Thank You For The Opportunity To Serve As Your Chairman

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For the past three years I have had the privilege of serving as chairman of NATSO’s board of directors, and I have so many thoughts and memories as my term comes to a close.

I am grateful for the many relationships and connections I’ve made not only as chairman, but also as a NATSO member. I attended my first NATSO trade show in New Orleans 1989 and my affinity for the association and the members has continually increased since then.

NATSO’s success is dependent on the level of engagement of our members and partners. I encourage each of you along with other members of your staff to find a way to get more involved with NATSO.

NATSO represents so many great operators, from the single site operator to the largest travel center companies in the country, as well as our industry supply partners that are so vital to our success.

NATSO’s success is dependent on the level of engagement of our members and partners. I encourage each of you along with other members of your staff to find a way to get more involved with NATSO. It is very important that NATSO has your thoughts and input as it strives to serve its members. Make time to attend the annual meeting, join a committee, attend NATSO’s Day on the Hill or start a relationship with your local representative.

Advocating for our industry in Washington, D.C., as well as in our local areas is crucial. NATSO makes it easy by providing key talking points and helping us make the connections that make a difference. As chairman, I have seen the success that can come from grass root efforts of joining together to send a unified message.

I’d be remiss to not mention the staff at NATSO and the many things that they have accomplished. They are truly committed to bringing value to the members of the association and our vendor partners. Staff is working to create innovative offerings and programs that benefit all members.

In closing I have to say that I have especially enjoyed working with Lisa Mullings, who is a tremendous leader and does an outstanding job representing our association and also leading her great team.

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve as your chairman and I look forward to our future!

Photo credit: Brittany Palmer/NATSO

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Don Quinn

Don Quinn is president of Sapp. Bros. He gained his initial first-hand experience with the truckstop and travel plaza as a truck driver. From there, he started working for Sapp Bros. pumping fuel on the fuel islands. That was 30 years ago, and he has held almost every job within the industry throughout his decades of experience at Sapp Bros. When not working, Quinn is involved in his church, serving in different ministries and on the endowment board. He has served on the Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries endowment board as well. Don has been married for nearly 37 years to his wife, Ava. He has two children—a son and a daughter—and two granddaughters.

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