SEP-OCT 2018

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RTA EVENT CALENDAR CONTACT US RTA EVENT CALENDAR CONTACT US ADVERTISE Stella-Jones Corp. Railway Tie Association Wheeler Lumber Nisus Corporation MiTek Industries CROSSTIES • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 21 CONFERENCE SHOWCASE Cole Mackay Kessler Hodson Fronczak Douthit Fisscher Hammond Lloyd Singelyn Hicks Chambers Storm Thomas Blaise Irby Carson Jones LUNCHEON KEYNOTE Jonathan Mackay, investment strategies for Schroders, will make a presentation during RTA's Working Luncheon. Mackay will address the State of the U.S. and Global Economies. Mackay works in partnership with Hartford Funds to represent Schroders' strategies to financial advisors and interme- diaries in the Northeast region. CLASS 1 ENGINEERING & ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM The Class 1 Engineering & Environmental Forum will open with a presentation from James Kessler, senior vice president of North Carolina Railroad Company and pres- ident of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association. Kessler has 45 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of rail- road and rail transit projects. Panelists will feature the expertise of Kevin Hicks, AVP engineering - design for Union Pacific; Matt Hammond, assistant vice president chief engineer, system maintenance and planning – engineering; Tod Echler, chief engineer of design and construction for CSX Transportation; and Michael Singelyn, senior manager engineering for Canadian National. THURSDAY, OCT. 25 RESEARCH SESSION On Thursday, the RTA Conference will continue with the Research Session, fea- turing Maureen Hodson of EHS Support, with more than 14 years of experience in the environmental field and seven years as an environmental attorney; the Creosote Council's Patrick Stark, who will report on the council's Worker Exposure Study; Jeff Lloyd, senior vice president innovation and sustainability for Nisus Corp.; and Tony Chambers, president of ABC Tie Tech International LLC, with more than 40 years working in the treated wood tie industry. AAR UPDATE & BIOCHAR TECHNOLOGIES FOR TIES Next on the agenda is the AAR Update & Biochar Technologies for Ties session. Participants are Bob Fronczak, assistant vice president environment and hazardous materials for the Association of American Railroads; Charles Hegberg, biochar consul- tant and mid-Atlantic manager and senior environmental consultant for Skelly and Loy Inc.; Mike McGolden, founder of Coaltec Energy; and Henry Brandhorst, managing director of CHZ Technologies LLC. RAILROAD PURCHASING FORUM The final session of the 2018 RTA Conference will be the Railroad Purchasing Forum, moderated by Kristine Storm, vice president of purchasing for Genesee & Wyoming and member of RTA's Executive Committee. Purchasing executives on the panel include Cory Thomas of BNSF Railway; Nate Irby of Union Pacific; Erin Carson of CSX; Bill Blaise of Kansas City Southern; Hamza Founane of Canadian National; and Wade Ostrander of Canadian Pacific. PROCUREMENT SESSION The Procurement Session will follow a brief break and be moderated by Dana Lee Cole, executive director of the Hardwood Federation since 2012. The federation rep- resents trade associations engaged in manu- facturing, wholesaling or distribution of North American hardwood lumber, veneer, plywood, flooring and related products. Procurement Session presenters will be Philip Fischer of Maley & Wertz Hardwood Lumber, who conducts kiln-dried lum- ber sales and serves as manager of export sales; Larry Jones, president of IndusTree Companies and RTA recipient of the Silver Saw Award for 2014; Derek Douthit of Douthit Lumber and this year's recipient of RTA's Silver Saw Award; and Paul Gaines, second generation co-owner and vice president of operations for Madison County Wood Products in Fredericktown, Mo.

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