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 http://www.pressroom.ups.com/safety.
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 UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
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Following is a list of Illinois drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.
|Driver||Hometown||UPS Work Location|
|Stephen Arnold||Woodridge||Chicago Area Consolidated Hub|
|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|
|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|
|Thomas Grata||Monee||Jefferson Hub|
|Elvis Griffin||Calumet City||Jefferson Hub|
|Cliff Gustafson||Rockford||Rockford Air Hub|
|Michael Hart||Decatur||Decatur Hub|
|Michael Huntenburg||Rolling Meadow||Palatine|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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