Portage-Based Owner-Operator Jim Goetz to Receive NATSO Hall of Fame Award, First-Time, Second-Generation Winner in Award History

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Travel plaza owner-operator and past NATSO chairman Jim Goetz will receive the association’s Hall of Fame award at The NATSO Show 2010 in Las Vegas, Nev., later this month, announced NATSO, the trade association representing the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

The Hall of Fame Award recognizes individuals for notable participation in their communities, the truckstop and travel plaza industry and in NATSO. NATSO has presente the award only twice since 2004. NATSO members nominate candidates for the award. NATSO’s executive committee and past Hall of Fame recipients select the winner.

As the owner-operator of Petro Travel Plaza in Portage, Wisc., and vice president of Goetz Co., Goetz has served professional drivers, the traveling public and NATSO for more than 20 years.

"Jim’s dedication to the travel plaza industry is obvious through his countless volunteer hours and the sheer enthusiasm he brings to the table. He wants to see everyone in the industry succeed and is willing to share all he knows," said Scott Paulson, NATSO chairman and owner of Watkins Co., which operates Tomahawk Auto Truck Plazas in Colorado and Arizona.

"I can't think of anyone more deserving of this award than Jim. He leads by example, consistently demonstrating his strong work ethic, personal integrity and sound judgment," added NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings. "NATSO and its members have greatly benefitted from Jim's involvement through the years, whether he is advocating for the industry on Capitol Hill, chairing the board of directors, or contributing his expertise to a NATSO working group."

Goetz served as NATSO’s chairman in 2006 and has served on the executive committee and the board of directors. He also served on the government affairs, education, information and research, nominating, conventions, and budget and audit committees.

Goetz’s father, James Goetz, Sr., received the Hall of Fame award in 1995. This marks the first second-generation recipient in the history of the award.

NATSO will present the award to Goetz during the opening session of The NATSO Show 2010 on Sat., Feb. 27 at Caesars Palace. The session will include the joint panel discussion on The Future of Trucking sponsored by Shell Lubricants. NATSO and the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) have partnered to present the panel of experts who will discuss the critical issues facing trucking and their impact on the truckstop and travel plaza industry in 2010 and beyond.

NATSO will host its annual show in Las Vegas Feb. 27 to March 3 at Caesars Palace. The full lineup of speakers, exhibitors and schedule appears at www.natsoshow.org.


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