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National Coal Transportation Association

2017 Spring Conference

From April 10, 2017 until April 12, 2017

2017 Registered Attendees

It has been a while, but the NCTA will return to Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson for its Spring Conference in 2017. Spring conference dates are April 10-12, 2017. The 21st annual golf tournament will be held Monday afternoon April 10. The Monday evening dinner will allow plenty of time and space for networking. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will be plenary sessions with special breakout sessions on Tuesday afternoon.


As always, you can expect a robust agenda that will get you up to date on the many issues challenging to the coal, transportation, and utility industries. Confirmed speakers include:

John W. Eaves, Chief Executive Officer, Arch Coal, Inc.
Alan H. Shaw, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Norfolk Southern
Ian Yeates, Director, Supply Development and Carbon Capture, SaskPower
Finn Host, Management Team, T. Parker Host, Inc.
Jason Begger, Executive Director, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority
John T. Hanou, President, Hanou Energy Consulting, LLC
Dr. Karen Obenshain, Senior Director Fuels, Technology and Commercial Policy, Edison Electric Institute
Dan Fapp, Senior Vice President, L.E. Peabody & Associates, Inc.
Wendy Hutchinson, VP Public Affairs, Millennium Bulk Terminal Longview, LLC
Report on the NCTA Coal Forecasting Process

The preliminary agenda is available below.


Monday, April 10
8:00am - 10:30am NCTA Board of Directors Meeting
12:30pm - 5:00pm Golf Tournament - Ventana Mountain Course
6:30pm - 9:30pm NCTA Dinner and Entertainment
Tuesday, April 11
7:00am - 8:00am Continental Breakfast
8:00am - Noon General Session
Noon - 1:30pm Lunch by Individual Arrangement
1:30pm - 5:00pm Breakout Sessions
Wednesday, April 12
7:00am - 8:00am Continental Breakfast
8:00am - Noon General Session


Nestled against the dramatic backdrop of the Catalina Mountains, the adobe-style Ventana Canyon Resort is the perfect blending of environment, nature and comfort. Known for its breathtaking views, the resort features 398 luxury guestrooms, including 27 suites. Guest rooms offer sitting areas, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and Keurig coffeemakers.

Amenities that abound on the property include two heated pools with a Jacuzzi and two Tom Fazio-designed PGA championship golf courses that are just steps from the lobby. Guests can enjoy the lakeside spa, the fitness center, one of the eight lighted tennis courts or the many hiking and biking trails. There are four restaurants on property: the upscale Flying V Bar & Grill, the friendly Canyon Café, the poolside Bill’s Grill and the grab and go Vista Barista. The Blues, Brews & BBQ Sunday Brunch is a weekend institution at the hotel. The lobby's Cascade Lounge with its two-story glass wall overlooking the pool and mountains is sure to be a favorite meet-up spot for attendees.

ROOM RATES PER DAY:  $169.00/day Single/Double Room includes complementary basic internet access.

The usual resort charge of $25/day will be waived for NCTA attendees. The resort charge includes self and valet parking, Lakeside fitness Center access, Yoga and Fitness classes, unlimited local phone calls, the shuttle to Sabino Canyon and one hour tennis court rental.

Reservation call in numbers: 1-800-234-5117 or 520-299-2020

Cutoff date Monday March 20, 2017



Conference sponsorship opportunities are available for many of the scheduled events. Please find details on the sponsorship program below. We recognize our sponsors in multiple ways before, during, and after the event. It is easy to pay online through the registration process or request an invoice.

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