National Coal Transportation Association

47th Annual Business Meeting and Conference Scottsdale, Arizona • September 20-22, 2021

Register for the 47th Annual Business Meeting and Conference

Talking Stick Resort Room Reservations
NOTE:  If you want to book room nights pre or post the event, please use the call-in instructions to make your reservation.

Conference Overview

Beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, will serve as the backdrop as NCTA stages its 47th Annual Business Meeting and General Conference, September 20-22, 2021, at the Talking Stick Resort.


Martin J. Oberman, Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board

James Cairns, Senior Vice-President, Rail Centric Supply Chain at Canadian National Railway

Clark Moseley, CEO, Navajo Transitional Energy Company


  • NCTA On-Time Performance Metrics Survey
    Emily Regis, Fuel Services Manager, Arizona G&T Cooperatives, and NCTA President
  • Rail Carrier Service Data – Panel Discussion
    Ann Warner, Managing Partner, Ann Warner LLC, Moderator
    Brian Ossenbeck, CFA, Senior Analyst, JP Morgan
    Emily Myers Sanchez, Director, Economics & Data Analytics, American Chemistry Council
  • Rail Data Collection Technologies and Strategies
    Byron Porter, CEO and Founder,  Hum Industrial Technology
  • Understanding the STB’s Merger Review Process
    Andrew Kolesar, Partner, Slover & Loftus LLP
  • Rail Financing Markets Update
    David Nahass, President, Railroad Financial Corporation
  • Railcar Storage and Scrapping Outlook
    Martin Lew, CEO & Founder, Commtrex
  • Federal Coal Public Policy Outlook
    Ryan Jackson, Senior Vice President, Government and Political Affairs, National Mining Association
  • Texas Electricity Market Reforms Update
    Michael J. Nasi, Partner, Jackson Walker
  • Wyoming Energy Policy Planning
    Dr. Glen Murrell, Executive Director, Wyoming Energy Authority

VENUE The Talking Stick Resort is the most distinct resort and entertainment destination to open its doors in Scottsdale, Arizona. NCTA is proud to host the 2021 Fall Conference at this enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The hotel features the luxuries of a resort with exceptional service and a wide array of options for unmatched entertainment. When relaxing in one of the 496 deluxe rooms, guests will enjoy upscale amenities, including five unique dining options, five entertainment lounges, and two heated swimming pools. For our “pro golfers,” the resort offers two 18-hole golf courses with uniquely different golf experiences.

ROOMING The NCTA room rate is $179.00++ for a single/double. (Guests are responsible for room, resort fee, tax, bellman, housekeeping gratuities, and all incidentals. Bellman and housekeeping gratuities will automatically be posted to the guest’s folio.) The NCTA negotiated room rate cut-off is Friday, September 3, 2021, MST. Reservations may be made by calling 866-877-9897 and referencing booking ID# 20520


Monday, September 20
All Day: Packets at Hotel Check-In
12:00 pm: NCTA Board of Directors Meeting
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: NCTA Welcome Reception

Tuesday, September 21
8:00 am – 11:30 am: General Session
11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch by Individual Arrangement
1:00 pm – 3:45 pm: General Session
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: NCTA Annual Business Meeting for Members
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: NCTA Scottsdale Grand Gala Reception with melodious flute stylings provided by Ms. Emily Regis

Wednesday, September 22
8:00 am – 11:30 am: General Session
12:00 pm: NCTA Scholarship Scramble Golf Outing
12:27 pm: Golf tee times commence

NCTA Thanks Our Generous Fall Conference Sponsors!

Conference Registration Fees

NCTA Members $795.00, after August 27, 2021, at 5:00 pm MST $895.00
Railroad & Non-Member Conference Sponsors or Advertisers $995.00, after August 27, 2021 at 5:00 pm MST $1095.00
Non-Members $1,495.00, after August 27, 2021 at 5:00 pm MST $1595.00
Non-Utility Government or Academic Attendees $500.00, after August 27, 2021, at 5:00 pm MST $600.00

NOTE: ALL times are in Mountain Standard Time as Arizona does not participate in Daylight Saving Time.

Learn More about Conference Sponsorship Opportunities »

Golf at the Fall Conference? YES!

NCTA is proud to announce the Scottsdale Scholarship Scramble. If you could not participate in the Silverado Scholarship Scramble in April, you have a second chance to network, soak up the sun, and support our kids!

The tournament helps fund the NCTA Educational Foundation’s yearly scholarships awarded to the talented children of NCTA Member Companies. Play, sponsor, and our kids win. Play a round to support our students!

The scramble will tee off Wednesday afternoon. An optional golfer’s lunch will be provided. Be sure to add lunch during the registration process.

Sponsorship for this event range from $150.00-$2,500.00. Even if you do not play golf, you can still support this worthy cause.

Learn More about Golf Sponsorship Opportunities »

Thank You For Supporting Our Students