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UPS Honors Texas Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

February 26, 2020 GMT

HOUSTON, Feb. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 58 elite drivers from Texas are among 1,316 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.

Texas boasts 776 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 21,904 years of accident-free driving. Arturo Martinez of El Paso is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 46 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 9,214 total full-time UPS drivers in Texas.

“I can’t say enough about all the men and women who were inducted this year,” said Deryl Hill, president, UPS Red River District. “Their dedication to safe driving on America’s roadways keeps them safe, improves public safety and sets a high standard for professional drivers.”

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 57 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 51 years of safe driving. One hundred fifty-nine others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

The company’s 129,000 small-package drivers worldwide are among the safest on the roads, logging close to 3.5 billion miles per year and delivering 5.5 billion packages annually.

Collectively, these drivers have achieved more than 280,969 years of safe driving throughout their careers. That’s enough time behind the wheel to drive non-stop from Miami to San Diego – over 65 million times. And they’ve done it while delivering 3 percent of the world’s GDP – 20 million packages a day.

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 page 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 Texas drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Alvarez II, Leroy El Paso El Paso --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Ankenbruck Jr, Victor Houston Mykawa --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Barrera, Roland Corpus Christi Corpus Christi --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Baumbach, Michael Spring Willowbrook --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Bell, Tracey Denison Sherman --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Bowen, David Rowlett Dallas --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Brandenburgh, Dean Sulphur Springs Sulphur Springs --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Briones, Jo Ann Del Rio Del Rio --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Caka, Mark Round Rock Round Rock --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Chumley, Randy Marshall Longview --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Cowley, David Highland Village Fort Worth --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Culwell, Johnny Forney Mesquite --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Elliott, Edward Irving Dallas --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Frank, John Port Arthur Houston --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Giusti, Craig Santa Fe Texas City --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Granado, John Austin Austin --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Hadnott, Ronnie Houston Willowbrook --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Hall, Kenneth Lewisville Dallas/Fort Worth Airport --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Hanson, Clay Round Rock Austin --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Hartweck, Mark Sachse Mesquite --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Hernandez, Carlos Austin Round Rock --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Hernandez, John Houston Houston --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Hines, Donald Arlington Dallas --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Horsley, Thomas Pearland Willowbrook --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Johnson, Glenn Desoto Dallas --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Johnson, Tony Fresno Houston --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Jordan, Christopher Fort Worth Arlington --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Kemble, Gary Valley View Dallas --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Kraft, Brad Mckinney Denton --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Lambert, Joseph Euless Dallas --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Martinez, Edward El Paso El Paso --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Mendez Jr, Armando San Antonio San Antonio --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Mitschke, Thomas Stafford Stafford --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Moore, Ray Houston Houston --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Moreno Jr, Edward Lubbock Lubbock --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Morrison, Raymond Lubbock Amarillo --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Muniz, Braulio Pearland Mykawa --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Murphy, David Fort Worth Fort Worth --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Navarrette, Peter Austin Austin --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Ott, Kimberly Carrollton Fort Worth --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Owen, Donald Rockwall Dallas --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Pappas, Christopher Houston Stafford --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Perez, Sonny Grand Prairie Dallas --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Portley Jr, Billy Terrell Mesquite --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Ramirez Jr, Ramiro Round Rock Round Rock --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Reyna, Jesse Alvin Texas City --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Roemer, Mark Bastrop Austin --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Sonnen, James Sulphur Springs Mesquite --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Sotelo, Edward Houston Houston --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Spears, Stanley Lubbock Lubbock --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Staffieri, Patrick Lake Jackson Angleton --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Stahl, Michael Sulphur Springs Sulphur Springs --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Stansel Jr, George Spring Houston --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Stege, Paul Magnolia Houston --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Toliver Jr, James Bryan Bryan --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Villarreal, Raul Splendora Willowbrook --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Williams, Karriem Hutto Round Rock --------------------- ---------------- ------------------------- Williams, Michael Abilene Abilene --------------------- ---------------- -------------------------

Contact: UPS Public Relations pr@ups.com