Keynote Speakers

Monday, September 27 | 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM ET

Realizing the New Normal - Future Trends and Changes

This panel discussion with rail industry thought leaders will discuss current and future industry issues including trends. Further details will be announced soon.


Scot Naparstek
EVP and COO, Amtrak

Michael Noland
President, Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) South Shore Line

Catherine Rinaldi
President, MTA – Metro-North Railroad 

Stephanie Wiggins
CEO, LA Metro


Walter F. Bleser, II, PE
COO, American Rail Engineers Corporation (ARE Corp.)

Thursday, September 30 | 11:15 AM - Noon ET

Anthony “Tony” Hatch was honored by being named the 2019 North American Rail Shippers Association (NARS) “Person of the Year”. 

Mr. Hatch has been a Senior Transportation Analyst on Wall Street for over thirty years, starting at major financial institutions prior to starting his independent analyst/consultancy in 1999, working with partners MillerTabak and CV Brokerage. Mr. Hatch's coverage has been focused on the freight transportation segment, particularly surface transportation. Mr. Hatch is known for his knowledge of the intermodal area, where the various modes of freight transport converge, on which he has held several dozen specialized conferences.

Mr. Hatch has been providing not only “traditional” institutional transport research but also providing “bespoke” research such as due diligence and other services to “new” players in transport investment such as private equity, infrastructure and hedge funds in such areas as intermodal, rail maintenance and construction, railcars and 3pls. He has created a series of research partnerships such as with PLG Consulting (2015) on petrochemical transport, and an equity marketing partnership with CV Securities. Along with Progressive Railroading magazine he co-founded, co-presents and leads “Railtrends”, the most comprehensive railway conference every fall in NYC.