Meet the Truck Stop Crew
Filed Under: Missouri
Joe Bechtold - General ManagerIn 2000, Joe Bechtold was living the good life in Australia when he was asked to move back home to Missouri to take over the family business at Midway Truck Stop. He is now the general manager of Midway, a playground for truckers and tourists located halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City on Interstate 70 — a far cry from the glamorous job he held working in the Aussie wine industry. Midway is not only a place to fuel up and grab a bite to eat— but it’s home to 12 separate businesses, from a fireworks store to a tattoo parlor.
Joe is an adventurous man with a dry sense of humor – constantly entertained by the antics of his employees and customers.Managing Midway may seem like an exhausting job, but his motor doesn't stop running when he's not working. He has been competing in triathlons for 25 years, and spends 12 to 15 hours per week training for them. He has participated in races all over the world, including the ‘Iron Man’ and the famous ‘Escape from Alcatraz’ triathlon in San Francisco.
Joe also enjoys the outdoors, and is a very enthusiastic trout fisherman. He and his wife Megan have two sons, six-year-old R.J. and four-year-old
Ben Muzzey - Assistant ManagerBen Muzzey is Joe’s right-hand-man at Midway, and as the assistant manager he wears many hats. Ben helps out wherever necessary around the truck stop and often times completes property repairs, fills in for the bartender, and manages the fireworks stand.
Ben was born in Collinsville, Ill. He moved to Columbia to study Communications at the University of Missouri. He’s the practical joker of the Midway bunch, and says his favorite job at the truck stop is bartending the fraternity and sorority parties because he gets to interact with the hot college co-eds.
In his spare time Ben likes to stay active. He goes to the gym, plays softball, golfs, and likes to enjoy the solid Columbia nightlife.
Julie Klusmeyer - Motel ManagerJulie Klusmeyer has been the manager of the Midway Motel for the past 18 years. She is married to Tim Klusmeyer, the head of maintenance at Midway, and they have three children ages 5, 9, and 12. Joe thinks Julie has the toughest job at Midway.From room-trashers to unruly cowboy bachelor parties, she’s seen it all.
Despite her petite stature and easy-going nature, Julie knows how to keep crazy guests in line. She also knows how to keep her family in line by making sure the kids are active with swimming, running, and family bike rides.