published Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Gov. Haslam’s former boss to oversee Pilot probe

In this Sept. 7, 2012, photo, Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at a ribbon cutting ceremony at a Saks Inc. distribution center in La Vergne, Tenn. Pilot Flying J, the truck stop chain owned mostly by the Haslam family, announced on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, that former Saks head Brad Martin would oversee the company's internal investigation into FBI allegations of fraudulent business practices involving rebates to trucking customers. Martin, who in 1999 hired Bill Haslam to run Saks' online retail operations, is scheduled to begin his role as interim president of the University of Memphis on June 30.
In this Sept. 7, 2012, photo, Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at a ribbon cutting ceremony at a Saks Inc. distribution center in La Vergne, Tenn. Pilot Flying J, the truck stop chain owned mostly by the Haslam family, announced on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, that former Saks head Brad Martin would oversee the company's internal investigation into FBI allegations of fraudulent business practices involving rebates to trucking customers. Martin, who in 1999 hired Bill Haslam to run Saks' online retail operations, is scheduled to begin his role as interim president of the University of Memphis on June 30.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Brad Martin, the newly appointed interim president of the University of Memphis who once hired Gov. Bill Haslam as an executive at Saks Inc., has been named by Pilot Flying J to oversee an internal investigation into FBI allegations of fraudulent business practices involving rebates to trucking customers.

Martin is a board member of Knoxville-based Pilot, a private company owned mostly by Haslam family members. The country’s largest diesel fuel retailer is run by CEO Jimmy Haslam, the governor’s brother and owner of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns.

Bill Haslam was president of Pilot when he was hired by Martin in 1999 to start up online retail operations for Saks in New York.

Pilot also hired attorney Reid Weingarten, who specializes in white collar and political cases, to manage the probe.

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