The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) will host its annual Winter Meeting January 9–11, 2024 in Lombard, Illinois at the Westin Chicago Lombard hotel. The theme for the meeting is “The 100th Anniversary of MARS." 

This premier rail industry meeting will feature experts discussing their perspectives on the issues and trends currently impacting freight rail operations and shipping. The full schedule includes a day and a half of presentations and several networking opportunities.   

“North American railroads are in a strong position to support the safety, environmental, and supply chain efficiency goals of today’s shippers," said MARS President Kathy Bathurst. “We’ll start the second century of MARS meetings by looking ahead to those opportunities.” 

The high point of the Winter Meeting will be presentations from key industry leaders including:

·   Keith Creel, President and CEO, CPKC

·   Elgeo Harris, Senior Manager, Government Affairs, Bunge

·      Tony Hatch, President, ABH Consulting

·      Joe Hinrichs, CEO, CSX

·      Ian Jefferies, President and CEO, AAR

·      Eric Marchetto, Executive Vice President and CFO, Trinity Rail

·      Eric Monger, Vice President, KBX Rail, KBX

·      Alan Shaw, President and CEO, NS

·      Paul Titterton, Executive Vice President and President, GATX

·      Beth Whited, President, Union Pacific 

During the meeting, the MARS Scholarship Program will also be highlighted as well as the MARS Young Professionals. The second day of the meeting will feature the election of the 2024 Officers and Executive Committee.    

Registration fee for the meeting is $325 until December 20. After that date, it is $375. A block of hotel rooms is available at the Westin Chicago Lombard through December 18. 

Registration and more information about the MARS Winter Meeting are online at