Love was born in Oklahoma City in October, 1937. He married his wife
Judy on December 26, 1961.
Tom Love founded Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores in 1964 after
serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and attending St. Johns University
and the University of Oklahoma. He holds an honorary doctorate in
Commercial Science from Oklahoma City University.
By 1981 Love’s was successfully operating 100 combination
convenience and filling station stores. In 1982 Love’s moved on to
the interstate highway for the first time in Amarillo, TX, with the
new, bigger Love’s Travel Stops.
Love is the past chairman of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission
and the Oklahoma Business Roundtable. He is also a member of the
Chamber of Commerce board and currently co-chairs St. Gregory
University’s Capitol Fund Drive and the TRUST Coalition. He has
received numerous honors including his induction into the Oklahoma
Hall of Fame in 2000. Along with his wife, Judy, Mr. Love is also an
honoree for the Oklahoma Health Center’s Treasures for Tomorrow.
Mr. Love’s leadership, and with the help of his three children who
are employed with the company, Love’s has grown to more than 290
stores in more than 39 states and to the number 7 spot on Forbes
Magazines’ 2011 list of America’s largest private companies.
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