UPS Honors Michigan Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

UPS Honors Michigan Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

DETROIT--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UPS (NYS: UPS) today announced 53 elite drivers from Michigan 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.

Michigan boasts 217 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 6,163 years of accident-free driving. Thomas Camp of Livonia is the state's senior safe driver, with 50 years of accident-free driving under his belt, ranking him the safest driver among UPS's 102,000 drivers. There are 2,505 total UPS drivers in Michigan.

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 Dwayne Meeks, president, UPS Great Lakes District.

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Camp with Thomas Santocke of Dearborn, Mich., and Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., 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

UPS (NYS: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, visit

** 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 Michigan drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver  Hometown  UPS Work Location
Donald AndersonPlainwellKalamazoo
Thomas BaconLansingLansing
Thomas BartholomewCaledoniaGrand Rapids Hub
Jeff BaumunkBig RapidsBig Rapids Center
Jamie BernacikCantonMadison Hts
Nancy BotzFlintFlint
Lee BrownJacksonJackson
Floyd ChampagneGrand RapidsGrand Rapids Hub
Mark DarlingHudsonvilleGrand Rapids Hub
David DeboneBrownstownTaylor
Donald DobrovichNew BostonTaylor
Rickie DodsonCommerce TwpWixom
David DunningSaginawSaginaw
Charles FerrellNew HavenWoodbridge
Kelly FisherIndian RiverPetoskey
Michael ForkinSt Clair ShoreWoodbridge
Adam GentryMetamoraPontiac
Jeffery GepfordRosebushMount Pleasant
Paul GipprichMacombWoodbridge
Robert GrafLivoniaMadison Hts
Donald JeffersPetersburgToledo
Michael KahayianHighlandMadison Hts
Michael KosakowskiHowellWixom
Wayne KossPosenAlpena
Thaddeus KushSterling HeightsWoodbridge
Michael LawrenceGrand RapidsGrand Rapids Hub
Craig LeightonJacksonJackson
Eric LewisChesterfield TwpMadison Hts
Frank LoechliBellevilleYpsilanti
Michael MaraldoLivoniaLivonia Hub
Ted MattsonTustinCadillac
Ronald MisiakChesterfield TownshipMadison Hts
George MottsMilanYpsilanti
Terry NordquistKalamazooKalamazoo
Thomas O'BrienLivoniaLivonia Hub
Steven OrlerEaton RapidsLansing
Reynaldo Pena JrGrand RapidsGrand Rapids Hub
Tom PetroffMarquetteMarquette
Brian PremoeLansingLansing
John Edward RayburnLivoniaLivonia Hub
Mitchell RiderWilliamsburgGrand Rapids Hub
William RiemerBerrien SpringsSt. Joseph Center
David RitchieSterling HtsMadison Hts
Jeffery RogersBattle CreekBattle Creek Center
Gary RolkaRochester HillsLivonia Hub
Douglas RopMiddlevilleGrand Rapids Hub
David ScheweStevensvilleSt. Joseph Center
Jean SeidMarquetteMarquette
Joel SmithStanwoodBig Rapids Center
Tim TimmerHudsonvilleGrand Rapids Hub
Thomas TomasikWyandotteCicotte
Christopher TomlinsonEaton RapidsLansing
Gary Vinnay  Milan  Livonia Hub

Dan McMackin, 404-828-7123

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