American Railway Development Association

S eptember 2019

Real Estate Section Feature
Retaining Institutional Knowledge and Knowledge Transfer

Nikol Daniels
Canadian Pacific

Retention of institutional knowledge and knowledge transfer is critical to organizations, no matter the industry, but is of particular interest in the railway industry. Retaining the expertise of its workforce dominated by aging baby boomers is essential to the success of the rail industry amidst rising freight transportation demand. Considering the number of retiring of employees and multiplying by their years of service, railroad companies are realizing they are losing what is equivalent to hundreds (sometimes thousands) of years of experience.

The first thing to look at to tackle this problem is understanding what institutional knowledge actually is. One of the best definitions is all-encompassing: a collective set of facts, historical data, concepts, experiences and knowledge held by a group of people. Transferring knowledge means looking at those key components individually.

Save the Date! 2020 Executive Forum

For 2020, ARDA will be focusing our effort and events around the theme of "2020: A Vision to the Future." The Executive Forum will take place from February 11-12, 2020 at the Belmond Charleston Place, Charleston, South Carolina.

Registration for the 2020 Executive Forum will open soon. Keep an eye for out an email announcement and more information on the ARDA website.

Hotel Block:
We will have a room block at the Belmond Charleston Place. Information about how to reserve a room will be posted on the ARDA website as it becomes available.

If you have any questions regarding the 2019 Executive Forum, please contact Channon Hanna at

Sponsor ARDA in 2019
First, a big thanks to all of ARDA's 2019 sponsors who supported our effort to Build on our Foundation this past year! Your contributions were critical to putting together the Executive Forum in St. Augustine and the Annual Meeting in Nashville.

2019 ARDA Sponsors

Bartlett & West
Norfolk Southern

Kansas City Southern
LJA Rail

Canadian Pacific
Clear Channel Outdoor
GEI Consultants
RailPros Field Services
TRC Companies

Antea Group
Capitol Environmental Services 
Daley Mohan Groble
Kelly Hart & Hallman
RMI Midwest

Looking forward to our 2020-21 membership year - 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 to ARDA.

If you have any questions or would like to sponsor ARDA in 2019 please contact Channon Hanna at or 202-715-1250.

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

Time to Renew Your ARDA Membership for 2020! 

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. 

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

Thank You Will!
ARDA would like to thank Will Resch, formally of Chambers, Conlon, & Hartwell for his years of service to the organization. Will played a key role within ARDA by managing day to day operations and organizing events.

Will has accepted a position with the US Department of Transportation's Build American Bureau in Washington DC. We wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.  

2019-20 ARDA Board of Directors

President: Doug Morrison, HDR
First Vice President: Mike Ray, BNSF Railway Company
Second Vice President: Devin Sprinkle, CN
Treasurer: Matt Cangiolosi, CSX Transportation, Inc.
Secretary: Alanna Strohecker, AECOM
Past President: Mark Holder, HDR

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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Vanessa Kennedy
Co-Rail Consulting

Raymond Groble
Daley Mohan Groble, P.C

Matthew Hammer
Daley Mohan Groble, P.C

Joseph Johnson
Norfolk Southern

Danielle Allen

Taylor Majors
Andress Engineering Associates

Darrell Coffey
BNSF Railway 

Derek Godwin

Curtis Frazier

Chris Danos
BNSF Railway

Alicia Plummer

Ryan Cole

Gregory Peterson
Dyer & Peterson, PC
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