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UPS Honors Illinois Drivers For 25 Years Of Safe Driving

CHICAGO, Feb. 23, 2012 — UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 56 elite drivers from Illinois are among 1,235 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 299 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 8,637 years of accident-free driving. Benito Rosa of Chicago and Ralph Lendi of Tinley Park are Illinois’ senior safe drivers, with 41 years each of accident-free driving under their belts, tying them for sixth best safe driving record among UPS’s 102,000 drivers. There are 3,863 total UPS drivers in Illinois.

Globally, 5,842 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up 162,746 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than 212,000 times.

The number of new inductees represents the largest increase in new members in a single year in the company’s history.

“I’m very proud of these men and women,” said Joe Picone, president, UPS Illinois District. “To go at least a quarter century without an accident is a testament to the pride they take in their work and to the training they receive. My thanks go to all of them for the countless lives they’ve saved.”

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Ron Sowder of UPS’s Ohio Valley District, with 50 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Camp of the Great Lakes District is next in line with 49 years of safe driving. Twenty-seven 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 averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven.

UPS invested $175 million in 2011 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 the Circle of Honor in 1955.

More information on UPS’s commitment to safety is available at

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** 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 404-828-4188 or

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

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
John Adamczyk Norridge Franklin Park
Mark Bellm Highland East Alton
Aniceto Castillo Chicago Chicago
James Choragwicki Tinley Park Hodgkins
Edward Coleman Mount Zion Decatur
Timothy Cooney Plainfield Addison
Wayne Daubs Mattoon Mattoon
Marcus Evans Mackinaw Bloomington
Randall Farney Carlock Bloomington

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
John Foster New Lenox Rockdale
Steve Fox Danville Danville
Rex Furlough Sr Dolton Chicago
Hal Ginzkey Palos Hills Harvey
William Griebel Jr Waterloo Belleville
Michael Hamill Orland Park Hodgkins
John Hill Glendale Hts Palantine
James Hodge Bloomington Decatur
David Hunt Springfield Decatur
Joseph Jamrowski Bolingbrook Hodgkins
Bernard Jayne Aurora Addison
Michael Jenkins Desplaines Franklin Park
Lloyd Johnson Ottawa Hodgkins
John Julian Hazel Crest Harvey
Bennie Keith Jr Country Club Hills Chicago
Theodore Kledzik Plainfield Hodgkins
Terry Knutti Lanark Freeport
Joseph Kouba Palos Heights Hodgkins
Brent Kuhn Greenup Indianapolis
Leroy Lease Addison Addison
Robert Littlefield Franklin Park Palantine
David Mack Island Lake Palantine
John Mackey Chicago Chicago
Larry Macko Crystal Lake Addison
Stephen Mann Des Plaines Palantine
Rocco Marzullo Melrose Park Franklin Park
James Merriweather Calumet Park Hodgkins
Kenneth Mertens Belleville Belleville
Joe Mingone Cary Palantine
Michael Moore Champaign Urbana
John Nelson Elk Grove Village Northbrook
Vito Orseno Hanover Park Addison
Robert Peters Freeport Freeport
Edward Pilkington Nauvoo Davenport
Louis Pitts Hazel Crest Harvey
Carlos Ramirez Buffalo Grove Palantine
Mike Reatherford Metamora East Peoria
Eric Redinger Hoffman Estates Hodgkins
Allan Reinken Elgin Palantine
Patrick Rodrigues Chicago Northbrook
Henry Sielck Prairie View Northbrook
Scott Spooner Alton East Alton

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Kenneth Steelman Herrin Marion
Adam Stoczynski Elk Grove Village Franklin Park
James Stolarz Villa Park Addison
James Twarowski Buffalo Grove Northbrook
Martin Wisniewski Lansing Harvey

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