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2021 Semi-Annual Meeting

September 29 - September 30

Sundance Square

Thanks to all of our members, sponsors, speakers, volunteers, Board members, and everyone else who made SWARS 2021 Semi-Annual meeting a huge success!


The weather in Fort Worth cooperated for 272 golfers at the scholarship golf outing and the Mountjoy Reception outside on Wednesday.  On Thursday, we had 598 registered for the meeting, with 10 speakers – all live and in-person! Our Fall 2021 Showcase Extravaganza featured 45 exhibitors. Best of all, there were 172 First-Time Attendees!

Final registration and exhibitor lists are posted below along with presentations from our speakers.

2021 Semi-Annual Meeting Agenda 2021 Semi-Annual Meeting Presentations

FINAL Meeting Registrations by Last Name FINAL Meeting Registrations by Company Fall 2021 Showcase Exhibitors

Meet Our Speakers!

Stevan (Steve) Bobb

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer; BNSF Railway

Steve Bobb was appointed executive vice president and chief marketing officer for BNSF Railway in January 2013. In this capacity, he is responsible for the company’s sales and marketing activities, customer service, and economic development.  Previously, he was group vice...

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JJ Ruest

President and Chief Executive Officer; Canadian National Railway

Jean-Jacques Ruest was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2018, after having served as Interim President and CEO since March 2018. He was previously Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer since January 2010, with responsibility for providing the...

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Sam Kyei

Chief Economist; SAK Economics, LLC

Sam is chief economist at SAK Economics, LLC. He was chief economist at BNSF Railway from November 2002 to April 2018, retiring from BNSF in April 2018, after 30 years at the railroad. He is a certified business economist (CBE)...

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Michelle Schultz

Board Member; Surface Transportation Board

Michelle Schultz was sworn in on January 11, 2021, as a new member of the Surface Transportation Board.  Michelle was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 18, 2020. For the previous 14 years, Michelle served in various leadership...

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Arthur Adams

Senior Vice President of Sales; CSX

Arthur Adams is senior vice president of Merchandise Sales, responsible for leading all sales portfolios within the industrial products, food and agriculture, fertilizers and regional sales segments. He also oversees customer engagement and TRANSFLO services. Since joining CSX in 2007 with...

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Randy Strutz

President; Quality Carriers

Randy Strutz is President of Quality Carriers (QC), a subsidiary of CSX.  QC is the largest bulk chemical trucking company in North America with 130 locations, 2,700 drivers and 8,000 trailers.  Mr. Strutz has been with QC for 11 years,...

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Paul Titterton

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - North America Rail; GATX

Paul Titterton is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for GATX’s North American railcar leasing business. In this role, he is responsible for GATX’s network of repair facilities across North America, as well as fleet portfolio management, engineering, quality...

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Dean Piacente

Chief Executive Officer; OmniTRAX

Dean Piacente serves as the Chief Executive Officer for OmniTRAX, Inc., one of North America’s largest privately held transportation services companies.  As CEO, Dean oversees the daily operations of the company’s Short Line Railroads, Terminal Services, Transload Services, and Industrial...

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Luis Olivera

Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing; Ferromex

Mr. Olivera joined Ferrosur in 2000 as Commercial VP. He has held this position at Ferromex since 2009. In 2019, he was appointed Vice Chairman for Texas Pacifico. He has 40 years of previous experience since joining Du Pont in...

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Stan Meador

Vice President Sales and Marketing; Texas Pacifico

In his short tenure, Stan Meador has witnessed a radical transformation of Texas Pacifico Transportation (TXPF) from a front row seat view. With a May 2018 hiring date and brand new to the rail industry, the VP of Sales &...

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John Schmitter

President and Founder - KEP LLC

Mr. Schmitter has over 40 years of experience in transportation. As a consultant, he has worked with companies in the coal, minerals, metals, petroleum, chemical, fertilizer, paper, lumber and grain industries as well as Class I and shortline railroads, ports...

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September 29
September 30


Susan Cox
Linda Turner
SWARS Rail Shippers

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