Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration at Werner

Professional drivers are the heart and soul of what we do. Without them, Werner Enterprises wouldn’t be the transportation leader it is today.

To recognize their efforts, Werner is proud to announce its first annual Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration, held March 1 through April 17, to thank our professional drivers for their efforts.

As part of the celebration, a host of Werner executives will travel across the country to hold ceremonies and catered lunches at terminals throughout the Werner network.

The first stops on the seven-week nationwide tour will be:

  • Sunday, March 1 – Henderson, Colorado
  • Monday, March 2 – Phoenix, Arizona and Fontana, California

In addition, a special gift will be available for our drivers during these visits. It’s our way of saying thanks and driving the message home – professional drivers keep America moving.

Additional stops on the tour will be announced soon, so stay tuned to find out when a celebration will be held at a location near you.

Meet Werner’s 2015-2016 Road Team – Tim Dean

Tim Dean is the epitome of a seasoned and professional driver, and Werner and the industry benefit from his strong leadership skills, valuable feedback and commitment to safety.

A Werner driver since 1988, Dean has served as a Werner Road Team captain and mentor since 2005 and currently is a Road Team lead. He was selected as a member of the ATA’s prestigious America’s Road Team in 2009-2010. In addition, Dean is a seven-time Nebraska State Truck Driving Class Champion and recipient of the 3 million accident-free miles award. Dean and his family reside in Griswold, Iowa.

Werner Enterprises President and COO Discusses West Coast Port Challenges on CNBC

Werner Enterprises President and COO Derek Leathers appeared on CNBC’s “Fast Money” Monday, Feb. 23, with host Melissa Lee. During the live interview, Leathers discussed the impact of the West Coast port strike and what organizations like Werner can expect from the recent agreement to resume operations at 29 West Coast shipping terminals after nine months of negotiations.

“With 80 vessels roughly up and down the West Coast at anchor or at port, the amount of volume we have to put through the network over the next several weeks is going to be significantly higher than normal activity,” Leathers said.

In addition, he addressed the driver shortage the trucking industry continues to face.

“It’s hard to move the nation’s goods with the amount of trucks that are available,” Leathers said. “As the economy starts to climb back, we have to find a way to attract more drivers into the industry for us to be able to add capacity.”

“Fast Money” is an American financial stock trading talk show hosted by Melissa Lee who anchors a fast-paced discussion with professional Wall Street traders who discuss and debate various investment strategies. The show covers topics such as options trading, commodities and exchange-traded funds.

Werner Enterprises and Senator Deb Fischer Honor Professional Driver with Flag Presentation

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer visited Werner’s global headquarters today to help Werner recognize professional driver and military veteran David Green.

Green recently earned a spot on the prestigious American Trucking Associations (ATA) 2015-2016 America’s Road Team, and a flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of his achievements. Fischer presented the flag, along with a certificate, to him during a ceremony in front of an audience of Werner associates and professional drivers.

“I am proud to be a professional truck driver and represent our industry and Werner on America’s Road Team,” Green said. “It is an honor to receive this symbol of our country that I volunteered to fight for years ago.”

Selected from 31 finalists and thousands of potential applicants, Green, who drives Freedom 2, will serve as a captain with 18 other professional drivers and travel the country speaking on behalf of the trucking industry and its more than 3 million drivers to communities, news media and public officials while maintaining his job as a full-time professional driver.

The Werner Legacy

Werner founder and chairman emeritus C.L. Werner shares how he got his start in the trucking industry.

To view the video click here

Meet Werner’s 2015 Road Team

Road Team captains work to improve communication processes among the office, fleet and customer. They help identify operational improvements through ongoing driver feedback, as well as improve the quality of freight management and enhance on-time service levels. The captains work on process improvements to identify areas of opportunity within various services and departments for internal and external improvement needs.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask any of the members for assistance.

Click here for a Road Team video.

Werner Driver Recognized by Women in Trucking

Congratulations to professional driver Felicia Berggren for being named Women in Trucking’s February Member of the Month. In the last three years, Berggren has gone from working three jobs to enrolling in a truck driving school to finding an opportunity of a lifetime with Werner as the first female driver in its Operation Freedom fleet.

To read more about Berggren’s path to success, read the article here.

Werner Executive Testifies Before Congress

Werner Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jim Mullen praised the trucking industry’s safety investments and advancements during testimony at a Jan. 29 hearing on “Improving the Performance of our Transportation Networks: Stakeholder Perspectives” before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation’s subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security.

“The trucking industry is justifiably proud of its commitment to safety,” Mullen said. “These investments in safety have yielded impressive dividends for the industry. Over the past decade, the number of large truck-related fatalities has dropped 21 percent, and the large truck fatality rate has dropped 37 percent.”

Mullen further elaborated by citing investments Werner has made in progressive safety technology and driver training, which has attributed to lower preventable crashes for the company by 22 percent between 2007 and 2014, and urged the government to concentrate on the chief causes of accidents to further improve overall safety.

“The trucking industry has a strong commitment to safety and an impressive record to show for it,” he said. “Continued improvement will require a focus on the primary causes of crashes, especially driver behavior, and incentives for the voluntary adoption of progressive safety programs.”