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Come Fight “City Hall” with Me at NATSO's Day on Capitol Hill

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues


Editor’s Note: In today's political landscape there are so many different interest groups trying to be heard. Now more than ever, lawmakers and their staff need to hear from their constituents in person as they shape public policy. Who else can better tell people on Capitol Hill about how their policy affects your business?  
NATSO’s annual Day on Capitol Hill, which will be held May 6-8, provides that opportunity. NATSO members from across the country will come to Washington, D.C., to engage in personal meetings with their lawmakers about the vital importance of the truckstop industry. 

Here’s what veteran industry leader Bill Vollenweider had to say about his experiences with Day on the Hill, and why you should consider attending this year’s event.

Come Fight “City Hall” with Me
By guest post contributor Bill VollenweiderDetroiter Travel Center

They say that you cannot fight city hall but that is not true. If your cause is good, legislators will listen.

Unfortunately our government is becoming more and more involved in our business. The only way to keep them from passing burdensome legislation is to personally go to Washington, D.C. and speak with them about the issues. Legislators are constantly talking with lobbyists but when they have a ‘real’ small businessman take the time to come to see them, they really enjoy meeting us and talking with us.

Attending the conference has taught me that even for a chain like ours, our legislators do listen, are aware of how things impact us and will consider all of the issues before they cast a vote. To actually see what our representatives do and how the system works is truly amazing. It is not work, it is truly fun and exciting. It is an experience that you will enjoy and remember.

If you are going to stay in business, you have to consider going to Day on Capitol Hill.



NATSO’s annual Day on Capitol Hill will be held May 6-8 in Washington, D.C. NATSO staff prepare attendees for their meetings, providing information on the issues to be discussed and helpful hints on how to conduct a successful meeting. Register for the conference and reserve your hotel room for NATSO's annual Day on Capitol Hill here.


Photo Credit: Paul Morse/NATSO, Bill and Debra Vollendweider connect with a member of Congress at NATSO's Congressional Pie Reception.

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About the Author

Bill Vollenweider

Bill Vollenweider

Bill Vollenweider in the president of Detroiter Travel Center. He has also served as a gas station attendant, short order cook, mechanic, cashier, store manager, restaurant manager, assistant general manager, general manager and vice president.

He served on the board of Old Kent Bank/Fifth Third Bank for nine years and AMBEST board for three years. He has been on the NATSO Government Affairs committee for 14 years. He also served on the board of directors for Island House Condominium Association for thirteen years and served as the vice chair of the City of Woodhaven Downtown Development Authority for nine years.

He attended Wisconsin State University in Oshkosh, WI for three years and has a bachelors degree in marketing from California State University, Northridge, CA. He has been married for 34 years and has one adult daughter currently living in Charlotte, NC.