On December 1, 1941, R. Y. Sharpe opened his business, Pilot Freight Carriers, Inc., in Winston-Salem. Today, the company, still family-owned, is among the country's major truck lines. Pilot has forty-four terminals along its routes, with 850 tractors, 1,700 trailers, and other specialized carriers to move the freight. The staff numbers around 2,200. Sharpe, president of the company, is featured in We the People of North Carolina magazine's Businessman in the News.