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2019 Annual Meeting

February 27, 2019 - February 28, 2019


Save the dates, February 27 – 28, 2019, to attend SWARS’ 2019 Annual Meeting

Agenda  Meeting and Golf Registration Annual Sponsorship Form Event Sponsorship Form Golf Sponsorship Form Exhibitor Table Registration Form
RR101 Course Syllabus  The Woodlands Golf Information The Woodlands Golf Directions

Make plans NOW to join us in The Woodlands for the Southwest Association of Rail Shippers Meeting at The Marriott Waterway Marriott.

SWARS’Board has put together another great agenda with interesting and informative topics.

We set an all-time attendance at our 2018 Annual Meeting in San Antonio; we had 611 registered attendees…will we set another record next February in The Woodlands?  With your participation, we think we will!

Do you want more exposure for your company?  We have several opportunities; click on the links to check these out!

  • Annual Sponsorships
  • Golf Sponsorships
  • Event Sponsorships
  • Exhibitor Tables; 32 tables for this meeting!

We hope to see you next spring…keep checking your Inboxes for meeting and other announcements!


The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center has set aside a block of rooms for SWARS at $219.00 per night.

  • Group rate is available from Monday through Thursday night
  • All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card
  • Cut-off date for our group rate is Monday, February 4, 2019
  • Reservation requests after the Cut-Off Date will be based up availability at Hotel’s prevailing rates
  • Complimentary Self-Parking in Marriott’s Towncenter Garage (click on Directions & Parking’ banner)
  • Call Marriott Reservations at 1(800) 228-9290 and ask for SWARS group rate or click the link below:

Book your group rate for Southwest Association of Rail Shippers Spring Meeting

Directions & Parking

Event Speakers

Our lineup of speakers includes leaders in the rail transportation community!

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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

Micheal Naatz has served as Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of the Kansas City Southern Railway since 2018. He joined the company in 2012 as senior vice president and chief information officer and was promoted to senior vice president operations support...

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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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February 27, 2019
February 28, 2019


Jack Dail
SWARS Rail Shippers

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