Sunday, February 25th, 2018



Pilot Flying J Logo

The Season 2 At-Home Winner returns to the
Pilot Flying J
Annual Manager’s Meeting
for a weekend of inspiration and wellness!

Ann Arbor, MI Pilot Flying J’s 1,200 managers will get a highly anticipated encore performance by Pete Thomas, the Season 2 At-Home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” at their upcoming Annual Managers Meeting February 25-28, 2011.  Pete Thomas was a keynote speaker at the 2010 conference and was invited to return in 2011 to speak to the company’s 1,200 managers and facilitate workouts.   

“I’m ecstatic about returning to Pilot Flying J this year,” Pete states.  “They accomplished their goals in 2009 and I’m excited to come back in 2011 and help celebrate their successes in 2010—as well as inspire them to continue their success throughout 2011.”

In keeping with the company’s emphasis on wellness, Pete Thomas will also facilitate early morning workouts with conference attendees.  “This is the best of both worlds for me,” Pete states. “I get to take folks through a Biggest Loser style workout as well as share some of my winning principles to help them win at weight-loss, as well as win in the workplace and at life!” 

This sentiment is mirrored by Pilot Flying J CEO, Jimmy Haslam. “Pilot sees a strong connection between the health and wellness of our employees and the health of our business overall.  Employees who take better care of themselves invariably take better care of the customers in our Travel Centers and restaurants, so we are glad to encourage that,” Haslam states.

2010 was a pivotal and historic year for Pilot Flying J in that on June 30, 2010, Pilot Travel Centers LLC and Flying J Inc. completed the merger of the two companies. On July 1, 2010, the two best-known brands in the travel center industry officially became one.  Their new organization offers customers an expanded network of interstate travel centers and travel plazas and enhanced offerings for trucking companies, professional drivers, RV drivers and traveling motorists.

Pete Thomas is excited to meet the new members of the “family” and believes this first manager’s meeting of the recently merged company is an important one. “It’s always a challenge blending two corporate cultures.  However, Pilot Flying J has a culture of excellence.  If any company can accomplish this goal, they can.  They set high goals, and the leadership is able to truly count on their people.  Even the way they put on their conference—it’s really a thing of beauty.  They truly celebrate their successes and each other,” Pete shares. 

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

About Pete Thomas
Pete Thomas is the Season 2 $100,000 At-home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and the President of, 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  For an interview with Pete Thomas, contact Anita Lane at 646.450.6214.


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    hello pete,i am troy schafer general manager of pilot/flying j 730 in laredo,tx i got to see you at our conference this year in orlando and was really moved by your words and motivation and your story of your upbringing,i really wanted the chance to speak with you but never got the chance,at 32 i had quadruple bypass surjery which was 5yrs ago the doctors said if i took care of myself it would last a good 10 yrs,i am 264 pounds today and am afraid that if i dont lose the weight my time on earth,and with my family may be cut short,i have a beautiful wife who also struggles with weight and two wonderful sons,when growing up i had a abusive drunk father who liked to beat on me,and also drilled holes through the fridge door to lock it while at work so me and my 5 sisters wouldnt be able to eat,i guess that is why i have always made sure i had alot of food in our house so that my kids wouldnt feel the way i did growing up,i need to change and i need help ,i served in the us army for 4 yrs and upon getting out i weighed 196 today after open heart surjery i am still way to big at 264 and take many medications for my heart,and am afraid to work out in fear of possibly collapsing and not waking up i know i need to get over thiss phobia and “step it up” i just dont know how, i have overcome so much in life,growing up in a gang in oakland,ca, addiction,alcholism,the military,the death of my mother at 49 of cancer,my sisters suicide at 21,and my bypass surjury,but i havent been able to overcome my size,any help from you would be greatly appreciated, your words were inspiring,motivating,and really touched my heart maybe more than anyone else in that conference ballroom. my number is 512 745 4468 or you have my email,thank you and god bless you.