ARDA's history stretches back to 1906 when the first Annual Meeting took place in Chicago, IL. Interrupted only by World War, the Annual Meeting offered railroad professionals a forum through which to discuss pressing economic, regulatory and technological issues impacting their industry. At the forefront of the early ARDA Annual Meetings was the role of the railroads in developing the economic and industrial power of Canada and the United States.
Click here to read George F. Weston's chronicle of the early days of ARDA.
|2008||Santa Fe||NM||Ronald Skinner||2007-08||Bartlett & West, Inc., Topeka, KS|
|2009||Annapolis||MD||Roger Bennett||2008-09||Norfolk Southern Railroad, Philadelphia, PA|
|2010||Savannah||GA||Richard Sibley||2009-10||CSX Real Property, Inc., Jacksonville, FL|
|2011||Seattle||WA||John Rider||2010-11||BNSF Railway, Kansas City, KS|
|2012||Orlando||FL||Kevin Keller||2011-12||HDR, Inc., Kansas City, MO|
|2013||San Francisco||CA||Leo Thorbecke||2012-13||AECOM, Inc., Bloomington, IN|
|2014||Calgary||AB||David Drach||2013-14||Canadian Pacific, Minneapolis, MN|
|2015||Denver||CO||Elizabeth (Brown) Steel||2014-15||Kansas City Southern Railway, Kansas City, MO|
|2016||Las Vegas||NV||Stephanie Johnson||2015-16||Florida East Coast Railway, Jacksonville, FL|
|2017||Memphis||TN||Alan Sisk||2016-17||Norfolk Southern Corp., Atlanta, GA|
The full list of ARDA Annual Meetings and Past Presidents can be downloaded here.