SWARS 2023 Annual Meeting is SOLD OUT! The Hyatt Hill Country 18 Hole Golf Event continues to have availability

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2023 Annual Meeting

March 29 - March 30



As of 5 p.m. today, March 7, 2023, registration for our upcoming Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX has closed due to reaching our maximum capacity. The Hyatt Hill Country 18 Hole Golf Event continues to have availability (see link below to register for golf). Watch for registration to open in July 2023 for our Semi-Annual Conference to be held in San Diego, CA September 26-27, 2023. We hope to see you there!


Agenda RR 101 Outline

Hyatt Hill Country Golf Registration

Exhibitors by Company Name Attendees-By Last Name Attendees-By Company Golf Attendees


Join us for the 2023 Annual Meeting on March 29-30, 2023 at The Grand Hyatt San Antonio River Walk Hotel! We have a great slate of dynamic speakers planned for you! In addition, we will have our SWARS Scholarship Golf Outing on Wednesday, March 29th, featuring FOUR choices for golf. There are two 18-hole options on two different courses as well as morning or afternoon 9-hole options. We also have two events for non-golfers; the Wine & Mezcal Tasting Event at the Grand Hyatt on Wednesday afternoon, and our NEWEST EVENT, Clay Shooting at the National Shooting Complex, also on Wednesday, March 29th. All special events benefit the SWARS George J. Elking Scholarship Fund.   The SWARS Board will present RR 101 Intro to Rail Operations on Wednesday, March 29th.

NO REFUNDS after March 8th, 2023!

Meeting Information: Meeting registration is $475 until March 9th, 2023 and includes the meeting, opening reception, breakfast and lunch the day of the meeting, and the closing reception.

Special Event Information: 

  • Golf –  The Hyatt Hill Country Golf Course – 18 holes continues to have availability. TPC Canyons Course is SOLD OUT! Rental clubs are available for approx. $90 + tax. Reserve with us prior to March 15th and pay at the course.
  • View Golf Information
  • Wine & Mezcal Tasting – SOLD OUT! $150 per person includes 4 wine selections and 1 mezcal plus light refreshments. Limited to 75 people!
    View Wine & Mezcal Tasting Information
  • Clay Shooting – SOLD OUT! $250 per person includes ammo. Gun rentals available through the National Shooting Complex. Limited to 60 people!
    View Clay Shooting Information
  • Rail 101: SOLD OUT! No charge to attend, but you must register to insure a space. Limited to 60 people!
    View RR 101 Information

NO REFUNDS after March 8th, 2023!

Hotel Information: 

  • Grand Hyatt San Antonio River Walk Hotel, 600 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.
  • SWARS Room rate is $229 + tax; book your room here.  BOOK EARLY – rooms go fast! This room rate will expire on March 8th, 2023.
  • $25 +tax per night Self-Parking rate. Valet parking available.

The Grand Hyatt is now SOLD OUT

To assist with overflow, we have reserved a block of rooms at the Hyatt Regency that is within walking distance of the conference hotel.

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk, 123 Losoya Street, San Antonio, Texas, 78205

• SWARS room rate is $229 + tax; book your room here

Meet Our 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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March 29
March 30


Grand Hyatt San Antonio
600 East Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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(210) 224-1234
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Linda Turner
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