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Midwest Association of Rail Shippers Elects 2015 Officers

OAK BROOK, IL—March 18, 2015 (James Street Media Services)—The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) elected its 2015 slate of officers at the annual winter meeting in January.

The 2015 MARS officers are:
President: George Macko, president, SCO-Pro, LLC, Naperville, Illinois
First Vice President: Michael Barth, director of sales, CSX Transportation, Oak Brook, Illinois
Second Vice President: Michael Jones, transportation manager, North Dakota Mill, Grand Forks, North Dakota

The new MARS officers are pleased to welcome five new members to the executive committee:
Melissa Cohen, director planning and polymer logistics, Styrolution America, LLC, Aurora, Illinois
Carrie Evans, vice president sales and marketing, Iowa Interstate Railroad, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Stefan Loeb, senior vice president, Watco Companies, LLC, Downers Grove, Illinois
Chris Meyers, senior manager, global transportation, USG Corporation, Chicago, Illinois
Bryan F. Vaughan, commercial sales leader, GE Capital Rail Services, Chicago, Illinois

Over 600 people attended the two-day 2015 Winter Meeting in Oak Brook, Illinois. MARS 2015 Annual Summer Meeting will be held July 13–14 at the Lake Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva Wisconsin. Information can be found at

About The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers
The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) is one of five regional North American associations under the North American Rail Shippers (NARS) national organization. Headquartered in the Chicago area, MARS provides an open forum for discussion and resolution of rail transportation issues by bringing railroads, shippers, receivers, and rail supply companies together twice annually for formal meetings in the Chicago area. To review the most recent meeting presentations, and to inquire about MARS membership, please visit the MARS website at

Bill Fahrenwald
James Street Associates
708-371-0110 Ext. 1#

High-resolution photo available upon request

MARS President George Macko (left) and Past-President Tom Tisa