FedEx to Send Ninety-Eight Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships
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Competitors Reflect FedEx Commitment to Safety and Professionalism MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(Business Wire)-- Ninety-eight drivers from 42 states representing the FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies will compete in the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Pittsburgh Aug. 18-22. Each FedEx driver earned the right to compete in the NTDC by qualifying at state-level truck driving championships. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) sponsors the NTDC, which is designed to recognize industry leadership in safety and to promote professionalism among truck drivers. "The backbone of our company is made up of thousands of professional drivers and contractors who not only strive to deliver every shipment on time but also ensure that safety remains a fundamental priority in everything they do," said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer, FedEx Corp. "The overall performance of the more than 1,400 FedEx drivers, couriers and contractors who competed in their respective state championships and the accomplishments of our 98 NTDC competitors in particular exemplify the commitment of our entire driving force to safely share the road with other motorists each day." Here are some facts about the 2009 FedEx NTDC competitors: * Collectively, the drivers have more than 1,880 years of professional driving experience among them. * In total, the team has safely driven more than 96 million miles during their careers - enough to circle the globe almost 3,855 times. * Forty-eight of the FedEx competitors have driven professionally for 20 years or more. * Forty-one of them have each accumulated at least one million miles of safe driving. * Eight of them have won five or more state championships. At the NTDC, the FedEx drivers will be among nearly 450 competitors who will vie for national titles in nine different classes of vehicles and for the National Grand Champion title. The drivers accumulate points by demonstrating their driving skills and knowledge of the industry through a written exam, pre-trip inspection and field test. John Smith Jr., a contractor for FedEx Ground based in Tupelo, Miss., will be competing at his fifth NTDC. The reigning National Champion in the Tank Truck class and the National Flatbed Co-Champion in 2007, he has driven more than 1.7 million miles during his 17-year career without ever having had an accident. "Competing at the NTDC is like playing in the Super Bowl," said Smith. "The competitors at this event represent the safest and most professional drivers on the road today. To be counted among them is truly an honor." The 2009 FedEx National Truck Driving Championships team includes: Driver State Domicile Class Special Awards Ron Bernier AK Anchorage Step Van Blake Reves AK Anchorage 3-Axle Grand Champion Doug Rickel AK Anchorage Straight Truck Steve Alley AL Mobile Straight Truck David Thompson AR Little Rock Step Van Brad Clyne AZ Tucson Twins Joe Gross AZ Tempe Straight Truck Sean Saxon AZ Tempe Step Van Rookie of the Year; Highest Driving Score Tyrone Burghardt CA Lancaster Step Van Mike Thacker CA Fontana 3-Axle Matthew Allison CO Denver Step Van Paul Frisby CO Denver 4-Axle Roland Bolduc CT Windsor Locks 3-Axle Paul Brandon CT New Haven Flatbed Tim Cohen CT Hartford 4-Axle Tom Griffin CT New Haven 5-Axle Sleeper Dennis Lavallee CT Hartford Step Van Karen Roderick CT Hartford Straight Truck Michael Conaway DE New Castle Straight Truck Joe LeBlanc DE Salisbury, Md. Step Van Rusty Pederson DE Wilmington Twins Shane Hilligoss FL Lakeland Step Van Neil Ramlochan FL Orlando Twins Greg Sams FL Ocala 3-Axle Tim Banasiak IL Peru Twins Brian Clark IN Indianapolis 3-Axle Don Logan KS Topeka 3-Axle Grand Champion; Highest Written Exam Bertram Buntain KY Lexington Twins John Willinger KY Louisville 5-Axle Kenny Benoit LA Lafayette 5-Axle Kyle Mitchell Sr. LA Baton Rouge Tank Truck Bill Anthony MA East Boston 5-Axle Best Pre-Trip Inspection Joe Brennan MA Needham Step Van Ed Oakes MA Springfield Twins Mike Forchetti MD Rockville Step Van Chester Masser Jr. MD Hagerstown Tank Truck Tommy Shope MD Hagerstown Twins Grand Champion Brad Bartlett Jr. ME Portland Straight Truck Jason Brooks ME Bangor Step Van Matt Richardson ME Augusta Twins Grand Champion; Rookie of the Year Jim Fisher MI Toledo, Ohio 3-Axle Ron Metternick MI Grand Rapids Tank Truck Chris Thomas MI Flint Twins Reggie Copeland MN Minneapolis Straight Truck Rob Janke MN Minneapolis 4-Axle Bill Pudney MN White Bear Lake Step Van Mike Westphall MN Minneapolis Twins Best Pre-Trip Inspection Jon Hume MO St. Louis Tank Truck Greg Kauffmann MO St. Louis Straight Truck Joe Mangiaracino MO St. Clair 3-Axle Grand Champion Rick Surrisi MO Columbia Step Van Tommy Boyanton MS Jackson 3-Axle John Smith Jr. MS Tupelo Tank Truck Grand Champion Rodney Talbert MS McComb Step Van Rookie of the Year Brad Butler MT Billings Twins Matt Alberts NC Greensboro Straight Truck Jake Brown NC Greensboro 4-Axle Neil Morgan NC Greensboro Tank Truck John Janousek ND Fargo 5-Axle Best Pre-Trip Inspection Steve Tucker NE Lincoln Straight Truck Paul Robichaud NH Londonderry 4-Axle Norman Sullivan NH Londonderry Flatbed Curt Wheeler NH Manchester Step Van Lester Beben NJ S. Brunswick 5-Axle Grand Champion Bart Masciulli NJ Mount Laurel Step Van Dan Bruch NM Albuquerque 5-Axle Oscar Delgado NM El Paso, Texas Step Van Dion Saiz NM Albuquerque Twins Grand Champion Arthur Corral Jr. NV Las Vegas Straight Truck Matt Meyer NV Las Vegas Step Van Rookie of the Year Gragg Wilson NV Reno 5-Axle Sleeper Jim Kohr NY Rochester Straight Truck Grand Champion Mark McLean NY Newburgh Twins Highest Written Exam Robby Wakely NY Jamaica 4-Axle Scott Woodrome OH Dayton 3-Axle Chris Outen OR Portland Twins Nick Paradiso OR Portland Step Van Dan Shamrell OR Portland 3-Axle Grand Champion; Best Pre-Trip Inspection Sam Leaper PA Harrisburg 3-Axle John Nash PA Harrisburg Step Van Ron Desorcy RI Providence Step Van Troy Swenson SD Watertown 5-Axle Sleeper Highest Written Exam Mike Whitehead SD Sioux Falls Twins Dave Magee TN Dresden Tank Truck Brady Todd TN Memphis Step Van Rookie of the Year Mike Lopez TX Dallas 4-Axle Matt Bartnett VA Fredericksburg Step Van Carroll Bean VT Alburg Straight Truck Danielle Carbonneau VT Lebanon, N.H. Step Van Chris Goddard VT Williston 5-Axle Sleeper Christopher Novak VT Williston Flatbed Bernie Spine VT Williston 3-Axle Tony Todd WA Seattle Step Van Jim Burmesch WI Milwaukee 3-Axle Brent Glasenapp WI Milwaukee Straight Truck Jason Hillier WI Madison 4-Axle Daryl England WV Charleston 4-Axle Jerry Pugh WV Parkersburg Tank Truck In 2008, FedEx drivers captured National Champion titles in the Tank Truck, 4-Axle and Twins classes and the NTDC Rookie of the Year honor. In addition, FedEx drivers earned three other top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes. About FedEx FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $35 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 280,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com. FedEx Ground David Westrick, 412-859-5435 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2009