The next PDM is October 13th at the 8th Street Ale House in Sheboygan. Our speaker for the evening will be Brad Peot, Account Manager, Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, LLC.
Brad started his transportation career with an internship with the Canadian National Railway in the summer of 2009. After graduating, he worked for the Finger Lakes Railway in Upstate New York and was part of the operations team that started and rapidly grew Hi-Crush Partners frac sand operations in Wisconsin. In his most recent role, Brad is the Account Manager for the Northern Division on the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad and is responsible for growing the railroads freight business in that region.
Brad is a native of Northeast Wisconsin having grown up in Luxemburg, WI. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior where he earned a Transportation & Logistics Management Degree in 2010 along with a Certification in Transportation & Logistics (CTL).
About the Presentation:
Brad’s presentation will give a brief background on the railroad transportation industry over the last 40 years and how the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR) and Watco Companies got their start 35 and 32 years ago respectively due to deregulation and Class I railroad spinoffs of unprofitable operations. He’ll give a brief history about the WSOR and how it helped save numerous rail lines in Wisconsin from abandonment and has tremendously grown industry along its lines in partnership with the State of Wisconsin. Likewise, Brad will talk about Watco and its tremendous growth from an industrial switching provider to a global transportation service provider.
The second part of Brad’s presentation will focus on trends Watco/WSOR has observed in the marketplace and where their company will be focusing its future growth. For instance, companies continue to outsource logistics functions which are both an obstacle and opportunity for their company. Furthermore, the importance of offering consistent service, communicating effectively, working together, and developing meaningful business relationships has never been more important in the railroad industry to grow the business.
***Retiree and Student PDM costs - now reduced to $15! Retirees are considered 62+ and an APICS Shoreline member for at least 5 years. Students must be full-time (12 credits)