Pilot Flying J Picked as 'Best Place to Work'

Knoxville News Sentinel readers, chain's employees honor retailer

Knoxville News Sentinel 2013 Readers' Choice

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Despite a high-profile federal investigation into its diesel fuel rebate practices, Pilot Flying J Inc. has been voted the Best Place to Work in the category of companies with more than 50 employees by the readers of The Knoxville News Sentinel, the daily newspaper in Knoxville, Tenn., where Pilot Flying J has its headquarters.

The newspaper announced the honor as part of the results of its 2013 Readers' Choice survey.

"Passionate, hard-working team members are the foundation of any successful organization," Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam said. "We work hard to hire outstanding people, provide them with the training they need to best serve our customers and reward them for a job well done. Without the great team we have at Pilot Flying J, we would not be able to provide the superior level of fast, friendly service that our customers expect and deserve."

Pilot Flying J, together with its subsidiary Pilot Logistics Services, employs more than 24,000 people nationwide. More than 900 team members work at the company's headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn.

"We're honored that our team members voted us as the best place to work in Knoxville," Haslam said. "It's a reflection of their commitment to our company's values and dedication to making life better for professional drivers."

Bobbie Clemons has worked for Pilot for 26 years and is currently the assistant manager at the Cumberland Avenue Pilot in Knoxville.

"This company is the best place to work," Clemons said. "We have great coworkers and great customers, and there is a family focus storewide. We also love it when Mr. Haslam pops in to visit the store. He is a great man and even better person to work for."

Pilot Flying J is the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America. Its network provides customers with access to more than 60,000 parking spaces for trucks, more than 4,400 showers and more than 4,000 diesel lanes. Pilot Logistics Services is one of the largest independent energy logistics companies in North America, selling and distributing more than 1.3 billion gallons of refined petroleum products and serving more than 15,000 customers. Together, Pilot Flying J and Pilot Logistics Services generate sales of approximately nine billion gallons of petroleum annually.