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Feb 2018
Feb 2018


Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center 2800 Opryland Drive Nashville , Tennessee 37214
Tel: (615) 889-1000
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The NATSO Connect 2018 - National Association of Truck Stop Operators






$399 - $860


Event Overview:

Definitive RESOURCE for Knowledge, Solutions & Connections for Travel Plazas & Truckstops

The NATSO Show is two-and-a-half days of smart ideas, great new products and good advice - all designed to meet the unique needs of travel plaza and truckstop leaders.

Travel plaza and truckstop owners, operators, managers, buyers and staff who want to increase their industry knowledge, gain business intelligence and see new products.

Attendee Information:

What will NATSO Connect Focus on This Year?

NATSO Connect will deliver the connections truckstops need to adapt the way they do business in order to thrive amidst ongoing disruption and increased competition.

You will experience:

Executive briefings from experts inside and outside the industry

Hand-selected vendors showcasing their new and proven products

Peer-to-peer discussions to brainstorm how to apply national retail trends within travel plazas’ unique realities

Collaborative problem-solving sessions geared toward growing your business

Time to continue conversations from group settings into one-on-one meetings so you can take the conversations to the next level.


An all-star peer network to call on for advice and solutions year round.

Trends & Insight

Comprehensive insights into growing your truckstop business.

Innovative Education

Next steps and contacts to begin implementing road-tested ideas so you can win with today’s on-the-go consumers.

Good Times

Fun memories are guaranteed. Plus, you may also find an appreciation for country music, a love of Goo Goo Clusters and plenty of new friends.

Exhibitor Information:

Attendees from around the country turn to The NATSO Show to find new products, technical solutions and innovations that will improve the efficiency and profitability of their operations. Don’t miss your opportunity to be there when truckstop and travel plaza operators hit the expo hall looking for the latest product drivers will have to have and business solutions to streamline their operations.

In 2018, we are again advancing the goals of both attendees and exhibitors through efforts such as physically integrating suppliers into the convention, with keynote events and receptions taking place right on the exhibit floor to maximize networking, discussion and engagement.

1. Increase awareness/establish a presence in the travel plaza and truckstop industry
2. Reach high-level decision makers/obtain sales leads
3. Increase product exposure
4. Introduce new products
5. Keep up with your competition
6. Support the travel plaza and truckstop industry - every dollar that you spend with NATSO is reinvested to improve the industry.

About NATSO:

NATSO has been representing travel plaza and truckstop owners and operators for over 50 years and pursues a clear mission: to advance the success of truckstop and travel plaza members by delivering solutions to members’ challenges and achieving the public policy goals of the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

Headquartered just outside Washington, D.C., NATSO is the only national trade association representing the travel plaza and truckstop industry. It represents more than 1,500 travel plazas and truckstops nationwide, owned by over 200 corporate entities. (Before legally changing its name to NATSO, the association was called the National Association of Truck Stop Operators.)


Feb 9   

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Only Open Registration

 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Move-In

Feb 10   

8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Registration Open

 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Exhibitor Move-In

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Top Trends Disrupting the Truckstop Industry: Opening Kickoff Keynote

3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Great Ideas! for Independent Operators Workshop

5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Party Reception
Sponsored by: 

6:30 p.m.

New Member Dinner
Private event. Invite and RSVP required.

Feb 11   

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Show Floor Open

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

How E-Commerce is Transforming the Truckstop Industry: Keynote and Breakfast on the Show Floor

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Expo Hours

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Fleets Discuss the Autonomous and Electrical Truck Future: Lunch and Keynote on the Show FloorSponsored by: 

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Future Tech Demos

1:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

How to Set Your Truckstop Apart Learning Labs

Sponsored by: 

2:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

NATSO Government Affairs Committee

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Feb 12   

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Show Floor Open

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Trucking Economy 2.0: Breakfast and Keynote on the Show Floor


Sponsored by: 

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Expo Hours

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Big AHA: How to Future-Proof Your Business Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today: Lunch and Keynote on the Show Floor

Sponsored by: 

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Future Tech Demos

1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Good to Great Show Workshop

2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Move-Out

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

AMBEST Board Meeting

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Foundation Board of Directors Meeting

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

NATSO Board of Directors Meeting

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

NATSO Foundation Fundraiser at Ryman Auditorium
All NATSO Foundation Fundraiser sponsors and their invited guests welcome. Please contact Pamela Hayes for details
After party, on your own, next door at Tootsie’s Lounge.
Sponsored by:    

Feb 13   
  Major Departure Day

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