Something for Everyone at The NATSO Show


Are you planning to join your fellow travel plaza and truckstop operators in Nashville for The NATSO Show 2014? Whether you a first-timer or a veteran, there are educational sessions that will suit you just right.

Exploring New Food Service Options?

Interstate Food Trends: The Rise of Gourmet Grab n Go
Tuesday, January 28, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Al is the Gas Station Gourmet, a crusading writer and food fanatic. Throughout his travels, he has discovered convenience stores and travel plazas and truckstops with food rivaling that of many white linen establishments. From Cornish game hens to chicken balls, he has profiled unique food in unique settings. Join Hubert to explore great retailers who create food products that keep customers making the trip from the pump to the store again and again.
Sponsored by OrionwTag100

Future Trends in Beverages
Tuesday, January 28, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Experts from Coca-Cola will share shopper insights from beverage research and then teach attendees how to best reach their shoppers through effective displays and marketing programs.

New to the Industry?

The ABC’s of Networking
Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 a.m. – 7:50 a.m.
Building your network of professional contacts is important, especially for future leaders, and The NATSO Show is arguably the best place to do it. Presenter Thom Singer will help attendees position themselves for networking success at the conference by explaining the ABC’s of networking—Attitude, Brand and Creativity.

Interactive Merchandising: Identifying the Elements of Successful Merchandising
Wednesday, January 29, 7:00 a.m. – 7:50 a.m.
This interactive, hands-on training session with DAS Companies, Inc., will provide the basics of merchandising strategy and cover the key components of successful merchandizing, including product location, selection, presentation and messaging. Learn how to merchandise for your demographics and how to best allot space to create a clean, neat, wholesome shopping environment.  Attendees will leave with actionable take-home tactics to service the needs of the diverse customer base of travel plazas and truckstops.

Looking to Revamp Your Shop Repair?

Excellence in Shop Repair
Tuesday, January 28, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Hear directly from successful truck repair shops operators on how they exceed their sales goals, manage safety concerns and cut costs.

Shop Repair Best Practices
Tuesday, January 28, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Shop repair vendors have a wealth of knowledge to share. They know industry best practices inside and out. Attend this session to learn best practices in shop repair, including tire equipment safety, warranties, repair services promotion and customer service.

Looking for Inspiration?

Independent Operator Success Stories
Tuesday, January 28, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Professional speakers have a lot of good knowledge to share, but oftentimes the best ideas come from fellow travel plaza and truckstop operators. Hear from successful operators on the new programs they’ve instituted, the new equipment they’ve installed and the services they’ve added that help their locations succeed.

Great Ideas! for Independent Operators Workshop
Wednesday, January 29, 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This two and a half-hour workshop is the yearly time for independent operators to come together to share thoughts and ideas on how to succeed in a unique forum for independent operators.
Sponsored by Brenntag-Vector300

Looking to Determine What Will Be the Legacy of Your Family’s Business?

Lee and Terry Resnick, Resnick Associates in the Human Library
Tuesday, January 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 29, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Participants in the Human Library will have the opportunity to speak with Lee and Terry Resnick about their current family, business and estate and succession planning structure to assure that they are on the correct road for a successful preservation and transition of their businesses and non-business assets. To reserve your individual consultation with the Resnicks, contact Kimberly Roberts at or (703) 739-8573.

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