UPS Honors Tennessee Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:00am EST

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MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(Business Wire)--
UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 27 elite drivers from Tennessee are among 1,283
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. 

Tennessee boasts 205 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 5,994 years
of accident-free driving. Michael Jenks of Springfield is the state`s senior
safe driver, with 43 years of accident-free driving under his belt, tying him
for third best driving record among UPS`s 102,000 drivers. There are 2,166 total
UPS drivers in Tennessee. 

Globally, 6,486 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor.
Collectively they`ve racked up 178,663 years and more than 5.3 billion safe
miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than
212,000 times. 

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the
countless lives they`ve saved," said Kenneth Harms, president, UPS Mid South

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of
Livonia, Mich., with 50 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Santocke of
Dearborn, Mich., and Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., are next in line with 44
years each of safe driving. Thirty-seven 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 2012 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 

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of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more
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Following is a list of Tennessee drivers inducted this year to the Circle of

 Driver                     Hometown              UPS Work Location                     
 Sam Baker                  Memphis               Oakhaven Package Distribution Center  
 Tracy Chandler             Selmer                Selmer                                
 Anthony Clayton            Lawrenceburg          Columbia                              
 Don Dillehay               Manchester            Tullahoma                             
 Stephen Eddy               White House           Nashville Hub                         
 David Fuller               Morristown            Bristol                               
 Robert Gibbons             Franklin              Whites Creek Hub                      
 Christopher Gunnell        Knoxville             Knoxville                             
 Gregory Heard              Hendersonville        Whites Creek Hub                      
 Michael Hickman            Unicoi                Johnson City Center                   
 Jerry Hill                 Memphis               Oakhaven Package Distribution Center  
 Benjamin Keywood           Oakland               Oakhaven Package Distribution Center  
 John Laxton                Clinton               Knoxville                             
 Johnny Leyhew              Lascassas             Murfreesboro                          
 Michael Miers              Mt Juliet             Whites Creek Hub                      
 Freddy Morgan              Cleveland             Cleveland                             
 Kevin Oster                Cookeville            Cookeville Center                     
 Tony Peek                  Mt Juliet             Nashville Hub                         
 James Peevyhouse           Newbern               Dyersburg                             
 James Prater               Clinton               Knoxville                             
 Ronald Prather             Selmer                Selmer                                
 Harold Russell             Knoxville             Knoxville                             
 Lisa Sewell                Sparta                Sparta                                
 Randall Vanns              Lavergne              Whites Creek Hub                      
 Terry Ward                 Paris                 Paris                                 
 Donald Windham             Germantown            Oakhaven Package Distribution Center  
 Greg Winton                Sparta                Sparta                                

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