NATSO Year in Review

Take a look back at 2013.

Take a look back at 2013 at NATSO.

January 24
The NATSO Foundation releases the Truckstop and Travel Plaza Training Manual, a manual designed to help operators create their own store- and company-specific operations training manual.

February 2–6
Travel plaza and truckstop operators and industry vendors meet in Savannah, Ga., for The NATSO Show.

February And July
Marking a major victory in the fight against the tolling of existing interstates, NATSO and its coalition partners successfully prevented North Carolina and Virginia from placing tolls on I-95. Both states passed laws effectively prohibiting the state DOT’s from carrying out plans to toll existing interstate lanes.

April 4
For the first time in 20 years, the NATSO Foundation doubles the financial awards granted under the Bill Moon Scholarship, which helps truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators, their employees and their families further their education. As a result, more than 90 applications were submitted, more than triple the number received in recent years.

APRIL 24–25
Chairman’s Circle member and Future Leader’s sponsor Valvoline hosts NATSO members and staff for training and networking in Lexington, Ky.

The NATSO Chairman’s Circle Advisory Board meets for the second time to plan content for the year. The Chairman’s Circle Advisory Board provides business intelligence through blogs, white papers and data as well as financial support.

June 18
With Editor Roger Cole at the wheel, the NATSO Foundation launches Biz Brief, a daily email specifically designed to deliver daily business intelligence for the truckstop and travel plaza community of owners and operators.

arren Schulte, NATSO’s vice president, membership, and Amy Toner, NATSO’s senior director of marketing and design, visit NATSO members in Louisiana to hear directly from members on their pressing needs, gather great ideas and share ideas to increase revenue and cut costs.

October 22
The NATSO Foundation joins in nationwide efforts to combat human trafficking and supports the educational efforts of advocacy group Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), which trains members of the trucking industry to identify victims of human trafficking and report the information to the appropriate authorities. 

NATSO, ATA, and other organizations launched the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, a new coalition of individuals, businesses and organizations advocating for solutions to the country’s growing transportation needs without tolling existing interstates. AFTI’s mission is to educate the public and lawmakers about the negative impact that tolling existing interstates has on American communities and businesses. 

September 11
NATSO holds the first regional The NATSO Show Bonus Workshop at Jubitz Truck Stop & Travel Center in Portland, Ore. During the two-hour workshop on shrink management, attendees learned both basic and complex signs of shrink loss and participated in a round-table networking lunch. 

September 19
NATSO welcomes retail design and consulting firm Paragon Solutions as a Chairman’s Circle member. As a Chairman’s Circle member, Paragon Solutions begins sharing its expertise with truckstop and travel plaza operators via multiple platforms, including NATSO’s blog, Stop Watch magazine and The NATSO Show.

NATSO launches a responsive website. With the redesign, visitors can now read the website on any device in a format specially designed for the individual device where it is a smart phone, tablet or desktop computer.

November 22
The NATSO office moves to its new offices at 1330 Braddock Place, Suite 501, Alexandria, Va. 22314

September, October And December
The NATSO family grows by three when Christine Schoessler, NATSO’s COO, Amy Toner, NATSO’s senior director of marketing and design, and Tiffany Wlazlowski, NATSO’s senior director of public affairs, welcome baby boys.



This article originally ran in Stop Watch magazineStop Watch provides in-depth content to assist NATSO members in improving their travel plaza business operations.

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