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


"My dad got the idea for CAT Scale during The NATSO Show. He was talking with a guy who told him about the concept of a certified scale. I have the letter the guy sent as a follow up saying how he did it. My dad took the concept and made it into a three-axle scale. He built the first one in 1977.”
- Will Moon, Iowa 80 Group/Cat Scale


RexDavis.jpg "I get a lot of good ideas at the show. The vendor experiences are good. I’m going to try some new products that we saw here. A lot of the conversations we had are with our existing suppliers, which strengthens our relationships. The Great Ideas! Session is always full of takeaways. Last year we really benefitted from the session on social media and marketing and this year we took away some ideas on how to raise awareness of human trafficking.”
- Rex Davis, Davis Travel Centers



"I got a lot of really wonderful new ideas from the sessions and brainstorming with other members. The best ideas were how to use our site in our specific market and how to differentiate our brand. It looks like our stop may end up quite a bit different than we originally planned, but most importantly, it will fit the needs of our customers.”
- Amy Westheimer, Cincinnati Commercial Contracting—Stony Ridge Truck Stop




This article originally ran in Stop Watch magazineStop Watch provides in-depth content to assist NATSO members in improving their travel plaza business operations.

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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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