UPS Honors Missouri Drivers For 25 Years Of Safe Driving

UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 42 elite drivers from Missouri 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.

Missouri boasts 229 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 6,609 years of accident-free driving. Wesley Epperson of Independence, Robert Vallely of Springfield and Ronald Wisdom of Washington are the state’s senior safe drivers, each with 39 years of accident-free driving under their belts. There are 1,748 total UPS drivers in Missouri.

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 Judith Henry, president, UPS Central Plains 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

A complete list by state of new Circle of Honor inductees, infographic and a logo can be found at

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** 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 .

Following is a list of Missouri drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.



UPS Work Location
Daniel Aschenbrenner   St. Louis   Earth City
Mark Bagin   St Peters   Earth City
Robert Bathon   Florissant   Earth City
Mark Bearden   Springfield   Springfield
Matthew Beatty   Springfield   Springfield
Michael Belt   Holden   Lenexa
Ronald Bisges   Jeferson City   Columbia
Nathaniel Brown Jr   Grandview   Lenexa
David Buescher   St. Louis   Earth City
Rozalind Coleman   Saint Peters   Earth City
Jeffery Craig   Republic   Springfield
James Deardeuff   Jefferson City   Columbia
Daniel Dooley   St. Peters   Earth City
Timothy Edwards   Bonne Terre   Earth City
Daniel Aschenbrenner   St. Louis   Earth City
Steven Evers   Fenton   St. Louis
Frank Faletti   Florissant   Earth City
John Galate   Lee'S Summit   Lenexa
Bart Haberstroh   St Charles   Earth City
James Hart   Montrose   Appleton City
John Higgins   Lees Summit   Lenexa
Roger Hooten   Caruthersville   Sikeston Center
Thomas Jackson   St Peters   Earth City
Michael Jenkins   O'Fallon   St. Louis
Michael Kapp   Saint Louis   St. Louis
Robert Kersting   Saint Charles   Earth City
Richard Kolbow   St Peters   Earth City
Kenton Kukal   Fulton   Columbia
Joseph Larocca   St. Peters   Earth City
Ben McClelland   Billings   Springfield
Thomas Mesmer   Kansas City   Kansas City
John Mullin   Pleasant Hill   Kansas City
Dennis Nelson   Parkville   Kansas City
Patrick Nield   Blue Springs   Lenexa
Michael Palumbo   Kansas City   Kansas City
Michael Poiry   Joplin   Joplin
Randall Rehkop   Arnold   Earth City
Mary Reyes   Independence   Kansas City
Daniel Rich   Saint Joseph   St. Joseph
David Seagraves   O'Fallon   Earth City
Raymond Ward Jr   Birch Tree   Willow Springs
Michael Weable   Columbia   Columbia
Gregory Zinser   Saint Louis   St. Louis

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