Start Date: 12/7/2023 10:00 AM CST
End Date: 12/7/2023 2:00 PM CST
Venue Name: Ferrovalle Location:
Av Mario Colin S/N
Hab Valle Ceylan
Tlalnepantla, Mexico 54150
League of Railway Women
Join us for an educational session and networking opportunity! Learn about Ferrovalle and take a guided tour of the facility. Plus, hear more about what we have to offer in Mexico and our contribution to the railway industry.
10:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:05 am Greenbrier Welcome Statement
10:10 am Ferrovalle Presentation/Tour
Speaker: Francisco Fabila
11:30 am Growing in the Railcar Production Industry
Speaker: Mariana Garcia
11:50 am Panama RR: How it Started & Saved the Water Channel
Speaker: Alex Rechy
12:30 pm Closing Remarks & End of the Event
LRW Member Registration: Free
Non-Member/Public Registration: $15
Please bring safety shoes, jacket, and helmet if possible.
Francisco Fabila is a lawyer with postgraduate studies in economic competition, corporate compliance, adminstration, and finance. In February 2020, he was appointed General Manager of Ferrovalle, which is divided into two major operational divisions: the railway division that operates a network of over 500 kilometers of tracks, a fleet of 35 locomotives, and moves nearly 1 million cars annually; and an intermodal division that moves 500,000 containers per year in the heart of Mexico City; establishing itself due to its volumes and geographical location as the most important short-line railway and intermodal terminal in Mexico, connecting with Canadian Pacific Kansas City, Ferromex, and Ferrosur to 5 different rail border crossings, 6 ports in the gulf of Mexico and the pacific and with the most relevant industrial hubs in the country such as Monterrey, Guadalajara, Bajio, among others.
- Francisco Fabila Rubio - Ferrocarril y Terminal del Valle de Mexico
Prior to Ferrovalle, he was responsible for Institutional and Governmental Relations at Kansas City Southern of Mexico for 7 years. During that time, he oversaw and established strong high-level relationships with all three branches of the government at all three levels, closely monitoring all local and federal legislative activity, and representing KCSM in Chambers, Councils, and Associations.
Before joining KCSM, he was part of the Coproate Compliance team at Walmart Mexico and Central America, where among other tasks, he served as a legal representative in charge of the legal operations of self-service stores and resturants nationwide. He was the President of Government Relations Committee of the Mexican Association of Railways (AMF), a position he held from 2014 to 2021, responsible for implementing an agenda for the development of the railway sector. He was also appointed Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, where he ad the opportunity to develop an agenda focused on the rule of law and legality for all chamber members, with a clear goal of strengthening and creating synergies with the current adminstration, always seekings to enhace the bilateral relationship between Mexico and the United States. He's been repeatedly recognized by the most relevant specialized media such as Progressive Railroading 2021 Rising Start, T21 most promising executives under 35 years old in the logistics world and Expansion most influential CEO's in the transport and logistics world.
- Alexandro Rechy Beristain - Track Sqeq SA de CV
Alex Rechy is a civil engineer with a solid academic background, graduated from Tecnologico de Monterrey as Civil Engineer and with a master's degree in project management from the University of Manchester.
Husband of Brenda and father of three children, Vivi, Alex and Pau, he enjoys his family life, sharing passions such as traveling, enjoying gastronomy both in restaurants and at home, and participating in outdoor activities such as tennis, fishing, and mountain getaways.
Professionally, Alex began his career at Wilson and Company, where he contributed to several international projects, including the reconstruction of the Panama Canal between 2000 and 2001. Subsequently, he worked in the UK for Jarvis Rail and Simonds & Simonds, focusing on rail maintenance and financial consultancy for rail projects in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. In 2004, he joined Genesee and Wyoming, a U.S. railroad company, as Operations Manager of the Chiapas Mayab Railway. In addition, he has consulted on railroad privatization in Costa Rica and Uruguay, and conducted several studies in Jamaica.
In 2006, Alex founded his own company: Track Speq SA de CV. Under his leadership, the company has grown significantly, currently employing more than 200 workers and executing key projects in Mexico, including installations for BMW, Mazda, Mondelez and Cargill. The company has diversified its portfolio into the rental and sale of railcar movers and railroad equipment, as well as the commercialization of railroad materials. In addition, Alex founded Vallon Logistics SA de CV in 2021 as part of the new expansion plans into the Terminal Operations and currently build and operate a railroad terminal with capacity for 300 railcars.
In addition to his professional career, Alex has been an active member of the Monterrey Metropolitan Rotary Club, serving as president in 2022-2023. He has been involved in health, environmental, education and crisis response projects, such as the recent one in Acapulco, showing his commitment to community service and social improvement.
- Mariana Garcia - Trinity Rail
Mariana García is Director of Continuous Improvement at Trinity Rail in Mexico, which belongs to the company Trinity Industries, Inc. She has a degree in Architecture from the University of Monterrey (UDEM) and a Master's degree in Building Project Management from the European University of Madrid (UEM). Mariana joined Trinity Rail Sabinas in 2014, as a Liaison Engineer until 2017, in this department she acquired knowledge of all the designs and manufacturing processes of railway freight cars such as Hopper car, plastic pellet car, flat car, RDLA, autorack, among others. It is worth mentioning that in this position the one that directly links Engineering in Dallas with plants in Mexico and the United States.
In 2017, she was promoted to Project Chief/Supervisor in the Facilities Engineering department due to her previous experience in the area of architecture. In 2018 she left the railway industry and took the position of Technical and Planning Deputy Director in the Municipality of San Juan de Sabinas, being in charge of design, supervision and execution of its projects.
In 2019, she re-entered the Trinity Rail company as part of the Quality department. In this position, she managed to implement Quality System Management initiatives in the company's largest plants, which are the Sabinas Plant and the Monclova Plant, carrying out system, process and product audits. As well as direct interaction with TrinityRail clients in their own audits such as TTX's SECO Audits. In 2020 she was promoted to Continuous Improvement Manager at the Sabinas Plant, where she managed to develop a cultural change with 5's system programs, optimization projects (savings), recognition systems for plant leaders based on Safety, Quality, and Delivery indicators. and Cost. She is currently Director of the Continuous Improvement department at the Mexico level since October 2022, standardizing processes in both plants, working with all departments for continuous improvement, strategic deployment, problem solving, etc., recently working with the Hands Safety Initiative to reduce accidents and implementing the YO ME SUMO+ initiative, which is a system of improvements, optimization projects and recognition.
As additional activities to her position in 2022 she formed a Plant Transformation committee in search of improving the employee and customer experience, she was President of the Committee until January 2023, now she continues to support it as a member of the committee. Also in 2022 she was part of the initiating Committee of the ERG (Employee Resource Group) of the Women of Trinity Mexico Chapter, here in Mexico: Trinity Women, where they support all the women of the company in empowerment activities, there is interaction with them to listen to them and propose solutions, etc. Recently in 2023 she joined the company's Mentoring program where she supports as a mentor in this initiative.
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