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, vendors are welcome to attend the educational sessions and networking events that abound. Here are five places suppliers and truckstop operators can connect in Florida.


1- The Truckstop and Travel Plaza Summit: Knowing what is on the horizon for your customers will help you prepare for your future. The Truckstop and Travel Plaza Summit will examine major macro and micro trends affecting travel plazas and unveil new research highlighting avenues where you can consider taking your business. The Summit will feature industry analysts and consultants from world-renowned research firm Frost and Sullivan, which is producing The NATSO Foundation’s 2011 Trends and Forecast Survey to aid industry members in and growing their businesses. Sponsored by Michelin and Terra Environmental Technologies.


2- The NATSO Show Grand Opening Party on the Show Floor: Mix and mingle with travel plaza operators and your fellow vendors at this kick-off celebration that takes place right in the heart of the action. Maximize your time at the show by making connections early on at this casual party. Sponsored by Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions and Shell Lubricants.


3- Educational Opportunities: Educational opportunities abound throughout the conference and and vendors are encouraged to attend the sessions along with operators. Visit the The NATSO Show Web site to find the details on the full line-up of exciting educational opportunities.


4- Advocacy Town Hall at the Fellowship Breakfast: On Sunday morning operators and vendors will join together over breakfast to take part in a government affairs town hall meeting. Learn how rest area commercialization could affect the industry, and how operators and vendors can work together to advance our shared advocacy goals. Sponsored by NATSO Check-Link.


5- Grand Finale: Private Party at Walt Disney World® Resort in Support of The NATSO Foundation: Whether you’re using your last night to network with your fellow suppliers, operators or the most important people in your life – your family – this private event at Walt Disney Worldwill let you make memories to last a lifetime. The NATSO Show will end with a bang when you hit the streets of New York nestled inside Walt Disney World to experience the sounds, smells, and tastes of the Big Apple. Those that are feeling brave can take a spin on the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith, and go from zero to 60 in less than three seconds, or they check into the high-rise hotel at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ and plunge thirteen floors straight down a phantom elevator shaft. Whether you’re using your last night to network with your peers, suppliers or the most important people in your life—your family, a private event at Disney will create memories to last a lifetime. Sponsored by Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions, CAT Scale, Mobil Delvac, Pilot Travel Centers, Randall Reilly Publishing, Terra Environmental Technologies, and TravelCenters of America/Petro Stopping Centers.


Don’t forget—to guarantee you the most show floor traffic possible, NATSO has created dedicated hours so you can visit and engage with industry suppliers and experts on the show floor. These special hours run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Mindy Long

Before launching a full-time freelance career, Long edited NATSO's Stop Watch magazine. Prior to that Long worked as a staff reporter for Transport Topics, a weekly trade newspaper, covering freight transportation, fuel and environmental issues. In addition to covering the transportation sector, Long has written, reported and edited for a variety of media outlets. She was the Washington correspondent for WCAX-TV (CBS) in Burlington, Vt., a criminal court reporter in Chicago and a freelance copy editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in Washington D.C. Long hold a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.More
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