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 email@example.com with questions.
Charlie Bosselman and Brandi Bosselman oversee the Bosselman Companies. Currently, the Bosselman Companies are headquartered in Grand Island, Nebraska, and own and operate: 49 Pump & Pantry convenience stores; 44 Boss Shops; the Bosselman Travel Center; a Hampton Inn, 3 Pump & Pantry Motels, a Quality Inn & Suites, a Comfort Inn & Suites and 6 Motel 6 franchises; 2 Grandma Max's and 1 Max's Highway Diner Restaurants, 1 Quaker Steak & Lube, Sam Bass' Saloon & Steakhouse, and Schmooter's Bar & Casino; Food Courts including Subway, Little Caesars, and Caribou Coffee; and the Nebraska Danger Indoor Professional Football Team. This family organization is now in its third generation and has expanded across the nation in 24 states with over 1,400 employees.
Editor, Biz Brief
Roger Cole serves as editor of the NATSO Foundation's Biz Brief. The Biz Brief is a daily e-newsletter created to provide readers with business intelligence tailored specifically for truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators. Cole sifts through hundreds of news sources daily, selects the most relevant and timely news and then editorially distills it into a must-read briefing.
Chief Strategy Officer & EVP, 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.
President, Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza
Tristen Griffith is the 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.
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.
Delia Moon Meier
Immediate Past Chair
Delia Moon Meier is the Senior Vice President of Iowa 80 Group and CAT Scale Co. She is a second-generation truckstop operator. Meier has served as a NATSO committee member, NATSO board member, Chairman of NATSO Government Affairs and is the current Chairman of the NATSO Foundation. Meier was also a past board member of Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce, past chair and long-term member of the Chamber Government Affairs Committee, past board member of the Iowa Underground Storage Tank Board and past board member of AMBEST. Meier also spends her time as a junior Achievement classroom volunteer, member of Asbury United Methodist Church and a Girl Scouts troop leader. Meier received her BBA from the University of Iowa. Delia and her husband, Dave, have three daughters.
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.
President - Port Fuel Center
Sean has been in the logistics business for the past 40 years. His company, Register International, operated ships to the Caribbean and Central America transporting all types of cargo – container, bulk, break-bulk, project, and refrigerated shipments. He currently is passing the reigns of the shipping company to others and has recently built a 16-acre travel center, Port Fuel Center (PFC), which is located just outside of the Georgia Port Authority’s Garden City Container Terminal in Savannah, Ga. This container terminal is the largest container facility in North America and averages 16,000 truck moves per day. The Port Fuel Center is a state-of-the-art Travel Center that offers gasoline, diesel, CNG, and EV charging. Port Fuel Center is also in the process of expanding to other Ports and inland industrial areas. Sean credits his relationship with NATSO and its members as being a valuable source of information and contacts that greatly facilitated his decision to construct the Port Fuel Center.