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Railroads + Shippers = Solutions

October 3, 2018 - Washington, DC


Please set aside the date of October 3rd to attend the first Railroad + Shippers = Solutions meeting at the City Club of Washington, DC.

The meeting is being organized by Dan Elliott who served as Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board from 2009 to 2017, and recently went into private legal practice at Conner & Winters.  Based on his experience at the Board, he came to believe that railroads and shippers need to talk face to face about their issues in an informal forum to solve them.

The title of the meeting is Railroads + Shippers = Solutions.  This title expresses the theme of the meeting, that is to bring together railroads, shippers and other experts to look at the relationship between railroads and their customers to solve ongoing issues between these parties through informal discussions. 

The goal is to bring everyone together to talk about why there is this constant battle in DC over Surface Transportation Board issues that never seems to end.  It seems as if there is insufficient discussion in this town between the relevant parties.  If these parties talked to each other directly rather than past each other through the press and trade shows, maybe we could fix some of the issues that have been fought over for more than a hundred years.

The current event agenda can be accessed by clicking here.

Our business meeting is scheduled for a full day on October 3.  It will begin at 7:30 with a networking breakfast and will adjourn at 5:30 p.m.  Cost is $800.   

We will have a networking breakfast sponsored by InterVistas and lunch on October 3 with our business meeting scheduled for a full day.  Plan to adjourn at 5:30.  

All activities will be held in the City Club of Washington.  We will host the personal presentations in the combined Lincoln and Washington Rooms.  There will also be an all-day beverage station in the venue.

The presentation materials will be provided electronically in the interest of our natural resources and cost savings. 

Refund/cancellation policy:  No refunds after September 15, 2018.

We would welcome additional sponsors for our programs and events - See below for sponsorship opportunities. Please contact Lisa Linthicum at 918-586-8511 or email llinthicum@cwlaw.com.  Thank you for your support.



Speakers will include:

  • Pat Ottensmeyer (Co-Keynote Speaker), President and CEO of Kansas City Southern 
  • Michael Lacey (Co-Keynote Speaker), President North America Zone and GBU Soda Ash and Derivatives North America Director, Solvay
  • Dan Smith, (Co-Keynote Speaker), Chief Executive Officer of Watco Companies
  • Cal Dooley, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Chemistry Council
  • Ed Hamberger, President and CEO, Association of American Railroads (invited)
  • Sean Finn, Executive Vice President Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer, CN
  • Richard Schmalensee, Dean Emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • James L. Thompson, Senior Manager, North American Logistics, Whirlpool
  • Keith Borman, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
  • Chip Nottingham, former Surface Transportation Board Chairman/Principal, Charles D. Nottingham, PLLC
  • James Boles, Senior Counsel, Regulatory, Union Pacific Railroad
  • Linda Stein, Partner, Steptoe
  • Darin Selby, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Intermodal and Automotive Operations, Kansas City Southern
  • Frank Mulvey, former Commissioner on the Surface Transportation Board
  • Jennifer Hedrick, Executive Director, The National Industrial Transportation League
  • Doug Mueller, President and Chief Executive Officer, Breakthrough®Fuel
  • Charlie Delacruz, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, National Grain and Feed Association
  • Herman J. Haksteen, Chief Executive Officer, MHW Group
  • John Mayo, Executive Director and Founder, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
  • Russell Pittman, Director of Economic Research, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • William Huneke, former Director, Surface Transportation Board, Office of Economics
  • Michael Meenan, Director of Government Affairs, Olin Corp.
  • Bruce Ridley, Vice President, Environmental, Health, Safety and Operations, Packaging Corporation of America
  • Alison Graab, Surface Transportation Board Detailee/Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • Tim Strafford, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Association of American Railroads
  • Jeffrey Sloan, Senior Director, Regulatory & Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council
  • Karyn Booth, Partner, Thompson Hine
  • Raymond Atkins, Partner, Sidley
  • Thomas Giovinazzi, Director Rail Services, Lafargeholcim 
  • Mike Tretheway, Chief Economist, Intervistas 
  • Lochiel Edwards, Former President, Montana Grain Growers Association
  • Fred Miller, General Counsel, U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
  • Jerry Vest, Senior Vice President Government and Industry Affairs, Genesee & Wyoming, Inc.

Bios of the speakers can be found past the Event Registration section of this website.


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Steptoe & Johnson LLP represents rail carriers in complex commercial disputes before the Surface Transportation Board (STB), in federal and state courts, and in arbitration proceedings. Our experience in high-profile cases gives us a thorough understanding of the complex and evolving issues in rail transportation law and as a result we are recognized as a leading firm in virtually every major area of rail regulatory activity. In addition to our broad experience in commercial litigation before the STB, our regulatory experience includes rail safety matters overseen by the Federal Railroad Administration, advice in matters involving rail safety and security issues. Our lawyers have experience not only in the process for obtaining regulatory approval for new construction and other rail transactions, but also in the environmental review process and specifically the application of the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act to such projects, as well as dealing with tribal issues that arise in infrastructure projects. www.steptoe.com



InterVISTAS Consulting Inc. is a multidisciplinary transportation professional services firm with expertise in freight rail, airlines, airports, ferry systems, marine ports, and the tourism industry. Services provided to clients include economic analysis and modeling, regulatory affairs, network planning, route market development, revenue management, expert witness services, advocacy, forecasting, and planning. InterVISTAS has a long history of assisting U.S. and Canadian railroads, the Canada Transportation Agency, Canada’s Competition Bureau, the Association of American Railroads, and Queensland Rail. In addition, InterVISTAS was the principle firm responsible for the 2016 report on STB’s methodologies for railroad rate regulation, An Examination of the STB’s Approach to Freight Rail Rate Regulation and Options for Simplification. www.intervistas.com



Breakthrough is the expert in managing the energy and information that fuels the movement of goods globally. We use our patented technology and industry knowledge to create transportation energy and supply chain management strategies for the world's leading shippers. We remove the waste associated with distorted supply chain practices and reveal data-driven insights to give our clients a competitive advantage in their supply chains.  www.breakthroughfuel.com



BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies, with a rail network of 32,500 route miles in 28 states and three Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of the products and materials that help feed, clothe, supply and power communities throughout America and the world. BNSF moves those goods more safely and efficiently, on significantly less fuel, with fewer emissions than the all-highway alternative.  www.bnsf.com



Event Venue

The City Club of Washington

555 13th Street, NW

Concourse Level

Washington, DC 20004

United States





Pat Ottensmeyer

Patrick J. Ottensmeyer is president and chief executive officer of Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU). He has served in this role since July 1, 2016. Mr. Ottensmeyer is also a member of KCS' board of directors. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. KCS' North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Michael Lacey

Michael Lacey President, North America Zone & GBU Soda Ash and Derivatives North America Director As the new Solvay takes shape, the integration process continues. In his role as President of the North America Zone, Mike will oversee and drive this process. In his role as president of GBU Soda Ash and Derivatives, Mike is responsible for developing, articulating and implementing the strategic growth plan for Solvay Chemicals' businesses operating in North America.

Cal Dooley

Cal Dooley is President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Since joining ACC in 2008, Dooley has enhanced member value and strengthened the competitive position of U.S. chemical manufacturers by advocating for a business and regulatory climate that drives innovation, supports job growth and enhances safety. In 2015, ACC led-efforts resulted in the enactment of two bills governing freight rail transportation and distribution: a three-year extension for Positive Train Control implementation, and the "Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Act of 2015." The bill reauthorized the STB for the first time since its creation, ensuring common-sense reforms that deliver safe, reliable, and affordable freight rail transportation and distribution to chemical manufacturers and other shippers.

Richard Schmalensee

Richard Schmalensee is the Howard W. Johnson Professor of Management Emeritus and Professor of Economics Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He served as a Member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 1989 through 1991 and as the John C Head III Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management from 1998 through 2007. Professor Schmalensee is the author or co-author of 11 books and more than 120 published articles.

Keith Borman

Keith Borman is the Vice President and General Counsel of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. After a number of years in private and corporate practice, he began his railroad career as General Solicitor of the Union Pacific Railroad in Portland, Oregon, and later assumed the same role for the Midwestern states in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to joining ASLRRA, he was a partner in the law firm of Shook, Hardy and Bacon.

Chip Nottingham

Charles D. Nottingham is the Founding Principal at Charles D. Nottingham, PLLC, a legal, regulatory, policy and government relations firm dedicated to helping clients who share a commitment to economic growth, infrastructure improvement, and constructive civic engagement. Prior to this position, Mr. Nottingham was confirmed by the Senate and joined the Surface Transportation Board (STB) in August 2006. He served as the STB's Chairman from August 2006 until March 2009. Mr. Nottingham's tenure as Chairman of the STB was marked by significant reform initiatives aimed at making the agency more accessible, transparent, and efficient.

Jennifer Hedrick

Jennifer Hedrick is the Executive Director of the National Industrial Transportation League. Hedrick has more than 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector building coalitions, advocating for various causes, and developing organization programs. Before she joined MCI USA, she was executive director of the Pellet Fuels Institute, where she led implementation of the nation's first fuel standards program and built alliances throughout industry and government.

Doug Mueller

Doug Mueller serves as CEO and President for Breakthrough®Fuel, a leading transportation energy management and supply chain consulting company. Since joining the organization in 2007, Doug Mueller has advanced all aspects of the Breakthrough® business through his diverse background in energy management, supply chain, and transportation. The company has enjoyed rapid client growth and has positioned itself as a trusted advisor to numerous leading and innovative companies during Mueller's tenure such as Georgia-Pacific, Unilever, Kraft Heinz , and Whirlpool.

Charlie Delacruz

Charlie Delacruz is Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of the National Grain and Feed Association. He joined NGFA in 2002 as in-house legal counsel and corporate secretary. He was promoted to the positions of General Counsel in 2010, Vice President in 2012, and Senior Vice President in 2016. Charlie's role includes administration of the NGFA Arbitration System and legal affairs for the Association. He also serves as staff liaison to the Trade Rules Committee, Arbitration Appeals Panel, Rail Arbitration Rules Committee, and NGFA's Legal Council. After law school, Charlie spent 10 years in private practice with a major international law firm. Prior to joining NGFA, he was with a Washington-based consulting firm handling regulatory, import-export, safety and quality, and business and litigation issues. A Virginia native, Charlie is a magna cum laude graduate of James Madison University and he received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1989.

Herman Haksteen

Herman is CEO, MHW Group and Board President, PRFBA (Private Rail Food and Beverage Shipper Association). He started his career in supply chain with McDonald's Restaurants Canada in 1981. Since then has held a variety of positions in the Supply Chain Field, including President of both an international and a domestic 3rd party logistics provider, COO of an asset-based refrigerated trucking company, and prior to his current position at MHW Group, Herman was a Divisional President with the Martin Brower Company, a global distributor for McDonalds Restaurants. In 2005, Herman was appointed as CEO of the MHW Group. MHW Group, is a supply chain company that operates refrigerated cold storage facilities and Cryo-Trans which is the largest manufacturer and lessor of refrigerated and insulated railcars in North America. In 2016, Herman was appointed by the Board of Directors of the Private Railcar Food and Beverage Association as the President of PRFBA.

John Mayo

John Mayo is Professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy in Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. He also serves as the Executive Director for the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, which he founded in 2002. His research interests lie in the areas of industrial organization, regulation and antitrust, and, more generally, the application of microeconomics to public policy. He has published roughly 70 articles in economics, law and public policy journals including the RAND Journal of Economics, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Yale Journal on Regulation, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Industrial Economics, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics.

Russell Pittman

Russell Pittman is Director of Economic Research in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is also a visiting professor at the Kyiv School of Economics and the New Economic School (Moscow). Among his most influential papers have been those on U.S. railways regulation in the 2010 Journal of Regulatory Economics and Administrative Law Review, on infrastructure reform in transition countries in the 2003 Journal of Industry, Competition, and Trade, on the IBM antitrust litigation in the 1984 International Journal of Industrial Organization, and on the measurement of productivity in the presence of negative externalities in the 1983 Economic Journal. Dr. Pittman consults regularly with antitrust enforcers and economic reformers in transition and developing economies. He is currently a member of an International Transport Forum team advising the Agencia Reguladora del Transporte Ferroviario in Mexico.

Bruce Ridley

Bruce Ridley received his B.S. Marine Engineering Degree from Maine Maritime Academy. He has held several positions at multiple locations during his nineteen years with International Paper Co. Bruce worked for Champion International for two years at their pulp mill in Hinton, Alberta. He has now been with Packaging Corporation of America for nineteen years. Twelve years at the Tomahawk WI. Paper mill as the Operations Manager and Mill Manager. During this tenure, Bruce represented small shippers on the STB's RSTAC committee for six years. Currently he is the VP of Environmental, Health, Safety and Operations and is located in Lake Forest, Illinois. He is President of PFITC (Paper and Forest Industry Transportation Committee) and 1st Vice Chairman for NITL (National Industrial Transportation League).

Alison Graab

Alison Graab currently works on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for the majority as a detailee from the Surface Transportation Board. Alison's work for the Committee primarily focuses on rail and other transportation issues. Prior to beginning her detail at the Senate, Alison worked in the Office of Proceedings at the STB from late 2014 to 2017. Before joining the STB, Alison practiced energy law at a firm in DC, where she focused on compliance and enforcement issues before federal agencies including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Environmental Protection Agency.

Jeffrey Sloan

Jeffrey Sloan is a Senior Director for Regulatory and Technical Affairs at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), a national association representing the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. He focuses on transportation policy, overseeing a broad range of advocacy initiatives on freight rail and hazmat transportation safety. He is the staff lead for ACC's Distribution Committee and a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Rail Safety Advisory Committee.

Karyn Booth

Karyn is a partner and leader of the Thompson Hine's Transportation practice group. Based upon interviews with clients and peers, Chambers USA has recognized Karyn as one of the leading lawyers nationwide who represent shippers in rail transportation matters, and she was also identified for her work in road transportation matters. Karyn represents multinational corporations, trade associations, and transportation intermediaries, such as 3PLs, NVOCCs, freight forwarders and brokers, in domestic and international matters involving multimodal transportation and logistics services. Her practice covers the carriage of goods by rail, motor, vessel and air carriers. Karyn serves as the general counsel to The National Industrial Transportation League, the nation's oldest and largest shipper organization. Karyn's practice includes a full range of services with a focus on regulatory compliance and counseling; proceedings before the Surface Transportation Board (STB), Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Motor

Ray Atkins

Raymond Atkins, former General Counsel of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), leads Sidley's Transportation practice, which is recognized by U.S. News and Chambers USA as one of the nation's top-tier practices. A successful appellate advocate and trusted legal and economic policy advisor, Ray advises clients on a wide range of transportation issues, as well as issues involving administrative law, appellate litigation, antitrust, complex litigation and federal preemption. Ray combines a Ph.D. in economics with his legal background to offer innovative solutions to challenges posed in modern regulated industries.

Daniel R. Elliott

Daniel R. Elliott was presidentially appointed to two terms in 2009 and 2015 on the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB), an independent economic regulator of the freight railroad industry, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate both times. He was designated by the President to be Chairman for both of these terms until January 2017. As Chairman, Mr. Elliott became an authority in railroad economic regulatory matters handled before the STB, in Congress and through the courts. He was responsible for decisions at the agency regarding complex rulemakings, rate cases, preemption issues, and major rail construction cases. Another part of his job included constant interaction with Congress, especially the committees with oversight over STB activities, including testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee on several occasions. Prior to assuming his leadership role in the federal government, Mr. Elliott litigated labor and transportation cases for sixteen years before the federal courts and numerous federal ag

Frank Mulvey

Dr. Francis P. Mulvey is a distinguished economist, educator and public official having served two terms as a Commissioner on the Surface Transportation Board from 2004 until 2012. He was designated as the Board's Vice Chairman in January 2010 and again in 2012. At the time of his appointment to the STB, Mulvey was Democratic Staff Director for Railroad Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He was responsible for all railroad legislative matters for the Ranking Democratic Member of the Subcommittee, and advisor to the Ranking Democratic Member of the Full Committee on overall transportation policy issues.

William Huneke

Dr. Huneke is the former Director & Chief Economist at the Surface Transportation Board. He has more than 40 years' experience in economics, transportation, railroad regulatory policy, management consulting, business analysis and teaching in the commercial and government sectors.

Mike Meenan

Mike Meenan is the Director of Government Affairs for Olin Corporation, the leading global manufacturer of chlorine, caustic soda, epoxies and ammunition. Olin purchased Dow Chemical's chlor-alkali operations in 2015, and now has over 6,300 employees at over 70 sites worldwide. Mike manages all of Olin's federal and state government affairs issues. Prior to joining Olin in 2017, Mike was Senior Director of Government Affairs for the American Chemistry Council where he managed ACC's transportation advocacy and security portfolios. During his tenure, Mike helped lead the creation of the Rail Customer Coalition and supported the passage of the first Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization bill in 2015. Mike has also served as Counsel to both the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, working on the Republican staff in both chambers. Mike graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 2004 and also has an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt. Mike lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife and three children.

James Boles

James Boles joined Union Pacific's Law Department as Senior Counsel in June 2018 and is advising UP regarding regulatory matters. Before moving to UP's headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, James served 9 years at the Surface Transportation Board in Washington D.C. During his time at the STB, James was Chief of Staff for then Acting Chairman Ann Begeman, Chief Legal and Policy Advisor for Board Member Begeman, and a Trial Attorney (Appellate) in the Office of General Counsel. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the Georgetown University Law Center, James spent a decade in private practice at two large law firms in D.C. and six "pre-law" years as a policy specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Linda Stein

Linda Stein represents clients in regulatory proceedings before the Surface Transportation Board (STB), as well as complex civil litigation and arbitration. She has extensive experience representing clients in rate reasonableness proceedings, unreasonable rule or practice proceedings, railroad line construction and crossing proceedings, and rail line exemption proceedings before the STB. Her clients appreciate her deep understanding of the rail industry, including her in-depth knowledge of the commercial side of the business and her long-standing relationships within the industry, which allow her to develop effective litigation strategies. As practice group leader of the firm's nationally ranked Transportation Group, Linda is recognized for her ability to provide solutions to the challenges that her clients face in this highly regulated industry. She also represents clients in contract disputes and other commercial litigation, if and when the need arises; as well as in cases challenging the issuance of permits under NEPA.

Sean Finn

Sean Finn was appointed Executive Vice-President Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer in December 2008. He is responsible for a wide array of legal, government, regulatory, public affairs, risk mitigation and security matters. Mr. Finn joined CN in January 1994 and led the Company's corporate tax function while being involved extensively in CN's privatization in November 1995. He was appointed Treasurer and Principal Tax Counsel in August 1996, Vice-President, Treasurer and Principal Tax Counsel in January 2000, Senior Vice-President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary in December 2000, and Senior Vice-President Public Affairs, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary in February 2003. As Corporate Secretary, he is actively involved and responsible for CN's Corporate Governance Practices and the implementation of the CN Business Code of Conduct.

Dan Smith

Dan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Watco Companies, LLC. As CEO, Dan oversees all aspects of the Watco portfolio and leads the development and execution of the strategy, leadership, and direction for Watco's Customer-First, Team-Member driven, and Safety-Always culture. Prior to being named CEO, Dan most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Under Dan's leadership, the terminal division more than tripled due to the acquisition of 50 Kinder Morgan terminals. Dan has also led the development of countless programs to engage team members in Watco's safety-always culture. He played an instrumental role in the development of the Watco Safety Through Awareness and Training (STAT) Center in Birmingham to better provide new team members with standardized training to safely perform their duties. In 2015, Dan implemented an initiative to restructure Watco's divisions into like-sized and same-purpose teams to create efficiencies and synergies within divisions, and expedite work flow. Under this alignment, profit centers have benefited from improved communication within the divisions.

Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson joined Whirlpool Corporation in 2007 and has held various roles of increasing responsibility within Global Strategic Sourcing and most recently Whirlpool Integrated Supply Chain; Logistics Operations. He currently serves as Sr. Manager North America Logistics with operational accountability for all modes of Domestic Transportation in the US, Mexico, and Canada. During Jim's tenure he has expanded Whirlpool partnership with all class 1 railroads by more than 30%. Whirlpool is industry leader with over 90% of long-haul shipments (>1,000 mile) utilizing the rail network. Under Mr. Thompson's leadership, Whirlpool has been awarded the US Environmental Protection Agency Smartway Excellence Award four consecutive years. Prior to Whirlpool, Jim worked for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn MI where he held a number of roles in both Procurement and Materials, Planning & Logistics. Mr. Thompson holds a Executive Supply Chain certificate from Michigan State University, MBA from Wayne State University, and bachelor's degree in Integrated Supply Chain Management from Western Michigan University.

Tom Giovinazzi

Tom Giovinazzi was hired to his current position in Oct 2010 by Holcim US. In this role he oversees the entire Rail organization within the US including Safety, Operations, Equipment management and Strategic Planning. Lafargeholcim is the largest Cement Producer in the world and located in 90 countries worldwide. Prior to joining Lafargeholcim, Tom served as Manager Rail for NRG an Independent Power Producer and General Motors in the Outbound Rail Division. Tom began his career on Conrail in the transportation department serving as a Train Dispatcher, Trainmaster and Supervisor of train Operations.

Lochiel Edwards

Lochiel Edwards is a third-generation wheat farmer, operating the family farm homesteaded in 1911 by his grandfather near Big Sandy, Montana. Mr. Edwards has held positions with farm organizations, state university advisory boards, and various transportation working groups. He is a past president of Montana Grain Growers Association, and served as chair of Domestic Policy for the National Association of Wheat Growers. His work includes analysis and education in the realm of commodity business and trade, working with private sector, public corporations, government agencies, and Congress. Lochiel's current public policy focus is on railroad freight and marketing issues, working with coalitions of agriculture groups to improve rail rates and service. He serves as chairman of the Ag Rail Business Council, a roundtable of national commodity groups and BNSF Railway, and represents Montana Farm Bureau on the Alternative Dispute Resolution committee for rail policy. Mr. Edwards serves on the board of the Montana Grains Foundation, with a current project to establish the first endowed chair at the College of Agriculture, Montana State University. Lochiel is active in the local historical society and his church, where he serves as a lay leader and preacher for the Diocese of Great Falls- Billings.

Jerry Vest

Jerry Vest was appointed Senior Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs in April 2014. He joined G&W as Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs in July 2005. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Vest worked in the rail freight industry for 20 years in marketing, sales, customer service, strategic planning, operating and development positions. Mr. Vest worked for three Class I carriers--Conrail, CSX and CN--and was Vice President and General Manager at Great Lakes Transportation, where he was responsible for the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad and Pittsburgh & Conneaut Dock company. Mr. Vest graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in business administration and earned his MBA from Indiana University.

Dr. Michael Tretheway

Dr. Tretheway is Chief Economist and Chief Strategy Officer with the InterVISTAS Group. InterVISTAS has offices in Washington D.C., Boston, San Francisco, Vancouver, London, and the Hague. It employs a team of 70 and specialises in the transportation and tourism industries.

Tim Strafford

Tim Strafford serves as Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Mr. Strafford has nearly 20 years of experience as an attorney focused principally on the regulation of railroads, including issues related to economic regulation and federal preemption. At the AAR, Mr. Strafford has represented the railroad industry before the federal courts and federal regulatory agencies including the Surface Transportation Board (STB), Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Aviation Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Customs and Border Protection. Prior to joining the AAR in 2012, he served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the STB. He previously worked as an attorney at the STB for 13 years, including a detail to the staff of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Strafford received his Juris Doctor from American University in 1998, and a Bachelor of Arts with General Honors, in Political Science, from Rutgers University in 1995.

Jill Mulligan

Jill Mulligan was named vice president and general counsel, Regulatory, for BNSF Railway on Dec. 1, 2015. In this role, Jill oversees economic regulatory matters, administrative and commercial litigation and commercial transactions. Jill also oversees the legal team supporting the company's rail operations, including safety regulatory matters and strategic sourcing. Jill also has responsibility for the areas of inter-carrier transactions and litigation, real estate and intellectual property. Jill joined BNSF in 2007 as a general attorney and was promoted to associate general counsel, Regulatory, on Dec. 20, 2012. Prior to joining BNSF, she was a member of the Transportation group at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, located in Washington, D.C. While at Steptoe, Jill advised railroad clients, including BNSF, on regulatory and commercial litigation matters, rulemakings, coal rate litigation and other adjudicatory proceedings before the Surface Transportation Board.

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