Veterans Day 2015

Werner honored military veterans Wednesday, Nov. 11, at locations throughout the country and hosted Veterans Day ceremonies at its global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, and its Indianapolis, Indiana, and Springfield, Ohio, terminals.

Werner representatives speaking at the various locations included C.L. Werner, founder, chairman and CEO; Derek Leathers, president and COO; and Jim Morbach, senior director of Student and Government Recruiting.

Veterans Day 2015

Werner will honor military veterans today at locations throughout the country and host Veterans Day ceremonies at its global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, and its Indianapolis, Indiana, and Springfield, Ohio, terminals.

Werner representatives speaking at the various locations will include C.L. Werner, chairman and CEO; Derek Leathers, president and COO; and Jim Morbach, senior director of Student and Government Recruiting.

Werner will offer free lunch to all of its professional drivers following the Veterans Day events.

Werner Enterprises to Host Driver Appreciation Week

Werner Enterprises will host a weeklong celebration to coincide with National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Sept. 13-19 that will include events at both its global headquarters and locations throughout the country. The company will devote the week to honoring the dedication and service of the more than 3 million professional drivers who deliver freight safely and efficiently throughout the nation.

“This week is really about putting the exclamation point on what we try to do throughout the year,” said Derek Leathers, president and COO. “It’s important to celebrate and highlight the crucial role these men and women play in our daily lives.”

In addition to serving meals and providing gifts at all of its terminal locations and various Dedicated sites, Werner will host a driver recognition ceremony Friday, Sept. 18, in Omaha to honor the most recent drivers to achieve 2 million accident-free miles. The ceremony will be followed by a live remote broadcast of the SiriusXM Radio show “Road Dog Trucking News.”

Phoenix Gra-Gar Team Recognized for Safety Milestone

Werner honored the Phoenix terminal’s Gra-Gar team with an Excellence in Safety award during a special luncheon Aug. 26. The team was presented with a plaque, and each team member received a jacket for successfully completing two years without an OSHA recordable accident or injury.

“Gra-Gar has traditionally recognized individuals for injury-free achievements with an annual safety award,” said Boyd Redinbaugh, Gra-Gar’s assistant compliance manager. “We are now recognizing team success, as it takes everyone looking out for one another to reach injury-free achievements.”

Jeff Wessinger – 2 Million Accident-Free Miles

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.

Gary Gray – 2 Million Miles Accident Free

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.

Gary Higgins – 3 Million Miles Accident Free

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.

Robert Fluharty – 3 Million Miles Accident Free

While the business of driving a truck is often considered an individual enterprise, professional driver Robert Fluharty has been successful both as a solo and a team driver. His years of hard work recently earned him the 3 million accident-free mile award at the June 9 Second Quarter Recognition Ceremony.

“I stayed here at Werner and made up my mind I wanted it,” said Fluharty of his accident-free accomplishment. “It feels great.”

For Fluharty, team driving has been a family affair. He learned how to drive from his dad, who also was his first co-driver. After that, he and his aunt hit the road as a team.

The native of Mesa, Arizona, and father of two had this advice to new drivers – “Put safety first, set goals, don’t take chances and don’t over drive yourself.”

When not behind the wheel, the NASCAR fan enjoys cheering on another successful professional driver – Dale Earnhart Jr.

Werner Recognizes Four Professional Drivers for Safety Achievements

Werner honored four professional drivers on June 9 for their safety milestones during the company’s Second Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony at its global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.

Gary Higgins and Robert Fluharty were honored with 3 million mile accident-free awards, while Gary Gray and Jeff Wessinger each were presented with a 2 million mile accident-free award.

“Their years of service as well as their safety accomplishments exemplify a superior level of loyalty and commitment,” said Eric Downing, vice president of Dedicated Services.

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Werner Takes Third at the Nebraska State Truck Driving Championships

The Nebraska State Truck Driving Championships took place June 6 in Grand Island, Nebraska, and our Werner team of professional drivers took home third place overall.

Brad Graybill placed first in the Flatbed Class, earning a trip to the national competition in St. Louis, Missouri, Aug. 11-15.

Tim Dean placed second in the Third-Axle Class and received the Professional Excellence Award for achieving the highest score on the written test.

Chris Baade placed second in the Twin Trailer Class.

Rebecca Heck took second place in the Sleeper Class.

David Korkosz earned second place in the Straight Truck Class.

Brian Schoemig placed second in the Tanker Class.

Congratulations to all of our professional drivers who participated at state and represented Werner so well.

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