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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The Haslam family will take center stage during this year's NATSO (the National Association of Truck Stop Owners) Show, taking place at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, Ga. from Feb. 2-6. NATSO announced that James A. "Jimmy" Haslam III, chairman of Pilot Flying J, will deliver the show's keynote address and share his insight into the future of the truck stop industry.
Pilot Flying J is currently the sixth largest privately held company in the United States. Haslam has steered the company for the last 17 years and saw its annual gasoline gallon sales grow from approximately 125 million to 9 billion.
Haslam has been an active member of NATSO for decades and currently serves on the board of directors. In 2006, he took an active political role and served as the Tennessee statewide campaign chair for now U.S. Sen. Bob Corker. In 2010, Haslam received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Southeast region, and in 2011, was recognized as a "Significant Sig" by the Sigma Chi Foundation. He is also the owner and chairman of the Cleveland Browns National Football League franchise, having bought the team with his family in 2012. For these accomplishments, Haslam was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration.
Haslam's keynote is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m. On the same day, he will present his father, James A. "Jim" Haslam II with a Hall of Fame award, as previously reported by CSNews Online. Jim Haslam is the founder of Pilot Corp. and chairman emeritus of Pilot Flying J.
The company started in 1958 with a $600 investment in one gas station, and has since grown to 43 states in the United States and six Canadian provinces with more than 650 travel centers and travel plazas, as well as 25,000 employees, making it the largest travel center operator in North America. Pilot Flying J also owns Pilot Logistics Services, one of the largest independent energy logistic companies in North America, which sells over 1.3 billion gallons of refined petroleum products and serves over 15,000 customers.
The show's full lineup of speakers, exhibitors and schedule is available on the NATSO show website.