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2017 AAR Damage Prevention and Freight Claim Conference

July 24-26

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Monday July 24th

2pm – 4pm Introduction to Damage Prevention


Tuesday, July 25th

8:30am – 9am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jim Cappy - System Manager Prevention and Field Services, Norfolk Southern
Chairman, Damage Prevention and Freight Claim Committee


9am – 9:45am Keynote Address
Michael McClellan - Vice President, Industrial Products - Norfolk Southern


10:15 – 11:15am Savannah Ports/National Cargo Bureau
Ed McCarthy - Chief Operating Officer, Georgia Ports Authority
Get a closer look at what’s new at one of the nation’s busiest ports.
Matthew Bullock- Chief Marketing Officer, Walnut Industries
NCB: Their functions and their role in freight securement.


11:15 – 11:45am AAR/TTCI Update
Gary Fry– Senior Scientist II, Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI)
Learn the latest in advanced railroad technology from tunnels to drones, and get a preview of the latest in online training.




1:30–2pm 2017 FSMA
Jeff Poeppe, Jeremy Berman, and Johnnie Boyd - UP


2–2:30pm Damage Prevention 101: Bridging to the Future
Darryl Strozier, NS, Steve Legge, CN


2:30-3pm Intermodal Hazmat
Mike Hodgson, CP


3:30-4:30pm Boxcar Load Securement – Fitting all Shapes in Square Boxes
Mike Sandoval, NS
Kevin Arnold, Hexacomb

1:30 – 2:15pm VEQ & MUAR Updates
Kelly Smith, KCS,
Wesley Hitt, WWL


2:15 – 3pm Mexican Railroads: Capital Expenditures and Railroad Infrastructure Projects
Marlon Escamilla, KCS


3:30 – 4pm Automotive Electronic Systems: RFID Scanner
Sergio Gutierrez, WWL


4- 4:30 TTCI Web Based Training
Pat Breslin, TTCI





Wednesday, July 26th

8:45 – 9:30am Future of Packaging
Doug Bank – Shipper’s Products, Kevin Walker – SIG Muller, and Michael Kuebler – Smithers-Pira


9:30 – 10am Ride Quality
Joe Giacoppi – BNSF, John Deppen – Amsted Rail
State-of-the-art techniques to measure transportation ride quality and applying them to today’s issues.


10:30 – 11:15am Open Top Opportunities/Design Product for Rail Travel
Brent Lichty – UP, Lindy Pope – NS, Scott Louden – Cordstrap, and Mitchell McDonald – CSX


11:15 – 12pm
Coiled Metal TAG Update

Rama Maram – AAR/TTCI, Chris Roberts – Holland LP


Bulk Bin TAG Update
Lori Funk – Sunrise Manufacturing, Inc.,
Bob Celenze, Freight Damage Prevention Consultant