Four Places to Network at The NATSO Show 2013

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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 2013. In Savannah, vendors are welcome to attend the educational sessions and networking events that abound. Here are four places suppliers and truckstop operators can connect this February.

1-Five Keynote Sessions on the Show Floor: Knowing what is on the horizon for your customers will help you prepare for your future. The NATSO Show 2013 includes five keynote sessions led by innovative experts focused on ahead-of-the-curve trends. Topics range from the outlook of fuel to the power of brand partnerships. Each keynote presentation is accompanied by a meal, offering a great opportunity to meet prospective attendees in a more casual environment.

2- The NATSO Foundation Golf Tournament: The NATSO Foundation Golf event will be held in conjunction with The NATSO Show. Held at The Club at Savannah Harbor, home of the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Championship since 2003, the event is a chance to be a part of a worthy cause while having a great time on the golf course. To participate, vendors must sponsor the event. Sponsors will have a great time and make valuable connections, all while helping the NATSO Foundation deliver valuable research and education to the industry. Sponsors receive eight golf registrations for their staff and/or customers and potential customers. Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, KSG Distributing, Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, Mobil Delvac, Pilot Flying J, and Shell Lubricants have already committed to sponsoring the event.

3- Educational Opportunities: In addition to the five keynotes, educational opportunities abound throughout the conference and vendors are encouraged to attend many of the sessions along with operators. Visit The NATSO Show website to find the details on the full line-up of exciting educational opportunities.

4- Super Bowl Party hosted by Future Leaders: Mix and mingle with travel plaza operators and your fellow vendors at Sunday night's Super Bowl Party right outside the exhibit hall. Maximize your time at the show by making connections early on at this casual party. The Super Bowl Party is hosted by Future Leaders and sponsored by CAT Scale Co.

Don’t forget—to guarantee exhibitors the most show floor traffic possible, NATSO has created dedicated hours so vendors can visit and engage with truckstop and travel plaza attendees on the show floor. These special hours run:
Monday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Not signed up to exhibit yet? Limited space is still available at The NATSO Show. At no other show can you reach as many travel plaza owners and operators, on and off the show floor. Act today to reserve your booth and gain direct access to key truckstop and travel plaza decision makers. To make a booth selection appointment,  contact Susan Taylor at (703) 739-8572 or staylor@natso.com.


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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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