UPS Honors North Carolina Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 67 elite drivers from North Carolina 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.

North Carolina boasts 399 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 11,250 years of accident-free driving. Gerald Brown of Kannaolis, David Herndon of Charlotte, Gary Jackson of Fuquay Varina and Joel Taleford of Charlotte are the state’s senior-most safe drivers, with 42 years of accident-free driving under their belts. There are 3,313 total UPS drivers in North Carolina.

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 Dwayne Meeks, president, UPS South Atlantic 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.

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

DriverHometownUPS Work Location
Andrews, ReginaldCouncilLumberton
Bennett, AllenHigh PointGreensboro
Brown, WilliamBryson CityFranklin Center
Byrd, BrettHaysWinston-Salem
Carpenter Jr, JohnnyFayettevilleFayetteville
Castelloe, WilliamTynerEdenton
Cox, TonyEllerbeSouthern Pines
Crompton, WilliamWinston-SalemWinston-Salem
Dawson Jr., AllanKnightdaleRaleigh
Deal, CatheyLowellGastonia
Dickson, NormanGreensboroGreensboro
Dixon, RichardGreensboroGreensboro
Dove, BobbyHope MillsRaleigh
Fleetwood, JamesEdentonEdenton
Frank, DavidGibsonvilleGreensboro
Frye, RichardHickoryHickory
Gardner, RickyNashvilleRaleigh
Garner, GaryRandlemanHigh Point
Goodwin, RichardFayettevilleFayetteville
Gottilly, JohnWake ForestRaleigh
Graham, ThomasHope MillsFayetteville
Granillo, ArthurSmithfieldGoldsboro
Griffin, PerryWinston-SalemWinston-Salem
Hall Jr., LauderReidsvilleGreensboro
Heffner, DennisValeHickory
Herring Iii, HayesWilmingtonWilmington
Huffman, BobbyHudsonAsheville
Hughes, DavidLincolntonCharlotte
Johnson, VincentOxfordDurham
Ladd, LloydHarmonyStatesville
Link, DavidDurhamDurham
Little, DwayneWilkesboroWilkesboro
Longcoy III, CliffordArdenAsheville
Lunsford, JamesHillsboroughDurham
Lynch, EdwardKings MountainShelby
McLeod, ChristopherThomasvilleHigh Point
McNeill, JamesRaleighRaleigh
McRae, ThomasRockinghamSouthern Pines
Mills, DallasWinnabowRaleigh
Murphy, FernFranklinFranklin
Perry, MichaelValdeseLenoir
Phillips, DavidHertfordEdenton
Potter, JeffreyCaryCary
Ramsey, DavidPfafftownGreensboro
Rhodes, DannyJamestownGreensboro
Rogers, EdgarHubertHavelock
Siler, LarryAsheboroGreensboro
Sledge, EricDurhamDurham
Spears Jr., WilliamClaytonRaleigh
Starling, KennethFuquay VarinaCary
Stone, DavidSneads FerryJacksonville
Stone, JeffreyGreensboroGreensboro
Story, JeffreyLenoirHickory
Tatum, WilliamHigh PointGreensboro
Thacker, GeorgeGreensboroGreensboro
Vea, HarleyLocustCharlotte
Wallace, JamesNashvilleRocky Mount
Weaver, RobertShelbyShelby
Whitaker, TimothyFairviewHendersonville
Whitmore, KimHaw RiverChapel Hill
Willard, TerryStokesdaleGreensboro
Williams, JoelAsheboroGreensboro
Williams, KennethGreensboroGreensboro
Winstead, TroyBattleboroRocky Mount
Wioskowski, KennethMebaneDurham
Woods, MichaelYancevilleChapel Hill

Contact: UPS Public Relations

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