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The Kansas Freight Advisory Committee Mission is to Advise, Assist and Advocate:

- Freight Transportation Trends, Issues and Needs

- Priority Freight Corridor Base Criteria

- Multimodal/Intermodal Freight Infrastructure Improvement Needs

- The need for, and the benefit of, a seamless, multimodal freight transportation system for the movement of Kansas products
throughout the state, region, nation and around the globe.


Mike King – Secretary, Kansas Department of Transportation

Jerry Younger, P.E. - Deputy Secretary/State Transportation Engineer, Kansas Department of Transportation

David Jacobson, P.E. - Chief Engineer, Kansas Turnpike Authority

Captain Chris Turner - Commander Troop 1, Kansas Highway Patrol

Mike Bowen, P.E. - Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, Kansas Division

Senator Pat Apple

Senator Garrett Love

Representative Melanie Meier

Representative Bud Estes

Pat George - Secretary, Kansas Department of Commerce

Steve Kelly – Deputy Secretary, Kansas Department of Commerce

Jackie McClaskey - Secretary, Kansas Department of Agriculture

Chad Bontrager - Deputy Secretary, Kansas Department of Agriculture

Nick Jordan - Secretary, Kansas Department of Revenue

Deann Williams - Bureau Chief, Motor Carrier Services, Kansas Department of Revenue

Kim Christiansen - Kansas Corporation Commission

Tom Whitaker - Executive Director, Kansas Motor Carriers Association

French Thompson, III - Director of Public Private Partnerships, BNSF Railway

Ben Jones - Director of Public Affairs Missouri/Kansas, Union Pacific Railroad

Rick Webb - CEO, WATCO Companies

Mike Kelley - Chief Sustainability Officer, YRC Worldwide

John Prather - Vice President Corporate Relations, Groendyke Transport, Inc.


Kimberly Bonhart - Vice President of Government Affairs, UPS

Tom Allen - General Manager, Cargill – Dodge City

Joe Goodwin - Director of Transportation/Logistics, Seaboard Farms

Joe Pimple - President/General Manager, Sauder Fabrication

Scott Ball - Vice President Business Development and Logistics, MVPurchasing

Coby Sedlacek - OEM/GOV SALES/Transportation and Logistics, Landoll Corporation

Patrick Robinson, P.E. - Vice President, NorthPoint Development

Brent Emch - Merchant Leader Grain and Oil Seed Crush, Cargill

Aaron Popelka - Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs, Kansas Livestock Association

Jason Hammes - Distribution Manager, Frito Lay

Jason Ball - President and CEO, Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce

Robert Hoback - Ryan Transportation Services

Ron Achelpohl - Assistant Director of Transportation, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)

Gloria Jeff - Project Manager, Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO)

Chris Gutierrez - President, KC SmartPort (KFAC Chairman)

George Eakin - President, Osborne Industries

Sheryl Foster - Senior Buyer, Osborne Industries (Alternate)

Carolyn Dunn - Executive Director, Stafford County Economic Development

Dwight Keen - Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association

Brian Atchison - Logistics, Rubbermaid Products