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Pilot Flying J shares results for National Driver Appreciation Week

Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam

Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam

Pilot Flying J Recognized Professional Truck Drivers During National Driver Appreciation Week

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Sept. 24, 2013 — Pilot Flying J, along with the American Trucking Associations and the entire trucking industry, honored the 3.1 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely during Driver Appreciation Week.

“We wanted to show our appreciation to them because we know that without them, this country wouldn’t move,” said Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam. “It was great talking to professional drivers and thanking them for the great job they do for our country and letting them know how much they mean to Pilot Flying J.”

During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Sept. 15-21, Pilot Flying J offered double MyRewards points on fuel and gave away 70,000 hats and 10,000 cups of coffee. It also held a photo of the week contest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that gave drivers more opportunities to win free points. There have been three winners so far, with the chance to win one more this week.

There are more than 3.1 million professional truck drivers nationwide delivering life’s essentials.  These professional men and women behind the wheel log close to 398 billion miles each year and in 2011 delivered 68.5 percent of the U.S. freight tonnage – or more than 9.4 billion tons of freight.  80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on the trucking industry. Professional truck drivers keep this country moving.

Take a moment and recognize the significant contributions of our professional truck drivers.  The efficiency and safety that these drivers guarantee allow businesses and American citizens to confidently ship goods across state lines and throughout America.

Pilot Flying J recognizes and appreciates the work of professional drivers – this week and every week.

Note from Allen and Donna Smith
We would like to thank Pilot Flying J for their support in the many causes which mean so much to us, including the fight against the atrocities of human trafficking.

And for all the drivers who have been misguided or misinformed by anyone: Pilot’s Driver Reward points have never been in question and have always been honored.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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