SEP-OCT 2018

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CONTACT RTA WEBSITE BECOME A MEMBER XXX BECOME A MEMBER RTA WEBSITE CONTACT Cahaba Pressure Treated Forest Products Eagle Metal Products East Coast Railroad Gross & Janes Co. Hurdle Machine Works Koppers Inc. CROSSTIES • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 26 2018 T U E S D A Y , O C T O B E R 2 3 8:30 am RTA Golf Tournament Raptor Bay Golf Club (Air Boat Tour for Attendees during Golf Outing – See Below) 3:00-6:00 pm RTA Guest Sponsored Hospitality Suites 5:30-7:00 pm RTA President's Reception 2:45-4:30 pm Class 1 Engineering & Environmental Forum James Kessler, Sr. VP North Carolina RR Co., AREMA President Kevin Hicks, AVP, Union Pacific Matt Hammond, AVP & Chief Engineer-System Maintenance & Planning, BNSF Tod Echler, AVP Engineering, CSX Transportation Michael Singelyn, Sr. Mgr. Engineering, Canadian National (invited) Vendor-mercials: 3 minutes each 6:50-10:50 pm Annual RTA Banquet & Awards Recap A black tie/formal event. Doors open at 6:45 pm, with awards at 7:20 pm 7:45-8:00 am RTA GENERAL BUSINESS SESSION AND WELCOME 8:00-8:30 am Keynote - Ronald Batory, FRA Administrator 8:30-9:00 am Tony Hatch, ABH Consulting 9:00-10:15 am Legislative Importance of Economic Impact Data Chuck Baker, Executive Director, NRC Brent McClendon, NWPCA Nicole Brewin, RSI 10:15-10:45 am Networking and Exhibition Break 10:45–12:00 pm Procurement Session Dana Cole, Moderator, Hardwood Federation Philip Fischer, Maley & Wertz Hardwood Lumber Darrell Beasley, Beasley Forest Products (invited) Larry Jones, IndusTree Companies Derek Douthit, Douthit Lumber Paul Gaines, Madison County Wood Products 12:00-2:45 pm RTA Working Luncheon with Keynote Address, Scholarship Presentations and Mini-Workshop Jonathan Mackay, Schroders, State of the U.S. & Global Economies SYMPOSIUM & TECHNICAL CONFERENCE Oct. 23-25, 2018 | S C H E D U L E A T A G L A N C E * T H U R S D A Y , O C T O B E R 2 5 W E D N E S D A Y , O C T O B E R 2 4 W E D N E S D A Y , O C T O B E R 2 4 #RTA100th for 2018 Conference Tweets 7:45-9:15 am Research Session Maureen Hodson, EHS Support Patrick Stark, Creosote Council Worker Exposure Study Jeff Lloyd, Nisus Tony Chambers, ABC Tie Tech International, LLC 9:15-11:00 am AAR Update & Biochar Technologies For Ties Bob Fronczak, AAR Charles Hegberg/Mike McGolden, Biochar Consultant/CoalTec Energy Henry Brandhorst, CHZ Technologies 11:00-12:45 pm Railroad Purchasing Forum Kristine Storm, Genesee & Wyoming (Presenter/Moderator) Cory Thomas, BNSF Nate Irby, Union Pacific Erin Carson, CSX Transportation Bill Blaise, Kansas City Southern Hamza Founane, Canadian National Wade Ostrander, Canadian Pacific OCTOBER 23, 2018 Optional - RTA Golf Tournament – Raptor Bay Golf Club 8:30 am - 3:00 pm on October 23, 2018 $225 pre-event - $275 at event Each hole of the Raptor Bay Golf Club was carefully created to blend with the environment, leaving a beautiful course with natural surroundings. Under the guidance of Audubon International, they have developed an ecological design that preserved the most valuable habitats on-site and restored nearly 25 acres of wetlands. With no residential sites on the property, the natural surroundings encourage the appear- ance of protected wild creatures including the American Bald Eagle, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets and even the very shy Whooping Crane. The tournament quality course features wide fairways with one height of cut throughout and five sets of tees to give players of every level a memorable outing. Optional – Air Boat Tour (Minimum 20 – Maximum 40) 9:45 am - 2:45 pm October 23rd $185 pre-event - $235 at event You'll experience an adventure aboard our nature-based airboats. You'll glide through the Lake Trafford in the north- eastern portion of the Everglades. You'll explore areas only accessible by air boat, while a knowledgeable guide pro- vides a brief narration about the natural and human history of the area. Keep an eye out for gators, native birds, and other swamp creatures. Have your cameras ready for some fantas- tic photo opportunities and guaranteed alligator sightings. OCTOBER 24, 2018 SOLD OUT Optional Exclusive Glass Blowing Experience $295 pre-event no at-event 9:30 am - 4:00 pm (Minimum 6 – maximum 12) Experience the art of glass in motion with Chihuly trained art- ist, Conrad Williams. A Florida native, he has been creating with glass since 1998. After receiving his BFA from California College of the Arts in glass and sculpture, he settled in the Northwest after completing a yearlong internship with Ben Moore and Dale Chihuly. Shortly after the birth of their first son, Conrad and his wife Erin returned to their hometown, Naples, FL to pursue their creative endeavors. You will learn the basic steps it takes to make an orna- ment or paperweight. You will be introduced to the tools, equipment and given a brief history of glassblowing. With Conrad's help, you will shape, cut and blow out your form. You will be able to select from a variety of colors. Lessons include all the materials you need to create your work. Conrad's studio will accommodate 6 people at a time, so while one class is creating, the other will be able to enjoy the shopping and dining located in Venetian Village. Optional - Private Guided Tour of the World Class Naples Botanical Garden followed by Naples Shopping & Lunch on your Own, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, Cost $125 pre-event - $175 at Event, Light Continental Breakfast at hotel at 8:30am (minimum 20 – maximum 50) Naples Botanical Garden is a world class paradise that com- bines delightful cultivated tropical gardens with beautifully restored natural habitats. A guide will take visitors through seven different gardens. • The Asian Garden • The Brazillian Garden • The Caribbean Garden • The Children's Garden • The Florida Garden • The Preserve • The Water Garden OCTOBER 24, 2018 RTA Banquet Black Tie 100th Conference Celebration 6:45 pm - 10:50 pm on October 24 Banquet and President's Reception Entertainment Vocalist Extraordinaire Jean Frye Sidwell & Acoustic/Pic- colo Bassist, Composer and Producer, Chris Sidwell will perform during the President's Reception and also during dinner at the Banquet on Thursday evening. Jean is truly a jazz singer's, jazz singer. Partnered with husband, Chris, she is co-creator & co-owner of Pacific Coast Music, an independent record label. Due to the overwhelming success of her CD's and Pandora Radio Station, Jean is recognized as an international recording artist. Chris has produced and recorded multiple CD's under the successful record label that he co-owns with wife, Jean. Rocky LaPorte – With his unmistakable accent and his hilarious and endearing delivery, Comedian Rocky LaPorte is becoming more well known by the day. His performance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" brought him a standing ovation, and he's been featured on his own "Comedy Central Presents" special. Rocky's opened for the likes of Louie Anderson, Garry Shandling, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Hootie and the Blowfish and the Righteous Brothers, just to name a few. He's done an enormous amount of charity work also for St Jude's for Chil- dren, N.F.L. Charities, Homeless shelters, cancer research and Police and Fire Dept fundraisers. Rocky has won numer- ous awards for his clean corporate-client-friendly humor: • Top 5: Last Comic Standing 2014 – NBC • Winner: Stand Up of the Year Award – Las Vegas Comedy Festival • Winner: Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search, Hollywood OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR ATTENDEES AND SPOUSES/GUESTS. THESE EVENTS REQUIRE ADDITIONAL REGISTRATIONS. The Golf tournament and Air Boat tour are on Tuesday, October 23rd. The Naples Botanical Garden Visit and Limited Glass Blowing Activity are on Wednesday, October 24th (both during the business sessions and luncheon). All of these activities are optional and require additional registrations. Download the Conference App with this QR code and at rta2018 *Subject To Updates

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