Presented by
Progressive Railroading
Platinum Sponsor
Oliver Wyman
RailTrends 2021

Thank You to All Speakers, Sponsors and Attendees for a Wonderful RailTrends!

It was great to get together in person again! Your participation, support and enthusiasm made for a successful event. We look forward to seeing you in 2022 when we look at the future of rail in North America. Watch for more information coming soon on RailTrends 2022.

Per Emergency Executive Order 225 of the Mayor of New York City, proof of vaccination is required of workers and customers for indoor dining, gyms, performances and conferences. To participate in RailTrends you will need to provide the hotel both your state ID and proof of a COVID-19 vaccine when you arrive onsite.

2021 Speaker Roster

2021 Agenda

Thursday, November 18

8:00AM Welcome
8:15AM Rail Industry Update
8:45AM Association Viewpoint
9:45AM Creating a Customer Centric Rail of the Future
10:15AM Morning Networking Break
10:45AM Moving RailPulse Past the Idea Phase
11:45AM Networking Lunch
1:30PM CP Update
2:00PM Railroads in the Age of Disruption
2:30PM Union Pacific Update
3:15PM Afternoon Networking Break
3:45PM Key Strategies for Short Lines in 2022
4:30PM Kansas City Southern
5:15PM Happy Hour

Connect & Network

Every year notable names from rail, financial and capital communities attend RailTrends.
And this year's no exception. Here's who you'll meet:

CFO, Anacostia & Pacific Co

Terminal Manager, PSA Ashcroft Terminal

Director Transportation Ops, BNSF Logistics

President, Holland

President and CEO, CN


Equity Research Analyst, TD Securities

President and CEO, CP

General Manager, Nordco

President North America, Genesee and Wyoming

Managing Director, Stifel

Director, Taconic Capital Advisors

VP, Global Marketing, Amsted Rail

Chairman, STB

Vice President Industrial Products, Norfolk Southern

Senior Analyst, Viking Global Investors

VP Global Supply Chain &Ports\Rail Logistics NAI James E. Hanson, Procurement Manager - Rail Transportation, ExxonMobil

Analyst, EdgePoint Wealth

Senior Vice President of Sales, Trinity Rail

CEO, Anacostia & Pacific Company, Inc

President North America, Nexxiot Inc.

Director of Portfolio Planning & Analytics, Union Tank Car Company

CEO, Princeton Consultants

Vice President, Greenbrier

President, Mitsui Rail Capital

Director of Transportation, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas

President and CEO, Transportation Technology Center Inc

President and CEO, CrescentView Investments Ltd.

Director - Equity Research, Wells Fargo

Vice President, Parsons

And many more!

2021 Railroad Innovator

2021 Railroad Innovator Jean-Jacques Ruest

Jean-Jacques Ruest

President and CEO, CN

Progressive Railroading and RailTrends® have named CN President and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques Ruest the 2021 recipient of the Railroad Innovator Award, which recognizes an individual's outstanding achievement in the rail industry.

Ruest, who joined CN at the time the railroad was privatized in 1996, was appointed president and CEO in July 2018 after having served in both posts in an interim capacity since March 2018.

As CN's leader, Ruest has helped face — and face down — trade wars and unstable border alliances, blockades, strikes, polar weather extremes and volume opportunities out of places such as Prince Rupert.

He served CN as executive vice president and chief marketing officer from 2010 through March 2018, with responsibility for providing the strategic direction and leadership for CN's sales, marketing and supply chain solutions groups. Prior to joining CN, Ruest worked for 16 years at a major international chemical company.




The only event in a class of its own—RailTrends returns for its 17th year and continues to uphold its reputation as the "must attend" event of the year for railroad professionals.


Our agenda is carefully crafted and composed of some of the most renowned executives in the industry who are eager to share their thoughts and insights. You'll hear the perspectives of Class Is, Regionals and Short Lines.


Our mission is to provide you with the pulse of the rail industry. This two-day event is a unique opportunity to hear first hand the latest news on today's economics, technologies, operations and directions in rail.


Our networking opportunities are unmatched, giving you the opportunity to position yourself among the industry elite. Expand your professional network and participate in powerful discussions and dive into all that RailTrends has to offer.


Through two days of thought provoking sessions, discussions and debates, you'll walk away with newfound clarity on where the industry is at and where it's going.


Brought to you by Progressive Railroading and Tony Hatch, Senior Transportation Analyst, ABH Consulting, this conference was designed for rail people by rail people.

The Venue

The New York Marriott Marquis Hotel

1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

(212) 398-1900

The New York Marriott Marquis is in the heart of New York. Located on West 46th Street and Broadway, you'll be near some of NYC's most illustrious attractions including Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and the Theater District. The New York Marriott Marquis offers guests large rooms, a state of the art fitness center, a grand atrium, and a revolving rooftop restaurant with stellar views of the city. The entire RailTrends program will be at the Marriott Marquis property.

Reserve Your Room

Contact Us

Questions About The Event

Amy Brown

Director of Events and Education
414-228-7701 x458

Questions About Sponsorship

Kirk Bastyr



Platinum Sponsor

Oliver Wyman

Presenting Sponsors

Kansas City Southern

Gold Sponsors

Trinity Rail
Norfolk Southern

Silver Sponsors

Andrew Stahl
Wabtec Corporation
RJ Corman

Happy Hour Sponsor

Kansas City Southern

Networking Break Sponsor