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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.

Dallas to Debut New Amenities for Professional Drivers

Werner’s Dallas Terminal is proud to announce the addition of a fitness facility and driver quiet lounge to its building. Both the fitness facility and the quiet lounge will be located on the second floor of the Driver Services building and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to accommodate the busy schedules of our professional drivers. The fitness facility is set to open in mid-October, with the opening of the quiet lounge following soon after.

Werner Honors Drivers at Third Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony

Werner held its Third Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony Sept. 16 during the heart of Driver Appreciation Week with President and COO Derek Leathers as emcee in front of a packed Conestoga building. Leathers presented the 3 million safe driving miles award to Michael Sheeds and the 2 million safe driving miles award to Robert Corn Jr. “These are special moments for Werner,” said President and COO Derek Leathers. “Together, these two drivers alone have accumulated 5 million safe driving miles, and that is what this industry is all about.”
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Werner Hosts “Road Dog Trucking News”

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week provided the perfect setting for the SiriusXM Radio show “Road Dog Trucking News” to host its second live broadcast in two years at the Conestoga building on the Werner campus on Sept. 16.

Host Mark Willis discussed the latest industry news with Derek Leathers, president and COO, while Steve Phillips, senior vice president of Fleet Resources, covered current trends in equipment and sustainability.

Willis highlighted driver and veteran recruiting with Bob Synowicki, executive vice president of Driver Resources, and Jim Morbach, associate director of Government and Field Recruiting.

The host also spoke with three Werner professional drivers, learning about Freedom 1 from David Conkling, the rewards and challenges of life on the road from Charley Endorf and getting started in the industry from student driver Quentin Lee.

“I’ve felt the aspects of the family company ever since I started here,” Lee said during his interview.

“Road Dog Trucking News” is a daily radio show on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio on channel 146. Each weekday, the show tackles tough issues facing today’s truckers and invites industry executives and experts to weigh in while keeping drivers informed of all the latest and pertinent trucking news.

Werner Gives Thanks for Drivers

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week provides the perfect opportunity to thank the more than 3 million professional drivers who keep our country’s economy moving.

“We look forward to these opportunities, not just this week but throughout the year, when we can express our gratitude and respect for all of the professional drivers on the road,” said President and COO Derek Leathers. “The importance of what they do can never be emphasized enough.”

All this week, all Werner terminals and the majority of our off-site Dedicated operations will host cookouts featuring complimentary meals, food days, meetings and games.

Drivers will be presented with a Werner-branded gift, as well as other items donated by the company and industry partners.

In addition, our drivers can receive exclusive offers at the Company Store, including 25 percent off of purchases totaling more than $25, and participate in raffles for a chance to win prizes like flat screen TV’s, two NASCAR racing tires, a one-night stay at the Werner Valley Lodge and gift cards.

2 Million Safe Driving Miles: Daniel Cantu

Speaking with professional driver Daniel Cantu, it’s easy to understand how he achieved 2 million safe driving miles. A consummate professional with a personal drive to always perform at his best, Cantu was presented the award at a special Second Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony at Werner’s terminal in El Paso, Texas.

A Werner driver since 1994, Cantu knew at an early age he wanted to drive a truck, and he takes his career very seriously – right down to the very last detail.

“When you represent the company as a driver, you should always be well groomed,” he said. “Customers notice, and you feel refreshed and better able to perform your job.”

Cantu advises drivers new to the industry to take their time and avoid rushing.

“Take a couple of extra minutes to double check your equipment, and you will save your life as well as the lives of others,” he said.

Cantu referred to his 2 million mile achievement as a great accomplishment for himself and for his family.

Cantu resides in El Paso, Texas, and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.

Carlos Nordquist: Rookie of the Year Finalist

The fourth annual Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie award was presented Aug. 22 at the 2014 Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas, and one of Werner’s own was named a top 10 finalist – professional driver Carlos Nordquist of Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Nordquist, a 20-year retired Navy veteran and Werner driver since February 2014, has found the transition to the trucking profession quite seamless. While it was not unusual for Nordquist to have no direct contact with his wife and two daughters for weeks at a time on a submarine, Nordquist now enjoys being able to stay connected with them on a much more frequent basis.

“On the road, I can now call my family once to twice a day, if not more,” he said. “I really enjoy that.”

Currently a team driver, Nordquist views his career as full of opportunities. He plans to become a trainer in the coming months and has aspirations to explore other avenues within the profession, including hauling HazMat, flatbed and temperature-controlled loads, as well as being a Dedicated and regional driver.

As a driver, Nordquist is excited about what lies ahead for the trucking industry, specifically in the area of technology. He predicts advancements will soon allow more communication between drivers and dispatch and dispatch to the shipper, streamlining processes even more.

Reminiscing about the truck driving community of the late 1970s, Nordquist complimented the camaraderie and sense of unity shared on the road.

“This is an admirable profession full of hard workers; the image today needs to change,” he said.

2 Million Safe Driving Miles: Wesley Swisher

When Werner says we’re family, we mean it, and professional driver Wesley Swisher is an excellent example. A 2 million safe driving miles award recipient at the June 20 Second Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony, Swisher is actually one of two in his family to achieve the honor, along with his brother, professional driver Jackie Burns.

As a standout, reliable person who embodies what a Werner driver should be, Swisher has trained more than 200 students, passing on his knowledge and his professionalism.

This 16-year Air Force veteran has enjoyed a career with Werner just as long, starting in 1998.

“I am proud to be a part of this company,” Swisher said. “I look forward to having a long future here.”

What makes Swisher most proud is his family: wife, Susan; three sons –one currently serving his third tour in Afghanistan; one daughter, who is in the Navy; and six grandchildren.