UPS Freight Driver Starts New Year with Dual Industry Honors

Wed Feb 6, 2013 10:00am EST

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Minn.`s Nate Wick Drives Home Message of Safety, Service
RICHMOND, Va.--(Business Wire)--
At UPS Freight, safety and service aren`t buzzwords; they are two of the
principal values that steer the company`s operations. In Minneapolis, UPS
Freight driver Nathan Wick so embraces those values that he received both state
and national trucking industry honors in January. 

On Jan. 8, American Trucking Associations (ATA) selected Wick to its 2013-2014
America`s Road Team, a premier group of professional truck drivers who travel
the country to speak on behalf of the trucking industry about safety and
transportation issues. Slightly more than two weeks later, he was named
Minnesota`s 2012 Truck Driver of the Year by the Minnesota Trucking Association
(MTA). Both honors are awarded, in part, based on a safe driving record and
community service. 

"To say that Nate had quite a January is a bit of an understatement," said Jack
Holmes, president of UPS Freight. "For him to be recognized by both ATA and the
MTA in the same month speaks to his commitment to safety and his dedication to
the industry. 

"Nate is a great example of the caliber of professional driver we have at UPS
Freight. Our drivers don`t just believe in the company`s values; they live them
every day, both on and off the job." 

Over the course of his 16-year career - the last six of which have been with UPS
Freight- Wick has logged more than one million miles on the road without an
accident. His typical route involves pickups and deliveries in downtown
Minneapolis and the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. In addition, he serves as a
member of his service center`s Comprehensive Health and Safety Program Board,
delivers daily safety messages to his fellow drivers before their shifts, and
trains newly hired employees. 

He also is an organizer of the World`s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics
and volunteers with the community outreach project Ruby`s Pantry and with
Trucker Buddy International, a mentoring program that connects professional
truck drivers with schoolchildren. 

About 2,000 truck drivers from across the country applied to be on the 2013-2014
America`s Road Team, according to ATA. Wick was selected from a field of 32
finalists following an intense two-day competition that tested industry
expertise and communication skills. Wick joins 18 other professional drivers on
the team and will spend the next two years speaking to community groups, the
media and public officials about safe driving while maintaining his full-time
job with UPS Freight. ATA created America`s Road Team in 1986. 

The MTA selected Wick from a group of 12 Minnesota drivers that had each been
recognized as a Driver of the Month throughout 2012. Wick initially was honored
in July of last year based on his safe driving record, job performance and
community service. The Minnesota Truck Driver of the Year Program has been in
existence for more than 50 years. 

"What a month!" declared Wick. "This journey through the process of becoming a
member of America`s Road Team and Minnesota`s Driver of the Year has been one of
great personal and professional growth. I am humbled and honored to be the
youngest person named to both of these elite groups of professionals and to
represent UPS Freight and the trucking industry." 

UPS Freight (NYSE:UPS) is one of the largest LTL carriers in the United States
and a leading truckload (TL) service provider. Operating nearly 200 service
centers, UPS Freight offers a full range of regional and long-haul capabilities
and an on-time delivery guarantee for all LTL shipments, serving customers
throughout North America, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For
more information, visit ltl.upsfreight.com.

UPS Freight
Sandy Adkins, 804-291-5362 

Copyright Business Wire 2013

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