New Driving School Opens at Werner’s Atlanta Terminal

Members of Werner’s Recruiting Department represented the company at the Grand Opening Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Roadmaster Drivers School at Werner’s Atlanta Terminal on June 22.

Attendees enjoyed an open house and giveaways to celebrate the opening of the new location. Werner’s recruiting team and Freedom 4 were on-site to speak with people interested in learning more about career opportunities with the company.

The new school’s proximity to major highways and trucking routes makes it an ideal location for students to gain real-world training. Roadmaster Atlanta is now operating weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please contact the training facility at 678.217.865.

Apprenticeship Program Graduates

Congratulations to our March and April Professional Truck Driving Apprenticeship Program graduates: Rebecca Anderson, John Brown, Tyler Childress, Jason Hawkins, Dameon Jackson, Christopher Johnson, Taina Rodriguez and Dustin Simon.

This apprenticeship is available to any driver with less than 24 months experience and who is not a trainer or an owner operator. The program includes 2 years of on-the-job training.

Eligible veterans, veteran spouses and veteran dependents can receive up to $22,555.20 tax-free of their GI Bill education benefits in addition to their normal pay for two years. Applicants do not have to be a veteran to participate in the program. Those who successfully complete the program receive a nationally recognized certification from the U.S. Department of Labor.

For more information, please call Werner’s Government Hiring Team at 877.351.7724 or email apprenticeship@werner.com.

Werner Driver Celebrates 40th Company Anniversary

Werner Enterprises professional driver Charley Endorf celebrated his 40th company anniversary with a surprise party at the corporate headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.

Endorf joined Werner in 1976 as an owner operator. He is the only Werner driver to achieve the milestone of 5 million accident-free miles.

“You have to decide you want to implement integrity and character in what you do,” said Endorf. “Those are the things that have led me into this wonderful career that I have.”

In 2014, Endorf received the Citizen Driver Award, a program presented by TravelCenters of America/Petro that recognizes professional long-haul drivers who inspire public respect and admiration for the truck driving profession. In recognition of his achievements, a truck stop in York, Nebraska, is named the Charley Endorf York Stopping Center.

Endorf also is a Vietnam veteran. He was part of the Mobile Riverine Force for the 9th Infantry Division and was an M-60 machine gun carrier. He was promoted to E-5 Sergeant and was chosen as a squad leader. Selected for his combat service, Endorf participated in the Vietnam Combat Veterans Flight sponsored by the Omaha-based nonprofit Patriotic Productions in June 2016.

ITS Holds First Innovation-Thon

The Information Technology Services (ITS) Department held its first Innovation-Thon on June 3. This team-based event lets developers, designers and IT specialists come together to brainstorm solutions to any company problem or need. This competition eliminates formal process controls and stimulates creativity for company value and process solutions.

Teams of five or less compete for the following awards: Best in Show, Divergent Thinking, Innovation and Value. Participants are judged on a 100-point scale in three categories: solution or prototype developed, impact or benefit, and presentation.

The 2016 Best in Show Award went to Karthi Pragasam and Arjun Chandar Shankara Rao who developed a solution to connect applications to Werner’s phone system. Their idea was to integrate inbound calls with system information that’s presented to the user before a call is answered. This project proved how an integrated phone and user application would streamline and improve the experience for both the caller and user.

Read about all of the winning teams’ projects in the attachment below.

WERNER Innovationthon WINNERS

Werner Associates Compete in Cricket USA National Championship

Five current Werner associates and one former associate recently competed in the 2016 USA National Championship hosted by the Cricket Council USA in Chicago. Werner associates played on the Simply Play Cricket team (North Central B Region/SPC).

Simply Play Cricket Team Highlights

  • Team was one of only three teams out of 12 that went unbeaten in group play.
  • Team qualified for the playoffs but lost in the quarterfinal to the team that won the championship.
  • SPC was the only team that bowled out the champions in their innings.
  • SPC restricted the champions to their lowest score in the tournament (105 all out).
  • SPC was invited to play in the Unity Cup and the US Open.

Top 50 Batting Rankings (total of 143)
Praveen Injapuram: 11
Rajneesh Bhatti: 24
Purathatil Krishnan: 46

Top 50 Bowling Rankings (total of 114)
Anileswar Yarramsetty: 11
Atik Sheikh: 36
Wasim Shariff: 44

Top 50 Fielding Rankings (total of 109)
Wasim Shariff: 24
Rajneesh Bhatti: 30

Top 50 Overall Rankings (total of 166)
Praveen Injapuram: 40

Congratulations to Werner’s associates for their performances. For more information, visit the Cricket Council USA website.

Werner Participates in Colorado State Patrol Safety Fair

Werner’s Denver Terminal associates Pamela Akins, student/driver liaison, and Thomas Harrison, safety specialist, recently represented Werner at the Colorado State Patrol Safety Fair. The event focused on ways to stay safe this summer and included free activities for families and children.

The Colorado State Patrol and several agencies including the Denver Police Department, Metro Fire and Rescue and the Colorado Department of Transportation collaborated to provide general safety awareness to the public. Participants enjoyed learning about crime prevention, and fire, railroad and Internet safety.

Werner provided an interactive tractor-trailer display. Attendees also enjoyed a distracted driving simulator and received driving safety education.

“The Denver Terminal was honored to be included in such an important safety event and extend our gratitude to Sergeant Joy Grissom for the invitation,” said Akins.

Werner Driver Steals the Show at Career Day

Werner professional driver Michael Sheeds, recipient of the 2015 Citizen Driver Award, recently participated in career day at Hill Country Elementary in Pike Creek, Texas. Sheeds, who has more than 3 million miles accident free, visited more than 650 children.

Werner’s Human Resources Department provided 700 pencils and rulers, and the Laredo Terminal contributed Werner pillows to pass out to students and teachers. The children got to explore the freightliner and learn about the trucking industry.

“We want to thank Werner for such a wonderful occasion,” said Donna Sheeds, whose daughter attends the school. “As a whole, there were gigantic smiles, giggles galore and more fun had than at a carnival ride!”

Professional Driver Charley Endorf Selected for Vietnam Honor Flight

Werner Enterprises professional driver Charley Endorf, who has driven more than 5 million miles accident free, was recently selected for the Vietnam Combat Veterans Flight sponsored by the Omaha-based nonprofit Patriotic Productions.

The Vietnam Combat Veterans Flight will take 500 Nebraskan veterans aboard three chartered jets on a one-day, all-expenses paid round-trip from Omaha to Washington D.C. on June 6.

The trip includes stops at the Vietnam Wall, the memorials for the Korean War, World War II, Iwo Jima and Air Force, and the Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard.

The group also will take a photo with the Nebraska Congressional delegation near the Vietnam Wall. Charter buses will take the group to tour various stops in the city, Supreme Court building and other places of interest.

Founded by Bill and Evonne Williams, Patriotic Productions has organized and raised more than $2 million for Honor Flights, trips for veterans to Washington D.C. The organization has taken more than 2,000 total World War II and Korea War veterans on Honor Flights since 2008.

Charley Endorf joined Werner in 1976 and has a truck stop in York, Nebraska named in his honor.