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Message from NATSO's 2014 Chairman

March 1, 2014

Message from NATSO's 2014 Chairman

I humbly accept the privilege of again serving as your Chairman in 2014! And borrowing a lyric from a Bob Dylan song, “we’re either born to live or we’re born to die.” I’m here to tell you in 2014 NATSO is born to LIVE!

Chairman's Letter: Learning with NATSO

January 1, 2014

Chairman's Letter: Learning with NATSO

I encourage all operators to attend The NATSO Show and gain knowledge from industry experts, their peers and our top industry suppliers.

NATSO Year in Review

January 1, 2014

NATSO Year in Review

Take a look back at 2013.

Five Places to Network at The NATSO Show

December 20, 2013

Five Places to Network at The NATSO Show

Dedicated show floor hours are the heart of any tradeshow, but the opportunities to connect with attendees extend well beyond the show floor at The NATSO Show 2014. In Nashville, vendors are welcome to attend the educational sessions and networking events that abound. Here are five places suppliers and truckstop operators can connect this January.

Five Ways to Increase Your Success Before The NATSO Show

November 29, 2013

Five Ways to Increase Your Success Before The NATSO Show

When you invest time and money to attend a trade show, you want to get a solid return on your investment. Finding success on the tradeshow floor often means taking action beforehand. Here are five ways you can increase your success before The NATSO Show and make the most of your face-to-face meetings while in Nashville.

Avoid These Five Typical Trade Show Mistakes

October 18, 2013

Avoid These Five Typical Trade Show Mistakes

When industry suppliers head to a trade show, their primary goal is to engage with customers and present their products and services in the best way possible, but seasoned pros know that a space is only part of the equation. To make sure everything goes right, avoid making these five common trade show mistakes.

Human Trafficking Victim to Speak at The NATSO Show

October 17, 2013

Human Trafficking Victim to Speak at The NATSO Show

NATSO and the trucking industry are among several groups within transportation, including Amtrak and the airlines, working to put an end to human trafficking—which victimizes between 100,000 and 300,000 people each year. Human Trafficking survivor Shamere McKenzie will share her story at The NATSO Show.

Seven Secrets of Productive Travelers

September 4, 2013

Seven Secrets of Productive Travelers

For many industry suppliers, business travel is a way of life. Learning to make the most of travel not only increases business opportunities, it can also increase overall happiness. Improve your travel experiences with these seven tips.

Truckstop Operators Get Creative To Find, Hire And Keep Top Employees

September 1, 2013

Truckstop Operators Get Creative To Find, Hire And Keep Top Employees

To find and keep top talent, operators are constantly looking for potential employees and are thinking out of the box during the interview to gain deeper insight into applicants. Once hired, training and engaging employees helps keep them onboard, benefitting both the business and the customers it serves. “Great organizations capitalize on their people,” said human resource expert Michelle Fenton who spoke during The NATSO Show 2013 in Savannah, Ga. “The only thing that makes me stop with you instead of your competitor 20 miles down the road is the people who are inside of your business. People are going to stop because of the people they’re interacting with, not just the product you’re selling.”

Exhibit Space Now Available for The NATSO Show 2014

June 24, 2013

Exhibit Space Now Available for The NATSO Show 2014

Booth sales for The NATSO Show 2014 are now open! Act today to reserve your booth to gain direct access to key truckstop and travel plaza decision makers. To make a booth selection appointment, contact Susan Taylor at (703) 739-8572 orstaylor@natso.com. The NATSO Show 2014 will be held Jan. 26 - 29 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. More information on exhibiting is available here.

Disregard Fraudulent Calls Regarding Room Rates for The NATSO Show 2014

June 24, 2013

Disregard Fraudulent Calls Regarding Room Rates for The NATSO Show 2014

NATSO has learned that NATSO Show exhibitors and attendees are being fraudulently called and offered a reduced rate for the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Decades to Come

June 20, 2013

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Decades to Come

While alternative fuels and technologies may increase in the future, diesel will remain the primary fuel for the trucking industry for decades. The findings were part of a two-year study on the future of alternative fuels conducted by the National Petroleum Council. The U.S. Secretary of Energy requested the study, which looked at the full breadth of alternative-fuel options alongside traditional diesel and gasoline.

Finding Success Using Warren Buffet's Rules

June 19, 2013

Finding Success Using Warren Buffet's Rules

Those of you who attended The NATSO Show may remember that during my speech I shared that there is one thing Warren Buffet and I have in common, and, unfortunately for me, it’s not wealth. It is the belief that investing in yourself provides a higher return than any other investment you can make.

Find and Execute Your Next Great Idea

May 14, 2013

Find and Execute Your Next Great Idea

Where will your next idea come from? During the Great Ideas! Session at The NATSO Show, Jeffrey Cufaude shared the following quick tips with business owners looking for inspiration.

What Was the Best Idea You’ve Gotten at the NATSO Show?

April 18, 2013

What Was the Best Idea You’ve Gotten at the NATSO Show?

NATSO members share the best idea they've gotten at The NATSO Show.

The NATSO Show Recap

March 1, 2013

The NATSO Show Recap

Key leaders in the travel plaza industry and their suppliers came face to face at The NATSO Show 2013 in Savannah, Ga., in February, exchanging ideas and uncovering new solutions to improve their operations and plan for the future.

The Power of Knowledge

March 1, 2013

The Power of Knowledge

I am a firm believer in the power of knowledge, and I feel we all owe it to ourselves and our businesses to learn something new each day. Gathering information and then sharing it with each other keeps us moving toward a future that is full of promise. As an industry, we can collaborate with each other and share ideas that spur the innovation that will take us into tomorrow.

Truck Tonnage Increases in January

February 25, 2013

Truck Tonnage Increases in January

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.9 percent in January after jumping 2.4 percent in December. Tonnage has surged at least 2.4 percent every month since November, gaining a total of 9.1 percent over that period. Seasonally adjusted data takes into account items such as weather, increased factory production for certain times of the year, harvests and back-to-school sales.

ATA Asks Government to Delay HOS Changes

February 11, 2013

ATA Asks Government to Delay HOS Changes

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) asked the federal government to delay implementing changes to the hours-of-service regulations until three months after the group’s current legal challenge ends.

The NATSO Show Concludes in Savannah

February 11, 2013

The NATSO Show Concludes in Savannah

Hundreds of truckstop and travel plaza operators and managers, industry suppliers and innovative experts convened in Savannah, Ga., to discuss the latest industry trends, see new products, and learn new ways to improve their business operations both today and into the future.

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