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2022 Semi-Annual Meeting

October 5, 2022 - October 6, 2022

Downtown Phoenix Renaissance

SWARS 2022 Semi-Annual Meeting was held on October 5-6, 2022, at The Downtown Phoenix Renaissance Hotel. We had 550 registered attendees – our largest meeting ever outside the state of Texas! In addition to a great line-up of speakers at the conference, we had 205 golfers at our SWARS Scholarship Golf outing on Wednesday, October 5th, featuring two courses, Whirlwind at Wild Horse Pass and Ak-Chin Southern Dunes.  The SWARS Board presented the all new rail course, RR 301, Intro to the Railcar Market & Fleet Management on Wednesday, October 5th.  Also on Wednesday afternoon, our new Wine Tasting event featured Arizona wines and artisan cheeses.

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Meet Our Phoenix Speakers!

Aaron Sandquist

CO2 Director, Linde, Inc.

Based in Tonawanda, NY 20 years of experience in the industrial gases industry with Linde and formerly Praxair. Held various roles in engineering, operations, logistics and product management. BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Minnesota MBA from Niagara University

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Beth Whited

Executive Vice President-Sustainability & Strategy & CHRO, UP

Beth Whited was appointed executive vice president-Sustainability and Strategy in February 2022. In this role, she helps lead the development and implementation of Union Pacific’s strategic vision as it strives to become the nation’s No. 1 supply chain logistics provider...

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Chris Desantis

Consultant and Author

Chris De Santis is an independent organizational behavior practitioner, speaker, podcast host of Cubicle Confidential, and now an author of “Why I Find You Irritating: Navigating Generational Friction at Work.” He has over thirty-five years of experience working with clients...

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John Hack

Rail Operations Director, Marathon Petroleum Corporation

As the Rail Operations Director for Marathon Petroleum, John is responsible for the corporate rail activities of the largest refiner in the United States.  John has done extensive work in support of rail business development projects including the expansion of...

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Joseph Hinrichs

President and Chief Executive Officer, CSX Transportation

Joseph R. Hinrichs, a leader with more than 30 years of experience in the global automotive, manufacturing, and energy sectors, was named President and Chief Executive Officer of CSX in September 2022. Hinrichs brings to CSX a commitment to operational...

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Karyn Booth

Partner, Thompson & Hine

Karyn is a partner and leader of Thompson Hine’s Transportation practice group. Based upon interviews with clients and peers, Karyn has been recognized as one of the leading lawyers nationwide who represent shippers in freight transportation matters by Chambers USA, Best...

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Marty Utterback

Global Marine Services Manager, Chevron Phillips Chemical

Marty Utterback, Ph.D., is the Global Marine Services Manager for Chevron Phillips Chemical, located in The Woodlands, TX, responsible for bulk liquid terminals, chemical tanker shipping, and inspection services. He joined Chevron Phillips Chemical in 2006 and has worked in...

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Michael Miller

Railroad Services President, North America, Genesee & Wyoming

Michael currently serves as President of North America and is responsible for both commercial and operating functions and has oversight of G&W’s North American Operating Regions.  Michael joined G&W as Chief Commercial Officer, North America, in September 2010 and was...

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Todd Tranausky

Vice President, Rail and Intermodal – FTR

Todd Tranausky is FTR’s vice president of rail and intermodal, joining the firm in January 2018. In that role, he oversees and participates in the firm’s forecasting and production of all its rail and intermodal products, including within the rail...

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Martin Oberman

Chairman; Surface Transportation Board

Martin J. Oberman was designated Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.  on January 21, 2021.  Marty was sworn in as a member of the Board on January 22, 2019.  He is serving in his...

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October 5, 2022
October 6, 2022


Downtown Phoenix Renaissance
100 N 1st St
Phoenix, AZ 85004 United States
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(602) 333-0000
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Susan Cox
Linda Turner
SWARS Rail Shippers

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