2013 Annual Meeting (107th)

Winds of Change

With over 100 attendees, the ARDA 2013 Annual Meeting, Winds of Change, provided attendees opportunities to connect, get to know each other and discuss professional experiences and challenges.

Session Topics and Speakers

Presentations are available to current ARDA members at this page.

Session 1: Crude by Rail

David Drach, Director, Real Estate, Canadian Pacific & ARDA First Vice President
Vann Cunningham, Assistant Vice President, Economic Development, BNSF Railway
Gordon Heisler, Senior Consultant, ProLogistics Group
Guy Smith, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Watco Companies

Session 2: Passenger Rail Projects in California

Joe Kneib, Senior Vice President of Market Development, Herzog Contracting Corp & Vice Chair, ARDA Economic Development Committee
Greg Greenway, Executive Director, Peninsula Freight Rail Users Group
Stacey Mortensen, Executive Director, San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission
Brent Ogden, Vice President, AECOM

Session 3: Adapting to Rising Tides - Is Your Infrastructure at Risk?

Leo Thorbecke, Vice President, AECOM & ARDA President
Claire Bonham-Carter, Principal, Director of Sustainable Development, Design and Planning, AECOM
Stefanie Hom, Transportation Planner/Analyst, San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Session 4: Railroad Data - GIS, PTC, and the Transformation from Departmental Data to Enterprise Data

Doug Morrison, Director, Rail Division, Bartlett & West & Chairman, ARDA Technology Committee
Glen Ebeling, Assistant Vice President, Real Estate, Kansas City Southern Railway
John Hawkins, General Director - Real Estate Operations, Union Pacific Railroad
Guylaine Prevost, Geographic Information System - Practice Team Lead, Business Intelligence, Canadian National Railway
Alan Sisk, Director Technical Services, Norfolk Southern Corporation & ARDA Secretary-Treasurer Nominee
Ben Smith, Manager GIS Systems, Engineering, BNSF Railway
Charles Weise, Manager, Real Estate Support, U.S., Canadian Pacific Railway

Session 5: Export Coal

Pam Nehring, Partner, Daley Mohan Groble, P.C. & Vice Chair, ARDA Law Committee
Lauri Hennessey, Chief Spokesperson, Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports
Skip Kalb, Director of Strategic Development, BNSF Railway

Session 6: Port/Rail Projects

Stella Heath, Manager of Business Development, Florida Central Railroad & Chairman, ARDA Economic Development Committee
David Gavrich, President & CEO, San Francisco Bay Railroad
Bob Johansen, AVP & Director - Ports and Marine Planning, AECOM
Stephanie Lane, Manager, Industrial Development, CSX Transportation

Session 7: A Special Welcome from the Host

Leo Thorbecke, Vice President, AECOM & ARDA President
Major General James M. (Mike) Myatt, President & Chief Executive Officer, & former Manager, Bechtel Corporation, Korean High Speed Rail Project

Session 8: Air Emissions Issues Related to Railroad Operations and Projects in California

Pam Nehring, Partner, Daley Mohan Groble, P.C. & Vice Chair, ARDA Law Committee
Michael Barr, Partner, Pillsbury
Melissa Hagan, Senior Regional Environmental Counsel, Union Pacific Railroad
Kirk Marckwald, Founder & Principal, California Environmental Associates
Michael Steel, Partner, Morrison & Foerster

Session 9: Big Data Cases in Transportation

Doug Morrison, Director, Rail Division, Bartlett & West & Chairman, ARDA Technology Committee
Matt Miller, Transportation Industry Principal, OSIsoft

Session 10: The Rails to Trails program and the CSX High Line Project

Beth Steel, Manager, Rails to Trails, CSX Real Property & ARDA Second Vice President
Steve Crosby, President, CSX Real Property
Sandy Rex, President, RMI Midwest
Gary Rozmus, Vice President, Gannett Fleming Engineers & Chairman, ARDA Environmental Committee


The conference was held at the Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel in San Francisco, California from June 2-5, 2013.

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