UPS Honors North Carolina Drivers For 25 Years Of Safe Driving

UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 78 elite drivers from North Carolina 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.

North Carolina boasts 331 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 9,248 years of accident-free driving. Gerald Brown of Kannapolis and Gary Jackson of Fuquay Varina are the state’s senior safe drivers, with 40 years each of accident-free driving under their belts. There are 3,065 total UPS drivers in North Carolina.

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 Dwayne Meeks, president, UPS South Atlantic 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 North Carolina drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.



UPS Work Location
Earle Mize   South Mills   Virginia Beach
Glenn Baldwin   Fayetteville   Fayetteville Center
Clifton Ballard   Leland   Wilmington Center
Joe Bell   Concord   Charlotte Hub
Enoch Blakely Jr   Knightdale   Raleigh
Michael Bonner   Walkertown   Greensboro Hub
Terrell Brewer   Salisbury   Kannapolis
Curtis Burrell   Gastonia   Charlotte Hub
Timothy Cameron   Carthage   Southern Pines Center
Douglas Clark   Chapel Hill   Chapel Hill
Joel Cook   Taylorsville   Lenoir
David Cooper   High Point   High Point
Patrick Creech   Lagrange   Raleigh
Nick Crowder   Hickory   Hickory Center
Carlton Daniels   Wilmington   Wilmington Center
Michael Deloatch   Graham   Greensboro Hub
Mark Denoff   Rural Hall   Greensboro Hub
Mark Diorio   Charlotte   Charlotte Hub
Tim Ferguson   Cameron   Southern Pines Center
Calvin Ford   Goldsboro   Goldsboro Center
Terry Franklin   Climax   Greensboro Hub
Curtis Franklin Jr   Granite Falls   Lenoir
Franklin Fry   Hickory   Hickory Center
Gordon Gamble   Monroe   Monroe
John Gilbert   Apex   Raleigh
Kenneth Gillenwater   Midland   Charlotte Hub
Tony Haga   High Point   Greensboro Hub
Edward Hansley   Concord   Charlotte Hub
Stanley Hargett   New Bern   Havelock
Sheldon Harper   Gastonia   Gastonia
John Hedrick   Charlotte   Charlotte Hub
James Herder   Angier   Raleigh
Euland Holland   Salemburg   Fayetteville Center
Ralph Hollopeter II   Concord   Monroe
Timmy Holmes   Pinnacle   Greensboro Hub
Christopher Howell   Graham   Greensboro Hub
Phillip Johnson   Kernersville   Greensboro Hub
Michael Jones   Edenton   Edenton Center
James Kearney Jr   Pikeville   Raleigh
Darrell Keeter   Rocky Mount   Rocky Mount
Stephan Klimczak   Fayetteville   Raleigh
Jeffrey Kronkoski   Greenville   Greenville Center
Glen Lane   Statesville   Statesville
Ronnie Law   Ramseur   Greensboro Hub
John McCann   Cary   Raleigh
Michael McCoy   Oxford   Durham Center
James Mebane Jr   Elon   Greensboro Hub
Douglas Mecimore   Statesville   Asheville
Gerald Midkiff   Hubert   Havelock
Ronald Moore   Garner   Raleigh
John Nelson   Kernersville   Winston Salem Building
William Nelson   Wilmington   Wilmington Center
Harold Orr   Bryson City   Sylva
David Ostler   Jacksonville   Jacksonville Center
Richard Owen   Fayetteville   Fayetteville Center
Richard Owings Jr   Millers Creek   Wilkesboro
Julian Patterson Jr   Greensboro   Greensboro Hub
Mark Pearson   Walnut Cove   Winston Salem Building
Russell Perry   Raleigh   Raleigh
Elbert Porchea   Clayton   Raleigh
Edwin Price   Greensboro   Greensboro Hub
Steven Purvis   Matthews   Monroe
James Ramsey   Dallas   Gastonia
Renee Reeves   Hendersonville   Asheville
Charles Richardson   Raleigh   Raleigh
Barry Sawyers   Pinnacle   Winston Salem Building
D Sossamon Jr   Concord   Greensboro Hub
Joseph Spain   Raleigh   Raleigh
Stacey Spicer   Raleigh   Raleigh
Christopher Stogner   Oakboro   Monroe
Roger Troutman   Concord   Charlotte Hub
Terry Vestal   Boonville   Winston Salem Building
Larry Wallace   Chapel Hill   Raleigh
Johnny Watkins   N Wilkesboro   Wilkesboro
Robert Watkins Jr   Lewisville   Winston Salem Building
Kevin Whitener   Hickory   Hickory Center
Raeford Wiggins   Greensboro   Greensboro Hub
Anthony Wilson   Durham   Raleigh

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