2 Million Safe Driving Miles: Stathe Papatheodorou

Professional driver Stathe Papatheodorou possesses a winning combination – a zest for life and a loyal commitment to safety. Those characteristics and more earned him the 2 million safe driving miles award June 20 at the Second Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

Papatheodorou doesn’t take himself too seriously, but when it comes to matters behind the wheel, he’s all business.

“I know when I come into work, I don’t need to worry about where Stathe is,” said Sina Overbay, his fleet manager. “He is always right where he needs to be.”

Papatheodorou, a native of Athens, Greece, came to Werner in 1993. A current resident of El Paso, Texas, and a veteran of the Greek military, he enjoys playing soccer, spending time with his wife, Ellen, and their daughter and visiting his family back home.

2 Million Safe Driving Miles: Dana Moulton

The hobbies of professional driver Dana Moulton include fishing, golfing, painting, building furniture and model trucks–all which require skill, talent and patience. So, it is no surprise those same attributes have carried over to his career, garnering him the 2 million safe driving miles award at the June 20 Second Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

Moulton, a proud native of Nashua, New Hampshire, began his driving career in 1975. After leaving the business to pursue other opportunities, it wasn’t long before he returned to the open road. Moulton joined Werner in 1993, initially out of the love for the color blue, and has since enjoyed 21 successful years and counting.

“Look at it as a lifestyle and you will enjoy doing it,” he said of his profession.

While Moulton is very passionate about trucking and enthusiastic about his other interests, what brings him the most joy is spending time with his two daughters and his grandson.

Second Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony

The June 20 Second Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony recognized the superior skills and dedicated safety efforts of four Werner professional drivers.

Senior Executive Vice President of Specialized Services Marty Nordlund presented 2 million safe driving mile awards to Dana Moulton, Stathe Papatheodorou, Alan Sheain Sr. and Wesley Swisher.

“At 52 miles per hour, it takes 39,000 hours or four and a half years behind the wheel to reach 2 million miles,” Nordlund said. “These gentlemen did the equivalent of that while driving a tractor trailer that weighs 80,000 pounds.”

With more than 75 years of combined Werner driving experience, these drivers exemplify the talents and commitment desired in all of our professional drivers.

Of Werner’s approximately 8,800 active drivers, only 101 have achieved 2 million safe driving miles.

Remembering Those Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice On Memorial Day

While Memorial Day marks the start of summer and a weekend of gatherings with family and friends, the true purpose of this federal holiday is to commemorate the United States men and women who lost their lives serving our country in the military.

Let Memorial Day be a reminder of the rich history of America and the sacrifices made on behalf of our freedom. Visit a war memorial, fly your flag half-mast or find your own way to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. As always, be safe in your travels.

Professional Driver Charley Endorf has Truck Stop Renamed in His Honor

In recognition of the achievements of professional Werner driver Charley Endorf, 2014 Citizen Driver Award recipient, an unveiling ceremony was held May 17 to rename the I-80 and exit 353 Petro Stopping Centers in York, Neb., in his honor.

“Today, we honor Charley’s status as a Citizen Driver by showcasing his name on two places of the building, not just for a year or six months or a day, but forever as the Charley Endorf York Stopping Center,” said Greg Frary, director of Fleet Maintenance Support for TravelCenters of America/Petro.

A Werner driver and owner operator since 1976, Endorf is the only Werner driver, and one of only a few in the industry’s history, to achieve the milestone of 5 million safe driving miles.

“You have to decide you want to implement integrity and character in what you do. Those are the things that have led me into this wonderful career that I have,” Endorf said. “I consider myself the luckiest guy in the world. I always have felt that way, and I do so especially today, too.”

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Paul Tomaselli: 2 Million Safe Miles

Upon meeting professional driver Paul Tomaselli, one truth becomes evident right away – he truly loves driving a truck. Coupling that passion with patience and skill earned him the 2 million safe driving miles award at the March 11 First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

Tomaselli has enjoyed a career with Werner since 1996, a choice initially based on his love for the color blue. He also treasures sharing his time on the road with his faithful passenger – his toy poodle, Dolly.

“I love my job, and I love to travel,” Tomaselli said. “I owe 1.5 million miles to Dolly.”

A native of Brandon, Fla., Tomaselli enjoys spending time with his wife, Hope, and his mom and dad. He also likes working in the yard, golfing and adding to his vast vinyl music collection.

Delton O’Neal Jr: 2 Million Safe Miles

Patient, reasonable and understanding – words used to describe professional driver Delton O’ Neal Jr. As a true testament of his character, he was honored with the 2 million safe driving miles award March 11 at the First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

O’Neal Jr. has driven with Werner since 1993, including 19 years with Temperature Controlled and, most recently, two years with the Van Network.

One constant has been his desire and ability to train student drivers; so far, O’Neal Jr. has trained 156 students. He takes great pride in assisting his students, listening to their concerns and demonstrating the correct procedures needed to begin their truck driving careers. He often reminds his students to pay attention to what they are doing, a habit he himself has found very useful.

“I have a great support team,” said O’Neal Jr. regarding his long career and milestone achievement. “That is why I am here today.”

O’Neal Jr. resides in Tularosa, N.M., with his wife of 31 years, Colleen. The couple has one son.

Douglas Brittenham: 3 Million Safe Miles

Werner professional driver Douglas Brittenham may be better known as Red by most, but his skill and patience throughout the last 26 years have lent him great success with another color – Werner blue.

Brittenham, who received the 3 million mile safe driving award at the March 11 First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony, is an integral part of Werner’s success with customers – from his safe driving to his courteous interactions.

When asked to comment on his achievement, Brittenham said it wasn’t really a goal he set for himself.

“I just drive, getting from point A to point B without a wreck,” he said. “Pay attention, it’s that simple. Pay attention to the details.”

A native of North Platte, Neb., Brittenham enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He is an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast and plans to ride his motorcycle to visit family in Maine this summer.

First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony

Three professional drivers were honored for their driving excellence and commitment to safety during the March 11 First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

Della Sanders, associate vice president of Driver Relations, presented the 3 million safe driving mile award to Douglas Brittenham and 2 million safe driving mile awards to Delton O’Neal Jr. and Paul Tomaselli.

“Talk about Werner proud,” Sanders said. “These three gentlemen came from truck driving schools and were developed as new drivers in the industry to multi-million mile drivers here today.”

Sanders referenced the milestones in baseball terms: the average homerun is 370 feet; with 5,280 feet in one mile, it would take 14 homeruns to equal one mile. That means 98 million homeruns would have to be hit to equal the distance these drivers have safely traveled.

“I think it’s safe to say they have definitely hit a grand slam,” she said.

Clarence Ward: 2 Million Safe Miles

Not many can say they have enjoyed two successful careers in a lifetime, but professional driver Clarence Ward is one of the lucky few.

Ward, who received the 2 million mile safe driving award at the Dec. 13 Fourth Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony, followed a unique path. After 21 years of service with the U.S. Army, he embarked on the new journey of professional driver.

Now with 20 years of experience with Werner, Ward enjoys sharing his knowledge. To date, he has trained 75 students.

“Pay attention and stay focused, especially in inclement weather,” he advises other drivers.

When not on the road, Ward likes to watch sports and is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan. Residing in Marshall, Texas, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, son and three grandkids.