UPS Honors Missouri Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 33 elite drivers from Missouri 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.

Missouri boasts 218 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 6,324 years of accident-free driving. Donald Kopac of St. Louis is the state's senior safe driver, with 41 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,783 total UPS drivers in Missouri.

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 Kim Wyant, president, UPS Central Plains District.

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.

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

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Boarman, Thomas Barnhart Crystal City
Brown Jr, Jerald Bois D Arc Springfield Ext
Brown, Thomas Rolla Rolla Center
Buersmeyer, Rodney Jefferson City Jefferson City
Burton, David Kaiser Camdenton
Clark, Paul St Peters Earth City
Covey, Timothy Blue Springs James St
Diederich III, Gregory St. Joseph St. Joseph
Evers, Steven Fenton Earth City
Faletti, Frank Florissant Earth City
Fish, Gary Kansas City Kansas City
Head, Randy Houston Willow Springs
Hicks, Ronald Springfield Springfield (Metro Bldg.)
Isenmann Jr, Thomas Jasper Joplin
Jost, Steven St. Louis Southeast
Kapp, Michael Saint Louis Earth City
Lee, Tammy St Louis St. Louis
Majors, Mark Columbia Columbia
Maples, John Osage Beach Camdenton
Marzett, Gilbert Kansas City Kansas City
Michaelis, Daniel Holt Lenexa
Randoll, Robert Florissant Earth City
Roberts, Guy Fenton Earth City
Rose, Stephen Saint Louis Jeff Ave
Seward, Marion Florissant Earth City
Shelton, William St. Louis Earth City
Sigears, John Camden Point Lenexa
Sparkman Jr, Jerry Republic Springfield (Metro Bldg.)
Tarkington, Keith Saint Charles Earth City
Verbanaz, Mark Florissant Earth City
Wallace, Charles Lees Summitt James St
York, David O Fallon Earth City
Zinser, Gregory Saint Louis Jeff Ave

CONTACT: Dan McMackin

Source: UPS