UPS Honors Texas Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

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


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

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