NOV-DEC 2017

Crossties is published for users and producers of treated wood crossties.

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CONTACT RTA WEBSITE BECOME A MEMBER 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 • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 14 RTA members convened in San Diego, Calif., Oct. 31-Nov. 3, at the Manches- ter Grand Hyatt to network, conduct business and learn about industry trends affecting their businesses. Prior to business sessions kicking off, the 300+ attendees enjoyed time to- gether during events like the Annual Golf Tournament, a tour of the USS Midway, stationed in San Diego Bay, and a visit to the award-winning San Diego Zoo. The Annual President's Reception allowed all in attendance to reconnect prior to the business sessions beginning the next day. RTA convened an expert group of presenters to address attendees on a host of topics ranging from economic and legislative issues affecting the wood tie industry to procurement and engineering plans for the railroads. A fun night was had by all during the Annual RTA Banquet, where attendees donned Top Gun-themed costumes and awards were presented to a group of professionals who have made significant contributions to the industry. The pictorial essay that follows provides highlights of the conference. Photos were taken by Gary Coleman. To view a gallery of all photos taken, log onto http://colemanphotography.pass. us/rta17/. Economy, Global Demand & More Take Center Stage At 99th Annual Conference Stacy Borkofsky joins George Caric, Rob Churma and Zach Dombrow in the clubhouse. Golf Tournament RTA golfers enjoyed a day of fun and friendly competition at the Maderas Golf Club in San Diego. John Reaves gives his best smile for the camera. So close, but, yet, so far…that's what Mike Goldston and Grant Vale are thinking! Kristine Storm and George Caric are enjoying the tournament. It's a definite thumbs up from Lee Fedore. Ted Woerle, Tim and Mary Ries, and John Heller enjoyed their foursome. Geno Huenick, left, with Steve Bolte, Rob Crawford and Jim Hansen. Bill and Rhema Behan, left, are with Sandy and Jeff Miller. Canon McDonald, left, with "Clown" Ingle, Joe Chinyavong and Kenny Dailey. Nathan Henderson, left, is with Cory Thomas, John Giallonardo and Travis Gross. Somebody (Jory Greenfield) is "in the money!" Chuck Kraynick showing John McGinley which way they need to head off . Dave Koch, right, takes careful aim as Shea Zeiser looks on. RTA CONFERENCE

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