UPS Honors Arizona Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

PHOENIX, Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 21 elite drivers from Arizona are among 1,445 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.

Arizona boasts 88 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 2,461 years of accident-free driving. Mark Woolston of Glendale is the state's senior safe driver, with 39 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,726 total UPS drivers in Arizona.

Globally, 7,878 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they've racked up more than 221,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers. That's enough miles to travel to Mars and back 36 times.

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," said Jerry Mattes, president, UPS West Region.

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 52 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 46 years of safe driving. Sixty-two others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

UPS's 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging more than 3 billion miles a year and delivering more than 4 billion packages safely.

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.

NOTE: The following table lists local drivers by hometown and UPS center. If you're interested in interviewing a local driver, please contact Dan McMackin at Visit for multimedia assets.

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

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Begay, Freddie Whiteriver Showlow
Brewer, Jeffrey Tucson Tucson
Chavez, Joel Yuma Yuma
Diaz De Leon, Michael Peoria Phoenix Hub
Galvan, John Phoenix Phoenix Hub
Guerrero, Andres Peoria Phoenix Hub
Jordan, Leann Tempe Mesa
Martinez, Anthony Tucson Tucson
Mellon, Neil Glendale Phoenix Hub
O'Donnell, James Black Canyon City Phoenix Hub
O'Donnell, Lance Sun City Estrella
Pagel, Karl Chandler Tempe
Petitt, Aaron Sierra Vista Sierra Vista
Salgado, Darin Gilbert Phoenix Hub
Taylor, Dale Mesa Phoenix Hub
Thompson, Brad Glendale Phoenix Hub
Todecozy, Victor Flagstaff Flagstaff
Torrez, John Phoenix Phoenix Hub
Touvell, Michael Peoria Phoenix Hub
Trainor, William Safford Safford
Weaver, Mark Gilbert Tempe

CONTACT: Dan McMackin

Source: UPS