Education at NATSO Connect


Important Note: This is the just the beginning. More speakers and topics for 2019 will be announced very soon!

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

1:00p.m.-2:00p.m. Top Trends Disrupting the Truckstop Industry: Opening Kickoff Keynote
Stay tuned! The details on the opening kickoff keynote will be announced soon.
2:15p.m.-4:45p.m. Great Ideas! for Independent Operators Workshop
Do you have a great idea that has helped your business? Wouldn’t you like to hear the great ideas your peers have implemented? The Great Ideas! Session provides a forum for independent operators to learn what is working for their peers, hear presentations from industry experts and rejuvenate their creative juices!

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019


How are Government Decisions Today Shaping Your Tomorrow?: Keynote and Breakfast on the Show Floor
On Tuesday morning operators and vendors will join together over breakfast to take part in a government affairs town hall meeting. Attendees will learn the inside-the-beltway scoop on some of the biggest government affairs issues facing NATSO members. Plan to attend and learn how operators and vendors can work together to advance our shared advocacy goals.


Trucking Experts Explore Changing Driver NeedsKeynote and Lunch on the Show Floor
Speakers: Dave Manning, TCW Inc.; Lisa Mullings, NATSO; Dan Murray, American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)
The state of the trucking industry has a significant effect on the nation’s truckstops and travel plazas. So staying current on trucking trends is vital for businesses that serve commercial drivers.  Successful truckstop and trav­el plaza operators know that changing market dynamics often result in new opportunities. On Tuesday afternoon, join us as American Trucking Associations’ Former Chairman and President of TCW Inc. Dave Manning joins NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings and American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) Vice President Dan Murray to discuss the latest trends among truck drivers in a fireside chat. Grab your s'mores stick and pull up a chair by the fire to hear their thoughts on what changing drivers needs could mean for the truckstop industry.

2:30p.m.-4:15p.m. Learning Labs
This year NATSO is accepting proposals for NATSO Connect Learning Labs. The goals of Learning Labs are to provide truckstops with improved performance and strategies for adapting to the trends disrupting the industry. Learning Labs will involve innovative technology, techniques or processes. Submit your Learning Lab idea here

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

8:00a.m.-9:00a.m. The Future of Fuel at the Macro-level: Keynote and Breakfast on the Show Floor
Speaker: John Eichberger, Fuel Institute

Closing Keynote: Keynote and Breakfast on the Show Floor
Stay tuned! The details on the closing kickoff keynote will be announced soon.


Truckstop Live
Speakers: Michael Lawshe, Paragon Solution; Andrew Ouimet, Ouimet Consulting Group and Darren Schulte, NATSO
Ellen Degeneres and Jimmy Fallon are out and Paragon Solution’s Michael Lawshe, Ouimet Consulting Group’s Andrew Ouimet and NATSO’s Darren Schulte, are in. In this bonus workshop, you can expect intensive fundamental learning interspersed with talk show-inspired learning. You can expect games, interviews and bouts of over the top fun.