Midwest Association of Rail Shippers Elects 2018 Officers

CHICAGO—February 21, 2018 (James Street Media Services)—The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) elected its 2018 slate of officers at the annual winter meeting earlier in January. The 2018 MARS officers are: President Harry Zander, Trinity Rail, Chicago, Illinois; First Vice President Tom Surma, Ingredion, Westchester, Illinois; and Second Vice President Stefan Loeb, Watco Companies, Downers Grove, Illinois.

Newly elected to the MARS Executive Committee are: Luke Jones, GATX, Chicago, Illinois; Katie Tamisiea, Union Pacific Railroad, Chicago, Illinois; Kevin Zimski, Cargill, Wayzata, Minnesota; Robert Babcock, Indiana Rail Road, Indianapolis, Indiana; Chad Hartwig, Fairmount Sanitrol, Wedron, Illinois; Michael Kelly, Freight Car America, Chicago, Illinois; Matt O’Kray, Canadian Pacific Railroad, Chicago, Illinois; and Dave Murawski, Union Tank Car, Chicago, Illinois.

New MARS President Harry Zander (left) is congratulated by outgoing president Michael Barth, who was honored for his leadership at the 2018 Winter Meeting in January

An outstanding attendance of 850 marked the two-day 2018 Winter Meeting in Lombard, Illinois, where the officers were elected. MARS 2018 Annual Summer Meeting will be held 
July 16–17 at the Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Information will be available at www.mwrailshippers.com in the coming months.

About The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers

The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) is one of five regional North American associations under the North American Rail Shippers (NARS) national organization. Headquartered in the Chicago area, MARS provides an open forum for discussion and resolution of rail transportation issues by bringing railroads, shippers, receivers, and rail supply companies together twice annually for formal meetings in the Chicago area. To review the most recent meeting presentations, and to inquire about MARS membership, please visit the MARS website at www.mwrailshippers.com


Bill Fahrenwald

James Street Associates