Snap Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, said it will continue its relationship with Pilot Flying J amid reports that the Knoxville, TN-based truck stop company is being investigated by the FBI for fraud.
A spokesperson for Snap Fitness told Club Industry that the recent news about the FBI investigation has no impact on the relationship with Pilot Flying J and that "we look forward to continuing our Snap Fitness Rolling Strong Program with them in the future."
The Snap Fitness Rolling Strong program was created two years ago for Snap Fitness to operate 960-square-foot units at Pilot Flying J travel centers. The partnership includes Rolling Strong, a company that provides health and wellness services to trucking companies and their drivers. There are currently two Snap Fitness Rolling Strong gyms, one in Dallas and one in Lebanon, TN, which held its grand opening in January.
Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J, addressed the media Monday and announced that several members of the company's sales team have been suspended after an affidavit filed in federal court disclosed secretly recorded conversations in which Pilot Flying J staff boasted about taking advantage of less-sophisticated trucking company customers, the Associated Press reported. The recordings made for the FBI investigation, according to the AP, show that leaders of the Pilot Flying J sales team derided some clients as unsophisticated, lazy and undeserving of rebates they had negotiated when signing a deal to buy fuel from Pilot. The affidavit indicates millions of dollars were unfairly withheld.
Haslam said he will not step down as CEO nor step away as owner of the National Football League's Cleveland Browns during the investigation.