October 1, 2009


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The NATSO Show 2012 Press Releases

12.21.2011 – Chuck Bosselman to Receive NATSO Hall of Fame Award

NATSO, the trade association representing the truckstop and travel plaza industry, is pleased to announce that Chuck Bosselman, owner of the Bosselman Family of Companies, will receive the NATSO Hall of Fame award at The NATSO Show 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev., in February.

The NATSO Hall of Fame Award recognizes individuals for their notable participation in their communities, industry and the association.

As an early leader in the truckstop industry, Bosselman has shaped many of the practices drivers find standard today. Bosselman was among the first to offer showers, movie theaters and fast-food restaurants within a truckstop.

Bosselman is a second-generation business owner — his father, Fred, founded the first Bosselman’s location in 1948. In 1967, Bosselman became general manager of the Grand Island I-80 Bosselman Truck Plaza. Since the 1970s, Bosselman has established himself as a true leader by expanding the business into 20 states. Today, the company includes a Bosselman Travel Center, six Grandma Max’s and Max’s Highway Diner restaurants, 42 Pump & Pantry convenience stores, 34 Boss Shops, Sam Bass’ Saloon & Steakhouse, one Hampton Inn, six Motel 6s and three Pump & Pantry Motels and more.

NATSO Chairman Bobby Berkstresser said, “Chuck’s commitment to his customers and to the truckstop industry is evident to all who know him. He has devoted his life to building his family’s business and improving the quality of life for professional drivers. In addition to being a business owner, he is an innovator. His ability to think outside of the box and his allegiance to his fellow operators have benefitted the entire truckstop and travel plaza industry.”

Bosselman has spent countless hours volunteering for the NATSO board of directors and the NATSO Foundation, and he was a founding member of AMBEST—a network of independently owned truckstops. Bosselman is a leader in his community as well, supporting groups such as the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, and the Girl Scouts of America.

Since 2004, the NATSO Hall of Fame award has only been presented four times. Members of NATSO’s executive committee and past recipients of the Hall of Fame select the recipient. NATSO will present the award to Bosselman at The NATSO Show during The NATSO Show Kick-Off Keynote Featuring JetBlue Founding Executive Ann Rhoades on Sunday, Feb. 19 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev. The full lineup of speakers, exhibitors and schedule appears at www.natsoshow.org.

11.21.2011 – NATSO and WPMA Tap the Power of Partnership for 2012 Education and Trade Events, Co-mingled Shows Offer Attendees and Exhibitors Unparalleled Business and Networking Opportunities

Seizing an unprecedented opportunity to tap into the power of partnership, NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, and the Western Petroleum Marketers Association (WPMA) announced they will share educational resources as well as business and networking opportunities for exhibitors and attendees at the NATSO Show and WPMA’s National Convention & Convenience Store Expo scheduled to be held in February in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The NATSO Show will be held at Caesars Palace Feb. 18-22, 2012, offering two-and-a-half days of innovative experts focused on ahead-of-the-curve trends, a knowledge-filled human library built for a customized learning experience, and exhibitors that showcase tomorrow’s hottest products and services—all designed to meet the unique needs of travel plaza and truckstop leaders.

WPMA’s National Convention & Convenience Store Expo will be held at the Mirage Convention Center Feb. 21-23, 2012. The Expo offers two-and-a-half days of world re-renowned speakers and seminars, networking, and access to more than 90,000 square feet of tradeshow space with exhibitors displaying and selling the latest in technology, c-store innovations, and truck and trailer displays to meet the needs of the petroleum industry.

By co-mingling two of the industry’s premier trade shows, this partnership connects those selling petroleum products to consumers with petroleum distributors, wholesalers and jobbers as well as vendors across the industry. NATSO Members and WPMA Marketer Members who register for one trade show automatically will be registered to attend the neighboring show at no additional cost. Each show will feature its own exhibit hall, as well as unique educational programming for attendees.

“Our mission is to create value for our members, so of course we are excited to be able to open up this brand new opportunity in Las Vegas for our attendees to learn and network,” said NATSO president and CEO Lisa Mullings. “We are extremely fortunate to be able to partner with such a respected organization.”

WPMA Executive Director Gene Inglesby welcomed the partnership opportunity.  “With NATSO, we’ll now have an even stronger platform for increasing the attendee value proposition for both events,” Inglesby said.  “Attendees will benefit from a wide array of educational programming.  Exhibitors at both shows will take advantage of the expanded marketing opportunity and additional traffic on the show floor.”

Truckstop and travel plaza operators can register for the two events by contacting Johnny Chan at natsoshow@natso.com or by calling (703) 549-2100. WPMA Marketer Members can register by contacting Jamie Wood at jamiew@wpma.com or by calling (888) 252-5550. Reciprocal registration is honored for NATSO travel plaza members and WPMA marketer members only.  See your association registration team for the proper ticketing to gain entrance to both.  Exhibit partners must be registered for each event separately to participate.

Media can contact NATSO’s Tiffany Wlazlowski for information at (703) 739-8578 or twlazlowski@natso.com or WPMA’s Executive Director Gene Inglesby at (801) 263-9762.

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The NATSO Show is designed to be an indispensible resource for truckstop and travel plaza leaders. In Las Vegas, The NATSO Show will focus sharply on the unique needs of key contributors to the truckstop and travel plaza industry, connecting them with peers, business intelligence and game-changing products and technology.  Founded in 1960, NATSO represents the industry on legislative and regulatory matters; serves as the official source of information on the diverse travel plaza and truckstop industry; provides education to its members; conducts an annual convention and trade show; and supports efforts to generally improve the business climate in which its members operate.

WPMA Tradeshow Convention established 1953, provides resources for education, training and exchange of ideas to Petroleum Marketers, Distributor, Jobbers, and Convenience store owner operators and anyone in the primary business of selling petroleum products.  WPMA assists members in increasing their business effectiveness and profitability by; encouraging a high level of business ethics and a positive image for the industry and encouraging governmental action beneficial to the industry through the active participation of its membership.  This year’s Convention,” Today’s Success = Tomorrow’s Expectations” is crucial for petroleum marketers and suppliers to attend.

The NATSO Show 2011 Press Releases

12.8.2010 – New Forecast on the Truckstop and Travel Plaza Industry to be Unveiled During The NATSO Show

Attendees at The NATSO Show will be the first to hear new findings on the future of the truckstop and travel plaza industry when The NATSO Foundation releases an industry forecast at a leadership summit during the Show. The NATSO Foundation announced today that it has retained world-renowned market research firm Frost and Sullivan to study the macro and micro trends driving the industry and to unveil findings at a dynamic Truckstop and Travel Plaza Summit slated for Feb. 18.

Read the full press release here.

12.2.2010 – FRLA’s Social Media Marketing Summit to Co-Locate with The NATSO Show 2011

NATSO, the U.S. travel plaza and truckstop association, and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) today announced that they will co-locate two education events for hospitality and truckstop industry leaders in Feb. 2011 – The NATSO Show and the FRLA Social Media Marketing Summit. Set for Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort outside Orlando, Fla., The NATSO Show runs from Feb. 17 – 21. FRLA’s Social Media Marketing Summit occurs on the same site on Feb. 21.

Read the full press release here.

11.15.2010 – Legendary Entrepreneur and Fast Company Co-Founder Bill Taylor to Keynote The NATSO Show 2011

Fast Company cofounder, legendary entrepreneur and agenda-setting business writer Bill Taylor will keynote The NATSO Show 2011 at its Kick-Off Session Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Attendees also will be able to network and interact with Taylor at a Grand Opening Party immediately following his presentation.

Read the full press release here.

Press Releases from The NATSO Show 2010

1.27.10 – NATSO and TCA Team Up To Offer Joint Panel on the Future of Trucking

Tapping into two highly-anticipated shows to create a must-attend event, NATSO, the trade association representing the truckstop and travel plaza industry, and the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) announced today they will team up to offer a special, joint panel discussion on The Future of Trucking during their annual conferences in Las Vegas, Nev.

Read the full press release here.

1.12.10 – Midnight Trucking Radio Network To Broadcast Live From NATSO Show 2010

Eric Harley, host of the Midnight Trucking Radio Network (MTRN), will once again broadcast live from the NATSO Show 2010, March 1 and March 2 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev.

Read the full press release here.


Reaffirming its commitment to help the nation’s truckstops and travel plazas forge their future through innovative thinking, NATSO today announced it will host a series of provocative thought leaders destined to inspire new ideas and business solutions at its annual conference at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 27 to March 3.

Read the full press release here.

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