BNSF Railway’s Katie Farmer Elected Board Chairman

CALVERTON, MD (January 6, 2015) — Effective January 1, the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) welcomed four members to its board of directors and installed its officers for the 2015 membership year. The board consists of 13 individuals representing the five divisions of IANA.

Katie Farmer, group vice president, consumer products of BNSF Railway, was elected Association Chairman. She takes over for Phil Shook, director of intermodal at C.H. Robinson, who remains on the board and the Executive Committee as the immediate past chairman. Ms. Farmer has over 20 years of experience in the railroad industry and is responsible for the commercial activities of BNSF’s intermodal and automotive business.

“Katie brings a wealth of industry experience and insight,” said Joni Casey, president and CEO of IANA, “And I think it is noteworthy that she is the first woman to step into the role as Chairman of the association.” Adriene B. Bailey, vice president of strategic businesses development for the transportation division at Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc. was elected Vice Chairman of the association, an office most recently held by Ms. Farmer. Kevin Lhotak, president of Reliable Transportation Specialists, Inc., will assume the role of Treasurer for the 2015 membership year. In addition to the three new officers, IANA members elected four directors to serve three-year terms.

Joining the 2015 board are:

  • Jeffrey R. Brashares, senior vice president, Sales and National Accounts, TTS, LLC;
  • David W. Manning, president, TCW, Inc.;
  • James I. Newsome III, president and chief executive officer, South Carolina Ports Authority; and,
  • Garry Old, president and chief executive officer, COFC Logistics, LLC.  

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IANA is North America's only industry trade association that represents the combined interests of the intermodal freight industry. The association’s mission is to promote the growth of efficient intermodal freight transportation through innovation, education and dialogue. The association offers valuable information and services specific to the intermodal industry encompassing consensus business solutions that facilitate: operations, regulatory compliance, and policy issue management. IANA's membership roster of over 1,000 members represents the diverse companies critical to moving freight efficiently and safely. IANA provides a discussion forum for the many types of stakeholders along the supply chain, resulting in a strong unified voice advocating the needs of intermodal freight transportation. For more information, visit

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