Event Agenda

The 2018 KSRRA Rail Freight Conference offers great networking opportunities with railroaders, suppliers, contractors, state officials and others.  

Wednesday, May 9
10:00a Golf Tournament at Sunnehanna Country Club, 1000 Sunnehanna Drive, Johnstown, PA 15901

Noon - 6:00p Registration open in lobby of Holiday Inn Downtown, Johnstown
250 Market Street, Johnstown, PA 15901

1:00p - 3:00p For non-golfers:  Walking Tour
Johnstown National Flood Memorial, 733 Lake Road, South Fork, PA 15956
(Transportation on your own)

6:00p - 7:30p Reception at The Johnstown Area Heritage Discovery Center
201 6th Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15906
Round trip transportation to/from Holiday Inn Downtown provided:  buses run every 15 minutes from 5:45p to 7:30p

  For those seeking dining options after the reception, please click for list of Johnstown restaurants.

Thursday, May 10 - Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., Johnstown, PA 15901
7:00a - 8:00a Breakfast Buffet & Registration

8:00a Welcome:  Brief review of the KSRRA, purpose of meeting, and meeting agenda
Jeb Stotter, President and CEO, North Shore Railroad and KSRRA President

8:10a Safety Briefing
Kim Smith, Director, Government Affairs, Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services and KSRRA Secretary

8:15a Freight Railroading in Pennsylvania - A Look Back
(Moderated panel discussion with retired leaders in the rail freight industry)
Charles Marshall, former senior executive of Conrail and Genesee & Wyoming
Richard Robey, former owner of North Shore Railroad and affiliated companies
Moderator:  Carl Belke, President & COO, Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad

8:45a Freight Railroading in Pennsylvania - A Look Forward
(Moderated panel discussion with current leasers in the rail freight industry)
Ann Begeman, Chair, Surface Transportation Board
Rudy Husband, Resident Vice-President, Norfolk Southern
John McCreavy, Director of Marketing and Sales, SMS Rail
Moderator:  Mark Hastings, Corporate Development, Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc.

9:15a Combined panels open for Q&A with Audience

9:30a Pennsylvania / Harrisburg Update
Overview of developments in state government and November races, including Q&A
Michael Long, Partner, Long Nyquist & Associates, and Lobbyist for KSRRA

10:15a Networking break

11:00a What the Rail Industry Can Expect Going Forward from a DC Perspective
Linda Bauer Darr, President, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
Andrew Brady, AVP Government Affairs, Association of American Railroads
John Risch, National Legislative Director, UTU/SMART
Moderator:  Jerry Vest, SVP Government & Industry Affairs, Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services

Noon Pennsylvania Rail Freight Lifetime Achievement Award
presented to J. Doyle Corman, former Pennsylvania State Senator and Chairman,
Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee

12:30p Luncheon Speaker:  Leslie Richards, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

 1:30p The Future of Marcellus Shale for Railroads
What we have learned and what we can expect from fracking in Pennyslvania
Denise Brinley, Senior Energy Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Rob Kolaczynski, Jr., Managing Partner, Freestone Industries
Tom Watkins, Vice President, Sargent Sand Co.
Moderator:  Ryan Fischer, Assistant Vice President, Industrial Development, Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services

 2:15p Brief Break

 2:30p GIS Applications in Railroading (including Q&A)
Tomy Brown, VP Operations, geoMobiliti

 3:15p PennDOT Rail Update (including Q&A)
Mike Sorbo, P. E., Director, Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

 3:45p Meeting Wrap Up
Jeb Stotter, President and CEO, North Shore Railroad and KSRRA President

4:00p Conclusion of seminar and gift drawing (must be present to win)