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2017 Semi-Annual Meeting

October 4 - October 5

SWARS-2017-Semi-Annual Meeting

Meeting & Golf Registration Preliminary Agenda Event Speakers RR 401 – Syllabus

Meeting Presentations


No event registration refunds after September 15, 2017.

NOTICE TO GOLFERS:   We are no longer accepting additional golf registrations as we have a full complement of golfers plus a sufficient waiting list.

Hotel Information

The Irvine Marriott is conveniently located approximately 1 mile from the John Wayne – Orange County Airport. A complimentary shuttle to/from the hotel is available.

SWARS Group Rate is no longer available. (Reservations will be accepted on a space and rate available basis.)  You can contact Marriott Irvine at (949) 553-0100 or Marriott Reservations Desk directly at (800) 228-9290 to check availability and room rate.  (If applicable, be sure to check AAA or Senior Discount Rates.)

Alternatively, you can also use Marriott’s website to make your room reservation, click below.

Note: SWARS’ Attendees will receive a Discounted Self-Parking Rate of $14.00 per day. If registered at the hotel, the self-parking rate will be discounted on your bill. If staying off property, pick up your ‘stickers’ at our registration desk. (The stickers should be attached to the parking ticket received as you enter the parking area.)

Group Rate Cut-Off Date was September 12, 2017

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Event Speakers

Hear from industry leaders about the latest issues facing those who ship by rail.

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Anthony Otto

President - Long Beach Container Terminal, Inc.

“Anthony Otto currently serves as President of Long Beach Container Terminal, Inc. (“LBCT”) where he is responsible for guiding the company through its groundbreaking Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project (“MHRP”) – a $2 billion modernization of two terminals into the most...

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Brandon Unterbrink

Assistant Vice President, International Intermodal - BNSF Railway

Brandon Unterbrink was promoted to assistant vice president, International Intermodal, in March 2016, overseeing carrier relationships and international marketing. Unterbrink joined BNSF in 1999 as a management trainee. He held various positions with increasing responsibility and, in 2004, was promoted...

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Dale Diulus, P.E.

Senior Vice President, Pozzolan

Dale is Senior Vice President, Pozzolan, for Salt River Materials Group (aka Phoenix Cement Company) based in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Dale manages the Pozzolan Business Unit for the Native American-owned company, which includes six (6) fly ash production facilities in Arizona,...

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Don Snyder

Director of Business Development

Don Snyder is the Director of Business Development for the Port of Long Beach, California. The post was created as part of a reorganization of Port divisions in October 2014. Previously Mr. Snyder was Director of the Trade Development Division; he...

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John Schmitter

President & Founder - KEP LLC

John is the President and founder of transportation consulting firm KEP LLC.  John works with industrial companies, energy producers, transportation companies and government agencies on transportation issues including transportation strategy, transportation rate and contract negotiations, rail cost analysis, rail and...

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Ken Hoexter

Managing Director

Senior Airfreight, Surface, & Marine Transportation Analyst Co-head Industrials Research Vice Chairman US1 Committee BofA Merrill Lynch Ken has served as BofA Merrill Lynch's senior Airfreight & Surface Transportation analyst since January 2002. He has been in equity research for...

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Lance Fritz

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer - Union Pacific

Lance M. Fritz is Union Pacific chairman, president and chief executive officer. He became chairman of the board effective October 1, 2015. Fritz became president and chief executive officer February 5, 2015, when he also was elected to the corporation’s...

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Mike McBride

Partner - Van Ness Feldman LLP

Mike McBride focuses his practice on litigation, arbitration, mediation, and negotiations involving transportation, energy, and environmental issues, as well as nuclear regulatory matters. Twice a former President of the Association of Transportation Law Professionals (ATLP), Editor-in-Chief of ATLP’s Journal of...

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Tommy Spaulding

Founder & President - Spaulding Companies

Tommy Spaulding is the Founder & President of Spaulding Companies, a leadership development, speaking, training, and executive coaching firm based in Denver, Colorado. A world-renowned speaker on leadership, Spaulding has spoken to hundreds of organizations, associations, educational institutions, and corporations...

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18000 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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