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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- James Haslam II, founder of Pilot Corp., has been named by President Bush to the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, according to an Associated Press report.
Haslam, who was Bush's campaign finance chairman for Tennessee in 2004, is one of six new appointees announced by the White House. He will serve a six-year term starting September 2. The Knoxville businessman and long-time University of Tennessee trustee has been on the Kennedy Center's advisory committee on the arts since 2002.
Haslam is founder and chairman of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Corp., which operates 67 convenience stores in Tennessee and Virginia, and owner of 50 percent of Pilot Travel Centers LLC, which operates 270 travel centers in 40 states.