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2016 AAR Damage Prevention and Freight Claim Conference

July 11-13, 2016

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Tuesday, July 12

8:30 – 9:15am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mike Hodgson, Sr. Manager DPCS, CP
Chairman, Damage Prevention and Freight Claim Committee


9:15 – 10:00am Keynote Address – Leadership and the Importance on Risk
Laird Pitz, Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, CP


10:30 – 11:15am Damage Prevention 101: It’s what we do!
Tom Feltault, Director DPLS, AAR/TTCI


11:15 – 12:00 Safe Rail Transit: It’s why we do what we do
Bill Buchanan, BNSF
Dennis Miller, JB Hunt
Robert Simpson, CSX



1:30 – 2:15 Tools of the Trade: Variable and Static Dunnage
Moderator, Darren Burden, Complete Packaging
Kevin Arnold, Hexacomb


2:15 – 3:00 It Starts with the Patterns – You Win with the Training – Loading Paper in Boxcars for Success
Kelsey Even, CSX

Steve Legge, CN and Grant McDonald, Irving Paper


3:30-4:30 It Starts with Engagement – You Win with Understanding
Janice Dombrowski, CP

Scott Richardson, CP

1:30 – 2:15 VEQ & MUAR Updates
Kelly Smith, KCS

Wesley Hitt, Nissan/WWL


2:15 – 3:00 Mexica Rail Infrastructure Update
Marlon Escamilla, KCSM
Carlos Velez, KCS


3:30-4:00 How we do what we do – SEFCC//MPEC Update
Manny Chavez, BNSF
Moderator, David Hendrixon, AAR

Patrick Breslin, AAR



Wednesday, July 13

8:45 – 9:30 AAR Strategic Research Initiatives and Damage Prevention
Semih Kalay, TTCI


9:30 – 10:00 Innovations in Ride Quality Monitoring and Laboratory Testing
Eric Joneson, NVT Group



10:30 – 11:00 Supplier Focus – Tools of the Trade: Straps and Mats
Chris Baker, AIA/Down River

Kelsey Even, CSX


11:00 – 11:30 C.S.I.B.: Case Solving in Boxcars: Investigating and Solving the Challenges of Cased Goods in Boxcars
Jim Cappy, NS

Doug Bank, Shippers Products


11:30 – 12: 00 Open Top Loading Rules:
Purpose and Practice
Mitch McDonald, CSX
Moderator, Travis Wolgram, AAR

10:30 – 11:15 It Starts with Solid Process – You Win with Technology -
Moderator, Gary Rudolph, CP

Russel Eddy, Hansen’s Releasing
Jon Urban, FCA


11:15 – 12:00 Mexico – Keys, Batteries and all in Between
Bill Stingle , NS
Ronald Thomas, Toyota
Marco Anaya, FCA Mexico