Finance & Administration Seminar


November 8 & 9 | Lexington, Kentucky

ASLRRA’s Finance & Administration Seminar is a must-attend event for all small railroad personnel in the finance and human resources sectors, as well as suppliers such as insurance companies, law firms and recruiters. This conference offers a dynamic agenda with top-notch speakers and engaging sessions that will benefit professionals at all levels of your organization by providing best practices and tools and resources, plus hours of networking with industry peers, customers and suppliers.

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Separate registration from the Eastern/Southern Region Meeting is required.

  Early Bird Rate
(through 8/15/23)
Regular Rate
Late/Onsite Rate
Railroad Member $210 $260 $310
Suppler Member $315 $365 $415
(Railroad & Supplier)
$469 $519 $569
GCS and F&A
Railroad Member $365 $415 $465
Suppler Member $470 $520 $570
(Railroad & Supplier)
$629 $679 $729
CLE Credit for GCS Only $210 $260 $310
Spouse/Guest $135 $165 $195


(session names and times are subject to change)

Wednesday, November 8 (Human Resources track)

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. — Lunch with Sponsors

1:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m. — Session 1

1:55 p.m.-2:45 p.m. — Session 2

2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m. — Afternoon break with Sponsors

3:00 p.m.-3:50 p.m. — Session 3

3:55 p.m.-4:45 p.m. — Session 4

Thursday, November 9 (Finance track)

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. — Breakfast with Sponsors

8:00 a.m.-8:50 a.m. — Session 1

8:55 a.m.-9:45 a.m. — Session 2

9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m. — Beverage break with Sponsors

10:15 a.m.-11:05 a.m. — Session 3

11:05 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — Session 4

Fraud Trends, Prevention and Best Practices
Kasia A Harvell, VP, Financial Risk and Compliance Officer, US Bank and
Corey Gregory, Treasury Management Consultant, US Bank

Sales Tax Trends
Teryl Tidd, Tax Manager, Bowers and Company CPAs, PLLC

Insurance Market Update
John Durante, Senior Vice President, Marsh Rail

The “Grand Slam” of Potential Claims:  FMLA, ADAAA, FELA and FRSA: Updates and an Exploration of Case Studies

Tracey Holmes Donesky, Partner, STINSON LLP

In 2015, we explored the confluence of four federal statutes which may be implicated in the course of making employment decisions in the railroad industry. Those four laws - the Family Medical Leave Law (“FMLA”), the Americans with Disabilities and Amendments Act (“ADAAA”), the Federal Employers Liability Act (“FELA”) and the Federal Railroad Safety Act (“FRSA”) (also known as OSHA retaliation claims) can trigger a number of complex considerations. Depending on the decisions made, can result in claims being pursued at all levels – hence, the notion of the “Grand Slam” (an undesirable result in this instance, but a good way to remember it). Now, 8 years later, our speaker will explore how these issues have evolved through various regulations and court decisions. Numerous updates on what has remained the same and/or changed will be provided along with several practical hypothetical situations.

Benefits Best Practices
Panel Leader: Ray Young, Attorney, Fletcher & Sippel, LLC
Speakers: Jerry Rueschhoff, Area Senior Vice President, Gallagher; Ed Pierce,  Partner, Lockton Companies; Krista Henry, Vice President Client Services Executive, Lockton Companies

How to control costs and get better outcomes, plus learn creative solutions to employee recruitment and retention.  This panel discussion will focus on employee benefit offerings, creative ways to leverage employee benefits for an ultimate benefit to the employer, and recommendations from leading experts on talent recruitment and employee retention in the shadows of the COVID pandemic.

Financial Freedom for our Employees
Panel Leader: Andrea Malter, Chief Human Resources Officer, OmniTRAX
Speakers:  Randy Deaton, Louisville Chapter President for the Society of Financial Awareness & Wealth Management (SOFA) and Legacy Planner for Everest Retirement Planners; Patrick Jordan, Retirement Advisor/Senior Vice President, HUB International

With the unprecedented economic conditions, employees are having a tough time navigating their financial wellness.  Student loans are coming due and wages are still not keeping up with inflation. Learn about trending best practices in providing employees with the right tools to manage their financial well-being and ultimately find financial freedom.

Mental Health Strategies and Leveraging Employee Assistance Programs within Your Railroad
Panel Leader: Holly Rainwater, Vice President Drug and Alcohol Programs, Spark TS
Speakers: Danielle Senn, Wellbeing Consultant, Physical & Emotional Wellbeing Consulting, Gallagher; Fran Scott, M.ED., Health and Performance Practice Leader – Central/West Regions, HUB International

Whether positive or negative, mental health is a constant for all of us.  Just as you’d want your employees to be physically well, it should also matter that each person has what they need to be mentally well. What is a mental health strategy?  How can employers leverage their Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) within this strategy? How can you review your current programs to see if they are effective? Speakers will discuss what companies should think about when creating mental health strategy and how an EAPs can help HR professionals navigate important, often sensitive, issues. We will discuss the availability of essential resources to employees for a range of scenarios, including critical incident response plans, drug & alcohol assistance, employee and family resources, and manager resources.


If you would like to become a sponsor of a Regional Meeting, please contact Amy Westerman.