2014 Executive Forum

Session Topics and Speakers

Selected presentations are available for download by current ARDA members here.

Forum Program 1: Real Estate Implications of Grade Crossing Closure Programs

Rebeca Ortiz, Senior Manager, Real Estate & Development, BNSF Railway & ARDA Real Estate Committee Chair, Moderator
Ray Birkholz, Manager - Asset Development, CSX Real Property, Inc.
Mark Holder, Director - Property Management, CSX Transportation
Steven Neubauer, Director, Institutional Safety, BNSF Railway

Forum Program 2: Issues Related to Utility Crossings on Railroad Right-of-Way

Glenn Olander-Quamme, Attorney at Law & ARDA Law Committee Chair, Moderator
Michael Barron, Attorney, Fletcher & Sippel, LLC
Madeline Roebke, General Attorney, Union Pacific Railroad
Alanna Strohecker, Project Manager, AECOM

Forum Program 3: Remediation and Redevelopment of the Pig's Eye Landfill in Minnesota

Scott Keating, Vice President, GEI Consultants & ARDA Environmental Committee Chair, Introduction
Scott Zurn, Manager of Environmental Remediation, Canadian Pacific Railway, Speaker

Forum Program 4: The Freight Economy in Minnesota

David Drach, Director, Real Estate - U.S., Canadian Pacific Railway & ARDA President, Introduction
Louis Jambois, President, St. Paul Port Authority, Speaker

Forum Program 5: Railroads and the History of the James J. Hill Center

David Drach, Director, Real Estate - U.S., Canadian Pacific Railway & ARDA President, Introduction
Greg Fouks, President, James J. Hill Center, Speaker

Forum Program 6: Social Networking Impact and Use by Railroads

Mike Murphy, Rail Business Development Leader, Bartlett & West & ARDA Technology Committee Chair, Moderator
Tom Bushey, Solution Engineer Manager, ESRI
Stacey Hugo, Manager of Community Outreach, Norfolk Southern
Eric Powell, Manager of Economic Development, Indiana Rail Road Company

Forum Program 7: Rail Development in Western North Dakota: Navigating the Region's Unique Challenges

David Drach, Director, Real Estate - U.S., Canadian Pacific Railway & ARDA President, Moderator
Michele Caron, Vice President of Environmental and Engineering Services, Pinnacle Engineering
Jim Holland, President/CEO, Pinnacle Engineering, Inc.
Will Wangerin, Project Manager, Network Strategy - U.S., Canadian Pacific Railway
Kristine Williams, Manager, Real Estate - U.S., Canadian Pacific Railway

Forum Program 8 - Southern California International Gateway: Successes and Lessons Learned

Matt Graham, Director, Environmental Real Estate, BNSF Railway & ARDA Environmental Committee Secretary, Introduction
Lena Kent, Director, Public Affairs, BNSF Railway, Speaker


The ARDA 2014 Executive Forum was held at the James J. Hill Reference Library in St. Paul, MN from February 11-12, 2014.

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