NATSO names Goetz 2006 chairman

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James J. Goetz, president of Goetz Companies, will serve as the 2006 chairman of the National Association of Truck Stop Operators.

Goetz Companies owns a Petro Stopping Center in Portage, Wis., and Goetz has been a NATSO member for 20 years. He has served on the board of directors and the executive committee, has been chairman of the education and information/research committees, and has served on the nominating, conventions and budget/audit committees.

Goetz will replace Roger Cole, who was the 2004 and 2005 NATSO chairman. Cole, president of Highway Service Ventures, will continue to serve on the 2006 executive committee as chairman of the steering council. Lisa Mullings will continue serving as the association’s president and chief executive officer. Other members of the executive committee include Jimmy Haslam , secretary/treasurer; Ed Kuhn, at-large officer; and Ed Flynn, at-large officer.

Goetz’s ascension to chairman will mark the second time NATSO has elected a second-generation chairman. His father, James B. Goetz, led NATSO in 1997 and 2002.