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UPS Honors Illinois Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

UPS Honors Illinois Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving10:00 EST Wednesday, February 20, 2013 CHICAGO (Business Wire) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 61 elite drivers from Illinois 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. Illinois boasts 303 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 8,661 years of accident-free driving. Benito Rosa of Chicago and Ralph Lendi of Tinley Park are the state's senior safe drivers, with 42 years each of accident-free driving under their belts, tying them for fourth best safe driving record among UPS's 102,000 drivers. There are 4,170 total UPS drivers in Illinois. 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 Joe Picone, president, UPS Illinois District. Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 50 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Santocke of Dearborn, Mich., and Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., are 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 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 and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, visit ** NOTE: The following pages list local drivers by hometown and UPS center.If you're interested in interviewing or riding along with a local driver, please contact Dan McMackin at Following is a list of Illinois drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.   Driver       Hometown       UPS Work Location Darryl Appelhans       Marengo       Palatine Stephen Arnold       Woodridge       Chicago Area Consolidated Hub Don Ayres       Oswego       Joliet William Baity       Mokena       Chicago Area Consolidated Hub Randall Baker       Neoga       Indianapolis 81St Kevin Bayerle       Arlington Hts       Addison "A" Building Kyle Bean       Mt. Zion       Decatur Center Kevin Beets       Jacksonville       Jacksonville Robert Brogan       Elgin       Palatine Tony Brooks       Newton       Olney Daryl Burch       Bourbonnais       Kankakee Verlyn Burnett Jr       Decatur       Decatur Hub Aniceto Castillo       Chicago       Jefferson Hub Thomas Cooley       Chicago       Jefferson Hub Efrain Cruz       Orland Park       Chicago Area Consolidated Hub Kraig Daill       Downers Grove       Chicago Area Consolidated Hub Angeline Erskine       Roselle       Addison A Building Michael Fallon       Round Lake Heights       Addison A Building Brian Feldman       Round Lake Bch       Palatine Christopher Foran       Seymour       Urbana Dennis Garcia       Maryville       Alton Thomas Grata       Monee       Jefferson Hub Elvis Griffin       Calumet City       Jefferson Hub Cliff Gustafson       Rockford       Rockford Air Hub James Hamilton       Maywood       Palatine Michael Hart       Decatur       Decatur Hub Michael Huntenburg       Rolling Meadow       Palatine Alan Johnson       Centralia       Centralia Scott Kennedy       Hoffman Estates       Palatine Mark Klisnick       West Chicago       Franklin Park Hub Henry Krencis       Spring Grove       Palatine Norman Lapin       Homer Glen       Chicago Area Consolidated Hub Troy Leiby       East Peoria       Peoria Edwin Lindberg       Elk Grove Vlg       Franklin Park Hub Steven Martinez       Lockport       Jefferson Hub Theodore Mc Kee Jr       Naperville       Addison "A" Building David Mede       Lindenhurst       Addison "A" Building Jeffrey Novak       Chicago       Jefferson Hub John O'Connor       Chicago       Chicago Area Consolidated Hub John Pakosz       Frankfort       Bedford Park Kathryn Pavnick       Bloomingdale       Franklin Park Hub Glenn Plocharski       Chicago       Chicago Area Consolidated Hub Jose Raymundo       Chicago       Jefferson Hub Michael Reynolds       Chicago       Jefferson Hub Timothy Rieck       Decatur       Mattoon Jeffrey Salach       Stickney       Harvey/Chicago Heights Brian Sharp       Decatur       Decatur Hub Kevin Sharp       Plainfield       Chicago Area Consolidated Hub Danny Smith       Coal Valley       Davenport Michael Snedden       Frankfort       Chicago Area Consolidated Hub Ronald Stark       Frankfort       Chicago Area Consolidated Hub Harold Stewart       Flossmoor       Jefferson Hub Don Stine       Poplar Grove       Rockford Air Hub Thomas Szyszka       Palatine       Addison "A" Building John Truska       Glenview       Northbrook Paul Vainer       Worth       Bedford Park David Wahlgren       Elmhurst       Chicago Area Consolidated Hub Tom Walsh       Lombard       Addison "A" Building Dewitt Washington Jr       Chicago       Jefferson Hub Harry Wiley       Paw Paw       Dekalb Chet Wrobel       Frankfort       Chicago Area Consolidation Hub UPSDan McMackin,