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46th Annual Business Meeting and Conference

On September 21, 2020
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Registration remains open.  Additionally, conference sponsors will receive links allowing multiple employees at their companies to attend virtually. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for sponsorship information.

Click HERE to Register for the NCTA 46th Annual Business Meeting & Conference

Click HERE to view Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

The NCTA continues to offer “Conferences with Character” as it stages its 46th Annual Business Meeting and General Conference, September 21-23, 2020 at the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Denver, Colorado.  We look forward to welcoming you back to Denver! 

NCTA is committed to providing its members, sponsors, and conference attendees with the highest quality programming and business networking opportunities. This Fall, the NCTA Annual Conference offers a robust slate of presentations through a hybrid platform. Due to COVID-19, we recognize that some companies have strict travel policies, while others are allowed to travel based on the conditions in their area. NCTA is striving to meet the needs of all our members.

Click HERE to read about current COVID procedures at the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa

Registration Fee for the Fall Conference:

NCTA Members

after September 10, 2020

Railroad & Non-Member

Conference Sponsors or Advertisers

after  September 10, 2020


after  September 10, 2020

Non-Utility Government or Academic Attendees

after  September 10, 2020



  • Lou Hrkman *, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for Clean Coal and Carbon Management – on “21st Century Coal.” 
  • Clark Moseley *, Chief Executive Officer, Navajo Transitional Energy Company - on NTEC's expanding role in coal production
  • Randall Atkins, Founder, Executive Chairman, and Director of Ramaco Resources – on coal to products and other Ramaco initiatives.
  • Rich Nolan, President & CEO, National Mining Association - on NMA policy advocacy for coal 
  • Tim Strafford, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Association of American Railroads – on regulatory pleadings to preempt Clean Water Act discharge prohibitions on in-transit railcars. 
  • Janet Gellici, Chief Executive Officer of the National Coal Council – on the latest NCC report: “Coal Power: Smart Policies in Support of Cleaner, Stronger Energy.” 
  • Frank Maisano *, Senior Principal at Bracewell – on what the next election means for coal. 
  • Brian Somers *, President, Utah Mining Association - on Utah initiatives to boost coal exports
  • Cindy Crane *, Chief Executive Officer, Enchant Energy Corporation - on carbon capture and storage at San Juan Generating Station
  • Shannon Angielski, Executive Director of the Coal Utilization Research Council – on the status of carbon capture and utilization. 
  • Jason Begger *, Managing Director, Wyoming Integrated Test Center – on Wyoming’s leadership in using and storing carbon dioxide emissions
  • Kelvin Dowd, Partner at Slover & Loftus LLP – on the outlook for U.S. Surface Transportation Board proceedings. 
  • Dianna Ridgway, Senior Vice President of Research, and Sara Voorhees*, Associate Vice President of Research at IHS Markit – on coal and energy markets outlooks. 
  • Dale Diulus *, Senior Vice President, Pozzolan, for Salt River Materials Group  – on transportation opportunities and needs of coal-adjacent commodities shippers. 
  • Scott Becnel, Director of Energy Sales & Business Development at Cooper Consolidated LLC – on the recently reconstituted NCTA Waterborne Committee’s priorities. 
  • Ann Warner*, President, Ann Warner LLC, and Spokesperson, Freight Rail Customer Alliance Shipper - on coalitions and Washington DC policy advocacy
  • Emily Regis *, Fuel Services Manager, Arizona G&T Cooperatives, and NCTA President - on NCTA priorities and public policy initiatives
  • NCTA Western Logistics & Planning Meeting – Mark Adkins, TUCO/NexGen, Committee Chair, and railroad representatives TBA

* Confirmed in-person speakers

Social receptions at the conference will include an auction of commemorative NCTA-labeled wine (bottled by attendees the recent O&M conference!) to benefit the newly formed NCTA Educational Foundation, as well as strolling magic by Denver performer Shawn Preston. 


Monday, September 21


All Day

Packets at Hotel Check-In

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

NCTA Board of Directors Meeting

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

NCTA Educational Foundation Reception



Tuesday, September 22


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 

"Magical" Moments with NCTA


Wednesday, September 23


8:00 am – 11:30 am

General Session

11:30 am - 12:30 pm  NCTA Western Logistics & Planning Meeting


The Brown Palace has been open since August 12, 1892, The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is one of Denver's most iconic hotels.  In the late 1800s, people from all over the country were still flocking to the West, seeking their fortunes in gold and silver. Everyone stopped in Denver, either on their way to or from the mountains. Some settled; some moved on, but all needed a place to stay.  Henry Brown had made a fortune selling off the rest of his land on Capitol Hill and no expense was spared for his “Palace Hotel”.  This fall NCTA is making its triumphant return to Denver and the Brown Palace.

Room Amenities

Weekday newspaper
Pure artesian water from our own well
In-room safes
Free in-room internet for all NCTA Group Block Guests

NCTA's negotiated conference room rate is $169.00++ a night.  This rate will be honored from September 16-27, 2020, based on guestroom availability.