PETE THOMAS “NAILS IT!” AND MOTIVATES CROWD OF 1,200 AT PILOT FLYING J ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The Season 2 At-Home Winner of
NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”
Returns to the 2011 Manager’s Meeting
for a weekend of intense workouts
and winning principles!
Ann Arbor, MI— February 25–28, 2011, Pilot Flying J’s 1,200 managers received four days of intense 6 AM corporate boot camps and two custom speeches designed to motivate managers to achieve their internal company goals for a second consecutive year. Pete Thomas, the Season 2 At-Home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” was a keynote speaker at the 2010 conference and was invited to return in 2011 after hitting a “home run” last year.
“Pete nailed it!” was the sentiment shared by Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam regarding Pete’s 2011 speech. When asked how well he thought Pete connected with the PFJ audience and reinforced the goals of the conference, Mr. Haslam continued, “I was shocked at how well Pete connected with our audience… and I thought he nailed the three or four most important points.”
Janet Womble, PFJ Benefits Supervisor and the coordinator of the weekend’s wellness activities echoes Mr. Haslam. “Pete’s presentations are always professional, uplifting and encouraging. Pete gets to know what our company is focusing on, and he drives it home. He relates it back to his weight-loss journey, but he makes it realistic to the day-to-day business aspects and ties it all in together,” Womble shares.
Pete’s 2011 keynote concluded with a standing ovation from a ballroom crowd of 1,200 people. Gary Price, Vice President of Human Resources for PFJ and co-chair of the 2011 conference had this to say: “Everyone walked out of there clearly understanding what Pete was saying from a wellness perspective, but also from the standpoint of our organization. Pete was incredible! He gets everybody so emotionally engaged when he talks to a group that you just can’t help but want to do whatever he tells you to!”
PFJ Human Resource Manager Dave Ross did what he was told when Pete addressed the managers in 2010. A year ago Ross was 50 pounds heavier. He attributes much of his weight-loss success to the motivation, tools and coaching he received from Pete Thomas during and after the conference. “Pete is an outstanding individual and a great motivator! Based on Pete’s motivation a year ago, I took that very seriously and I did something with it. I’ve had a tremendous year because of it!” Ross declares.
Mr. Haslam, the founder and Chairman of the Board for Pilot Flying J, affirmed that Pete Thomas was indeed the perfect choice for the PFJ conference. “He’s a great motivator… What you need at a meeting like this!”
About Pilot Flying J
Pilot Flying J is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Flying J operates more than 550 locations in 43 states and six Canadian provinces. The company employs more than 20,000 individuals and is one of the top 10 privately held companies in the United States. For more information, visit http://PilotFlyingJ.com.
About Pete Thomas
Pete Thomas is the Season 2 $100,000 At-home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and the President of WinningMan.com, LLC—a multi-faceted weight loss education and consulting company. As a highly skilled TV personality, teacher, certified trainer, weight-loss coach and consultant, Thomas helps organizations and corporations design and implement wellness programs—including “Biggest Loser” style weight-loss and teambuilding programs— that get results! His company also provides cutting-edge content for health and fitness oriented blogs, books and magazines—including the best-selling “Biggest Loser” book series. Of the former Biggest Loser contestants, only Pete Thomas has personally created other “Biggest Losers” through his teaching and coaching programs.
Pete has appeared on ABC’s The View, The 700 Club, and eXtra, as well as being featured in People Magazine, Runner’s World, TV Guide, inTouch Weekly, Real Health and commercials nationwide. A full time motivational speaker, weight-loss coach, consultant, and product spokesman for companies such as NordicTrack, Pete travels and spreads his “Winning Principles” to organizations worldwide—both in person and through his website at www.WinningMan.com. For an interview with Pete Thomas, contact Anita Lane at 646.450.6214.
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