Council of Experts

What is the Council of Experts?

Active members drive NATSO forward, whether joining committees focused on government affairs or leadership development, serving on the NATSO or NATSO Foundation boards, or participating in our HR Share Group. However, in today’s fast-paced world not every busy professional has time to make a long-term volunteer commitment.

With that in mind in 2022, NATSO and the NATSO Foundation launched a new way to get engaged. Designed for today’s busy executive, the Council of Experts allows volunteers to opt-in to short-term opportunities as they arise throughout the year, selecting those that are the best match for their schedules and expertise.

Sign up to Join the Council of Experts

If you are interested in deepening your engagement with NATSO, tell us about yourself and your interests at www.natso.com/volunteersignup. NATSO will review applications year-round to match members with volunteer opportunities.

Whether you have ample time or very little, are a seasoned executive or an emerging leader, represent a supplier or a travel center, NATSO has an opportunity to help you strengthen your network, your brand and your industry.

Please reach out to Christine Schoessler, NATSO’s COO, at cschoessler@natso.com with questions.

Gerald Danniel

Gerald Danniel

Chief Operating Officer, Onvo 

Gerald Danniel has served as Chief Operating Officer for Onvo and its affiliates since September 2011. Gerald formerly served as VP of Operations, focusing on company sales along with the corporation’s daily operations. He continues to lead the IT and Support divisions for these organizations. Joining Liberty in 2003, Gerald began as an Operations Manager primarily contributing to the improvement of operating standards and increased expansion. Gerald earned his BS, Electrical Engineering and MBA, Management and Finance from Wilkes University in 2002 and 2005, respectively. He graduated with Magna Cum Laude distinction from his graduate program. Gerald maintains a membership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Delta Mu Delta Honor Society. Gerald co-chairs the Steering Committee for NATSO’s Future Leaders Program. He embraces a commitment to his community through participation in philanthropic activities, particularly those combining his interest of golf with that of charitable endeavors.

Tristen Griffith

Tristen Griffith

President, Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza

Tristen Griffith is President of Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza. She oversees her family owned and operated, full-service truck stop in California. Primary services include 24/7 Silver Skillet Restaurant, 4 bay Service Center, Truck Wash, and Travel Store. Tristen most recently owned her own Wireless Toyz retail stores in Los Angeles and was honored as Sprint/Nextel's top performer. In 2006, Wireless Toyz, a top 100 fastest-growing franchise, appointed Tristen to their franchise expert's board. Prior to owning multiple franchise locations, she managed various departments for both the Ritz Carlton and FourSeasons Hotels and Resorts in Aspen, Cancun, Seattle and San Diego. She studied Management Theory and Practice in London, England and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Spanish from Pepperdine University. Recently, Tristen presented on the Capital Investment Panel at the 2017 NATSO show in Savannah, GA. Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza has been a member of NATSO for many years and wishes to continue supporting NATSO and the travel plaza/truck stop industry.

Tom Heinz

Tom Heinz

President, Heinz, Inc. and Coffee Cup Fuel Stops & Convenience Stores, Inc

Tom Heinz is President of Heinz, Inc. and Coffee Cup Fuel Stops & Convenience Stores, Inc. Tom's thirty-seven year business career has been in different segments of the petroleum industry. Tom's primary business and day job began 31 years ago as co-founder/owner of Coffee Cup Fuel Stops. Tom received the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Science in Human Resources, and Master of Business Administration from Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota. Presently, Tom serves on the University of South Dakota Foundation Board of Directors, Vermillion, South Dakota, NATSO Foundation Board of Directors, Alexandria, VA, Dakota Hospital Board of Directors, Vermillion, SD., and is a member of David Nelson Petroleum Marketers 300 Study Group.

Anna Kjerrumgaard

Anna Kjerrumgaard

Senior Category Manager, General Merchandise & Services, Racetrac

Anna Kjerrumgaard is a Senior Category Manager at RaceTrac Petroleum. RaceTrac convivence store fleet that entered into the Travel Center business in 2018 and quickly scaled to over 20 stores with an Extended Diesel Offer. Anna has been with RaceTrac for 7 years and has continued to add category responsibility to her plate over her tenure. Anna recently added the Snacks to her category portfolio in addition to her responsibilities managing the General Merchandise & Services categories including Travel Center offerings.