Matt Geller to Be Recognized at Capital City Food Truck Convention in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC — Matt Geller, President of the National Food Truck Association, will be presented with the 2016 Challenger Award at the 2016 Capital City Food Truck Convention, the DMV Food Truck Association announced today.  

“Matt is one of the founding fathers of the modern food truck movement,” said Che RuddellTabisola, FTA Executive Director. “He has had a hand in forming almost every food truck association in the country and in shaping food truck regulations in cities and states across the nation.” 

The Challenger Award is given to an individual who transcends the status quo to advance a thriving and vibrant food truck industry. Matt will receive the award at the Capital City Food Truck Convention on March 12 – 13 at the Hecht District in Washington, DC.

“The biggest thing I can do is the thing I’ve done the last six years, which is just giving

[food truck owners] a voice,” said Matt Geller, President of the National Food Truck Association. “My greatest contribution, nationally, is giving them a direction. What I am trying to do is empower them to get the very best results in their communities.”

After establishing the nation’s first regional food truck association in Southern California in 2010, Matt went on to lead the creation of the National Food Truck Association, which provides resources and support to food truck owners and Associations nationwide. Matt is a leader in advocacy and policy and has helped to empower and unite both food truck and small business owners around the country.

The Challenger Award is one of four FTA Honors to be presented at the Capital City Food Truck Convention.  The FTA Honors recognize individuals whose accomplishments have made lasting and profound contributions to the food truck industry.

The Capital City Food Truck Convention gathers together the local industry’s brightest chefs, entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders in the nation’s capital. Now in its second year, the conference has grown fourfold in both attendance and opportunities.  In addition to networking, the conference and tradeshow will present a robust lineup of workshops lead by industry experts covering a wide range of topics. Highlights of these include how to start a food truck, secure funding and open a brick and mortar. The convention is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at   


Since 2010, the DMV Food Truck Association has been advocating for policies that promote increased access to food, food truck entrepreneurship and mobile small business growth. We exist to enrich and promote the regional food truck industry by serving our members and engaging the community.