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The Important Role of Railroads in Logistics Services

When: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Central

Where: Online
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Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Graduate Students

Contact: Breton Johnson   (847) 491-2194

Group: Transportation Center Sandhouse Gang

Sponsor: Northwestern University Transportation Center

Category: Lectures & Meetings, Academic



In recent years, the hot topic has been “logistics”. It seems like every over-the-road and international carrier has a logistics arm. At the same time, many new companies have spring up – 3PLs, 4PLs, brokers and more. It is a game played with multiple services, solutions, talent and technology.   But the railroads have been active in logistics for a long time and continue to play an important and growing role.  The session will feature examples of how rails play in today’s  logistics game and have for a long time—from the Class I and short line rail perspectives.



Justin Zubrod - Managing Partner, Justin Zubrod & Company, LLC


Kimia Khatami, Director of Customer Service, Pacific Harbor Line Railroad

Josh Perkes, Vice President, Loup: A Union Pacific Logistics Company


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Speaker Bios:


Justin F. Zubrod Sr. - Managing Partner, Justin Zubrod & Company, LLC

Justin Zubrod, Sr. is managing partner of Justin Zubrod & Company, LLC, a professional services firm focused on the logistics and transportation sectors. He has previously served as a leader of the commercial transportation management consulting practices at Booz & Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, and A.T. Kearney, Inc. His specialty is strategy and turnaround work serving leading companies in the rail, package, motor carrier, air, and logistics sectors. Zubrod’s clients comprise operators, investors, law firms, and public agencies throughout the world. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland and MBA at Northwestern University. Zubrod is chair of the Northwestern University Transportation Center Business Advisory Council.


Kimia Khatami - Director of Customer Service, Pacific Harbor Line Railroad

Kimia Khatami joined Pacific Harbor Line in November 2015 and was promoted to her current position in 2018. She began her career in transportation with Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, Nebraska where she held various positions in the marketing and sales department. Her experience includes managing commercial projects, government relations, business development, and environmental regulatory compliance. Kimia's efforts at Pacific Harbor Line have been recognized multiple times, including being a Progressive Railroading Rising Star in 2019 and being nominated for the 2017 Association of American Railroads John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award for her efforts in ensuring PHL’s environmental compliance in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Ms. Khatami also serves on the executive committee of several non-profit organizations including the Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce (HAIC), California Short Line RR Association (CSLRA), and the Long Beach Chamber International Business Association. She led the HAIC as the organization’s youngest President and is a strong advocate for women’s progress in the industry. She received her bachelor’s degree from BYU and has recently been accepted to Northwestern University’s Master’s Program for Transportation Studies.


Josh Perkes, Vice President, Loup: A Union Pacific Logistics Company

Josh Perkes was named Vice President- Loup in March 2021.  Loup provides innovative transportation and logistics solutions, including door-to-door shipping, logistics and other specialized services. Prior to his current role, Perkes was Assistant Vice President – Talent Management.  His team was responsible for Org Development, Talent Acquisition, Employee Engagement, Training, Compensation and Benefits for Union Pacific’s ~35,000 employees. The team was also focused on driving business results by ensuring UP has an engaged workforce ready to serve. Perkes has been with Union Pacific since 2002 and has held leadership positions including Assistant Vice President – Customer Experience, Senior Director - Customer Communications and Senior Director – Automotive Marketing.  He has also spent time in field sales, logistics, and various other roles at Union Pacific.


Perkes graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in English and has an MBA from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business. He serves as a board member for Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands.


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    Meeting ID: 995 4029 1569



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