NCTA 2023 Operations & Maintenance Conference
NCTA 2023 O&M Conference Sponsors: Thank you!
NCTA Operations & Maintenance Conference
The NCTA O&M began as a group of private car users meeting in a hotel to discuss railcar issues they were experiencing. Through the years, it evolved into the NCTA O&M Committee of today. Its primary purpose remains to help members solve their railcar maintenance problems and provide necessary technical education.
The O&M consists of people that are interested in railcar operations and maintenance. It comprises suppliers, vendors, manufacturers, leasing companies, utility representatives, railcar maintenance contractors, and others. Some individuals primarily manage the maintenance of coal cars, while others address the maintenance of limestone, gypsum, ash, grain, soy, or other bulk commodities shipped via unit train.
The NCTA O&M Conference is an excellent opportunity to meet railcar owners and listen to their concerns as well as their successes. The members determine the speakers, technical papers presented, and discussion topics. Kevin Koepke, VP of Sales at Cathcart Rail, and Keith McCabe, Director of Service Engineering at Amsted Rail, are creating a robust agenda. The traditional NCTA Railcar Owner’s discussion will take place first thing on Monday morning, and the All Member Roundtable will commence late Monday morning.
Ken Sherman IntelliTrans, LLC Delivering the Future of Distribution for Bulk & Break-Bulk Commodities
Daniel Anderson Trinity Industries Technology Transformation for Rail Shipping
Gary Rogers NYAB BCM Achieved via Control Valves
Brent Wilson HUM Hot Bearings and Derailment Risk: Are We Relying on the Wrong Data?
Fred Schulte Phoenix Bearing The Bearing Reconditioning Process:
Inspecting defects & their Repair
Martin Lew Commtrex How Rail Fleet Management is Changing With the Generational Demographic Shift
Terese Hunwick ECO Materials Sales and Operations Planning and Network Optimization
Pat Whelan BNSF Car Maintenance Update
Railcar Teardown Recap- Keith McCabe, Amsted Rail and Steve Dobies, A. Stucki
Repair Panel with Kevin Koepke- Cathcart Rail, Dwight Porter- Progress Rail, Greg Mayo- High Country Railcar, and Karl Van Norman, TSI
JOINT PLENARY SESSION SPEAKERS
9:00-10:30 am Utility ONLY Roundtable
2:00- 4:15 pm Plenary Sessions Cont.
8:30 am-Noon Session
9:00 am-11:30 am Joint Plenary Session
Noon- Golfer’s Lunch
12:30- NCTA Scottsdale Scholarship Scramble at McCormick Ranch Golf Club
6:00-7:30 pm NCTA Scholarship Reception (for all attendees)
Conference Registration Fees
NCTA Members $775.00 Early Bird / $875.00 Standard
Railroad & Non-Member Conference Sponsors or Advertisers $950.00 Early Bird / $1,050.00 Standard
Non-Members $1,3.00 Early Bird / $1,400.00 Standard
Non-Utility Government or Academic Attendees $425.00
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A 10-MINUTE DRIVE FROM SCOTTSDALE STADIUM AND EASILY ACCESSIBLE TO ARIZONA’S 12 OTHER SPRING· TRAINING TEAM STADIUMS.
JUST 20 MINUTES AND 10 MILES FROM PHOENIX SKY HARBOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND SCOTTSDALE AIRPARK.
Golf: The NCTA Scottsdale Scholarship Scramble
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Greens Fees: $225.00 Rental Clubs: $75.00
Golfer’s Lunch at McCormick Ranch
Before you hit the links, enjoy your choice of a Parkway Prime Burger or a Mahi Mahi Fish Taco! There is no better way to tee off than with a satiated stomach!
Do not forget to indicate your lunch preference during the registration process.
NOTE: IF YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING BOTH THE O&M AND SPRING CONFERENCES, PLEASE ONLY REGISTER FOR GOLF ONCE!
The Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) is located approximately 18 minutes from the conference hotel.
Twelve rental car companies call the Sky Harbor Rental Car Center home. The Rental Car Center (see map below) is located within its own building at 1805 E. Sky Harbor Circle South (between 16th Street and 24th Street, south of Buckeye Road). See map below for directions to and from the Rental Car Center.
The PHX Sky Train® connects the Rental Car Center to the 24th Street PHX Sky Train® Station, Terminal 3, Terminal 4, the East Economy Lot, and the 44th Street PHX Sky Train® Station. It runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with stops every 3-5 minutes.
O&M Executive Committee Elections
Have you ever thought about participating in the Executive Committee? Nominations are now being accepted. You can nominate yourself or someone else. Please contact Justin Goertz, LCRA , Tim Armstrong, TVA, or Melinda Canter at firstname.lastname@example.org.