2016 Executive Forum


Our full program (including speaker biographies) is available here. We are looking forward presentations on several topics of relevance to the railroad industry today, including:

Keynote Speaker

  • John Lucas, Vice President – Intermodal and Carload Sales and Marketing at Florida East Coast Railway

Mineral Rights and Railroads

  • Alan Hegi, Partner and Co-Chair of Real Estate Practice Group at Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

New Waters of the United States Rule Guidance Panel

  • Kari Harris, Regional Manager, Environmental Impact (US) at CN
  • Dava Kaitala, Senior Supervisory Attorney at BNSF Railway
  • Jonathan Martel, Partner at Arnold & Porter LLP>

Ports and Rail

  • Lori Baer, Vice President - Ports & Marine National Lead at AECOM
  • Juan Flores, Assistant Director of Intermodal Programs at Port Everglades
  • Bill Hjelholt, Americas Freight Rail Lead at AECOM

Real Estate Leasing

  • Rick Adams, Associate Vice President/Client and Program Manager at ARCADIS
  • Mike Dannelly at Parallel Infrastructure
  • Kristine Williams, Manager Real Estate and Leasing, US at Canadian Pacific

Security Technology at PortMiami

  • Eric Olafson, Manager, Intergovernmental Affairs/Cargo Development at PortMiami

Legal Updates

  • Kevin Baldwin, Partner at Daley Mohan Groble
  • Kathryn Floyd, Partner at Venable, LLP
  • Michael Wallenstein, Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Utility Crossings Roundtable

  • Following up our conversation in Denver at the 2015 Annual Meeting, ARDA will again host a roundtable discussion on issues related to utility crossings. All attendees of the Executive Forum are invited to participate.


The 2016 ARDA Executive Forum was held at the Hyatt Regency Miami from January 26-27, 2016.

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