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UPS Honors Florida Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 88 elite drivers from Florida are among 1,613 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.

Florida boasts 499 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 14,081 years of accident-free driving. Ginny Odom of Orlando is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 41 years of accident-free driving under her belt. There are 5,385 total UPS drivers in Florida.

Globally, 8,703 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up more than 245,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers. That’s enough miles to travel to Mars and back 19 times.

“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said David Ruiz, president, UPS Florida District. “Their attention to detail has kept them safe and has helped improve public safety.”

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 53 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 47 years of safe driving. Sixty-six 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 UPS Public Relations at pr@ups.com. Visit pressroom.ups.com for multimedia assets.

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

DriverHometownUPS Work Location
Allen, WillieJacksonvilleJacksonville
Ammaturo, ElizabethLongwoodLongwood
Andres, FerminHialeahMiami
Autrey, LarryOrlandoOrlando
Ayers III, DavidBrooksvilleBrooksville
Barton, GaryOrange ParkJacksonville
Baxter Jr, JamesNew Port RicheyNew Port Richey
Benjamin, JeffreyOrlandoOrlando
Bishop, LawrenceBoynton BeachRiviera Beach
Bitcon, RowlandOrange ParkJacksonville
Borge, JacquelinePembroke PinesMiami
Boza, CharlesKissimmeeOrlando
Bradley, FrankCape CoralNaples
Browning, WilliamRiverviewOrlando
Butler, TimothyNaplesHialeah
Campbell, CraigJacksonvilleJacksonville
Castillo, ArielMiamiMiami
Cathey, MichaelPort OrangeDaytona
Chambers, TimothyMelbourne BeachMelbourne
Chasteen, MichaelGainesvilleJacksonville
Conde, ManuelMiamiHialeah
Crouse, PeterOrlandoOrlando
Demyan, AndrewShalimarPanama City
Diaz, AdalbertoMiamiHialeah
Ervin, SteveSarasotaSarasota
Farmer, PatrickSun City CenterTampa
Foster, FitzgeraldRoyal Palm BeachDeerfield
Gallant, StephenLeesburgLeesburg
Giudice, NicolasLand O' LakesBayside
Gonzalez, CarlosPembroke PinesHialeah
Graves, LarryWellingtonHialeah
Gray, WilliamOcalaOcala
Griner, ErnestRiverviewTampa
Gwynn, ChristianEustisLongwood
Hicks, QuentinBrandonTampa
Howell, JodyLive OakLake City
Johnson, JosephTallahasseeTallahassee
Kathman, MarkPort OrangeDaytona
Keiger, JohnBradentonBradenton
Kiernan, JamesClermontLongwood
Kirkland, BruceTallahasseeTallahassee
Koelker, GeorgeOrmond BeachDaytona
Kriminger, GeorgeMiamiMiami
Lamp, RockneCape CoralFt. Myers
Lawrence, KentWinter HavenLakeland
Leonard, MichaelFt. MyersFt. Myers
Lewers, RichardFt. LauderdaleFt. Lauderdale
Lewis, CharlesSt. PetersburgPinellas Park
Lowe, RandallPensacolaPanama City
Machado, GerardoMiami SpringsHialeah
Martin, JohnLabelleFt. Myers
Mascia, LoriLakelandOrlando
McArdle, JamesFt Walton BchPanama City
Medvetz, CraigBradentonSarasota
Mims, TerryDaytona BeachDaytona
Murphy, PatrickMiamiMiami South
Nauman, KennethSarasotaOrlando
Nelson, RobertPalm HarborOrlando
Parcels, KevinPalmettoBradenton
Peplow, RobertStuartStuart
Perrone, DennisTampaTampa
Peters II, DonaldSanfordLongwood
Pogue, DelarianCantonmentPensacola
Radd, JerryTallahasseeTallahassee
Ray Jr., RoyCasselberryLongwood
Reuter, KurtFt. LauderdaleFt. Lauderdale
Rhoden, SchileyNaplesNaples
Ridenhour, RandallJacksonvilleJacksonville
Robinson, KarlMargateDeerfield
Rogan, SeanNaplesNaples
Roman, JosephLongwoodLongwood
Sarro, JeffreyBoynton BeachDeerfield
Schaare, DanielOviedoLongwood
Schafer, TommyDavieMiami
Schultz, EdwardPalm HarborPalm Harbor
Schunatz, JosephLoxahatcheeHialeah
Sloan, JamesLeesburgLeesburg
Smith, ThomasOrlandoLongwood
Stephenson, ThomasNew Smyrna BeachDaytona
Stewart, DavidClear WaterPinellas Park
Straley, DavidPalm Beach GardensRiviera Beach
Strandberg Jr., RobertLargoPinellas Park
Tidwell, LawrenceLithiaLakeland
Tigner, CurtisDeerfield BeachDeerfield
Trudeau, JayParrishPinellas Park
Velez, DannyMiamiMiami South
Wright, HarrialBrooksvilleBayside
Zessin, KirkDefuniakChipley


Contact: UPS Public Relations pr@ups.com

Source: UPS