Who Do You Look Up To In The Truckstop Industry?

Who do you look up to in the industry and why?


RobinPuthusseril.jpg "I look up to other independent owner operators who are succeeding in their markets. There is such a uniqueness in what they do and they are really able to harness their individuality.”
- Robin Puthusseril, Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Stop


DaveShoemaker.jpg "I’ve been fortunate to be in the middle of Bill Sapp (of Sapp Bros.) and Chuck Bosselman (of Bosselman Travel Center) and become good friends with them and know the people who work for them, like Don Quinn (of Sapp Bros.). We got to know each other from being in the same area—if someone is going through town they’ll stop and say hello—and then visiting with them at The NATSO Show."
- Dave Shoemaker, Shoemaker’s Travel Center


ErnieBrame.jpg "I’ve always looked up to the generation before me and the way they did things. The people before us laid the foundation. They were in on the ground floor. That is who I look up to. We’ve had a chance to come along and refine what they started.
- Ernie Brame, Kenly 95 Petro, Kenly, N.C.


ScottPaulson.jpg "Both Pilot and Love’s have earned everyone’s respect by knowing what they can do well, pursuing it and focusing on it.”
- Scott Paulson, Tomahawk Auto Truck Plaza



This article originally ran in Stop Watch magazineStop Watch provides in-depth content to assist NATSO members in improving their travel plaza business operations and provides context on trends and news affecting the industry.

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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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