American Railway Development Association


August 2017
Law Section Feature
Quick Reference Guide to Property-Based Regulations
Kevin Baldwin
Partner, Daley Mohan Groble and ARDA Law Section Chair
Real estate management requires an understanding of economic principles and a certain artistic approach in dealing with persons and other interests involved.  Beyond those having a direct interest in our leased properties and development sites, every property owner should understand the regulatory structure in place applicable to a particular project or site.

"It will be of little avail to the people...if the laws are so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood..." - James Madison

While the rail industry, including those real estate holdings used or reserved for railroad purposes, is subject to the exclusive regulatory authority of the Surface Transportation Board, it does not mean that property managers are entirely exempted from having to deal with regulations outside of Federal railroad laws.  Some, such as Federal environmental regulations, are held in full force and effect against railroad properties, and will come into play regardless of the parcel location or scope of the project.  Others may apply indirectly, such as the necessity for trucking and transportation permits for local construction projects.  And most managers, at one time or another, have tales of dealings with overzealous municipalities who seek to involve themselves in rail interests for various reasons.
2018 ARDA Preview: Building on Our Foundation

For 2018, ARDA will be focusing our effort and events around the theme of "Building on Our Foundation." This theme reflects the long history of the railroad industry and our aim to look at future opportunities that take advantage of our current position and strengths. To help focus on our theme we have chosen two event host cities with a long history in railroading and promising outlooks for future growth: Savannah, GA and New York, NY.

2018 Executive Forum - Savannah, GA - February 8-9, 2018

The 2018 Executive Forum will begin at Noon on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at the Charles H. Morris Center in Downtown Savannah, GA. Registration and more details on the Executive Forum will be published on the ARDA website in September.

2018 Annual Meeting - New York, NY - June 10-12, 2018

The 2018 Annual Meeting will begin with a reception on the afternoon of Sunday, June 10, 2013, with the main Annual Meeting program beginning the next day. The majority of Annual Meeting events will be held at the City University of New York Graduate Center, located in Midtown Manhattan. More details on the Annual Meeting will be available early in 2018.
2017 Annual Meeting in Memphis

The 2017 ARDA Annual Meeting in Memphis was a great success. Attendees enjoyed a program featuring a wide range of speakers discussing a number of timely issues within the railroad industry. The Annual Meeting, our final event of the "Get Connected" year, also featured a reception on the Mississippi River aboard the Memphis Queen III, and the President's Dinner at the Skyline Lounge and rooftop of the Peabody Hotel.

The Silent Auction raised over $2,500, which will be matched by ARDA, to make $5,000 available for our new scholarship program. Details on the ARDA scholarship will be made available in advance of the 2018 Executive Forum in Savannah.

Thanks to all of our attendees, speakers and sponsors who made it to Memphis to "Get Connected."

More details on the 2017 Annual Meeting can be found on our website at Presentation slides are available on our website for all ARDA members.  
Time to Renew Your ARDA Membership for 2018! 

If you have not yet renewed your ARDA membership for 2018, please visit our website at and log-in at the top right corner of the page. 

Your renewed membership allows ARDA to continue fostering the industrial, real estate, natural resources, market development activities and environmental concerns of the North American railroads through the advancement of ideas and education of its members. Members also discounted registration rates at ARDA events, including a $200 discount on the Annual Meeting!

If you are not an ARDA member and would like to join, please visit our  registration page .

Sponsor ARDA in 2018
First, thank you to all of ARDA's 2017 sponsors who helped make our Get Connected year, including events in Atlanta and Memphis, such a big success! 

2017 ARDA Sponsors

Bartlett & West
Norfolk Southern

GEI Consultants
Kansas City Southern

Clear Channel Outdoor
Florida East Coast Railway
LJA Engineering, Inc.
TRC Solutions

Daley Mohan Groble
Halff Associates
Jesco, Inc.
RMI Midwest
W.G. Yates & Sons Contsruction

We hope that we will continue to have your support for our work in 2018.  ARDA offers companies the opportunity to sponsor the association on an annual basis, or by specific events at our Annual Meeting and Executive Forum. Multiple levels of Annual Sponsorship are available for your consideration. Corporate commitments greater than $1,000 also include complimentary individual memberships in ARDA.

If you have any questions or would like to sponsor ARDA for 2018please contact Fred Oelsner at or 202-715-1259 .

Annual ARDA Sponsorships
Bronze Level
$1,000 - $2,999
Silver Level
$3,000 - $4,999
Gold Level
$5,000 -  $7,499
Platinum Level

New ARDA Officers for 2017-18

We are pleased to welcome a number of new officers on the Board and in the Section leadership. For the 2017-18 year the leadership will be as follows: 

ARDA Board of Directors
  • President: Gary Rozmus, Senior Consultant, GEI Consultants
  • First Vice President: Mark Holder, National Real Estate Leader, Bartlett & West
  • Second Vice President: Doug Morrison, Vice President-Rail, Bartlett & West
  • Treasurer: Mike Ray, Manager - Economic Development, BNSF Railway Company
  • Secretary: Devin Sprinkle, Regional Manager - Environment (U.S.), CN
  • Past President: Alan Sisk, Director Technical Services, Norfolk Southern Corporation
Economic Development Section
  • Chair: Chris Ingraham, Director Industrial Development, Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Vice Chair: Jeff Risley, Business Development Leader, Bartlett & West
  • Secretary: Courtney Dunbar, Economic Development Leader, Olsson Associates
Environmental Section
  • Chair: Peter Masson, Office Leader, Antea Group
  • Vice Chair: Benjamin Steinkamp, Director Construction Permitting, BNSF Railway Company
  • Secretary: Bill James, National Market Director for Transit and Rail, TRC Solutions
Law Section
  • Chair: Kevin Baldwin, Partner, Daley Mohan Groble
  • Vice Chair: Brooke Gaede, General Attorney, BNSF Railway Company
Real Estate Section
  • Chair: Renay Robison, Director - Real Estate, Union Pacific Railroad
  • Vice Chair: Brad Gordon, Manager, Real Estate, Patriot Rail Company
  • Secretary: David Harris, Director Client Services - Rail, LJA Rail
Technology Section
  • Chair: Cameron Rex, Appraiser - GIS Analyst, RMI Midwest
  • Vice Chair: Alan Johnson, Assistant Chief Engineer - D&C, Norfolk Southern Railway Company

2017-18 ARDA Board of Directors

President: Gary Rozmus, GEI Consultants
First Vice President: Mark Holder, Bartlett & West, Inc.
Second Vice President: Doug Morrison, Bartlett & West, Inc.
Treasurer: Mike Ray, BNSF Railway Company
Secretary: Devin Sprinkle, CN
Past President: Alan Sisk, Norfolk Southern Corporation

For more information, visit the ARDA website  or contact: 
ARDA staff at
The  American Railway Development Association  (ARDA) is a not-for-profit educational trade association founded in 1906 to promote Economic Development, Real Estate Development, Technology, and Environmental Activities of the North American Railroads. 
The objectives of the Association are to foster the industrial, real estate, natural resources, market development activities and environmental concerns of the North  American railroads; and through the advancement of ideas and education of its members, further promote the effectiveness of railway development and related work .
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2018 Preview
Annual Meeting Recap
Membership Renewal
Sponsor ARDA!
New ARDA Officers
New Members since May

Chase Armstrong
Director of Sales
R. J. Corman Railroad Group

Jill Bazzell
Director - Operations Support
Union Pacific Railroad

Charles Brown
Environmental Department Manager
Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Scott Carrick
Olsson Associates

Bill Hannah
East Mississippi Business Development Corporation

John Kinsella
Senior Partner

Kris Koehler
Certified General Real Estate Appraiser
Mathewson Right of Way Company

Sarah Mathews
Real Estate Field Services Manager
Kansas City Southern Railway

Mark C. Mathewson
Attorney at Law
Mathewson Right of Way Company

Mark D. Mathewson
Mathewson Right of Way Company

Craig Morgan
AVP, Freight Rail / Economic Development

Tela Noreikas
Environmental Scientist
Amec Foster Wheeler

David Powell
Of Counsel
Lathrop & Gage LLP

Madeline Roebke-Curns
Senior General Attorney
Union Pacific Railroad

Dan Schneider
Principal, Senior Environmental Program Manager
Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Andrew Verity
National Account Manager
Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Alan Warner
Project Director - Real Estate Development

Leland Willis
Regional Environmental Counsel
Union Pacific Railroad

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