UPS Honors California Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 138 elite drivers from California 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.

California boasts 722 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 20,234 years of accident-free driving. Peter Pavlian of San Bernardio is the state's senior safe driver, with 44 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 11,198 total UPS drivers in California.

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 dmcmackin@ups.com. Visit pressroom.ups.com for multimedia assets.

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

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Araujo, Martin Fairfield Suisun City
Argarin, Joselito Stockton Stockton
Ashbrook, Mark Bakersfield Bakersfield
Bair, Daniel Fair Oaks Sacramento
Barros, Keith San Lorenzo Oakland
Batson, Joseph Chula Vista San Diego Hub
Beasley, Dennis Oceanside Chula Vista
Bossenmeyer, Michael Anaheim Grande Vista
Briseno, Juan Huntington Park Grande Vista
Brooks, Dennis Montague Yreka
Bruno, Tracie Santa Rosa Santa Rosa
Buffardi, David Westminster Anaheim
Burgess, John San Leandro Oakland
Casares, Javier Richard Yorba Linda Grande Vista
Chew, Vince San Francisco S.San Francisco
Christensen, Randall Likely Alturas
Cole, Douglas Aliso Viejo Laguna Hub
Colwell, Donald Ontario San Gabriel Hub
Connelly, Earl Bakersfield Bakersfield
Contreras, Sergio Chino Anaheim
Crandall, Marc Santee Chula Vista
Dabranca Jr., Manuel Ripon Sacramento
Damato, Gaetano San Francisco S.San Francisco
Danielson, David Fresno Fresno
Diaz, Anthony Bakersfield Bakersfield
Diaz, Victor Lancaster Lancaster Center
Dierks, Gary Lakewood Gardena Hub
Dougherty, Thomas Fremont Sunnyvale
Eagle, Stephanie Santa Clara Sunnyvale
Edell, Jeffery San Jose Sunnyvale
Edwards, Brian Oakdale Ceres
Ellis, Paul Monrovia Grande Vista
Espino, Luis Simi Valley San Fernando
Fair, Lisa Northridge Van Nuys Hub
Fair, Rex Discovery Bay Oakley
Felix, Alejandro Santa Maria Goleta
Fields, Jeff Murrieta Laguna Hub
Fox, David Murrieta Laguna Hub
Frank, Timothy Calimesa Ontario Air Hub
Frazier, David Fresno Fresno
Gerrity, William Yorba Linda Anaheim
Glascock, Michael Costa Mesa Laguna Hub
Guffey, Ronald Fairfield Napa
Gutierrez, David Lemon Grove San Diego Hub
Hannibal, Ronald Calimesa Ontario Air Hub
Hawley, Clark Banning Ontario Air Hub
Hayatian, William Whittier Anaheim
Hensley, Malcolm Rocklin Marysville
Hernandez, Albert Lake Elsinore Ontario Air Hub
Hernandez, Jess Garden Grove Laguna Hub
Hogshead III., William San Dimas San Gabriel Hub
Holbrook, Mark San Jose San Jose
Imamura, Tom Seal Beach Anaheim
Iturriaga, Armando Littlerock San Fernando
Johnson, Steven Tustin Laguna Hub
Jones, Jay Northridge Van Nuys Hub
Kaneshiro, Curtis Gardena Gardena Hub
Kang, Tyson Moreno Valley Ontario Air Hub
Karlen Jr, Donald Victorville Victorville Center
Kennedy, Michael Lancaster San Fernando
King, Trent Clovis Fresno
Knight, Robert Winchester Ontario Air Hub
Kosaka, David Palos Verdes Estates Gardena Hub
Krohn, Frank Clovis Fresno
Ku, Ryne Sam Burbank San Fernando
Lagmay, Rodolfo La Mirada Cerritos Hub
Lammers, William Huntington Beach Anaheim
Light, William San Diego San Diego Hub
Linn, Walter Burlingame S.San Francisco
Lopez, Dennis Oceanside San Diego Hub
Lozano, Charles Sacramento Sacramento
Magallanes, Hilario Castro Valley Oakland
Marks, Gary Anaheim Cerritos Hub
Marshall, William Long Beach Cerritos Hub
Martinez, Timothy Sylmar San Fernando
Mastergeorge, Scott Seal Beach Grande Vista
McCants, Damon San Dimas Cerritos Hub
McCortney, Warren Santa Clarita Main Street Hub
McCowan, Kirk Visalia Visalia
McCoy, Jeromy Oakland Oakland
Miller, Bruce Templeton San Luis Obispo
Miller, Keith Lancaster Main Street Hub
Mitchell, William Bellflower Gardena Hub
Mixon, Garrett Murrietta Ontario Air Hub
Montes, Raudel Downey Main Street Hub
Morris, David Ukiah S.San Francisco
Muhle, Gregory Corona Anaheim
Muller, Travis Valencia San Fernando
Murillo, Carlos Murrieta San Marcos
Norman, Anthony Fresno Fresno
O'brien, Vincent Woodland Hills Van Nuys Hub
Olarte, Charles Stockton Stockton
Padilla, Daniel Oxnard Ventura
Pedrick, Scott Valencia Van Nuys Hub
Perez, Enrique Whittier Laguna Hub
Perez, Patricia Claremont Ontario Air Hub
Phillips, Gary Oakland Oakland
Ponce, Lonnie Piru Van Nuys Hub
Potter, James Bakersfield Bakersfield
Purpura, Steven Pleasanton Oakland
Rabith, Brian Merced Merced
Ramirez Jr, William La Mirada Grande Vista
Reed, Kevin West Hills Van Nuys Hub
Reed, Richard Elk Grove Sacramento
Reed, Rodney Oakland Richmond
Riel, James Antioch Concord
Roberts, Michael Yorba Linda Anaheim
Rumsey, Blake Mission Viejo Laguna Hub
Saddler, Thomas Lakewood Cerritos Hub
Sanchez, Jim Castro Valley S.San Francisco
Sanico Jr, Steve Montebello Main Street Hub
Sauls, Rickey Clovis Fresno
Schlabs, Arthur San Dimas Ontario Air Hub
Scott, Boyd Anderson Anderson
Sebastian, Pablo San Mateo S.San Francisco
Shockley II., Douglas Marysville Marysville
Silva, Greg Angels Camp Angels Camp
Silva, Oscar Costa Mesa Anaheim
Siu, Lino Daly City S.San Francisco
Stevens, Tony Bakersfield Bakersfield
Stone, Jason Long Beach Cerritos Hub
Stowers, Michael Oakland Oakland
Tate, David Palmdale San Fernando
Tiendas, Gilbert San Jose Sunnyvale
Torres, Emerio Hayward Richmond
Tyrrel, Daniel Moreno Valley Riverside
Valenzuela, Frank Whittier Grande Vista
Van Trease, Ken Livermore Oakland
Vasquez, Gin Tracy Stockton
Viayra, Thomas La Mirada Cerritos Hub
Watanabe, Terrance Torrance Gardena Hub
Weathers, Faye Murrieta Laguna Hub
Wettstein, Joe San Bruno S.San Francisco
Williams, Ronald North Hills Van Nuys Hub
Wilson, Kevin Hesperia Victorville Center
Wood, Robert Northridge Van Nuys Hub
Zelko, John Rocklin Rocklin
Zier, David Santa Ana Laguna Hub

CONTACT: Dan McMackin dmcmackin@ups.com

Source: UPS