The heat was on at this year’s Werner Roadeo on July 24, but our professional drivers remained cool under pressure and delivered a top-notch display of skill, knowledge and talent. Associates came out in droves to support our drivers in the competition, and everyone even had the chance to enjoy an icy treat. From associate ride alongs to raffle prizes to the competition itself, there was a little something for everyone.
Congratulations to our drivers who placed along with their respective department teams: David Korkosz (Team Reed)-first place; Larry Derr (Team Mullen)-second place; and Chris Baade (Team Parry)-third place.
Thanks to all who attended and cheered on our professional drivers.
Werner’s annual Truck Roadeo will take place Friday, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its global headquarters. These nine professional Werner drivers are set to showcase their skills while close-quarter maneuvering their way through the challenging course for bragging rights:
• Chris Baade
• Philip Delauder Sr
• Larry Derr
• Terry Durham
• Brad Graybill
• Rebecca Heck
• David Korkosz
• Bryan Shirley
• Brian Schoemig
Kona Ice will be on-site throughout the event, and we invite all professional drivers who will be in the Omaha area on Friday to swing by, enjoy a free shaved ice treat and cheer on their fellow drivers!
Werner Enterprises has been honored once again by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, receiving two certificates issued from the Department of Defense.
Jim Morbach, senior director of Student and Government Recruiting, accepted the 2015 Employer Support Freedom Award Finalist certificate from ESGR volunteer Ron Strawn. Ned Holmes, employer support director for Nebraska, presented Rick Buchholz, government hiring manager, with the 2015 Employer Support Freedom Award nominee certificate.
Each year, Guard and Reserve employees, or a family member acting on their behalf, have the opportunity to nominate their employer for the Freedom Award. The Employer Support Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.
A 50th anniversary gift to Omaha’s sister city, Shizuoka, Japan – a 7-foot tall, 900-pound ceramic sculpture created by renowned local ceramist, Jun Kaneko – will take a month-long journey courtesy of Werner Enterprises.
“We felt like if it’s coming from Omaha and going to our sister city in Japan, we’re not going to let some other company ship it,” said Craig Stoffel, vice president of Werner Global Logistics and Omaha Sister Cities Association board member. “There’s a lot of pride involved in this.”
The sculpture will travel for approximately 30 days by both train and sea as it makes its way to its new home in Shizuoka.
Sister Cities International was originated to create cultural, educational and business connections. As a result, Omaha’s “sister cities” relationship with Shizuoka was forged 50 years ago.
Fourth of July is that great summer holiday everyone looks forward to – with barbeques, fireworks, family and fun. Unfortunately, according to statistics, it also is one of the most dangerous holidays to travel on the road. So while patriotic celebration is on your agenda, don’t forget to add these safety tips, too:
• Check the engine fluids and tires on your vehicle
• Practice seat belt safety
• Get plenty of rest before you drive
• Keep your travel plans flexible
• Do not drive intoxicated
Remember, the fun can only truly start when everyone gets there safely. Follow these simple tips to let the fun begin!
Check out the great specials featured for the month of July!
Get a Werner 24-can cooler tote, great for those summer road trips and gatherings, for only $12.99. Orders will be taken until July 14 and will ship the week of Aug. 3.
Don’t miss out on a Blue Parrot Extreme headset, regularly $92.99, on sale now for $82.99.
Tired of dropped calls? Try the new weBoost 4G-cell signal boost for only $199.99 and enjoy more bars and a stronger signal.
Get prepared for the winter months now by pre-ordering Berne® apparel featuring an embroidered Werner logo.
The workmen’s vest is featured for $36.99 (S-2X) and $39.99 (3X-4X)
The insulated bib overalls are available for $64.99 S-2X), $72.99 (3X-4X) and $79.99 (5X-6X).
The insulated coveralls also are available for $78.99 (S-2X), $87.99 (2X-5X) and $96.99 (5X-6X). Orders will be taken through Aug. 14 and will start shipping Oct. 1, just in time for the cold weather!
Please go to estore.werner.com to place your order or call 800.937.6373. Remember, payroll deduct can be used at checkout and shipping to any terminal or select dedicated sites in the continental U.S. is always FREE. Ordering from the Company Store has never been easier!
Professional driver Jeff Wessinger’s nickname might be Wild Man, but his 2 million mile accident-free award, presented to him at the June 9 Second Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony, is evidence of quite the opposite.
Wessinger, a Werner driver since 2000, achieved his safety milestone about as quickly as it can be done, but he doesn’t let his success go to his head.
“I’ve got 2 million miles behind me, and the only one that matters is the next one,” he said.
As for advice for other drivers, Wessinger offered this: “Beware of vehicles with many dents, especially the ones with hanging side mirrors.”
A native of Swansea, South Carolina, Wessinger likes to spend time relaxing on his front porch with his wife and their five Chihuahuas, two bourgeois, one macaw and one parrot.
When you love what you do, it shows and such is the case for professional driver Gary Gray. His pride and enthusiasm were undeniable at the June 9 Second Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony when he received the 2 million mile accident-free award.
A Werner driver since 1995, Gray has trained more than 50 students, offering such advice as “expect the unexpected,” “keep a proper following distance” and “know your limitations.”
Regarding his award, Gray said, “I just took the knowledge Werner gave me and my skills and applied them.”
The native of Rialto, California, enjoys photography, playing guitar and spending time with his favorite passenger – his wife, Jilbrette.
Bob Synowicki, executive vice president of Driver Resources, signed a Statement of Support for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve during a June 18 ceremony at Werner’s headquarters in Omaha, Neb. He was joined by Tom Bullock, ESGR chief of employer outreach.
“Werner is honored and excited to offer so many lifelong career opportunities for our veterans and their spouses,” Synowicki said. “We are proud to make this pledge and reinforce our commitment to support our military.”
The ESGR Statement of Support program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s efforts to gain and maintain employer support of the Guard and Reserve. The intent of this program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military.
“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units,” Bullock said. “Werner Enterprises is setting a high standard for all Nebraska employers to follow the lead in providing above and beyond support of Nebraska’s veterans, many of whom currently serve in the Guard and Reserve. By meeting the Statement of Support criteria, Werner Enterprises will stand proudly with their Guard and Reserve employees who continue to answer their nation’s call to defend our way of life. Their personal sacrifices are essential to the strength of our nation.”
Professional driver Gary Higgins is passionate about truck driving, but he also cares a great deal about people. With such a caring nature, it’s no surprise that he earned the 3 million mile accident-free award at the Second Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony June 9.
From his long-time fleet manager Larry Donley to his many fellow drivers he calls close friends, relationships are important to Higgins, a Werner driver since 1989. He even summarized his career accomplishments by quoting a song from fellow 3 million mile driver Allen Parker: “I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now.”
To new drivers, Higgins offers this safety advice – “Leave yourself an out, and never drive into your safety zone.”
The native of Derby, New York, takes great pride in participating as a trucker in Nebraska’s Special Olympics truck convoy, a charity he has supported the last 11 years.
Higgins stays busy with his two daughters, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. When it comes to NASCAR, he enjoys following his favorite, Dale Earnhardt Jr.