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The NATSO Show 2013 to focus on education

NATSO attendees also will hear directly from a variety of experts about the latest trends and forecasts, including fuel prices, freight trends, alternative fuel markets and profit center offerings, NATSO CEO Lisa Mullings said.

The Trucker News Services

11/9/2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings said Thursday that The NATSO Show 2013, scheduled to be held Feb. 2-6 in Savannah, Ga., will be the premier educational showcase for the truck stop and travel plaza industry.

With the guidance of The NATSO Show Advisory Council, a group of 10 travel plaza and truck stop operators, 18 educational opportunities have been crafted to help NATSO members improve their business operations today and make innovative business decisions that will lead them into the future.

Among The NATSO Show 2013’s educational highlights sure to deliver actionable take-home ideas are:

• Energy Summit: Reduce Costs and Add Value with Energy Improvements

• Know Who Your Fuel Customers Are and Learn How to Keep Them

• Become a Shrink Management Master: Tools and Techniques for Immediate Impact

NATSO attendees also will hear directly from a variety of experts about the latest trends and forecasts, including fuel prices, freight trends, alternative fuel markets and profit center offerings, Mullings said.

Future-focused keynote speakers include noted experts Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst with Oil Price Information Service (OPIS); Bob Costello, chief economist for the American Trucking Associations, and Hank Suerth, chief executive officer of Orion Foods.

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Additional sessions include a look at the future of natural gas in a breakout sponsored by Shell Lubricants and insight into the trends and priorities affecting truckstop and travel plaza customers.

The National Petroleum Council will present publicly for the first time its findings from a two-year study on the future of alternative fuels, including natural gas, plug-in electric power, hydrogen, biodiesel, and gasoline and ethanol blends.

The NATSO Show educational line-up also includes four training-focused sessions tailored specifically for future travel plaza and truck stop leaders.

The four sessions are:

• Good People Equals Good Retail

• Manage Your Vendors

• Hire the Right People and Set Them Up for Success

• Fundamental Leadership Skills: Facilitation

A handful of experts with decades of experience also will be on loan from NATSO’s Human Library for customized learning experiences that operators can tailor to their own objectives.

The Human Library is sponsored by Bridgestone Commercial Solutions.

Truck stop and travel plaza leaders interested in attending The NATSO Show 2013 can register online at www.natso.com.

The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at editor@thetrucker.com.

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