UPS Honors Tennessee Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

UPS Honors Tennessee Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UPS (NYS: UPS) today announced 27 elite drivers from Tennessee 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.

Tennessee boasts 205 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 5,994 years of accident-free driving. Michael Jenks of Springfield is the state's senior safe driver, with 43 years of accident-free driving under his belt, tying him for third best driving record among UPS's 102,000 drivers. There are 2,166 total UPS drivers in Tennessee.

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 Kenneth Harms, president, UPS Mid South 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 Tennessee drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver   Hometown   UPS Work Location
Sam Baker   Memphis   Oakhaven Package Distribution Center
Tracy Chandler   Selmer   Selmer
Anthony Clayton   Lawrenceburg   Columbia
Don Dillehay   Manchester   Tullahoma
Stephen Eddy   White House   Nashville Hub
David Fuller   Morristown   Bristol
Robert Gibbons   Franklin   Whites Creek Hub
Christopher Gunnell   Knoxville   Knoxville
Gregory Heard   Hendersonville   Whites Creek Hub
Michael Hickman   Unicoi   Johnson City Center
Jerry Hill   Memphis   Oakhaven Package Distribution Center
Benjamin Keywood   Oakland   Oakhaven Package Distribution Center
John Laxton   Clinton   Knoxville
Johnny Leyhew   Lascassas   Murfreesboro
Michael Miers   Mt Juliet   Whites Creek Hub
Freddy Morgan   Cleveland   Cleveland
Kevin Oster   Cookeville   Cookeville Center
Tony Peek   Mt Juliet   Nashville Hub
James Peevyhouse   Newbern   Dyersburg
James Prater   Clinton   Knoxville
Ronald Prather   Selmer   Selmer
Harold Russell   Knoxville   Knoxville
Lisa Sewell   Sparta   Sparta
Randall Vanns   Lavergne   Whites Creek Hub
Terry Ward   Paris   Paris
Donald Windham   Germantown   Oakhaven Package Distribution Center
Greg Winton   Sparta   Sparta

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