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The National Grain Car Council was founded by the former Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) in 1994, and is made up of a balanced representation of executives knowledgeable in the transportation of grain, including members from the Class I railroads (the Nation's largest) representing marketing and management; representatives from the Class II and Class III railroads; members representing grain shippers and receivers; and members representing private rail car owners and rail car manufacturers. The purpose of the Council is to convene meetings at least once a year that allow the members to discuss openly the issues affecting the grain transportation industry. For further information regarding this Council, please contact Fred Forstall by phone, at (202) 245-0281, or by e-mail at

2014 National Grain Car Council Membership

Chairman - Mike Bilovesky, Vice President Marketing and Sales, Ag & Minerals Business Unit, Kansas City Southern RR
Vice Chairman - Mark C. Van Cleave, Senior Vice President Commercial Sales, Trinity Rail
Secretary/Treasurer - Sharon Trudell, VP Marketing, Red River Valley & Western

Mike Bilovesky, VP Marketing and Sales, Ag & Minerals Business Unit Kansas City Southern
James Bobitt, VP Transportation Tate & Lyle Ingredients Americas
Randy Broady, Director of Grain Operations Trupointe
John Brooks, Managing Director, M&S - Grain and Grain Products Canadian Pacific
Sharon G. Clark, Senior Vice President Transportation & Regulatory Affairs Perdue AgriBusiness LLC
Rob Cook, Senior Manager, Rail Operations Bunge
Peter Cyr, Senior Logistics Planner - Rail Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC.
Carrie Evans, VP Sales & Marketing Iowa Interstate Railroad
Jarad Farmer, Director Price and Sales Support Canadian Pacific
Mike Fernen, General Director, Business Planning and Integration Union Pacific
Roger Fray, Executive VP of Grain West Central Cooperative
Keith Freidericks, Manager Equipment Canadian National
Steve Gehrt, Senior Manager Bulk Commodities Canadian National
John Glynn, Senior VP Leasing CIT Rail
Kareen Gray, EVP, Sales & Services GE Capital Rail Services
Brian Groskreutz, Grain Merchandising, Transportation Logistics-Grain
NIK Marketing Cooperative
Gregory Guthrie, Director - Railway Agricultural Products BNSF
Katie Hadenfeldt, VP Sales GATX Corporation
Michael A. Haeg, VP - Marketing Rio Grande Pacific Corporation
Jerry Hall, VP Network and Service Management Norfolk Southern
Dana Hansen, Director Rates and Fleet Management Archer Daniels Midland
Brad Hildebrand, Global Rail and Barge Lead Cargill AgHorizons
Mark A. Huston, Director North America Transportation Louis Dreyfus Commodities
Hasan Hyder, AVP, Grain & Grain Products Union Pacific
Michael S. Jones, Director – Transportation/Logistics North Dakota Mill & Elevator Assn.
Todd Kahn, VP - Portfolio Management and Marketing Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co
Alan Lullman, Senior VP American Railcar Industries
Thomas McGraw, Director Citigroup Global Markets Inc
Timothy J. McNulty, AVP Sales & Marketing CSX
Angie Nicely, Director of Grain and Bulk Operations CSX
Thomas D. Novitske, General Director of Grain Operations BNSF
Eric Parthemore, President CEO Heritage Cooperative
David Pope, Senior Merchandiser – Rail Transportation CHS Incorporated
Micah Powell, Director, Sales and Marketing, Rapid City, Pierre, & Eastern Genesee & Wyoming Inc
Daniel R. Sabin, President Iowa Northern Railway
Ed Sims, Manager The Andersons, Inc
Doug Story, VP - Agricultural Marketing Watco Transportation Services
Sharon Trudell, VP Marketing Red River Valley & Western
Gregory Twist, Senior VP - Transportation Ag Processing
Mark C. Van Cleave, Senior VP Commercial Sales Trinity Rail
Lon Van Gemert, Chief Executive Officer Progressive Rail, Inc.
Wayne Winkle, Director, International Asset Management Kansas City Southern
Brad Yeatts, Director Agricultural Marketing Norfolk Southern


NGCC Documents    
  Meeting Agenda    
    September 11, 2014  
    September 12, 2013  
    September 13, 2012  
    September 13, 2011  
  Meeting Minutes (by date)  
    June 25, 2008    
    June 2, 2009    
    September 16, 2010  
    September 13, 2011 Annual Meeting  
    September 13, 2011 Farmrail Letter  
    September 13, 2012 Annual Meeting and Attendance
  White Paper Committee    
    August 5, 2009 August 27, 2009
    Final, September 2011    
  Renewal Charter    
    2009 September 23, 2011
    September 23, 2013  
  Statement of Principles  
    NGCC - 1998    
    2013 Membership Balance Plan
  NGCC Historic Documents  
  2003 Dec 5, 2003
Meeting Minutes

Dec 5, 2003
  2000 Sep 21, 2000 Agenda and Minutes Meeting    
  1999 March 3, 1999 Minutes Dec 14, 1999 Agenda and Minutes  
  1998 Feb 5, 1998 Statement to Senator Robert J. Kerry Neb Feb 5, 1998 Minutes Feb 5, 1998 Opening Remarks STB Gus Owen
    July 15, 1998 Minutes 1998 Annual Report 1998 Statement of Principles
  1997 April 26, 1997 Meeting Agenda April 29, 1997 Membership April 30, 1997 Meeting Agenda
    1997 Grain Car Scoreboard 1997 Mexico Task Force  
  1995 March 24, 1995 ICC Membership List Sep 1995 Membership List Jul 26, 1995 ICC Announces NGCC First Chair and V Chair
    Sep 20, 1995 Meeting Agenda    
  1994 Dec 6, 1994 First NGCC Charter