Tom Heinz, co-founder and president of Coffee Cup Fuel Stops & Convenience Stores, Inc., has made a career of providing service to travelers and truckers alike. For his achievements, the National Association of Truck Stop Operators recently presented Heinz with the 2017 Hall of Fame Award.
The award recognizes individuals for notable participation in their communities, as well as in the truck stop and travel plaza industry. Lisa Mullings, NATSO president and CEO, made the presentation at the association’s keynote luncheon in Savannah, Ga., in January. Association leaders said Heinz demonstrated throughout his career a willingness to be involved with the industry and in their communities. “Tom Heinz has demonstrated his desire to help others in our industry but also his service to community. He is a true example of a strategic, compassionate leader,” said Don Quinn, president of Sapp Bros. Travel Centers and NATSO’s 2017 Chairman of the Board.
“The Hall of Fame award is meant to recognize members who serve as a source of pride for the travel plaza and truck stop industry, and Tom most certainly does,” Mullings said. “Our industry, NATSO’s members, and so many more have benefited from Tom’s generous wisdom and guidance. He truly embodies all that the Hall of Fame Award stands for and I am honored to present him with it.” Besides his service with NATSO,
Heinz is active in the South Dakota Petroleum Association and is on the board of the St. Christopher Fund, which supports professional drivers in need. Heinz said the St. Christopher Fund is a lifeline, some temporary support to help truckers get through difficult financial times. He said it is important for the drivers to know they have such a lifeline if an emergency arises.
The first Coffee Cup opened in 1981 in Steele, N.D. The corporation now has locations in South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming, with the main office in Sioux Falls, S.D