Werner Named Best for Vets Employer 2016

Werner Enterprises was recently designated a Best for Vets Employer by the Military Times for the second consecutive year. The publication’s annual list recognizes 75 companies for exemplary hiring efforts and employment benefits for military veterans and spouses.

Werner’s survey-based ranking included several performance areas identified by the Military Times:

· Number of military veteran associates
· Number of 2015 military veteran hires
· Percentage of recruiting budget for military veterans
· Military veteran spouse policies
· Benefits

Since 2011, Werner has hired more than 7,550 military veterans and has pledged to hire 2,000 military veterans in 2016. Since May 2013, Werner has hired more than 400 military veteran spouses.

“We take great pride in our military veteran associates and we will continue to invest in their success here at Werner,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Derek Leathers. “We hope their numbers grow as we continue to expand our methods to support their transition.”

Werner Honors Five 2 Million Mile Accident-Free Drivers

Werner Enterprises recognized five professional drivers for reaching 2 million miles accident free during the First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony on March 3.

Angelo Gibson, AVP of Operations, presented Joseph Colburn Jr., Marvin Fielder, Charles Jennings, Ronald Stevenson and John Williams with awards for their accomplishment. Their professionalism and dedication have delivered more than 115 combined years of safe service.


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Joseph Colburn Jr. — 2 Million Accident-Free Miles

Professional driver Joseph Colburn Jr. takes the same commitment to safety he practiced in both the Marines and the Navy and applies it when he’s driving for Werner Enterprises.

It’s that commitment to safety that helped him earn the 2 million accident-free miles award at the First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony on March 2.

“It’s important to look at the big picture,” Colburn said. “Check your mirrors, observe your surroundings and leave plenty of space between other vehicles.”

A Werner driver for 22 years, Colburn is a resident of Port Crane, New York. He enjoys building homes, furniture and woodworking.

George Stutts – 2 Million Accident-Free Miles

Werner professional driver George Stutts is easy going and good humored, but behind the wheel he’s a serious professional committed to safety.

It’s that dedication that helped him earn the 2 million accident-free miles award
at the Dec. 8 Fourth Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

“I am proud to get to this goal, but my main goal is to move freight,” he said. “I just take it one day at a time.”

A Werner driver since 1997, Stutts has trained more than 245 students and passed on his talent and knowledge to the next generation.

The native of Tuscumbia, Alabama, enjoys old cars and spending time with his pride and joy – his two granddaughters.

Werner Enterprises Recognized as a Military Friendly® Employer

Werner Enterprises was named this week by GI Jobs® magazine as a “Top 100 Military Friendly® Employer for 2016” and a “Top 50 Military Spouse Employer for 2016.”

This is the tenth time Werner has been named as a Top 100 Military Friendly® Employer and the second time as a Top 50 Military Spouse Employer. The magazine ranks companies on the strength of their military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior active military service and policies toward National Guard and Reserve services.

“We owe our military veterans a huge debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they make while serving our country,” President and COO Derek Leathers said. “With that in mind, it has become our mission to create the best opportunities available for veterans and their families as they return to civilian life and transition to new careers.”

Werner widely has been acknowledged for its efforts to ease the transition of military veterans into the workplace, including its Professional Truck Driver Apprenticeship that allows veterans to use their benefits to pay for training while receiving on-the-job instruction.

Werner has hired more than 6,500 veterans since 2012 and more than 350 veteran spouses since May 2013, surpassing the pledge it made in 2012 under the White House campaign Joining Forces to hire 1,000 veterans per year for the next five years. Werner has pledged to hire 2,200 veterans and 200 veteran spouses in 2015.

2 Million Accident-Free Miles – Dennis Brown

Professional Werner driver Dennis Brown believes in determination, hard work and earning what you get. It is no surprise then that his own commitment and work ethic earned him a 2 million accident-free miles award at the Sept. 18 Third Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

Brown, a Werner driver since 1996, had this advice for new drivers: “Stay back away from people and give them plenty of room.”

As for his own personal safety motto, it’s all about being in control.

“Don’t let other drivers around you get you stressed,” he said. “No load or paycheck is worth risking your life or anyone else’s.”

When not on the road, the Ashley, Illinois, native stays busy with a family that includes six children, 23 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

2 Million Accident-Free Miles – Larry Derr

Professional Werner driver Larry Derr’s safety motto is one we all can abide by: “Drive as if there is a member of your family in every vehicle around you.”

It’s that mindset that helped him achieve his 2 million accident-free miles award for which he was recognized at the Sept. 18 Third Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

Derr, a Werner driver since 1992, has this advice to new drivers: “Take pride in the industry, whether you are driving or dealing with customers.”

Derr has taken pride in his own career over the years. As an avid competitor, he has participated in 12 Nebraska State Truck Driving competitions and advanced to nationals seven times. Derr also is an active member of the community, volunteering for safety events with the Omaha Police Department and charity events with the Boy Scouts. And each year, he participates in the Special Olympics Nebraska convoy.

Derr and his wife Joanne reside in Omaha, Nebraska, and enjoy spending time with their six daughters and eight grandchildren.

2 Million Accident-Free Miles – James Dill

Professional Werner driver James Dill heard many stories as a child about his grandfather’s truck driving days, but it wasn’t until a friend inspired him that he decided to start his own career. That choice turned out to be a good one not only for Dill, but also for Werner – he was awarded the 2 million accident-free miles award at the Sept. 18 Third Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

For Dill, a Werner driver since 1988, having a successful career isn’t just about skill. Attitude also plays a large part.

“It’s important to have a good attitude when dealing with the motoring public and the customer,” he said.

His advice for new drivers is all about caution on the road.

“Keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you and give yourself plenty of time to stop,” Dill said.

The native of Bartelso, Illinois, makes time to enjoy fishing and relaxing when not on the road.

2 Million Accident-Free Miles – Cornell Martin

When you meet professional Werner driver Cornell Martin, it doesn’t take long to pick up on his easy-going demeanor and sense of humor. Those qualities likely helped him achieve the 2 million accident-free miles award he received at the Sept. 18 Third Quarter Recognition Ceremony.

Martin, a Werner driver since 1993, gave high praise to his wife of 37 years, Joann, and his good friend and fellow driver Clarence Ward for providing him with much needed support. His success can also be attributed to his safe practices on the road.

“I am prepared because I do a pre-trip every time I stop, and I always make sure to get enough rest,” he said.

New drivers on the road would do well to heed Martin’s advice on how to behave on the road: “Be patient, take it slow and get out and look.”

Martin and his wife reside in El Paso, Texas. When not on the road, he can be found woodworking, fishing or cheering on his beloved Oakland Raiders.

2 Million Accident-Free Miles – Lance Rhinesmith

Lance Rhinesmith enjoys his career as a professional Werner driver, and earning the 2 million accident free miles award at the Sept. 18 Third Quarter Recognition Ceremony is proof that he has made it quite a successful one.

According to Rhinesmith, a Werner driver since 1994, his approach to driving is simple.

“I take my time and always obey the laws,” he said.

As for his advice for new drivers, it’s not that much different.

“Maintain the speed limit, keep a safe following distance and be cautious in construction areas,” Rhinesmith said.

A native of Inverness, Florida, Rhinesmith enjoys relaxing when he is not on the road, but he admits he is happiest when behind the wheel.

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