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Wednesday, November 15, 2023


Hyatt Regency - Houston Galleria
Houston, TX

Railroad Financial Corporation, the leading rail equipment financial advisory firm, and FTR, the leading commercial freight transportation experts, are joining forces to provide the deepest dive into the fundamental demand and investment landscape of Tank and Covered Hopper railcars. 

This event is ideal for supply chain, procurement, and transportation professionals as well as asset managers seeking to understand the current demand dynamics of tanks and covered hoppers and to receive an update on the lease market for railcars of all types.

Taking place at the brand new Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria with upscale amenities and a relaxed atmosphere, this one-day session is the perfect opportunity to step away from the office and grow your transportation network and knowledge base. 


Here's a look at the agenda:

7:30 AM - Breakfast & Networking
8:30 AM - Welcome & Introductions
8:45 AM - Economic Overview

The economy has seen a series of shocks and whipsaws in the past three-and-a-half years, and even as indicators suggest a broad settling, we continue to see echoes and consequences of the pandemic disruption. Will 2024 finally bring an economy we can anticipate? Or is the new normal just waiting for the next unseen shoe to drop?

Presenter - Eric Starks

9:30 AM - Tank Cars Equipment (deliveries and outlook)

Tank cars are settling into a lower level of order and delivery activity, but also face a higher-than-usual level of uncertainty given potential regulatory changes and requalification activity. We’ll examine these drivers of activity and provide an outlook for where the market goes in 2024.

Presenter - Todd Tranausky

10:30 AM - Networking Break
10:45 AM - Covered Hoppers (deliveries and outlook)

Orders have been strong for covered hoppers, but some participants fear a bubble forming and that covered hoppers will become the next overbuilt railcar type. Expected new production coming online in the next 18 months mitigates those fears somewhat, but this session will address the risks and uncertainties acting on this market. 

Presenter - Todd Tranausky

11:45 AM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Keynote Session

Econ within shipping outsiders' POV

Presenter - TBA

2:00 PM - Leasing

Update on the lease marketplace for Tank Railcars and Covered Hopper Railcars 

Presenters - David Nahass and Will Geiger

2:45 PM - Networking Break
3:00 PM - Railcar Executive Q&A

Details Coming Soon! 

3:45 PM - Finance

General Update on the railcar finance marketplace - trends, challenges, and strategies for railcar operators. 

Presenters - David Nahass and Will Geiger


4:30 PM - Closing
5:30 - 7:00 PM - Reception


Please fill out the form to reserve your spot for the 2023 RFC & FTR Leasing & Equipment Forum: Covered Hoppers & Tank Car Deep Dive on November 15th in Houston, Texas!

Once the registration form is submitted, we will send an invoice and hotel room block information.  

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