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Lace Up to Support the NATSO Foundation

October 15, 2018

Lace Up to Support the NATSO Foundation NATSO Foundation

The NATSO Foundation is bringing a Fun Run to NATSO Connect 2019 to support the important work of the NATSO Foundation while also creating a fun networking event for truckstop and travel plaza operators as well as industry suppliers. The community-building 5K run or walk will take place on Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 a.m., on the boardwalk outside the Disney Yacht & Beach Club in Orlando, Florida.

NATSO Alternative Fuels Council Unveils RFS RIN Management Service

October 1, 2018

NATSO Alternative Fuels Council Unveils RFS RIN Management Service

NATSO Inc., the national association representing the travel plaza and truckstop industry, and the Alternative Fuels Council (NATSOAltFuels.com), today launched a new RIN Management Service designed to help fuel retailers that blend and sell renewable fuels to more efficiently participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and manage their Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).

NATSO Statement on Swipe Fee Settlement

September 19, 2018

NATSO Statement on Swipe Fee Settlement

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings issued a statement on the Visa, Mastercard Swipe Fee Settlement.

NATSO Announces Priorities for Annual Show, Heads to Florida in 2019

August 27, 2018

NATSO Announces Priorities for Annual Show, Heads to Florida in 2019 NATSO

In today’s rapidly changing business and retail environment, connections and collaboration are crucial for identifying trends, seizing new opportunities and staying ahead of the curve. That is why NATSO has selected the theme “Connections for the Future” for its annual meeting, NATSO Connect 2019. Early next year, hundreds of innovative truckstop operators and industry partners will come together at NATSO Connect, Feb. 10-13, at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club in Orlando, Fla.

NATSO Statement on Chairman Shuster's Infrastructure Proposal

July 24, 2018

NATSO Statement on Chairman Shuster's Infrastructure Proposal

NATSO, the trade association representing the nation’s truckstops and travel plazas, issued the following statement in response to the draft infrastructure proposal put forth by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The statement can be attributed to Lisa Mullings, President and CEO of NATSO.

NATSO Testifies on EPA’s 2019 Renewable Volume Obligations Under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

July 18, 2018

NATSO Testifies on EPA’s 2019 Renewable Volume Obligations Under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

A travel center executive testifying on behalf of NATSO told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the Agency needs a transparent process to guide its assessment of small refinery waiver requests to ensure that such exemptions don’t continue to undermine the law’s intent and decrease demand for biofuels.

NATSO Welcomes ME Gaming as Chairman’s Circle Member

June 27, 2018

NATSO Welcomes ME Gaming as Chairman’s Circle Member NATSO

NATSO is excited to announce that ME Gaming has joined NATSO as a Chairman’s Circle member—the highest membership level for industry suppliers. ME Gaming, which was founded by Tim Jones in 1980, provides its customers with a consistent, near-passive revenue stream through video gaming terminals.

NATSO Praises EPA, Trump Administration for Proposing  RFS Volume Obligations that Support Biofuels Growth

June 26, 2018

NATSO Praises EPA, Trump Administration for Proposing RFS Volume Obligations that Support Biofuels Growth

NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, today praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Trump Administration for proposing renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that will support continued growth in the advanced biofuels market.

NATSO Testifies Before Congress on Biodiesel Policy

June 22, 2018

NATSO Testifies Before Congress on Biodiesel Policy NATSO

A travel center executive testifying on behalf of NATSO told a House panel that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is successfully incentivizing travel centers to incorporate advanced biofuels such as biodiesel into their fuel supply, but also warned that the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent practice of exempting certain refiners from their renewable fuels obligations undermines the law’s intent and decreases demand for biofuels.

Think Commercial Rest Areas Will Expand Truck Parking? Think Again

June 18, 2018

Think Commercial Rest Areas Will Expand Truck Parking? Think Again

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings submitted the following to Overdrive Magazine in response to its June 5 article, "Could Commercialization Stem Rest Area Closures."

NATSO Launches Alternative Fuels Council

June 12, 2018

NATSO Launches Alternative Fuels Council

NATSO Inc., the national association representing the travel plaza and truckstop industry, today launched a new business venture known as the Alternative Fuels Council (NATSOAltFuels.com) to help fuel retailers leverage the resources necessary to learn about and incorporate alternative fuels into their supply offerings.

Statement on President Trump's Decision to Reject Plan to Revise Renewable Fuel Standard

June 6, 2018

Statement on President Trump's Decision to Reject Plan to Revise Renewable Fuel Standard

NATSO, the national association representing travel plazas and truckstops, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America and the National Association of Convenience Stores applaud President Trump for rejecting a proposal to revise the Renewable Fuel Standard in a manner that would have greatly harmed fuel retailers and their customers.

NATSO Announces 2018 Chairman of the Board and Slate of Directors

March 13, 2018

NATSO Announces 2018 Chairman of the Board and Slate of Directors NATSO

NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, has reappointed Don Quinn, former President of Sapp Bros., as the Chairman of the NATSO Board of Directors for 2018. Quinn has served as NATSO’s Chairman of the Board since 2016. Tom Heinz, President of Heinz Inc. and Coffee Cup Fuel Stops & Convenience Stores, will retain his seat as Past Chair. Andy Rebholz, Chief Executive Officer of TravelCenters of America, has been appointed Secretary/Treasurer, replacing Tom O’Brien who retired in 2017. Bob Wollenman, Managing Partner of Deluxe Truck Stop, will serve as Chair Elect, and NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings will continue to serve as President of the NATSO Board of Directors.

NATSO Foundation Names 2018 Chairman of the Board and Slate of Directors

March 12, 2018

NATSO Foundation Names 2018 Chairman of the Board and Slate of Directors NATSO Foundation

The NATSO Foundation, the research, education and public outreach subsidiary of NATSO Inc., announced that it has named Delia Moon Meier, owner and senior vice president of Iowa 80 Group and CAT Scale Co., its 2018 Chairman of the Board. Iowa 80 Group, based in Walcott, Iowa, owns and operates four large truckstops — Iowa 80, Joplin 44 Petro, the Oak Grove 70 Petro and the Kenly 95 Petro. CAT Scale Co. operates a nationwide network of more than 1,600 certified truck scales.

NATSO, National League of Cities Urge Lawmakers to  Reject Proposals to Commercialize Rest Areas

March 7, 2018

NATSO, National League of Cities Urge Lawmakers to Reject Proposals to Commercialize Rest Areas NATSO

NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, and the National League of Cities (NLC), representing the interests of more than 19,000 cities, towns and villages in the United States, urged lawmakers to reject any proposals to commercialize rest areas as they draft infrastructure legislation and instead pursue policies that will improve the ability of businesses and communities to grow and prosper.

NATSO Board of Directors Adopts Infrastructure Funding Principles

February 20, 2018

NATSO Board of Directors Adopts Infrastructure Funding Principles NATSO

The Board of Directors of NATSO, the national association representing America's truckstops and travel plazas, unanimously adopted a set of high-level principles to guide the association's assessment of infrastructure funding proposals at its recent Board of Directors meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

NATSO Statement on Trump Administration Infrastructure Proposal

February 12, 2018

NATSO Statement on Trump Administration Infrastructure Proposal

NATSO, the national association representing America’s truckstops and travel plazas, said today that the association will actively oppose key aspects of the Trump Administration’s new infrastructure proposal. Specifically, NATSO is concerned about provisions designed to increase interstate tolling and commercialized rest areas.

Fuels Expert Jeff Hove Joins NATSO Staff

February 10, 2018

Fuels Expert Jeff Hove Joins NATSO Staff

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings today announced the appointment of Jeff Hove as the association's new Fuel Specialist.

Analysis Confirms Commercial Rest Areas Limit Truck Parking Capacity

February 6, 2018

Analysis Confirms Commercial Rest Areas Limit Truck Parking Capacity NATSO

A new report issued today by NATSO, the national association representing the truckstop and travel plaza industry, finds 69 percent more commercial truck parking spaces per mile along interstate highways where the private sector caters to the needs of the traveling public free from government competition at commercial rest areas.

Bobby Berkstresser Honored With NATSO Hall of Fame Award

February 2, 2018

Bobby Berkstresser Honored With NATSO Hall of Fame Award NATSO

NATSO, the trade association representing the truckstop and travel plaza industry, is pleased to announce that Bobby Berkstresser, owner of Lee Hi Travel Plaza and White’s Travel Center, will receive the NATSO Hall of Fame award during the Opening Keynote Session of NATSO Connect on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1:00 p.m. in Nashville, Tennessee. The NATSO Hall of Fame Award recognizes individuals for their notable participation in their communities, industry and the association.

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