David Hutson – 2 Million Safe Driving Miles

Professional Werner drivers have the opportunity to take family members and pets on the road and enjoy what they love doing with whom they love most.

David Hutson, recipient of the 2 million safe driving miles award at the Dec. 9 Fourth Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony, proves each day that this combination can add up to a successful career.

A seasoned Werner driver since 1988, Hutson travels with his trusted companion, Maximus, a 12-year-old Chinese Shar Pei. Together, the pair traverses the countryside while Hutson keeps safety his top priority.

“This was my goal, just like achieving 1 million miles, and now I am looking ahead to 3,” Hutson said. “By taking care of my dog, my truck and myself, I take care of the motoring public as well.”

A native of Mobile, Alabama, Hutson enjoys working around the house and visiting family and plans to one day own a vintage car.

Werner Drivers Honored at Fourth Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony

Werner recognized three professional drivers for their safe driving habits during the company’s Fourth Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony. Professional drivers David Hutson, James Kerby and Jeffery Koch each were presented on Dec. 9 with a 2 million safe driving miles award at Werner’s global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.

“It is not only important to recognize their mileage achievements, but also their safety records as a whole,” said Jaime Maus, vice president of Safety and Compliance. “They genuinely are committed to safety because they know it benefits them, their families, the company and all those who travel next to them.”

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Happy Holidays from Werner

As you and your family travel to celebrate the holidays, we urge you to put safety first. Allow for plenty of time to reach your destination, stay up to date with the latest weather forecast and remain aware of the other drivers on the busy roads around you. We wish you all the best this holiday season, and we hope you have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

Werner Honors Veterans, Unveils Freedom 4

As a military friendly employer, Werner strives to recognize our veterans throughout the year, with a heightened focus on Veterans Day. This year, Werner took the celebration on the road and hosted Veterans Day ceremonies at three terminals – Atlanta, Dallas, and Omaha.

“So much of what we should be thankful for is a direct result of the bravery of all those who serve and sacrifice in our military,” said Derek Leathers, president and COO. “Today, it is our honor to salute our veterans and continue our mission to support them every day in our actions and within this organization.

Werner introduced Freedom 4 Ride of Honor, the fourth installment in its military fleet, at the ceremony in Atlanta. Along with Leathers, guest speakers at the event included C.L. Werner, founder and chairman emeritus; Jim Morbach, senior director of Student and Government Recruiting; and Felicia Berggren, the professional driver who will take the wheel of Freedom 4.

“I can’t describe my excitement,” Berggren said. “This opportunity will allow me to convey my deep gratitude to all veterans and those who serve, as well as reach out to their families to show support and encouragement.”

All terminal locations commemorated Veterans Day with free lunch for all professional drivers and a veteran lapel pin for each veteran associate.

T-Shirt Design Contest Winner Announced

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first annual Werner Professional Driver T-Shirt Design Contest. We are proud to announce Wesley Lewis as the winner and Bernard Agee and Joshua Smith as the honorable mentions. Congratulations to these drivers, and stay tuned to see their winning designs.

New Amenities Available for Professional Drivers

As part of Werner’s growing culture of wellness, the Lakeland, Florida, terminal now features a new fitness room, with equipment to be added soon, as well as a new driver quiet lounge.

Also now open is the new 24 hour, seven day a week fitness facility at the Dallas, Texas, terminal. Add this as a stop to your regular fitness routine, and get a workout in before you hit the road.

Robert Corn Jr. – 2 Million Safe Driving Miles

As a child, professional Werner driver Robert Corn Jr. used to sit at the table and watch his father, a truck driver, complete his logbooks. Not only did Corn Jr. follow in his father’s footsteps, but he blazed a trail of his own, earning the 2 million safe driving miles award at the Sept. 16 Third Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

Whether the senior Corn knew it or not, he made a lasting impression that would set the stage for a successful driving career with Werner beginning in 1994.

“I am glad that Werner gave me a shot at being a part of this company for as long as I have,” Corn Jr. said.

A trainer since 2008, he has chosen to pay his good fortune forward by so far helping 65 students create a future in truck driving.

A native of North Augusta, South Carolina, Corn Jr. enjoys fishing and accumulating rare coins for his currency collection.

Attention, Drivers: Creativity Wanted

If you are a professional Werner driver fueled by creativity, here’s your chance to win cash, prizes AND see your design featured at the Company Store. We proudly introduce our First Annual Werner Professional Driver T-shirt Design Contest. For more details, click here.

Michael Sheeds – 3 Million Safe Driving Miles

A wise man once said, “You can take a hill too slow the rest of your life, or you can take it too fast just once.”

That man was professional Werner driver Michael Sheeds, who earned the 3 million safe driving miles award at the Sept. 16 Third Quarter Recognition Ceremony by applying that same philosophy to his driving career.

A Werner driver since 1990, Sheeds is only the fourteenth Werner driver to achieve 3 million safe driving miles.

“I couldn’t do this on my own,” he said. “It takes a team to do this.”

A trainer since 1991, so far Sheeds has molded the futures of 225 students. The 2015 Citizen Driver Award nominee was described by fellow driver and 2014 Citizen Driver Award recipient Charley Endorf as “one remarkable person.”

But for Sheeds, a Marine Corps veteran from Bandera, Texas, his greatest accomplishment is his life with his family – his wife, Donna, and their four daughters.