We look forward to speaking with you at The Rail Summit 2013!


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i vvvvvvvvvvSPONSORS and SPEAKERS

The Rail Summit 2013

October 24 – 25, 2013

Union League Club

65 W. Jackson St.

Chicago, Illinois 

​                                   PROGRAM 2013

The Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson St., Chicago, Illinois    www.ulc.org
For attendees wishing to overnight at The Union League Club, there are a limited number of rooms available at a special rate. Please use the following name, The Rail Summit, when calling 1-800-443-0578 for reservations at the Union League Club. You will be required to provide your credit card information at the time the reservation is made

The Union League Club has an illustrious relationship with the railroad sector dating back to 1897. In addition to countless meetings, seminars, and conferences, railroads have been featured in the club’s house publication since 1934. During the war years, there were more than a few articles on the vital importance railroads played in the war effort. On October 20, 1944, Charles M. Howe dedicated the bell from steam locomotive #145 to the club. The name of every past Chairman of the Railway Supply Committee is inscribed on a brass plaque. The bell is located on the fourth floor of the club.
We are proud to have The Rail Summit 2013 at the Union League Club of Chicago.

6:15 pm vvvvvvSponsors and Speakers Registration vvvvvvvvvvvvvvviThe Parlor, 5th Floor 
​6:30 pm
vvvvvvReception for Sponsors and Speakers vvvvvvvvvvvvvvviThe Parlor, 5th Floor
7:00 pm
vvvvvvPrivate Dinner for Sponsors and Speakers vvvvvvvvvvvvvvviTudor Room, 7th Floor
​8:15 pm
vvvvvvModerator-Directed Discussion
ixFRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

7:15 am vvvvvvRegistrationi- Lobby, 2nd Floor
7:45 am 
vvvvvvBreakfast - Main Dining Room, 6th Floor
8:15 am vvvvvvBreakfast Keynote Speaker-
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvPeter Gilbertson, CEO of Anacostia &
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvPacificCompany, Inc., Headquartered in
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvChicago, Anacostia & Pacific is a
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvtransportation development and consulting
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvcompany that owns and operates railroads in
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvCalifornia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois,
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvMinnesota, New York, and Texas.

8:45 am vvvvvvBreakfast Panel of CEOs and COOs -

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvModerator-Directed Discussion
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvBob Babcock, COO of Indiana Rail Road
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvDarcy Brede, COO of OmniTRAX
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvEd Ellis, President & CEO of Iowa & Pacific
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvAndrew Fox, President of SouthShore Freight
9:30 am 

9:45 am vvvvvvBreakout Session I - Dining Room, 6th Floor
vvvvvvvvvvvvv    How Short Lines Increase Profits

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvModerator-Directed Discussion with a
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvpanel customers of Short Line Railroads.

vvvvvvvvvvvvvBreakout Session II- Crystal Room, 5th Floor

v  Conexus Partnering with Railroads on 
Business Opportunities
10:30 am
10:45 am
vvvvvBreakout Session III - Dining Room, 6th Floor
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvHow Short Lines Increase Profits
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvFor Business
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvModerator-Directed Discussion with a
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvpanel customers of Short Line Railroads.
vvvvvvvvvvvvvBreakout Session IV - Crystal Room, 5th Floor
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvEnvironmental & Safety Presentations
11:30 am vvvvvReception - 2nd Floor  
12:15 pm
vvvvv Luncheon - Main Dining Room, 6th  Floor
12:45 pm
vvvvvConference Reconvenes
1:00 pm 
vvvvvvKeynote Speakers:

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvVictor Smith, Secretary of Commerce,  vvvvvvvvvvvvvv State of Indiana

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvBrad Skinner, Chairman of OmniTRAX, 
​2:30 pm


Friday,  9:30 a.m. Dining Room, 6th Floor
Breakout Session I       How Short Lines Increase Profits For Businesses   vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvModerator-Directed Discussion with a panel of customers vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvof Short Line Railroads.  The purpose is to discuss the vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvarious ways that Short Lines help a variety of businesses vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvimprove their profitability.
Friday,  9:30 a.m. Crystal Room, 5th Floor  
Breakout Session IIvvvConexus  - Partnering with Railroads on New   


Friday,  10:30 a.m. Dining Room, 6th Floor
Breakout Session III   Why & How Short Lines Deliver Profits For Businesses   vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvModerator Leads Panel Discussions by 4 Companies vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvThat Benefit and Profit From Using a Short Line Railroad.   vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvHonda (IN), Rochelle based company (IL), +2 other vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvcompanies. The Rochelle Short Line Railroad activity has vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvresulted in more than 2,000 jobs and reduced freight rates vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvby 20-25%.

Friday,  10:30 a.m. Crystal Room, 5th Floor  

Breakout Session IVvvUTC/UIC  
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvSteve Schlickman, Executive Director of the Urban  vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvTransportationCenter (UTC) will moderate this Session.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Anacostia & Pacific Company, Inc. Peter A. Gilbertson is also Chairman of Anacostia Rail Holdings, the Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad, the Louisville & Indiana Railroad, the Northern Lines, and the Pacific Harbor Line Railroad. Gilbertson is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Railroads. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Regional Railroads of America and as Chairman of the Regional Railroads of Minnesota. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Short Line and Regional Railroads  

​of America.

Brad Skinner  

Chairman of OmniTRAX
OmniTRAX is part of the BROE Group that recently was awarded the operating contract for the Port
of Chicago.

Keynote Speakers: 

For more information on sponsorships or to register, please contact info@therailsummit.com or call 312-750-9150

Partnering with you, we focus on increasing your profitable results.


Environmental Impact Assessment of Rail Infrastructure
​in Illinois

Dr. Ning Ai, Marcella Bondie, Anthony Grande  
Rail is Better for our Environment. Click here to read more at:
Environmental Impact Rail Structures

Pedestrian Safety at Rail Grade Crossings  
Dr. Paul Metaxatos, Dr. P.S. Sriraj         
Pedestrian Safety Matters.  Click here to read more at:
Pedestrian/Bicycle Signs at Rail Crossings

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxVictor Smith

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxSecretary of Commerce

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxState of Indiana

Indiana’s Secretary of Commerce, Victor Smith, is a member of Governor Mike Pence’s cabinet and leads the state’s domestic and international economic development efforts that are designed to increase jobs and develop new business. Appointed in January 2013, his tenure as Secretary

of Commerce follows a distinguished 17-year career in which he held executive positions in operations and sales. He was chief executive officer of a precision manufacturing company with locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Asia. 

David Holt, Vice President of Conexus. Driving the 
Logistics agenda, Holt developed Phase I: A Plan for
Indiana’s Logistics Future. Conexus, is an Indiana initiative designed to capitalize on opportunities in advanced manufacturing and logistics that are linked through production and distribution. These two industries make up
more than a third of the Indiana economy and a quarter of 
​its jobs. In 2008, the Conexus Indiana Logistics
Council (CILC) was formed to serve as a forum for more than 50 logistics industry executives to use to explore short- and long-term issues, opportunities and obstacles to grow their businesses and ensure Indiana remains a logistics leader.

Established in 1979, the Urban Transportation Center (UTC) is part of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. UTC's goal 

is to catalyze interdisciplinary exploration and 
understanding of the human, economic, and informational 
aspects of transportation systems and the complex 
social context in which it operates. As a research unit, UTC is dedicated to education, conducting research, and providing technical assistance on urban transportation, planning, policy, operations, finance,and management.


BREAKFAST - CEO Panel of Short Line Railroads

Friday,  7:45 a.m. Main Dining Room, 6th Floor
CEO Panel of Short Line Railroads: Moderator-Directed Discussion

Environmental Impact Assessment of Rail Infrastructure in Illinois
Dr. Ning Ai, Marcella Bondie, Anthony Grande               
Rail is Better for our Environment. Read more at: Environmental Impact Rail Structures

Pedestrian Safety at Rail Grade Crossings   
Dr. Paul Metaxatos, Dr. P.S. Sriraj                            
Pedestrian Safety Matters. Read more at: Pedestrian/Bicycle Signs at Rail Crossings

Andrew Fox, President of Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad

vvvSince September 2010, Andrew Fox has served vvvas President of the Chicago South Shore & South vvvBend Railroad and Managing Director of Pacific vvvHarbor Line, Inc. and all affiliates of

vvvAnacostia Pacific Co. Inc.    

vvvPrior to accepting the position of President of vvvSouth Shore in 2010, Fox had been President of vvvPacific Harbor Line, Inc. since its founding in vvv1997. During his 23 years with Southern Pacific vvvTransportation Co., Fox held various operating vvvand executive positions during 23 years including vvvGeneral Manager of Intermodal Operations, vvvDistrict Superintendent, General Superintendent vvvof Transportation, and Assistant to the Vice vvvPresident of Operations.

Darcy M. Brede, President and Chief Operating
Officer, OmniTRAX

vvvDarcy Brede serves as President and Chief

vvvOperating Officer of OmniTRAX. His direct

vvvmanaging operations include terminal services,

vvvequipment services, and switching services in 

vvvthe United States and Canada. Darcy holds full

vvvresponsibility for the financial performance,

vvvteam development, labor relations, and safe

vvioperating environments.

vvvMore than 25 years ago, Darcy started his career

vvvwith BC Rail where he held several positions

vvvincluding Director of Network Operations, 

vvvArea Manager, and Terminal Manager. Within

vvvOmniTRAX, Darcy has held the roles of

vvvGeneral Manager, Regional Vice President, and  

vvvExecutive Vice President of Operations.

Ed Ellis

vvvEd Ellis, President of Iowa Pacific Holdings
vvv(IPH), led the formation of IPH in March 2001
vvvwith the purpose of acquiring railroads and
vvvcreating rail-related businesses.  IPH has focused
vvvon smaller feeder railroads (Short Lines) with
vvvannual revenues of $10 million and less. IPH has
vvvsuccessfully acquired and operated ten railroads
vvvwhile working to increase their value to rail
vvvcustomers and the communities they serve
vvvthrough improvements in services, facilities,
vvvand equipment.

Indiana Railroad and Purdue’s Regional Development Center (PCRD) will participate in the Conexus Breakout Session. Ed Morrison of PCRD will present RDM: Regional Transportation and Logistics Assets a state-of-the-art, yet highly practical IT logistics software system.

Robert Babcock, Senior VP of Operations and Business Development, The Indiana Rail Road Company

vvvBabcock oversees development of new vvvopportunities in merchandise traffic, transload, vvvand strategic carrier relationships, while vvvmanaging service design and the railroad’s vvvoperating plan. He is also responsible for the vvvlocomotive car repair and engineering functions. vvvIn 1988, Babcock began his career with the vvvAtchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway where he vvvheld a variety of management positions. vvvBefore joining Indiana Rail Road Company vvv(INRD) in 2006, he was in operations 

vvvmanagement for the southern and eastern states vvvat CSX Transportation which he joined in 1999.

 vvvINRD, founded March 18, 1986, is a privately-vvvheld, 500-mile railroad. They haul a variety of vvvconsumer, energy and industrial products serving vvvCentral and Southwest Indiana as well as Central vvvIllinois with nationwide connections at vvvtransportation hubs such as Chicago, vvvIndianapolis, and Louisville. They provide vvvcentral Indiana’s only all-rail intermodal service vvvfor trans-Pacific trade in conjunction with vvvCanadian National Railway, serving the west vvvcoast Canadian ports of Vancouver and Prince vvvRupert.

Business Opportunities   www.conexusindiana.com  

David Holt of Conexus will present with Bob Babcock of Indiana Rail Road how Conexus builds a business case for the private sector and how this benefits the businesses. Ed Morrison of the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD). PCRD will introduce RDM: Regional Transportation and Logistics Assets, a state-of-the-art, yet highly practical logistics software system.

Peter A. Gilbertson

CEO Anacostia & Pacific
​Company, Inc. 

Skinner serves as Chairman of OmniTRAX, Inc. based in Denver.  As one of North America’s largest private railroad and transportation companies, OmniTRAX has 16 Regional and Short Line Railroads serving 10 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces.