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2018 Fall Meeting

September 11, 2018 - September 12, 2018

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As of midnight Friday, September 7, online registration for the meeting is closed.  You may register at the meeting on site on Tuesday, September 11. 

Click on the Yellow Agenda Button to see the details for our meeting.  This meeting we are featuring the following speakers:

John Miller: Group VP Industrial Products, BNSF
Tony Hatch: President, ABH Consulting
Walter Kemmsies: Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist, JLL
Craig Paulsen: VP Sales & Marketing, Schneider
Clarence Gooden: former President, CSX Transportation
Bill Everett: Business Development/PTC, Rockwell-Collins
Don Loftis: Rail Security Coordinator, Olin
Jim Kniestedt: Railroad Security Technology, KCS
Lewis Ray: Norfolk Southern Positive Train Control

Similar to Atlanta, we are beginning our Charleston events on Tuesday September 11th with options to play golf that morning or participate in a Port of Charleston Bus Tour in the afternoon.  The new attendee reception will begin at 5:30pm and 6:00pm will be our opening reception.

Hotel Reservations:  

The Southeast Association of Rail Shippers has negotiated a special rate at The Francis Marion
Hotel at 387 King Street in Charleston, SC at $169/night plus tax where the special rate will be available until August 11, 2018 (subject to availability of the room block). Attendees can make reservations by going online at this link and using our online code:

Online Code: SHIPPERS

Alternatively, attendees can also call the hotel directly at 1-877-756-2121. Hotel rooms are at a premium, so book your hotel room now to ensure a space.  If you know earlier that you will not need your room, please contact us first at as we often have people on a wait list as Charleston is a very popular venue.

Stay tuned as more of the details will be shared with you in the upcoming weeks!  We look forward to welcoming you to Charleston!


September 11, 2018
September 12, 2018


Francis Marion Hotel
387 King St
Charleston, SC 29403 United States
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