, TTCI

Motivation and Development of the AAR-2A Wheel Profile

Speaker: Scott Cummings, Scientist, TTCI

Technology vs. Regulations

Speaker: Ron Hynes, AVP S&O, AAR

10:15 AM – 10:30 Recess

10:30 – 12:00 PM Updates on Performance Monitoring

Sponsor: Pat Ameen, Vice President Industry Relations, Amsted Rail Company

Speakers: To be announced

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Protective Coatings Committee Presentations

Sponsor: James R. Molnar, Manager R&D, Union Tank Car Company

Using Inspection Instrument Technology to Verify Quality During Railcar Lining Installations

Speaker: William D. Corbett, KTA-Talor. Inc.

Coating Inspection – How Formulation Technology Can Help

Speaker: Mike Hinman, Sherwin-Williams

AAR Audits – Impact on Coating Shops and How They Can Prepare

Speaker: To Be Announced

Automated/Remote Blasting Technology

Speaker: Joe Craig, Blast Services, Inc.

Speaker, Ed Zaharias, Sponge-Jet

Speaker, Brian Kenimer, BlastOne

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Recess

3:15 – 4:00 PM Industry Trends and Working Alone

Speaker: Jeff Moller, Assistant Vice President of Transportation Systems and Practices, AAR

4:00 – 5:00 PM Interchange Rules Panel

Sponsor: Nichole Fimple, Executive Director Rules & Standards, Association of American Railroads

Speakers: To be announced


The above agenda is effective as of June 13, 2018.

Please note that this agenda will change as we move closer to our conference date. Names and biographies of our speakers will be added as additional details are made available to us. Please check back regularly! 

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