• Inland Distribution
  • September 25- 27, 2023 | The Westin Chicago River North

Thomas G. Williams

BNSF Railway

Group Vice President-Consumer Products

Tom G. Williams was named group vice president, Consumer Products in July 2017. In this role, Tom is responsible for BNSF's domestic and international intermodal marketing and sales, as well as the automotive business.

Tom previously served as vice president, Industrial Products, since November 2016. In this role, he was responsible for marketing and sales for chemicals, plastics and petroleum products.

Tom joined the former Santa Fe Railway Company in 1993 in Schaumburg, Ill. He held various positions in Intermodal Marketing, Automotive Marketing and Industrial Products Marketing prior to assuming the role of assistant vice president, Intermodal / Automotive Operations in the Service Design and Performance group at BNSF. In February 2014, Tom was promoted to vice president, Industrial Products Sales.


 Bachelor of Science in business finance, Indiana University at Bloomington

 Master of Business Administration, University of Chicago

 Advanced Management Program, Harvard University

Affiliations/Community Involvement

 Transportation Executive Board member – Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

 Southwest Region Trustee – Boys and Girls Clubs of America

 Board of Directors – Intermodal Association of North America


Tom, his wife Sherry and their two children live in Colleyville TX

Sessions With Thomas G. Williams

Wednesday, 27 September

  • 01:35pm - 02:15pm (CST) / 27/sep/2023 06:35 pm - 27/sep/2023 07:15 pm

    Catching the Rebound — Preparing for Tomorrow's Surge Today

    Now that the surge of 2020 to 2022 has passed, the international supply chain has time to pause and examine what went well, what didn’t, and how to adjust for the next upswing. When examining ocean containers moving to inland rail ramps, there could be many changes forthcoming. In what markets will trucker-owned chassis become more prevalent? What will happen in a landmark chassis case between the trucking lobby and ocean carriers? And how will railroads adjust to these changes? Norfolk Southern Railway has begun a multi-year effort to convert wheeled terminals into a port-like grounded model and to introduce appointment systems to reduce truck turn times. Union Pacific Railroad is grounding all imports from California into the Global 4 terminal in Joliet and eliminated the no cherry-picking policy. This session will examine how railroads, truckers, and chassis lessors will learn from history.