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August 18, 2014


August 18, 2014

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Anne LeZotte
Pilot Flying J

Lauren Miller
Moxley Carmichael


Pete Thomas, winner of ‘Biggest Loser’ at-home competition, to kick off wellness campaign

Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, will offer unique, interactive experiences for professional drivers and attendees at The Great American Trucking Show (GATS) this week in Dallas, Texas.

GATS will be held Aug. 21-23 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center with more than 500 exhibitors in 500,000 square feet of space.

“Pilot Flying J is committed to making life better for America’s drivers,” said Pilot Flying J communications manager Anne LeZotte. “GATS is a great place to gather feedback from professional drivers because nothing is better than spending time with them face-to-face. We hope that all attendees will stop by our booth, hear about some of the great things happening at Pilot Flying J and tell us about their experiences.”

Features at the Pilot Flying J booth will include wellness activities with Pete Thomas, Pilot Flying J’s Health Champion and NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” season two at-home winner. Thomas will invite drivers to join “Team Pete” by demonstrating ways to stay healthy, even when on the road. “Team Pete” is Pilot Flying J’s new driver wellness movement that is designed by drivers and aims to encourage healthy living choices involving food and exercise.

Additionally, professional drivers will have the opportunity to nominate fellow drivers to be named a “Road Warrior.” The Road Warriors project was started by Pilot Flying J to recognize and applaud the hardworking men and women who move America forward as professional drivers.

“We’re excited for the chance to tell drivers about new stores we’ve recently opened across the country, upgrades that we’re making to restrooms and shower facilities, more lanes of DEF at the pump and new restaurant offerings, among other things,” LeZotte said.

Pilot Flying J will be at Booth No. 19039 at GATS throughout the three-day show. Drivers will be able to swipe their MyRewards cards to receive 200-5,000 free rewards points, as well as other gifts and giveaways including lanyards, hats and coupons for coffee and fountain drinks. Denny’s will also be on-site at the Pilot Flying J booth with the prize wheel and meal giveaways.


About Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, is committed to making life better for professional drivers. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has more than 650 retail locations. The Pilot Flying J network provides drivers with access to more than 65,000 parking spaces for trucks, 4,400 showers and 4,500 diesel lanes, with more than 4,300 offering DEF at the pump. Pilot Flying J subsidiary Pilot Logistics Services is one of the fastest growing independent energy logistics companies in North America. Together, Pilot Flying J and Pilot Logistic Services employ more than 24,000 people. Pilot Flying J is currently ranked No. 7 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. Visit for more information.


Maria Cornelius