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2022 Semi-Annual Meeting

October 5 - October 6

Downtown Phoenix Renaissance

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Join us for the 2022 Semi-Annual Meeting on October 5-6, 2022 at The Downtown Phoenix Renaissance Hotel! In addition to a great line-up of speakers, we will have 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 will present RR 301, Intro to the Railcar Market & Fleet Management  on Wednesday, October 5th.  Also on Wednesday afternoon, our NEW Wine Tasting event will feature Arizona wines and artisan cheeses.

Registration Meeting Agenda Meeting Registration by LAST NAME Meeting Registration by COMPANY

Golf Registration by LAST NAME Wine Tasting Registration by LAST NAME

Meeting Information: Meeting registration is $550 effective September 15th and includes the meeting, opening reception, breakfast and lunch the day of the meeting, and the closing reception.

Other event information:

  • Golf: $225 per golfer. Rental clubs are available for approx. $75 + tax. Reserve with us; pay at the course Golf Information
  • SOLD OUT! Please send us an email at if you would like to put your name on the waitlist in case we have cancellations. Wine Tasting: $50 per person includes wine and light refreshments Wine Tasting Information
  • RR 301: No charge to attend, but you must register to insure a space RR 301 Outline

NO REFUNDS after SEPTEMBER 14, 2022. 

Hotel information:

Due to the tremendous response to the meeting, we have sold out our room block at the Renaissance! 

Here is a list of nearby properties along with their distance from the Renaissance:

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown – Next door

15 East Monroe Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Hyatt Regency Phoenix – Across the street

122 North Second Street, Phoenix, AX 85004

The Westin Phoenix Downtown – 0.2 miles

333 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Hyatt Place Phoenix Downtown – 0.2 miles

150 West Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Courtyard Phoenix Downtown – 0.2 miles

132 South Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Downtown – 0.2 miles

77 East Polk Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown – 0.3 miles

340 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ

Meet Our Phoenix Speakers!

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Kenny Rocker

Executive Vice President, Marketing & Sales; Union Pacific Railroad

Kenny Rocker was appointed executive vice president Marketing & Sales at Union Pacific Railroad in August 2018. He is responsible for the company’s three major business units: Bulk, Industrial and Premium, along with Marketing & Sales Operations, Commercial Strategy and...

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Karen Hedlund

Member; Surface Transportation Board

Karen J. Hedlund was sworn in on January 3, 2022, as a Member of the Board for a term of office expiring on January 3, 2027, following her confirmation by the United States Senate on December 16, 2021. Karen served...

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Lee McPheters

Research Professor of Economics; W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

Lee McPheters is Research Professor of Economics and Director of the JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Dr. McPheters has authored numerous research studies emphasizing issues in regional economic...

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John Brooks

Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer; Canadian Pacific

John Brooks was appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer in February 2019. Throughout John's sales and marketing career, he has held senior responsibilities in all lines of business, including coal, chemicals, merchandise products, grain and intermodal. He began his...

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Michael Naatz

Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer; Kansas City Southern

Mr. Naatz is executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU).  Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama.  KCS’ North...

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Kevin Boone

Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing; CSX

Kevin Boone leads the company’s commercial organization as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He oversees the company’s profitable growth strategies as well as customer service, customer engagement and business development activities. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and...

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Michael McBride

Partner; Van Ness Feldman

As a partner with Van Ness Feldman, Mike McBride brings decades of experience to his practice on litigation, arbitration, mediation, and negotiations involving transportation, energy, and environmental issues, as well as nuclear regulatory matters. Twice a former President of the...

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Anthony ' Tony' Hatch

Principal; ABH Consulting

Anthony b. Hatch was honored by being named the 2019 North American Rail Shippers association (NARS) “person of the year”. Tony has been a senior transportation analyst on wall street for over thirty years, starting at major financial institutions (Salomon...

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Samantha Galltin

Managing Director of Commercial Operations; Port of Long Beach, CA

Samantha Galltin is Managing Director of Commercial Operations for the Port of Long Beach, California, leading the Port’s Business Development, Tenant Services and Operations, and Security Services divisions, collaborating with the three division directors, customers and industry partners to drive...

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October 5
October 6


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