Haslam named to NATSO Hall of Fame

041511maryville7_asb_14821.JPGKnoxville businessman and philanthropist James A. Haslam II will receive the hall of fame award 
 from the National Association of Truck Stop Operators next month, according to Convenience
 Store News.

Haslam, is the founder of Pilot Corp. and chairman emeritus of Pilot Flying J, the largest travel center operator in North America.

The award will be presented Feb. 5 and at an event in Savannah. His son, James A. “Jimmy” Haslam will present the award.

“Mr. Haslam’s dedication to his community through his charitable contributions is awe-inspiring,” Lisa Mullings, NATSO’s president and CEO, told the trade publication.

Roger Cole, president of Highway Service Ventures, added: “Mr. Haslam clearly had a vision of what similarities there were in the convenience store business and the truck stop business and how he could make the transition from the convenience store sphere to the truck stop world, and did it phenomenally well.”

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Photo: James A. Haslam II, right, and Sen. Lamar Alexander and talk during a Civic Leaders Luncheon on the Maryville College campus on Friday, April 15, 2011. (Amy Smotherman Burgess/Knoxville News Sentinel.)