UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 53 elite drivers from Michigan are among 1,283 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 217 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 6,163 years of accident-free driving. Thomas Camp of Livonia is the state’s senior safe driver, with 50 years of accident-free driving under his belt, ranking him the safest driver among UPS’s 102,000 drivers. There are 2,505 total UPS drivers in Michigan.
Globally, 6,486 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up 178,663 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than 212,000 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 Great Lakes District.
Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Camp with Thomas Santocke of Dearborn, Mich., and Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., next in line with 44 years each of safe driving. Thirty-seven others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.
UPS’s 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging nearly 3 billion miles a year and averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven.
UPS invested $175 million in 2012 on safety training and employs its own comprehensive driving course called “Space and Visibility.” All UPS drivers are taught safe driving methods beginning on the first day of classroom training through the company’s defensive driving platform. The training continues throughout their careers.
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.
More information on UPS’s commitment to safety is available at http://www.pressroom.ups.com/safety.
UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
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Following is a list of Michigan drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.
|Driver||Hometown||UPS Work Location|
|Thomas Bartholomew||Caledonia||Grand Rapids Hub|
|Jeff Baumunk||Big Rapids||Big Rapids Center|
|Jamie Bernacik||Canton||Madison Hts|
|Floyd Champagne||Grand Rapids||Grand Rapids Hub|
|Mark Darling||Hudsonville||Grand Rapids Hub|
|Donald Dobrovich||New Boston||Taylor|
|Rickie Dodson||Commerce Twp||Wixom|
|Charles Ferrell||New Haven||Woodbridge|
|Kelly Fisher||Indian River||Petoskey|
|Michael Forkin||St Clair Shore||Woodbridge|
|Jeffery Gepford||Rosebush||Mount Pleasant|
|Robert Graf||Livonia||Madison Hts|
|Michael Kahayian||Highland||Madison Hts|
|Thaddeus Kush||Sterling Heights||Woodbridge|
|Michael Lawrence||Grand Rapids||Grand Rapids Hub|
|Eric Lewis||Chesterfield Twp||Madison Hts|
|Michael Maraldo||Livonia||Livonia Hub|
|Ronald Misiak||Chesterfield Township||Madison Hts|
|Thomas O'Brien||Livonia||Livonia Hub|
|Steven Orler||Eaton Rapids||Lansing|
|Reynaldo Pena Jr||Grand Rapids||Grand Rapids Hub|
|John Edward Rayburn||Livonia||Livonia Hub|
|Mitchell Rider||Williamsburg||Grand Rapids Hub|
|William Riemer||Berrien Springs||St. Joseph Center|
|David Ritchie||Sterling Hts||Madison Hts|
|Jeffery Rogers||Battle Creek||Battle Creek Center|
|Gary Rolka||Rochester Hills||Livonia Hub|
|Douglas Rop||Middleville||Grand Rapids Hub|
|David Schewe||Stevensville||St. Joseph Center|
|Joel Smith||Stanwood||Big Rapids Center|
|Tim Timmer||Hudsonville||Grand Rapids Hub|
|Christopher Tomlinson||Eaton Rapids||Lansing|
|Gary Vinnay||Milan||Livonia Hub|
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