MAY-JUN 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 • MAY/JUNE 2018 21 CONFERENCE Day 1 Relax & Connect With Colleagues Following Committee meetings on Monday Oct. 22, on Tuesday, Oct. 23, attendees can connect with old friends or make new ones as they participate in the golf outing at Raptor Bay Golf Club. Making this golf course special is its design that encourages the appearance of protected wild creatures such as the American Bald Eagle, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets and Whooping Cranes. Or, if you prefer, enjoy an airboat tour and lunch, where guests will glide through Lake Trafford in the northeastern portions of the Everglades. A guide will point out wildlife and provide a brief narration of the area's history. The evening will be capped off with the annual RTA President's Reception, where attendees will enjoy a bite to eat, beverages and music. Day 2 Getting Down To Business Wednesday, Oct. 24, will begin early with the RTA General Business Session and wel- come, followed by a keynote address from Tony Hatch of ABH Consulting, who will provide an informative briefing on railroad capital expenditures. Hatch's presentation will be followed by information from affiliated association executives who will discuss the legislative importance of economic impact data. Following a networking and exhibi- tion break, Dana Cole of the Hardwood Federation will moderate a procurement ses- sion in which several sawmill owners will provide their insights. RTA's annual working luncheon will feature RTA Awards and a keynote address from Jon Mackay of Schroders, a multinational asset management firm. The business for the day will conclude with a comprehensive Engineering Forum, during which Class 1 railroad engineers will update attendees on major projects that either have impacted or likely will impact RTA members. The evening will turn to networking, fun and recognition during the Annual RTA Banquet and Awards Recap. A black tie affair, the banquet will be a celebration of RTA's 100th conference. Vocalist Jean Frye Sidwell and acoustic/ piccolo bassist, composer and producer Chris Sidwell will perform during the reception and during dinner. Entertainment will be provided by Rocky LaPorte, a comedian who has performed on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," been featured on his own "Comedy Central Presents" special, and opened for a variety of celebrated comedians. Day 3 Research, Tie Disposition & Purchasing Plans Thursday's business sessions will focus on research, tie disposition and railroad purchasing. First up is the Research Session, where attendees will hear the latest developments in recent worker exposure studies and other projects impacting the industry. Later, attendees will hear from experts like Bob Fronczak of the Association of American Railroads on efforts related to tie disposal and biochar innovations. Last but never least, is the Railroad Purchasing Forum, a standing-room-only session, which will be the first instance many will hear the Class 1 railroads' tie purchasing plans for the coming year. It is during this session that the names of a member who is present at the end of the conference will be drawn out of a hat for a substantial gift card award. "It truly pays to stay until the end," said RTA Executive Director Jim Gauntt, adding, "We are looking forward to this conference being our most informative yet. Our lineup of presenters and exhibitors will provide attendees with the most up-to-date information on research and development, economic issues affecting our industry, railroad purchasing and engineering plans, and so much more. This conference is also the perfect opportunity for attendees to enjoy face time with one another and grow more connected not only professionally but also personally. We hope colleagues will turn into friends, and are looking forward to seeing as many RTA members in Bonita Springs as possible for a fun and enlightening conference." Register now using the form included on page 23 or online at 2018-conference. A bald eagle sighting would not be unexpected during the RTA Conference at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla. Raptor Bay Golf Club

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