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2017 Semi-Annual Meeting

October 4, 2017 - October 5, 2017

SWARS-2017-Semi-Annual Meeting

Meeting & Golf Registration Preliminary Agenda Event Speakers RR 401 – Syllabus

Meeting Presentations


No event registration refunds after September 15, 2017.

NOTICE TO GOLFERS:   We are no longer accepting additional golf registrations as we have a full complement of golfers plus a sufficient waiting list.

Hotel Information

The Irvine Marriott is conveniently located approximately 1 mile from the John Wayne – Orange County Airport. A complimentary shuttle to/from the hotel is available.

SWARS Group Rate is no longer available. (Reservations will be accepted on a space and rate available basis.)  You can contact Marriott Irvine at (949) 553-0100 or Marriott Reservations Desk directly at (800) 228-9290 to check availability and room rate.  (If applicable, be sure to check AAA or Senior Discount Rates.)

Alternatively, you can also use Marriott’s website to make your room reservation, click below.

Note: SWARS’ Attendees will receive a Discounted Self-Parking Rate of $14.00 per day. If registered at the hotel, the self-parking rate will be discounted on your bill. If staying off property, pick up your ‘stickers’ at our registration desk. (The stickers should be attached to the parking ticket received as you enter the parking area.)

Group Rate Cut-Off Date was September 12, 2017

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Event Speakers

Hear from industry leaders about the latest issues facing those who ship by rail.

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Dan Smith

Chief Executive Officer; Watco Companies

Dan Smith serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Watco Companies, LLC. As CEO, Dan oversees all aspects of the Watco portfolio and leads the development and execution of the strategy, leadership, and direction for Watco’s Customer-First, Team-Member driven, and...

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Kenny Rocker

Executive Vice President - Markeing & Sales; Union Pacfic Railroad

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...

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Anthony ' Tony' Hatch

Principal; ABH Consulting

Anthony “Tony” Hatch 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/consultantcy in 1999, working with research sales partners...

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Kim Becking

Motivational Keynote Speaker; Momentum Motivation, LLC

Kim Becking is an engaging, high-energy, fun and impactful motivational keynote speaker, change and leadership expert, executive coach and award-winning author who helps others build a Momentum Mindset® so they can conquer change, boost resilience and accelerate success no matter...

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David Morgan

Senior Vice President, Polymers & Specialties; Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

David E. (Dave) Morgan is Senior Vice President, Polymers and Specialties.  He came to this position in 2017 after spending the previous two years as the Senior Vice President of the Polymers business. Dave came to CPChem from Phillips Petroleum...

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Michael J Naatz

Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer; Kansas City Southern Railway

Mr. Naatz is executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU).  In this role, he is responsible for sales, marketing, customer solutions and business development activities.  Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, KCS is a...

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Jeff Lytle

President; CIT Rail

Jeff Lytle was appointed the incoming president of CIT’s Rail business, effective April 1, 2018.  Prior to the appointment, he was senior vice president in charge of leasing for CIT’s tank, plastic hopper and boxcar railcar portfolios. He joined CIT...

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Jeff Norwood

General Manager, Port Terminal Railroad

Jeff Norwood started his career in 1979 as a Switchman/Conductor with the Santa Fe Railroad. During his career with the Santa Fe and BNSF Jeff held various positions including Yardmaster, Trainmaster, Terminal Superintendent and Division Superintendent throughout the central and...

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John Schmitter

President & Founder - KEP LLC

John is the President and founder of transportation consulting firm KEP LLC.  John works with industrial companies, energy producers, transportation companies and government agencies on transportation issues including transportation strategy, transportation rate and contract negotiations, rail cost analysis, rail and...

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October 4, 2017
October 5, 2017


Marriott Irvine
18000 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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(949) 553-0100


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