Our 2016 Omaha Conference Discussion Topics – THE AGENDA

To be seen and heard at our 2016 Omaha Conference!

October 2, 2016 – October 4, 2016
CenturyLink Center in the Omaha Convention Center

Monday October 3, 2016

8:00 – 10:00 AM     Technical Updates from TTCI and Tank Car Survivability

Sponsor: David Cackovic, Transportation Technology Center, Inc.

Developments at TTCI

Speaker: Lisa Stabler, President, Transportation Technology Center, Inc.

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Lisa Stabler

This is a Joint Session held with the League of Railway Industry Women

Lisa A. Stabler was named President of TTCI in October of 2011.  Mrs. Stabler joined TTCI in 2010 as Vice President-Operations and TrainingPrior to TTCI, Mrs. Stabler was employed by BNSF RR as Assistant Vice President – Quality and Reliability Engineering.  During her tenure at BNSF RR, she was responsible for Supplier Quality, Freight Car Design, Track Measurement, Six Sigma Problem Solving, the Mechanical Quality System Mechanical Best Way Processes. Mrs. Stabler also serve as Chairman of the Advanced Technology Safety Committee for the Association of American Railroads. She came to the BNSF from General Motors/Delphi, where she had a number of assignments in Product Engineering, Quality Assurance and Strategic Planning. Mrs. Stabler holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Dayton, and a Master of Science in Mathematics from Wright State University. She is an ASQ Certified quality professional.

Evaluation of the Freight Brake System Effectiveness Using Wheel Temperature Detectors

       Speaker: Rex A. Beck, General Manager Freight Car, Union Pacific Railroad

Rex is presently serving as General Manager Freight Car, Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, Nebraska. He has worked for Union Pacific since 1980 in various Engineering, Mechanical Shop and Regional positions throughout the system. Rex’s current duties include reliability and safety of freight equipment and working with major customers and Union Pacific departments concerning freight cars owned and operated by the Union Pacific. In addition to his duties at Union Pacific, he is a member of the AAR Technical Services Working Committee, Asset Health Strategy Committee, Equipment Engineering Committee and the Railway Technology Working Committee. Rex is also a past member of MARTS.

        Developments in Tank Car Survivability

Speaker: Patrick Student, UPRR (retired)

Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and has 41 year of experience hazardous materials regulations and emergency response, tank cars, and railroad operations. He retired from Union Pacific as Director, Hazardous Materials with responsibility of hazardous materials regulatory compliance, operational train make-up and power requirements. Patrick was a member and Past Chairman of the AAR Hazardous Materials Committee and Tank Car Committee

10:00 – 10:15 AM    Recess

 10:15 – 11:45 AM   MID/FRA Inspection Results

Sponsors: Patrick Ameen, Amsted Rail Corporation, James Rader, Watco Compliance Services, LLC, David Cackovic, Transportation Technology Center, Inc.

FRA MP&E Inspection Results

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James H. Rader

Speaker: James H. Rader, Vice President, Greenbrier Management Services

James H. Rader (Jim) provides leadership and regulatory compliance-related services to Greenbrier Companies, industrial shippers, railroads, and the railroad supply industry.  Jim also serves as an expert witness in railroad-related litigation.  Jim has more than 4-decades of railroad experience, which includes more than 3-decades of railroad hazardous material transportation and tank car standards development. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Strayer University in Business Administration, he is a Board Member for the Mechanical Association Railcar Technical Services (“MARTS”), and he attends and participates in Department of Transportation and Transport Canada’s tank car standards development committees.  Jim was the former Staff Director, Federal Railroad Administration, and a Senior Inspector for the Association of American Railroads, both located in Washington, D.C, and he worked for two Class I railroads, and a short line holding company.

       AAR MID Inspection Results

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Steve Berkshire

Speaker: Steve Berkshire, Chief Inspector, AAR MID Group

Steve Berkshire is a third generation railroader who started his railroad career in 1980 with the Southern Pacific in Oakland, CA. He started as an apprentice, soon working up to a lead-man.  In 1989 Steve moved to Waterville Maine, to become manager of the Springfield Terminal Railroad shops.  His duties included managing an AAR M-1003 heavy repair shop, an AAR M-214 shop, and the railroad’s re-railing operations.  In 2003 Steve started with TTCI/AAR as a Mechanical Inspection Department (MID) Field Inspector.  He soon worked his way up to a Senior Inspector and in 2014 to Chief Inspector, where Steve leads 15 Inspectors who are dedicated to helping the rail industry through inspections, audits, test observations and support of the AAR technical committees.

11:45 – 1:00 PM     Lunch in Exhibit Hall

1:00 – 2:45 PM      Joint Session & Keynote Speaker in Ballroom of the CenturyLink Center

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Lance Fritz

Keynote Speaker: Lance Fritz, President & CEO, Union Pacific Railroad Company

Lance M. Fritz is Union Pacific chairman, president and chief executive officer. He became chairman of the board effective October 1, 2015. Fritz became president and chief executive officer February 5, 2015, when he also was elected to the corporation’s board of directors. He previously served as president and chief operating officer of Union Pacific Railroad, a position he had held since February 2014, after serving as executive vice president-Operations and vice president-Labor Relations, respectively. He began his Union Pacific career in July 2000 as vice president and general manager-Energy in the company’s Marketing and Sales department. Before joining Union Pacific, Fritz worked for Fiskars Inc., Cooper Industries and General Electric. He is a graduate of Bucknell University and earned a master’s degree in management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

3:00– 4:00 PM      AAR Interchange Rules Panel

Sponsor: Nichole Fimple, Association of American Railroads

        Speaker: Jamie Williams, Director Car Administration, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Jamie began his railroad career with Norfolk Southern in 1990, initially as a Locomotive Laborer and shortly thereafter accepting a position as a
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Jamie Williams

Carman in 1991. In 2003 he transitioned into a supervisory role which prompted many more advancement opportunities in field operations. In 2007 he landed in Atlanta, GA as the Superintendent Air Brakes before being promoted to Manager Car Administration in 2012. In June of this year, Jamie was elevated to Director Car Administration with responsibilities including NS program repair shops, wayside detection, AAR/FRA compliance, Car Repair Billing and several AAR technical committees including Arbitration and Rules.

Speaker: Randell Gaston, Union Pacific Railroad

Randell C. Gaston, Senior Director Freight Car Planning & Operations, has been with UPRR for 37 years.  From 1978 to 1997 he worked as a Carman in Kansas City, Marysville, Salina and Topeka KS.  In 1997 Randy took on the role of Manager Mechanical Engineer and joined the AAR Coupler and Draft Systems Committee as the UP representative.  From 2006 to 2012 Randy worked as the Director Mechanical Engineering and represented UP on the AAR Coupler System and Truck Castings Committee.  In 2013 he moved into the role of Senior Director Freight Car Planning and Engineering and joined the AAR Car Repair Billing Committee.  Since 2015 Randy has been in his current role and a member of the AAR Arbitration and Rules Committee.  Additionally Randy joined the US Army in 1983, and served until 2015 – LTC (Ret), with 8 years Active Duty  (Armor / Cav), 10 years KS Army National Guard (Armor), 14 years US Army Reserves (Logistics), and in 2004 and 2005 OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom).

Speaker: Heidi Dyser, Union Pacific Railroad

Heidi Dyser is the Director of Car Repair and Telemetry Management at UPRR.  She started with UPRR 16 years ago in their Information Technology Department as a developer and business analyst.  Heidi served as the IT representative on several industry level initiatives including, DDCT, EW, CEPM, AIR E-Train, and EQR.  In 2014 she moved into her current role and represents UP on CRB, DDCT (which she also chairs), the Time Standards TAG and the EOT TAG.

Speaker: John Kieras, Union Tank Car Company

John presently serves as Director of Railroad & Industry Relations for Union Tank Car Company where he has been employed for over 40 years. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. John is currently a member and Vice Chairman of the AAR Arbitration and Rules Committee, current member and past chairman of the AAR Car Repair Billing Committee, past chairman of the AAR UMLER Committee and member of the AAR Associates Advisory Board. He is also a long term member of MARTS.

Speaker: Jerry Bohacik, Vice president Repair Operations, CF Rail Services

Jerry is currently the Vice President of Repair Operations, Chicago Freight Rail Services in Schaumburg, IL.  He has been in railcar maintenance for 40 years performing numerous positions some of which are General Manager of Maintenance Services, Director of North American Rail Operations & Network Services, Manager of Contracted Maintenance, Manager of New Car Specifications & Acquisition, and Shop Superintendent just to name a few.  Additionally, he is current member of; AAR Arbitration & Rules Committee, Equipment Health Monitoring Committee, Board Member of MARTS, and has participated in various TAG efforts.

4:00 – 5:00 PM     Tank Car Regulatory Update

Sponsor: James H. Rader, Senior Vice President Watco Supply Chain Services

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James H. Rader

       Speaker: James H. Rader,  Vice President, Greenbrier Management Services

James H. Rader (Jim) provides leadership and regulatory compliance-related services to Greenbrier Companies, industrial shippers, railroads, and the railroad supply industry.  Jim also serves as an expert witness in railroad-related litigation.  Jim has more than 4-decades of railroad experience, which includes more than 3-decades of railroad hazardous material transportation and tank car standards development. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Strayer University in Business Administration, he is a Board Member for the Mechanical Association Railcar Technical Services (“MARTS”), and he attends and participates in Department of Transportation and Transport Canada’s tank car standards development committees.  Jim was the former Staff Director, Federal Railroad Administration, and a Senior Inspector for the Association of American Railroads, both located in Washington, D.C, and he worked for two Class I railroads, and a short line holding company.

5:00 PM                  Adjourn for Day

Tuesday October 4, 2016

8:00 – 8:15 AM       MARTS Business Meeting

8:15 – 10:00 AM    Railcar Asset Health/Tank Car Asset Health

Sponsor: Nichole Fimple, Association of American Railroads

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Don Loftis

Speaker: Don Loftis, Olin Corporation

Don has spent his entire career of 36 years with Olin corporation. He holds several patents relating to electrical circuit design, chemical process improvements and process control theory. In his early years with Olin, he authored a Distributed Control System that Olin used internally to make products. In the last decade, Don has focused on crisis management and developing track and trace solutions for Olin. He is involved with the Transportation Research Board and has authored a few studies on application od emerging technologies to transportation. He also chairs eastern region of the DOT Freight Advisory Committee.

Speaker: Chip Summey, Director Asset Services, Railinc

Chip has over 14 years experience in the transportation industry managing and implementing small and large scale projects, including rail PTC an
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Chip Summey

d wayside communication projects. Chip has been with Railinc since 2008 and been involved with several industry initiatives included the Asset Health Strategic Initiative, EHMS, Car Repair Billing, UMLER, and the Damage and Defective Car Tracking System. He has been a frequent member of the MARTS faculty presenting progress of these endeavors to conference attendees.

Speaker: Michael Lesniak, Director-Asset Health, AAR

Michael joined the Association of American Railroads in June 2007 as Director of Business Services in the Safety and Operations Department. He assumed the duties of Director-Asset Health in 2016. Mike has 34 years of railroad industry experience, and has four years in private industry as a consumer and purchaser of rail service. Mike spent the first seven years of his railroad career in operations and transportation serving as
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Michael Lesniak

an Assistant Trainmaster and later moving into staff positions in transportation planning, interline operations and quality control. The remaining years of Mike’s railroad career prior to joining the AAR were spent in marketing and sales where he worked with the automotive, paper and food industries. Mike’s private industry experience was in the grain and food business as well. Upon graduation from Aurora University, Mike worked for the Transit Authority for three years and then received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University before beginning his railroad career. Mike is a native of Chicago and currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and daughter.

Speaker: James Williams, Manager Car Administration-Mechanical, NS Corporation

Jamie began his railroad career with Norfolk Southern in 1990, initially as a Locomotive Laborer and shortly thereafter accepting a position as a
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Jamie Williams

    Carman in 1991. In 2003 he transitioned into a supervisory role which prompted many more advancement opportunities in field operations. In 2007 he landed in Atlanta, GA as the Superintendent Air Brakes before being promoted to Manager Car Administration in 2012. In June of this year, Jamie was elevated to Director Car Administration with responsibilities including NS program repair shops, wayside detection, AAR/FRA compliance, Car Repair Billing and several AAR technical committees including Arbitration and Rules.

10:00 – 10:15 AM     Recess

10:15 – 12:00 PM    Protective Coatings Committee

Chairman: James Molnar, Union Tank Car Company

       “From the Sublime to the Ridiculous: Life in the Fast Coatings Lane” (with Dr. Mike O’Donoghue)

Speaker: Vijay Datta, Manager of Technical Leadership and Business Development, North America- International Paint

Vijay Datta is Manager of Technical Leadership and Business Development, North America at  International Paint LLC.  Vijay  has over  45 y
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Vijay Datta

ears of  experience in the Protective Coatings Industry and  is a member of  NACE, SSPC, and AWWA.  He has co-authored over 40 articles and research/conference papers, has been a multiple recipient of SSPC/JPCL’s Outstanding Publication and Editors Publication Awards, and holds two US Patents. He has a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Next Generation Zero VOC One Coat Acrylic Exterior Coatings

Speaker: Justin Rios, R&D Chemist – Sherwin-Williams

Justin Rios is an R&D Chemist with Sherwin Williams, with experience in alkyd, acrylic, epoxy, polyurethane, and polyaspartic coatings. He has an ACS-Certified Bachelors in Chemistry from Baldwin Wallace University and is working on a Masters in Analytical Chemistry from Cleveland
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Justin Rios

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Internal Corrosion Assessment of a Tank Car Tank Using a 3D Laser Scanner

Speaker: Jerome Beaumont, Business Development Manager-NDT – Creaform Inc.

Jerome joined Creaform in 2011 and is now a Business Development Manager-NDT for the Americas. He has a Business Technical Degree from Francois-Xavier-Garneau College.
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Jerome Beaumont

Accelerated Performance Evaluation of Railcar Coatings, A State of the Art Update

Speakers: James Kirkpatrick, Rail Strategic Account Manager – Sherwin-Williams

                          Brian Skerry, Global Director, Corrosion Programs – Sherwin-Williams

James Kirkpatrick has 18 years of rail & industrial experience and a total of 36 years with Sherwin-Williams Company. He is a member of RSI,
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DR. Brian Skerry

NACE and SSPC and a NACE Certified Coatings Inspector.
Dr. Brian Skerry has been with Sherwin-Williams for 31 years and has responsible for product development programs and R&D functions across all global economic regions. He has a BS with honors in Chemistry, and a PhD in Corrosion Engineering. He has authored approximately 50 technical papers on corrosion and coatings, and is current incoming ‘President-Elect’ of the SSPC Board of Governors.

12:00 PM                  Adjourn 2016 MARTS Sessions

The above topics and speakers have been confirmed as of May 30, 2016. Content will change over time.  As additional speakers for the above topics are confirmed they will be immediately posted above. Be sure to check back often.

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