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The Intersection of Rail and Commerce

January 15, 2020
5:30 PM CST - 7:30 PM CST
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Willow Room - Hyatt Regency Lisle
1400 Corporetum Dr
Lisle, IL 60532
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Have you ever wondered about the massive framework of the railway and its role in moving commerce and commuters?  All aboard for January APICS Professional Development Meeting!

We are pleased to have two guest speakers from BNSF.  Railway Terminal Superintendent - Randy McMahan, and Superintendent of Operations - Joseph Ratulowski.  They will be sharing insight into the role BNSF plays in supply chain as well as his responsibilities in helping oversee the Chicago West intermodal terminal operations.  The presentation will also touch on recent rail innovations and technologies in this world of enhanced data and streamlined operations.  This is a must event for all professionals and railroad enthusiasts alike!

Randy McMahan has worked for BNSF in a Transportation role for 24 years.  His career has taken him across country though multiple levels within the BNSF organization.  Randy’s current responsibility is direct oversite of safe, efficient train operations throughout the busy Chicago Complex.  He is responsible for the most time-sensitive service BNSF offers.  In addition, Randy has direct oversite of the world’s largest in-land intermodal facility, as well as the largest automotive facility on the BNSF network. 

As Terminal Superintendent II, Randy leads an organization of 24 managers & senior leaders that entails total head count of 1,000 employees stretched across four terminals.

In 2019, Randy’s team accomplished the following:

*No injuries

*Handled over 466,000 brand-new vehicles at the LPC automotive facility. 

*Perfect UPS peak season: The BNSF moved 29,400 loads for UPS during the 23 day peak.

*Moved 1.5 million containers and trailers through LPC and Willow Springs

Joseph Ratulowski is Superintendent of Operations for the BNSF Railway Chicago Subdivision. He has worked for BNSF in a Transportation role for 25 years. His has spent 23 of those years in the Chicago area working every yard and facility within the greater Chicago area. Joseph’s current responsibility is direct oversite of safe, efficient train operations over the Chicago Subdivision (Chicago Union Station to Montgomery, IL) that includes merchandise operations at the Eola Terminal as well as Metra’s Operation on the Chicago Subdivision. His responsibility’s include service to 18 customers out of the Eola Terminal as well as the safe and on time movement of over 60,000 commuters daily (Monday through Friday) handling 108 commuter trains a day on weekdays  and 50 on the weekends.  

As Superintendent of Operations, Joseph leads an organization of 6 managers and over 600 TY&E (Train Yard and Engine) employees in yard and over the road operations.

In 2019, Joseph’s Team accomplished the following:

*Operated over 30,000 on time commuter trains with a 95% YTD on time performance

*Handled over 15,000,000 passengers in 2019

*Operated over 550 unit sand trains through the Eola Yard



Date:  Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Time:  6:00 – 7:30pm

Location:  Hyatt Regency Lisle, 1400 Corporetum Dr, Lisle, IL 60532

Cost:  Free*


Program Agenda:

Networking/Registration  5:30 - 6:00pm

Presentation  6:00 - 7:15pm

Q&A/Wrap-up  7:15 - 7:30


*Cost of this event is free to attend.  Food will not be served at this event.

We are taking donations for the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  Please consider a $5 or $10 contribution when registering for this event.  All money collected will go to the NIFB.



$0.00 Fox River Chapter Member

$0.00 Non-Members

$0.00 Full-Time Students

$0.00 APICS Member but not Fox River Chapter Member

$10.00 Fox River Chapter Member - with $10 donation to NIFB