Pilot/Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam Addresses Trucking Executives

May 16, 2013

Pilot/Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam addresses reporters at an April press conference at the company's Knoxville headquarters.
Credit Christine Jessel

Pilot/Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam stood before a large crowd of trucking executives gathered in Indianapolis this morning at the Scopelitis Transportation Seminar and told them he knew nothing about an alleged scheme to defraud some of his company's trucking customers.  Last month, agents from the IRS and FBI raided Pilot's Knoxville headquarters in search of evidence to support the accusation that some members of the Pilot/Flying J sales staff were taking money promised to some of the company's clients in the form of rebates and discounts.  At this morning's seminar, Haslam spelled out a five-point plan for regaining the industry's trust in Pilot/Flying J and promised to pay back any money owed with interest.  At least seven trucking companies are already planning to sue Pilot/Flying J.  Haslam's address today comesc shortly after the revelation that former FBI Director Louis Freeh has been hired as an investigator by the plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the company.