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Dwight W. ClarkOn behalf of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), I want to welcome you to the AREMA 2017 Annual Conference being held in conjunction with the largest North American railway industry event, Railway Interchange 2017. This year’s program will again provide an excellent opportunity for members of the railway industry to increase their railroad knowledge, technical expertise, network and forum for exchanging ideas. I want to extend a special welcome to first time attendees, who in many cases represent the next generation of leaders in the railroad industry.

The Program Committee has assembled a great slate of 80 technical presentations that I am sure you will find informative and valuable in your jobs. Please note that Professional Development Hours are earned for participating in the Conference and are subject to the individual state board’s final authority.

In addition to the technical presentations, there will be a number of seminars and technical committee meetings either in advance of or following the Conference. Please be sure to register for seminars early because they sell out quickly!

The Railway Interchange Opening General Session will take place Monday, September 18, 2017. We are pleased that Ken Schmidt, legendary former Director of Communications Strategy at Harley-Davidson Motor Company, will be the keynote speaker at this event. Mr. Schmidt has lived a life that most can only dream about. He has toured the world on two wheels, met with presidents and royalty, movie and music legends and appeared numerous times on network news. He played an active role in one of the world’s most celebrated turnarounds in corporate history with Harley-Davidson and is widely known as one of the business world’s most outspoken and provocative thought leaders. You will not want to miss him share stories and insights on the road to building a fanatically vocal customer base, creating a passionately loyal corporate culture, and developing leaders who inspire and motivate. This combined Opening General Session is open to all Railway Interchange attendees.

Michael J. Wheeler, Executive Vice President & COO of Norfolk Southern Corporation will be speaking at the Annual Committee Chairs Luncheon on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 and Anthony B. Hatch, noted financial analyst, will also be speaking and presenting an "Industry Update" at the closing General Session on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

The Exhibition, conducted by RSI, REMSA and RSSI will officially begin on Sunday, September 17, 2017 and will run through Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the Indiana Convention Center. Please review the Exhibition Schedule for more information. More than 630 exhibitors from various contractors, suppliers and consulting firms will provide you the opportunity to see first-hand some of their products and services and to learn how they can benefit you and your company. AREMA Conference registrants will have full access to the Exhibition.

Again, welcome to the AREMA 2017 Annual Conference in conjunction with Railway Interchange. Please take advantage of this excellent opportunity to converse with your fellow railroaders, exchange ideas and learn more about the industry. Feel free to contact the AREMA staff or me with any questions you might have about this year’s event. We look forward to you joining us in Indianapolis.

Dwight W. Clark
General Director Engineering Technology
Union Pacific Railroad
AREMA Senior Vice President
& Program Committee Chair