UPS Honors Florida Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

UPS Honors Florida Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UPS (NYS: UPS) today announced 78 elite drivers from Florida 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.

Florida boasts 352 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 9,862 years of accident-free driving. Michael Olson of Cantonment is the state's senior safe driver, with 39 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 4,390 total UPS drivers in Florida.

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 David Ruiz, president, UPS Florida District.

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.

This year, 18 female drivers have joined the ranks of those with more than 30 years of safe driving. This group is led by Orlando tractor-trailer driver Ginny Odom, who is credited with 38 years and more than 3 million miles 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

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

Driver   Hometown   UPS Work Location
Raymond Andrews   Coconut Creek   Ft. Lauderdale
Jorge Arias   Miami   Hialeah
James Beasley   Bagdad   Montgomery
Robert Bouchard   Oviedo   Orlando Hub
Richard Bowman   Naples   Hialeah
Allen Boyce   Wellington   Riviera Beach
Glenn Briggs   Panama City   Panama City
David Brincko   Plantation   Miami South
Stefan Cheslock   Belle Isle   Orlando Hub
Jerrie Coates   Ormond Beach   Daytona Center
Mark Colborn   Land O Lakes   Tampa
James Conner   Bryceville   Jacksonville
John Coon   Ocean Ridge   Hialeah
Patrick Dauphinais   Rockledge   Cocoa Center
William Denhoff   Valrico   Tampa
Joseph Eddy   Callahan   Jacksonville
Arturo Estrada   Miami   Miami South
John Faulkner   Hudson   Port Richey Center
Kerry Federico   Jacksonville   Jacksonville
Michael Ferdiani   Spring Hill   Brooksville
Alejandro Fernandez   Miami   Hialeah
Timothy Fobell   Brooksville   Brooksville
Kenneth Froemming   Jacksonville   Jacksonville
Manuel Garcia   Miami   Hialeah
Walter Garcia Jr   Odessa   Bayside Center
Patrick Gavin   St Petersburg   Pinellas Park
Timothy Goins   Sunrise   Deerfield
Russell Guy   Winter Haven   Lakeland Center
Peter Harper   Lake Worth   Riviera Beach
Keith Harvey   Jacksonville   Jacksonville
Robbi Hodson   Panama City   Panama City
Joseph Holl   New Port Richey   Tampa
Alan House   Seminole   Pinellas Park
Daniel Irish   Fleming Island   Jacksonville
Charles Johnson III   Lakeland   Lakeland Center
Kenneth Junkins   St Cloud   Orlando Hub
Michael Kamla   Osteen   Longwood Center
Gustavo Llorente   Sunrise   Hialeah
Bennie Lockhart   Riverview   Tampa
Reynolds Lys   Orlando   Orlando Hub
David Malsbury   Loxahatchee   Hialeah
Daniel Massie   Middleburg   Jacksonville
Richard Mathiesen   Cocoa   Cocoa Center
Anthony Mc Cray   Jacksonville   Jacksonville
Michael Mc Endree   Naples   Naples
Raymond Mc Keever   Lynn Haven   Panama City
Elio Montenegro   Miami   Hialeah
Mark Murphy   Winter Park   Longwood Center
Jeffrey Newman   Ft Lauderdale   Ft. Lauderdale
Alfonso Nogueiras   Pembroke Pines   Hialeah
Jose Olan Jr   Jacksonville   Jacksonville
William Owens   Vero Beach   Vero Beach
Frank Parsons   Pensacola   Montgomery
Perry Paul   Panama City   Panama City
Mark Pettinati   Plantation   Deerfield
Richard Pinaha   Tamarac   Ft. Lauderdale
Robert Poorman   Floral City   Brooksville
William Powell   South Daytona   Daytona Center
Richard Precious   West Melbourne   Melbourne
Reginald Randolph   Jacksonville   Jacksonville
Theodore Reiman   Saint Cloud   Orlando Hub
Bryan Rice   Lakeland   Lakeland Center
Burt Rider   Hawthorne   Gainesville Center
Robert Robillard   Babson Park   Lake Wales Center
Randy Salava   Clearwater   Pinellas Park
Darrell Simpler   Niceville   Ft. Walton
Claiborne Stevens   St Augustine   St. Augustine Center
Ray Thomas   Opa Locka   Hialeah
Mark Trout   Merritt Island   Cocoa Center
Dwayne Veal   Winter Haven   Lakeland Center
Frank Veroline   Coconut Creek   Ft. Lauderdale
Ronald Wagner   Longwood   Longwood Center
William Webb Jr   Crestview   Ft. Walton
William Whitford   Tampa   Tampa
Ronald Wilson   Cocoa   Cocoa Center
Kenneth Winebold   Lithia   Tampa
Ronald Wright   Jacksonville   Jacksonville

Dan McMackin, 404-828-7123

KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  Florida


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