UPS Honors Michigan Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

DETROIT, Feb. 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 66 elite drivers from Michigan 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.

Michigan boasts 280 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 7,798 years of accident-free driving. Thomas Camp of Livonia is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 53 years of accident-free driving under his belt, ranking him the safest driver among UPS’s 102,000 drivers. There are 3,157 total UPS drivers in Michigan.

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 Derick Craft, president, UPS Great Lakes 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. 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 Visit for multimedia assets.

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

DriverHometownUPS Work Location
Babcock, RandyCass CityCass City
Baerlocher, JenniferRochester HillsMadison Heights
Bailey, TadSt. LouisMount Pleasant
Barchett, JefferyBenton HarborSt. Joseph
Barnes, RodSouthfieldWoodbridge
Bartels, KarenEau ClaireSt. Joseph
Baumgart, JosephSt. Clair ShoresLivonia
Beaver, DavidWayneYpsilanti
Brohl, NorbertShelby TownshipMadison Heights
Bryer, BrianClarkstonPontiac
Camper, RandallYpsilantiYpsilanti
Carlisle, KirkSaginawSaginaw
Connor, TimothySterling HeightsLivonia
Cotter, KieMt. PleasantMount Pleasant
Covert, DanielLivoniaLivonia
Davis, TroyAuburn HillsMadison Heights
Deater, DavidByron CenterGrand Rapids
Detwiler, RandallShephardMount Pleasant
Diciuccio, DanielDrydenMadison Heights
Dushane, ToddRockwoodTaylor
Gerulis, PatrickGrand RapidsGrand Rapids
Gonzalez, EfrenCoralGrand Rapids
Goodin Jr., JohnNewaygoGrand Rapids
Graham, KristaWyomingGrand Rapids
Gutowski, KennethManisteeLudington
Hibbs, GaryFlushingFlint
Hopp, RodneyPresque IsleAlpena
Horgan, DanielLivoniaLivonia Hub
Jones, AlexisLansingLansing
Kanine, MichaelShepherdMount Pleasant
Kazmierowski, MichaelShelby TownshipMadison Heights
Kline, LindaMarcellusKalamazoo
Lauter, DonaldBellevilleYpsilanti
Lepage, ScottDurandFlint
Mckenzie, ScottLake OrionPontiac
Mesler, LisaMasonHowell
Miller, RaymondMacombWoodbridge
Mochol, AndrewLivoniaLivonia
Morey, BretCharlotteLansing
Murphy, MartiBay CitySaginaw
Nunamaker, MikeBay CitySaginaw
Pearson, JamesFlintFlint
Pierson, ShawnDearbornMadison Heights
Putek Jr., JulianRiverviewCicotte
Rapezzi, RichardWarrenMadison Heights
Rau, BrentGrandvilleGrand Rapids
Reid, JeffreyGrand RapidsGrand Rapids
Ruf, JohnHartlandHowell
Sauger, RichardWarrenMadison Heights
Sirvaitis, JamesWestlandLivonia
Smith, DelCheboyganPetoskey
Tenbusch, DouglasDefordCass City
Tetu Jr., MarkWest BranchWest Branch
Tischler, LudwigTroyMadison Heights
Valacak, KennethPortageKalamazoo
Wade, MurrayOak ParkMadison Heights
Ward, WilliamBrightonLivonia
Whipple, JosephCedar SpringsGrand Rapids
Whiting, ThomasFarmington HillsLivonia
Wieck, DonaldWarrenWoodbridge
Williams, DerrickSterling HeightsLivonia
Wilson, AnthonyMount PleasantMount Pleasant
Wood, LarryChesterfield TownshipWoodbridge
Wozniak, JohnDearbornCicotte
Yates, JasonBay CitySaginaw
Zylstra, DouglasDorrGrand Rapids

Contact: UPS Public Relations

Source: UPS