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Rail industry execs to address RailTrends conference in New York City next week


Six key rail industry executives will deliver keynotes at the RailTrends 2007 leasing and finance conference to be held Oct. 3-4 at Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. The event is organized by Progressive Railroading and sponsored by GE - Transportation, GATX Rail, AIG, CIT Group Inc., Oliver Wyman, Hatch Mott MacDonald and the Raritan Central Railway.

The keynote speakers are: James Foote, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Canadian National Railway Co.; Stephen Branscum, group VP, consumer products for BNSF Railway Co.; Kathryn McQuade, EVP and chief operating officer for Canadian Pacific Railway; Mike McClellan, VP of intermodal and automotive marketing for Norfolk Southern Corp.; Kevin Schieffer, president and chief executive officer of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corp.; and Charles Nottingham, chairman of the Surface Transportation Board.

The event also will include a “State of the Industry” panel that includes American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association President Richard Timmons, and Railway Supply Institute Executive Director Tom Simpson; and “View from Wall Street” panel featuring independent transportation analyst and RailTrends program consultant Tony Hatch, analysts Thomas Wadewitz and Jason Seidl, and Bernstein Investment VP Craig Schorr.

In addition, RailTrends will offer a “Port Perspective” presentation from the Port of Los Angeles’ Chris Chase and the Port of Tacoma’s Jeannie Beckett, rail-car market outlook from Rail Theory Forecasts L.L.C. principal Toby Kolstad, and “Mexico: The Intermodal Evolution Continues” presentation from Ferromex Director of Agricultural Sales, Intermodal and Automotive Terry McDermott, and Kansas City Southern AVP of Marketing, Intermodal and Automotive Business Units Thomas Naso.

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