Thursday, April 30, 2015
7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Union League Club, Chicago

We are very pleased to report that The 2015 Rail Supply Chain Summit on Thursday, April 30, 2015, held at the Union League Club in Chicago was once again a sold-out event. I would like to extend a special thank you to all our valued sponsors, speakers, panelists, and participants who contributed to the overwhelming success of the 2015 Summit.

Some of the topic highlights were the:

  1. unexpected impact of driverless trucks on freight movement,
  2. dynamic potential the straightening of the Mississippi represents for our greater region,
  3. stellar benefits of the GREX/SENSR bridge monitoring solution,
  4. practical, profitable reasons for Safety as no.1 priority.

Below are the 2015 Program Books as well as a list of some of the participating companies. Since more than 97% of our participants are invited by sponsors and corporations buying multiple tables, we do not have a complete list of all participating corporations and organizations.

While the VIP Dinner for Speakers and Top Sponsors is limited to 36, the program the next day has traditionally been limited to 300 participants and has been sold out for five consecutive years.

The afternoon Breakout Sessions were followed by a Thank You Reception, a tradition that we will continue in 2016. In one of the afternoon Breakout Sessions, GREX/SENSR presented their state-of-the-art bridge monitoring solution which is as innovative as it is practical. With the success of the Breakout Sessions, we are considering expanding the sessions in 2016 due to an unprecedented number of requests from participants to do so.

Because we have had more than 200 requests to have John Vickerman speak again in 2016, he will be returning as one of the Keynote Speakers for the 2016 Summit. If you have additional suggestions or comments for 2016 or are interested in becoming a sponsor, would you kindly contact me at, or call 312-750-9150.

Until December 31, 2016, you will qualify for an early bird discount with a registration fee of $310 which includes Keynote Speakers, VIP Panels, Breakout Sessions, Breakfast, Lunch, and a Closing Reception. As of January 15, 2016, the registration fee for 2016 will be $335.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2016 Summit on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at the Union League Club in Chicago beginning promptly with Registration at 7:15 AM and ending with a Thank You Reception at 5:00 PM.

With sincere appreciation for
your participation in 2015,

Founder of The Rail Summit


The 2015 Summit was once again sold out. Since most of our participants are invited by sponsors or corporations who buy multiple tables, we do not have all the names of the corporations or individuals. What we know is that participants are CEOs, Presidents, Chairman, COOs, and other senior, decision-making executives who are customers or prospective customers. The following lists some of the participating corporations and organizations:

ADM Fletcher & Sippel, LLC Northwestern University Transportation Center
American Drainage Systems Full Circle Group, Inc. Patriot Rail
American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association General Electric PCRD, Purdue University
Anacostia Great Lakes Basin Railroad Phalen Steel
ARTCO GREX, Georgetown Rail Equipment Company PLG Consulting
BNSF GWI Railroad Porter County Regional Airport
Bowman Barrett & Associates Harbour Construction Rail World Inc.
BP Amoco Hasse construction ReMax Commercial Property Solutions
Browning Investment Hennepin Site Sanchez Paving
Bunge HDR Inc. Savage Services
Cawley Chicago Real Estate IDOT Scudder, Inc.
CBRE Illinois Cement Seaways, Inc.
CenterPoint Properties Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development South Carolina Ports Authority
Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad Indiana Economic Development Corporation Structure Point
Chrome LLC INDOT Teradata
CHS, Inc. Iowa Pacific Tri-State Industries
CMAP James Hardie Building Products Unimin Corp
CN Railroad JBC Rail Services University of Illinois Urban Transporation Center
Commercial In-Sites Lake County IN Economic Alliance Unytite, Inc.
Conexus LaSalle Business Association UP
Cook County Administration LeanLogistics US DOT
CP Lochner US Silica
CSX Lotz Trucking Valparaiso Ecnomic Development Corp.
Del Monte Marquis Energy Vickerman & Associates
DJ Stickley Construction MDOT WABEC
Duke Energy MEP&A Will County Land Use
Eakas Corporation MetoKote Corporation Williams Commerical Real Estate
Echo Global MITRE Corporation Willis Group
English Rail Solutions Morton Salt
Fairmont Minerals NIPSCO
First Federal Savings Bank NITCO
Paul Fisher Norfolk Southern Railroad


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