JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 96 elite drivers from Florida are among 1,519 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.
Florida boasts 416 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 11,702 years of accident-free driving. Michael Olson of Cantonment is the state’s senior safe driver, with 40 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 4,732 total UPS drivers in Florida.
Globally, 7,221 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up over 198,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers. That’s enough miles to travel to Mars and back 19 times.
“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said David Ruiz, president, UPS Florida District.
Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 51 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of the Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 45 years of safe driving. Forty 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 2013 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 www.pressroom.ups/safety.
A complete list by state of new Circle of Honor inductees, infographic and a logo can be found at www.upsprmedia.com/circleofhonor2014.zip.
UPS (NYSE: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.
** NOTE: The following is a list of local drivers by hometown and UPS center. If you’re interested in interviewing or riding along with a local driver, please contact Dan McMackin at email@example.com.
Following is a list of Florida drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.
|Driver||Hometown||UPS Work Location|
|Mark Akin||West Palm Bch||Jupiter|
|Craig Barnard||Boca Raton||Deerfield S|
|Juan Benavides||Pembroke Pines||Hialeah Metro|
|Scott Berry||Boynton Beach||Deerfield|
|Dennis Beutler||Tampa||Bayside Center|
|Wayne Bloodsworth Jr||High Springs||Gainesville Center|
|Randy Brosius||Ocala||Ocala Center|
|Raymond Brunette||Venice||Port Charlotte|
|Larry Bullock||Pensacola||Pensacola Center|
|Richard Bushey Sr||Port St Lucie||Ft. Pierce|
|Harry Campbell||Seminole||St Pete|
|Joseph Cavanagh||Pembroke Pines||Hollywood|
|Ronald Croy||Wesley Chapel||Tampa|
|Nicholas Curtis||Winter Garden||Orlando West|
|William Dampier II||Macclenny||Jacksonville|
|Carl Daniels Jr||Jacksonville||Jacksonville|
|Ronald Davis||New Port Richey||Orlando Hub|
|John Degen||Royal Palm Bch||Jupiter|
|Albert Dionne||Orange City||Orlando East|
|Brian Douthett||Bradenton||Bradenton Center|
|Clinton Edwards||Boynton Bch||Jupiter|
|John Ehlert||Sunny Hills||Montgomery|
|George Fasthoff||Panacea||Tallahassee Center|
|William Gay||Tallahassee||Tallahassee Center|
|Ron Hawes||Orlando||Orlando Hub|
|Brian Heath||New Smyrna Beach||Daytona Center|
|Otis Henry||Deerfield Beach||Deerfield South|
|John Heyer||Lithia||Orlando Hub|
|Michael Homolash||Saint Petersburg||St Pete|
|Richard Johnson||Lutz||Bayside Center|
|Kirk Killingsworth||Pembroke Pines||Miami|
|Mark Kralik||Sarasota||Sarasota Center|
|Christopher Lang||Davie||Ft Lauderdale|
|Gregory Massicotte||Cantonment||Pensacola Center|
|Dexter Martin||Rockledge||Cocoa Center|
|Joseph Marton||New Port Richey||Bayside Center|
|James Mastrocolo||New Port Richey||Orlando Hub|
|Joseph Mathey||Punta Gorda||Hialeah|
|Darryl Maynard||Tampa||Bayside Center|
|Jeffrey McNeill||Lake Worth||West Palm Metro|
|Kevin Melita||Cape Coral||Ft Myers|
|Russell Mewbuorn||Cape Coral||Ft Myers|
|Mark Miller||Punta Gorda||Port Charlotte|
|David Minicus||Cocoa||Cocoa Center|
|Garry Mook||Niceville||Ft. Walton|
|Jaime Muniz||Hialeah||Hialeah Metro|
|Steven Nadekow||Lauderhill||Ft. Lauderdale|
|Stanley Osteen||Lake Butler||Gainesville Center|
|Anthony Padgett||Green Cove Springs||Jacksonville|
|Robert Randall Jr||St Augustine||Jacksonville|
|Kevin Rice||Deland||Daytona Center|
|Jeff Rinehart||Coral Springs||Deerfield|
|Ricardo Romero||Oakland Park||Ft. Lauderdale|
|Willie Ruggs||Coconut Creek||Ft Lauderdale|
|Albert Schafenacker||Cooper City||Hialeah|
|Timothy Schwab||Ormond Beach||Daytona Center|
|Steve Sherman||Hollywood||Ft. Lauderdale|
|Michael Sierotowicz||Port St. Lucie||Edison|
|Michael Smith||Port Orange||Daytona Center|
|Scott Snyder||Saint Petersburg||Palm Harbor|
|John Stockelman||Pembroke Pines||Hollywood|
|Alfredo Vargas||Loxhatchee||West Palm Metro|
|Benjamin Vice||Lutz||Bayside Center|
|Mark Ward||Fort Walton Beach||Montgomery|
|Kevin Westcott||Brooksville||Bayside Center|
|Price Whitlock||Fort Lauderdale||Ft Lauderdale|
|Elise Williams||Ocala||Ocala Center|
|Jason Williamson||Ft Pierce||Ft Pierce|
|Paul Woods||Tallahassee||Tallahassee Center|
|Michael Wuelfrath||Sarasota||Sarasota Center|