NATSO Foundation to Award $500 for Best Idea

Published in CSP Daily News

Will name winner at 2014 NATSO Show "Great Ideas! for Independent Operators" session

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The NATSO Foundation today announced that it will award $500 during the 2014 NATSO Show in Nashville, Tenn., to the independent truckstop or travel plaza operator who generates the best new idea for improving truckstop operations.

NATSO designed the $500 prize, which it will award during the 2014 Great Ideas! for Independent Operators session, to encourage truckstop operators to facilitate new ideas and solutions to common problems facing the industry's independent operators.

"Most great ideas take a long time to evolve, and they often need to collide with other ideas, which is why the Great Ideas! for Independent Operators session is the perfect venue for those in the travel plaza industry to find their next best practice," said Tom Heinz, chairman of The NATSO Foundation board and president of Coffee Cup Fuel Stops & Convenience Stores Inc., Aberdeen, S.D.

The annual Great Ideas! for Independent Operators session is an information-sharing event that provides a platform where operators can discuss and swap ideas for best business practices among their peers. During the 2013 session, operators shared ideas for successfully promoting specials within the travel store, marketing diesel exhaust fluid, selling biodiesel and managing 24-hour food service offerings.

"Brainstorming with your peers and tapping into their successful practices are some of the best ways to make a business better," Heinz said. "Being able to bounce that information off of each other is invaluable."

The NATSO Show 2014 will take place in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 26-29, 2014, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center.

The NATSO Foundation is the research, education and public outreach subsidiary of NATSO. NATSO is the trade association of America's travel plaza and truckstop industry. Founded in 1960, NATSO represents the industry on legislative and regulatory matters; serves as the official source of information on the diverse travel plaza and truckstop industry; provides education to its members; conducts an annual convention and trade show; and supports efforts to generally improve the business climate in which its members operate.