2017 Annual Meeting Summary

The 2017 Georgia Railroad Association Annual Meeting was held at the Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia, Monday, May 15th - Tuesday, May 16th.

After the Board of Director’s meeting on Monday afternoon, we opened the meeting with our traditional Associate Member Hosted Cocktail Reception/Dinner in the Creekside Pavilion of the Resort. Rail Members and vendors alike had plenty of time to network with old friends as well as make new connections.

Thank you to our dinner hosts!
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The business component of our meeting began with breakfast bright and early Tuesday morning.  Christy Sammon, GoRail, provided insight about what is going on in the freight rail industry around the country.  She was followed by Kristine Storm, VP, Purchasing, Genesee & Wyoming.  Her presentation touched on everything from operations & infrastructure to supplier relationships.  Next up was new GRA Associate Member and gold sponsor, Ryan Pidde, from Michelson & Company.  Ryan delivered a very informative presentation on the State Railroad Tax Credit Concept, Funding the 45G Program in Georgia.

After a short break, Speaker David Ralston officially welcomed us to north Georgia.  Nancy Cobb, GDOT, offered an Intermodal update on all areas of transportation including aviation, ports/waterways, public transit and rail.  House Transportation Chairman Kevin Tanner was our keynote speaker.  He gave us an update on everything transportation from the recent legislative session.  Finally, a public policy panel of four fielded questions from Mark Middleton and the GRA audience.  The panel consisted of Representative Christian Coomer; Senator Steve Gooch; Josh Waller, GDOT; and Craig Camuso, CSX.
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Upon conclusion of the business meeting, we held our annual golf tournament.  The reward for a morning’s work was a glorious, sunny day for golf.

Congratulations to the following teams and individual award winners:

     • 1st place team:  Joe Arbona, Christopher Caric, David Martin, and Jamie Skipper
     • 2nd place team:  David Gerstner, Vanessa Knapton, David Moore, and Matt Service
     • 3rd place team:  Craig Camuso, Matt Cooper, Steve Gooch and Shane Picklesimer

Closest to the Pin: Ryan Pidde and Matt Service

A big thank you to Gary Stout from STX Corporation for sponsoring the drink cart for the second year in a row!
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Our feature event was held on Tuesday night at the breath-taking Sunset Pavilion overlooking the majestic north Georgia mountains.  Members and guests enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres and steak and chicken on the grill.  The pecan pie with fresh whipped cream (or was that sour cream, Matt Williams?) was also a big hit.  The relaxing atmosphere as we watched the sun set was a perfect conclusion to this year’s meeting.
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Thank you to our sponsors for helping make this year’s meeting a resounding success!  We appreciate your support!

   • Koppers, Inc.
   • Mickelson & Company, LLC
   • Nordco, Inc.
   • Railway Auditing & Management Services, Inc.
   • Stella-Jones Corporation
   • STX Corporation

Stay Tuned!
Next spring, we hope to have our meeting in Atlanta in conjunction with a Braves game.
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