• TPM24
  • March 3-6, 2024 | Long Beach Convention Center

Thomas Williams

BNSF Railway

Group Vice President, Consumer Products

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

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. 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.


 Bachelor’s Degree 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

Sessions With Thomas Williams

Monday, 4 March

  • 04:10pm - 04:55pm (PST) / 05/mar/2024 12:10 am - 05/mar/2024 12:55 am

    Are the Railroads Ready for the Next Intermodal Surge?

    Now that the cargo volume 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. 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 will learn from history as they prepare for the inevitable turnaround and next wave of cargo.