36th Annual William A. Patterson Transportation Lecture

Lance Fritz     Union Pacific

LANCE M. FRITZ - Chairman, President & CEO - Union Pacific

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017  [7:30 - 9:00 PM]


James L Allen Center - McCormick Foundation Auditorium


"Connecting People, Creating A Better Future:
Why International Trade Benefits America"


Trade opens new markets to American companies and allows our workers and businesses—including Union Pacific, one of the nation's premier transportation companies—to compete internationally and support Americans' standard of living and way of life. Union Pacific's Fritz will discuss international trade and NAFTA's proven success, explaining why the U.S. must continue to lead the world in negotiating trade agreements.


Lance M. Fritz is Union Pacific chairman, president and chief executive officer. He became chairman of the board effective October 1, 2015. Fritz became president and chief executive officer February 5, 2015, when he also was elected to the corporation’s board of directors.

He previously served as president and chief operating officer of Union Pacific Railroad, a position he had held since February 2014, after serving as executive vice presidentOperations and vice president-Labor Relations, respectively. He began his Union Pacific career in July 2000 as vice president and general manager-Energy in the company’s Marketing and Sales department.

Before joining Union Pacific, Fritz worked for Fiskars Inc., Cooper Industries and General Electric. He is a graduate of Bucknell University and earned a master’s degree in management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Fritz serves on the boards of the Association of American Railroads and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the STRATCOM Consultation Committee.
Fritz is deeply involved with organizations in his local community. He is a member of the board of directors for Nebraska Medicine, Omaha Symphony and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

Fritz and his wife, Julie, have two children and are committed to helping women and children at risk in the Omaha community.