UPS Honors Texas Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

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UPS Honors Texas Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UPS (NYS: UPS) today announced 127 elite drivers from Texas are among 1,283 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.

Texas boasts 497 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 13,918 years of accident-free driving. Deatrice Underwood of Dale and Alfredo Luna of Pearland are the state's senior safe drivers, with 40 years each of accident-free driving under their belts. There are 5,502 UPS drivers in Texas.

Globally, 6,486 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they've racked up 178,663 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than 212,000 times.

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," said Gerald Mattes, president, UPS West Region.

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 50 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Santocke of Dearborn, Mich., and Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., are next in line with 44 years each of safe driving. Thirty-seven others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

UPS's 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging nearly 3 billion miles a year and averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven.

UPS invested $175 million in 2012 on safety training and employs its own comprehensive driving course called "Space and Visibility." All UPS drivers are taught safe driving methods beginning on the first day of classroom training through the company's defensive driving platform. The training continues throughout their careers.

Founded in 1907, UPS has a rich history of safety and training. The company issued its first driver handbook in 1917 and began recognizing safe drivers in 1923. In 1928, UPS recognized its first five-year safe driver, Ray McCue, with UPS founder Jim Casey presenting him a gold and platinum watch. UPS formally established its safe driving honor program in 1928.

More information on UPS's commitment to safety is available at

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** NOTE: The following pages list local drivers by hometown and UPS center. If you're interested in interviewing or riding along with a local driver, please contact Dan McMackin at .


Following is a list of Texas drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver   Hometown   UPS Work Location
Destry Allen   Corinth   Dallas
Rose Allen   Port Arthur   Beaumont
Douglas Allen  


Daniel Alvarez   Corpus Christi   Corpus Christi
Albert Arriola   The Colony   Dallas
Warren Bailey   Dallas   Dallas
Gilbert Balboa   Corpus Christi   Corpus Christi
David Bauer   Lewisville   Dallas
Mark Baxter   Tuscola   Abilene
Dempsy Bell   Garland   Mesquite
Parry Bischoff   Longview   Longview
Mitchell Blackwell   Smithville   Austin
Richard Bordeaux   Grand Prairie   Arlington
James Brawner   Whitewright   Dallas
Jamey Brookshire   Nacog Doches   Lufkin
Michael Brown   Corpus Christi   San Antonio Hub
Mark Buffum   Baytown   Baytown Center
David Burke   Temple   Belton Center
John Casey   Desoto   Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport
Jaime Chapa   Houston   League City
Donald Choate   Haltom City   Fort Worth
Joe Cisneros   Austin   Austin
Jeff Conard   Houston   Stafford
Patrick Dargin   Humble   Houston (Canino) Hub
John Davis   Claude   Amarillo
Douglas Day   San Angelo   San Angelo
James Dennis   Haltom City   Fort Worth
Ray Deramus   Murphy   Mesquite
Morris Dillard   Wichita Falls   Wichita Falls
Kenneth Dodd   Temple   Belton Center
Kevin Edwards   Santa Fe   Angleton
John Evetts   Bulverde   San Antonio Hub
Edwin Flores   Temple   Belton Center
Gregory Franklin   Desoto   Mesquite
Michael Garrett   Mansfield   Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport
Carl Goff   Carrollton   Dallas
Bryan Going   Pampa   Pampa
William Goodson   Mesquite   Mesquite
Roddy Gray   Carrollton   Dallas
Arthur Griffin   Mansfield   Dallas
Kimberley Guidry   Arlington   Fort Worth
Stephen Harvey   Lubbock   Lubbock Center
Miguel Hernandez   El Paso   El Paso
Jesse Herrera   Laredo   San Antonio Hub
Elvin Herron   Harlingen   San Antonio Hub
Kevin Hill   Georgetown   Austin
Johnny Hinojosa   New Braunfels   Austin Air Gateway
Robert Hoffman   Richmond   Stafford
Kenneth Hogg   Kennard   Lufkin
David Hollins   El Paso   El Paso
Roy Holloway Jr   Amarillo   Amarillo
William Holt   Decatur   Dallas
Jesse Jacinto Jr   Dallas   Mesquite
David Jasinski   Aledo   Fort Worth
Randy Jones   Sherman   Sherman
Curtis Jones   League City   Baytown Center
Glenn Jozwiak   Cypress   Houston (Canino) Hub
Doyle Klement   Muenster   Denton
David Knapp   San Antonio   San Antonio Hub
Wilbur Lamb   Belton   Belton Center
Terry Lang   Temple   Belton Center
Timothy Lanier   Richmond   League City
Paul Letot   Mesquite   Mesquite
Bridgette Lloyd   Houston   Mykawa
Edward Lopez   San Antonio   San Antonio Hub
Efrain Lopez   Harlingen   Harlingen
Leon Mack   Hickory Creek   Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport
Marlin Marbach   Fort Worth   Mesquite
Henry Marek   Pflugerville   Austin

David McDonald

  Del Rio   San Antonio Hub

Robert McKenzie

  Coppell   Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport

Stephen Mcaughan

  Gary   Longview
Tommy Miller   Houston   Houston (Canino) Hub
William Mims   Mesquite   Mesquite
Patrick Moczygemba   San Antonio   San Antonio Hub
James Moravits   Round Rock   Austin
Robert Moyer   Pflugerville   Austin
Greg Munsell   Universal City   San Antonio Hub
Douglas Musgrove   Madisonville   Houston (Canino) Hub
Charles Myers   Sugarland   Stafford
Carl Norman   Fort Worth   Fort Worth
Benjamin Ortega   Round Rock   Austin
Bryan Orth   Floresville   Kenedy Center
Rafael Paredez   Grand Prairie   Dallas
Silvestre Parra III   El Paso   El Paso
William Patton   Humble   Houston (Canino) Hub
Steven Pennington   Garland   Mesquite
Filiberto Perez   Odem   San Antonio Hub
Craig Peterson   Rowlett   Mesquite
Santos Pina III   Cedar Park   Austin
Mark Proctor   Bedford   Dallas
Pete Quinonez   Pflugerville   Austin
Ronald Raaphorst   Keller   Fort Worth
Edward Ramirez   Elgin   Austin
Russell Ray   Fort Worth   Fort Worth
Anthony Reid   Fort Worth   Fort Worth
Robert Reyes   San Antonio   San Antonio Hub
Gilbert Reyes   Corpus Christi   Corpus Christi
Bryan Rigsby   Richmond   Houston (Canino) Hub
Dennis Rimer   New Braunfels   San Marcos
Mark Roberts   Conroe   Conroe
Douglas Rosser   San Angelo   Austin
Dennis Rowald   Round Rock   Austin
Gerald Salazar   San Antonio   Leon Valley
David Salazar   Kyle   San Marcos
Ramon Salinas Jr   Mesquite   Mesquite
Richard Savell   Kingwood   Houston (Canino) Hub
Michael Scroggins   Sulphur Springs   Sulphur Springs
Carlos Sevilla Jr   Corpus Christi   Corpus Christi
Ronald Simmons Jr   Forney   Mesquite
Gary Smith   Roanoke   Dallas
Scott Sotzing   Rockwall   Mesquite
Donald Stacey   Hurst   Fort Worth
Edward Starkes   Tyler   Tyler
Nevin Strub   Granbury   Fort Worth
Richard Surber   San Antonio   San Antonio Hub
John Thomas   Victoria   Victoria
Don Tripp   Carrollton   Dallas
Wendell Turner   Amarillo   Amarillo
Carlos Veloz   Richardson   Mesquite
John Walk Jr   San Antonio   San Antonio Hub
Gregory Walters   Round Rock   Austin
Lee Whitford   Missouri City   Stafford
James Wilson   Grand Prairie   Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport
John Winchester   Houston   Baytown Center
Richard Witte   Karnes City   Kenedy Center
David Wright   Wichita Falls   Wichita Falls

Dan McMackin, 404-828-7123

KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  Texas


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