Business Advisory Committee - Fall 2006 Meeting

Tuesday, October 3, 2006



3:00 pm

Railroad Panel "Swimming with the Giants in International Waters " 

BAC member Norm Carlson organized this panel of senior railroad executives to discuss the role railroads play in international logistics and the global economy.

Chair: Norm Carlson, Carlson Consulting International

  • Art Shoener, President & CEO, Kansas City Southern Railroad
  • Mort Fuller, Chairman & CEO, Genesse & Wyoming Railroad Co.
  • Tom Hoback, President & CEO, The Indiana Rail Road Company
  • Charles Swinburn, CEO, RailAmerica, Inc.
  • Bob Gallamore, The Gallamore Group, Former director of the Transportation Center

Art Shoener began the discussion with a review of KCS' developments in Mexico. Mort Fuller then discussed G&W's experiences in Australia, Canada and Mexico. Tom Hoback told how he turned a rundown line into a heavy-haul railroad and the technology used in that turnaround. Charlie Swinburn discussed some of the regulatory and legislative issues such, as 286 -- reregulation, etc., that the railroads are facing in the U.S. Bob Gallamore served as respondent to the panel offering his own observations of the topics discussed. Open discussion followed the panel presentations.

7:30 pm

After Dinner Presentation

Speaker: Marc Levinson – Author of "The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger" 

After dinner, the featured speaker was Marc Levinson, author of “The Box.” Mr. Levinson shared his story of the history of the shipping container and how the container transformed the economics of global shipping and trade and paved the way for Asia to become the world’s workshop, bringing consumers a previously unimaginable variety of low-cost products from around the globe.

Mr. Levinson is an economist in New York and author of three previous books. He was formerly finance and economics editor of the Economist, a writer at Newsweek, and editorial director of the Journal of Commerce.

Wednesday, October 4, 2006



8:00 AM

Call to Order - BAC Chair Justin Zubrod presiding

8:15 AM

Transportation Center Report

  • Introduction of new Associate Director, Doug Hagestad
  • Center Update – Status and Activities, Joseph Schofer

8:45 AM

New Members Forum – Introduction of new BAC members

9:00 AM

The Talent Challenge in Transportation - Justin Zubrod

10:15 AM

Panel: Network Resilience

Joseph Schofer
Interim Director
Transportation Center 


Mark Daskin
Professor of Industrial Engineering
Northwestern University 

Wally Hopp
Professor of Industrial Engineering
Northwestern University

Shipper Perspective:
Carl Curry
PepsiCo Beverages & Foods

Trucker Perspective:
John R. Meyers
Arkansas Best Corporation

Rail Perspective:
Les Passa
CSX Corporation

The reliability and resilience of transportation networks are of critical importance to both carriers and shippers. Network failures come from mechanical breakdowns, human errors, natural events, business failures, and intentional attacks. This panel will begin with a framework for characterizing reliability and resilience.

Panel Summary

12:15 PM

Introduction of Transportation Students

12:25 PM

Closing Remarks

12:30 PM

Adjournment followed by a buffet lunch with a representative group of Northwestern transportation students.