UPS Honors Illinois Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

UPS Honors Illinois Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UPS (NYS: UPS) today announced 61 elite drivers from Illinois 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.

Illinois boasts 303 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 8,661 years of accident-free driving. Benito Rosa of Chicago and Ralph Lendi of Tinley Park are the state's senior safe drivers, with 42 years each of accident-free driving under their belts, tying them for fourth best safe driving record among UPS's 102,000 drivers. There are 4,170 total UPS drivers in Illinois.

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 Joe Picone, president, UPS Illinois 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.

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 Illinois drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver   Hometown   UPS Work Location
Darryl Appelhans   Marengo   Palatine
Stephen Arnold   Woodridge   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Don Ayres   Oswego   Joliet
William Baity   Mokena   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Randall Baker   Neoga   Indianapolis 81St
Kevin Bayerle   Arlington Hts   Addison "A" Building
Kyle Bean   Mt. Zion   Decatur Center
Kevin Beets   Jacksonville   Jacksonville
Robert Brogan   Elgin   Palatine
Tony Brooks   Newton   Olney
Daryl Burch   Bourbonnais   Kankakee
Verlyn Burnett Jr   Decatur   Decatur Hub
Aniceto Castillo   Chicago   Jefferson Hub
Thomas Cooley   Chicago   Jefferson Hub
Efrain Cruz   Orland Park   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Kraig Daill   Downers Grove   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Angeline Erskine   Roselle   Addison A Building
Michael Fallon   Round Lake Heights   Addison A Building
Brian Feldman   Round Lake Bch   Palatine
Christopher Foran   Seymour   Urbana
Dennis Garcia   Maryville   Alton
Thomas Grata   Monee   Jefferson Hub
Elvis Griffin   Calumet City   Jefferson Hub
Cliff Gustafson   Rockford   Rockford Air Hub
James Hamilton   Maywood   Palatine
Michael Hart   Decatur   Decatur Hub
Michael Huntenburg   Rolling Meadow   Palatine
Alan Johnson   Centralia   Centralia
Scott Kennedy   Hoffman Estates   Palatine
Mark Klisnick   West Chicago   Franklin Park Hub
Henry Krencis   Spring Grove   Palatine
Norman Lapin   Homer Glen   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Troy Leiby   East Peoria   Peoria
Edwin Lindberg   Elk Grove Vlg   Franklin Park Hub
Steven Martinez   Lockport   Jefferson Hub
Theodore Mc Kee Jr   Naperville   Addison "A" Building
David Mede   Lindenhurst   Addison "A" Building
Jeffrey Novak   Chicago   Jefferson Hub
John O'Connor   Chicago   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
John Pakosz   Frankfort   Bedford Park
Kathryn Pavnick   Bloomingdale   Franklin Park Hub
Glenn Plocharski   Chicago   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Jose Raymundo   Chicago   Jefferson Hub
Michael Reynolds   Chicago   Jefferson Hub
Timothy Rieck   Decatur   Mattoon
Jeffrey Salach   Stickney   Harvey/Chicago Heights
Brian Sharp   Decatur   Decatur Hub
Kevin Sharp   Plainfield   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Danny Smith   Coal Valley   Davenport
Michael Snedden   Frankfort   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Ronald Stark   Frankfort   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Harold Stewart   Flossmoor   Jefferson Hub
Don Stine   Poplar Grove   Rockford Air Hub
Thomas Szyszka   Palatine   Addison "A" Building
John Truska   Glenview   Northbrook
Paul Vainer   Worth   Bedford Park
David Wahlgren   Elmhurst   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Tom Walsh   Lombard   Addison "A" Building
Dewitt Washington Jr   Chicago   Jefferson Hub
Harry Wiley   Paw Paw   Dekalb
Chet Wrobel   Frankfort   Chicago Area Consolidation Hub

Dan McMackin, 404-828-7123

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