UPS Honors Illinois Drivers For 25 Years Of Safe Driving

UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 74 elite drivers from Illinois 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.

Illinois boasts 344 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 9,811 years of accident-free driving. Ralph Lendi of Tinley Park is the state’s senior safe driver, with 43 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 4,819 total UPS drivers in Illinois.

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 Joe Picone, president, UPS Illinois 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 http://www.pressroom.ups.com/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 dmcmackin@ups.com .

Following is a list of Illinois drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.
Driver   Hometown   UPS Work Location
Timothy Allen   Argenta   Decatur Hub
Rick Beatty   Columbia   Belleville
Donato Bellino   Glen Ellyn   Addison
Terrell Binion   Forest Park   Addison
David Breitbarth   Metamora   Peoria
Denise Bridwell   Springfield   Decatur Hub
Jerry Bruno   Homewood   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Mel Bultman   Palatine   Palatine
William Buschner   Niles   Addison

Joseph Callaway
  Country Club Hills   Jefferson Hub
Enrique Campos Jr   Loves Park   Rockford Air Hub
Christopher Caskey   West Chicago   Addison
Armengol Chavez   Chicago   Jefferson Hub
Dennis Ciolek   Chicago   Jefferson Hub
Alphonso Clark   Calumet City   Jefferson Hub
Bruce Colravy   Mahomet   Urbana
Stephen Connolly   Libertyville   Palatine
David Cox   Jacksonville   Jacksonville
Richard Day   New Berlin   Jacksonville
Mark Eggert   Oak Forest   Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
Robert Feyerabend Jr   Quincy   Quincy
George Fischer   Melrose Park   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Reginald Fleming   Chicago   Jefferson Hub
Richard Forney Jr.   Cary   Northbrook
Donald Franch   W Chicago   Franklin Park
Timothy Frost   Springbay   Peoria
R Tim Hendrickson   Mattoon   Indianapolis 81st
James Hill   Plainfield   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Michael Jage   Chicago   Jefferson Hub
Robert Janiak   Grayslake   Northbrook
Stephen Janulis   Palos Hills   Jefferson Hub
Robert Kocanda   Burr Ridge   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Joseph Kochan   Oaklawn   Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
Joseph Kurr   Addison   Addison A Building
Brad Larson   Mchenry   Palatine
Lawrence Lingar   Romeoville   Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
Frank Lucchese   Gilberts   Franklin Park
Richard Lugowski   Darien   Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
Steve Makowski   Vernon Hills   Northbrook
Kirk Mansfield   Urbana   Urbana
Gregory McCoy   Carbondale   Indianapolis 81st
Neil McGreevy   Palatine   Northbrook
Brian Mekoola   Channahon   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
David Moore   Galesburg   Galesburg
John Morris   Frankfort   Harvey
Dennis Morse   Sullivan   Decatur Center
Gregory Nantkes   Staunton   St. Louis
Jerome Nelson   Danville   Danville
John Niehus   Bloomingdale   Addison
Thomas Nielsen   Palatine   Franklin Park
Joseph Nowik   Buffalo Grove   Northbrook
Wayne Orrico   Tinley Park   Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
James Peuterbaugh   Brighton   Alton
Michael Pierce   Cary   Palatine
Robert Price   Joliet   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
Charles Radcliff Jr   Matteson   Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
James Radom   Chicago   Palatine
Richard Rawlings   Aurora   Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
Gregory Ryan   Mapleton   Decatur Hub
Charles Snook Jr   Westville   Danville
Douglas Soriano   Elk Grove Village   Northbrook
Scott Stetson   Kankakee   Kankakee
Jeffery Stielow   Pontiac   Decatur Hub
Robert Streeper   Bethalto   Alton
Robert Strelzyk   Chicago   Bedford Park
Dwane Sullivan   Tinley Park   Jefferson Hub
Page Thomas   Wauconda   Palatine
Welton Towns   Chicago   Chicago Area Consolidation Hub
Wilfredo Vasquez   Chicago   Jefferson Hub
Ronald Waite   Decatur   Decatur Hub
Rayford Walker Jr   Markham   Jefferson Hub
Michael Welchlen   Marine   Earth City
Thomas Winke   Joliet   Joliet
Brian Zopf   Quincy   Quincy

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