94th Annual Railway Tie Association
Symposium & Technical Conference

Tampa, Florida - October 23-25 2012
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina

Photos of the 2012 Conference by Gary Coleman of Coleman Photography are now online here

Registration for the 2013 Symposium and Technical Conference will open in mid-2013

Pick the way you prefer to register.
You can:

1. Click Above or Here to register on-line;
2. Fill out the Interactive PDF and email it to us (just click on our email address within the form itself!); or
3. Download the form from this site and mail or fax (if paying by credit card) back to our office.

Optional Activities -

RTA Golf Tournament at Emerald Greens Golf Course- This Dan Maples designed golf course is set upon a lush rolling landscape and is unparalleled in quality or experience anywhere in the Tampa Bay area. Located in the heart of Tampa and is close to the conference hotel

Trap Shooting Event- Once again this event is being coordinated by American Trap Shooting coach and instructor, Bill Smith and will only be open to the first 15 participants who register.

Big Cat Rescue- Take a fascinating journey through 45 acre wildlife sanctuary that is home to 140 cats, representing 16 species of wild cats.  You will be able to see Lion, Tigers, Geoffory Cats, Jungle Cats, Caracals, Snow Leopards, Bob Cats, Lynx and more.  Learn the history behind this exotic animals and how they came to call Big Cat Rescue home

Salvador Dali Museum and Sunken Gardens Tour- An interesting tour of the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by the late Spanish surrealist, Salvador Dali.  Sunken Gardens is a botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city.  As St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum, this 100 year old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region!

Click here for the Optional Activities Registration Form

Conference Agenda- Preview of Invited Speakers and Session Topics, along with a brief recap of Optional Activities that will be available!

Hotel Information -

Hotel Reservations -

Airport News -

Driving directions:

Click Here for Full Conference Material Mailing

Click Here for Past Presidents and Conference Dates

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina

A striking silhouette along the Channel Riverwalk, Tampa's Headquarter Hotel, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina near Ybor City overlooks Tampa Bay in the heart of Downtown, located adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center. This world-class Downtown Tampa hotel's 50,000 square feet of newly renovated meeting space, full-service spa, and several delicious restaurants such as Café Waterside and Champions, make it the perfect destination for work and play or as a headquarter hotel for meetings. Part of the Channelside District, the Tampa Marriott is among the most luxurious of hotels in Tampa, Florida, with newly renovated rooms and suites offering private bay or city view balconies. After a busy day, unwind in one of this Tampa, Florida hotel's lounges or enjoy culinary excellence at Il Terrazzo. For ultimate relaxation, try our spa, jacuzzi, or rooftop pool! Boaters can dock and stay using the 32-slip, full-service Marina at the exclusive Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina near Ybor City.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Check back in mid 2013 for a link to sponsorship opportunities for the 95th Annual Conference

Various sponsorship opportunities are made available each year. The Railway Tie Association sincerely appreciates the financial commitment to each year's conference.  Your company's name, logo, and level of commitment will be displayed by highly visible signage throughout the conference venue.  What an excellent advertising opportunity!

Below is the list of our very generous sponsors from the 2012 Symposium & Technical Conference in Tampa, Florida

National Salvage & Service Corp for the President's Reception Cruise, Name Badges, a Hospitality Suite and two Tabletop Exhibits 
Boatright Railroad Products for the Banquet Bar and for a Gold Level Golf Sponsorship
Koppers Inc. for the Banquet Event, the Conference Give-away Bags, a Gold Level Golf Sponsorship, and a Hospitality Suite
Stella-Jones for co-sponsoring the Thursday Business Luncheon, the Spouse Favors, a Silver Level Golf Hole, and a Hospitality Suite
KMG-Bernuth, Inc. for co-sponsoring the Thursday Business Luncheon
RailWorks for the Thursday Main Business Session Continental Breakfast
Nisus Corporation 
for the Hotel Key Cards and a Tabletop Exhibit
Arch Wood Protection, a Lonza Company
for co-sponsoring the Wednesday Continental Breakfast and a Tabletop Exhibit
Brewco Inc. for a "Vendor-mercial" Exhibitor Presentation, a Tabletop Exhibit, and a Bronze Level Golf Sponsorship
Omaha Track Material for Beverage Sponsorship at Lunch on Emerald Greens Golf Course and a Silver Level Golf Sponsorship 
Gross & Janes for the Conference Audio Visual and a Hospitality Suite 
NRC for the Conference Photography
Encore Rail Systems for a "Vendor-mercial" Exhibitor Presentation and a Tabletop Exhibit
Brewer, Inc. for a "Vendor-mercial" Exhibitor Presentation and a Tabletop Exhibit
P & G Manufacturing for a "Vendor-mercial" Exhibitor Presentation and a Tabletop Exhibit
Wood Care Systems for a "Vendor-mercial" and a Tabletop Exhibit
Pendu Manufacturing for co-sponsorship of Wednesday Continental Breakfast and a Tabletop Exhibit
Eagle Metal Products for the Premium Conference Gifts 

MiTek Industries, Inc. for the Conference Gifts
ACME Wood Preserving for the Conference Signage
Appalachian Timber Services
 for the Thursday Morning Coffee Break Refreshments
CSX Transportation for the Wednesday Afternoon Refreshments
Lone Star Specialties/Asphalt & Fuel Supply for the Conference Programs
Pacific Wood Preserving for the Transportation to Big Cat Rescue
Wheeler Lumber for a General Conference Sponsorship and a Tabletop Exhibit
Missouri Tie
 for a Silver Level Golf Sponsorship
Herzog Railroad Services for a Silver Level Golf Sponsorship
Amsted RPS for the Prizes for the Banquet Game Show
Lee Inspection and Consulting for a Tabletop Exhibit
SH Coatings for a Tabletop Exhibit
Canadian Pacific for $300 AMEX Gift Card
BNSF for a Bronze Golf Sponsorship
Norfolk Southern for a Bronze Golf Sponsorship
Pandrol for a Bronze Golf Sponsorship
The Somerville Companies for a Bronze Golf Sponsorship
Union Pacific for a Bronze Golf Sponsorship
Canadian Pacific for a $300 American Express Gift Card
Allen Railroad Services for a Bronze Level Golf Sponsorship
Burlington Northern Santa Fe for a Bronze Level Golf Sponsorship
Norfolk Southern Corp. for a Bronze Level Golf Sponsorship
Pandrol Track Systems for a Bronze Level Golf Sponsorship
The Somerville Companies for a Bronze Level Golf Sponsorship
Union Pacific for a Bronze Level Golf Sponsorship

Photos from the 2011 Conference at Lake Tahoe

Thank you to Gary Coleman of Coleman Photography for great shots of the 2011 Conference at Lake Tahoe!!
To see all of the RTA Conference photos taken, follow this link to be directed to the Coleman Photograph website.


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