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.
While safety has been a great motivator for Werner professional driver James Moses, he also credits the positive working relationships he shares with his co-workers for his success.
At the Dec. 8 Fourth Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony, he received the 2 million accident-free miles award and credited another reason for his success and commitment to safety.
“I was just doing my job so I could get home to my family safe and sound,” he said.
Moses, a Werner driver since 1988, offered several safety tips to help other drivers succeed.
“Don’t rely on your GPS alone,” he said. “Use a map. Get plenty of rest, plan your trip and always do a pre-trip.”
When not on the road, Moses enjoys cooking, volunteering for Habit for Humanity and for his church and cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs. Moses and his wife, Gwen, reside in Plain Dealing, Louisiana, with their four children, 13 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and eight foster-grandchildren.
Werner professional driver Michael Blaisdell was presented with a 2 million accident-free miles award at the Dec. 8 Fourth Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.
His career is a mix of both experience and perspective, as he spent several years working in Werner’s Safety Department in addition to his time behind the wheel.
“Plan your drive, and drive your plan,” he said. “Don’t let anyone get you in a hurry.”
Blaisdell has been with the company since 1998 and has trained 61 students.
“One million miles was a goal,” he said. “And then, I started working toward 2. It’s a privilege.”
An eight-year Navy veteran and father of two sons, Blaisdell resides in Omaha, Nebraska, and enjoys watching old John Wayne movies.
For some, it just comes naturally to give everything your best, take pride in all you do and keep the faith. Werner professional driver James Bailey, recently honored with the 2 million accident-free miles award at the Dec. 8 Fourth Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony, is a shining example of that.
The son of a truck driver, Bailey has driven 24 years with Werner and said there is nothing more rewarding than completing a job he knows he has done well.
“I feel proud and honored by what I do,” he said.
His advice to new drivers?
“Be safe and keep the Lord on your side,” he said.
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Bailey enjoys fishing, watching football as a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, volunteering at his church and cooking for the less fortunate during the holidays. He and his wife, Beatrice, have been married 21 years and have four children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professional driver Brad Graybill has one thing on his mind, and he’s been very vocal about it – he wants to become the best Flatbed driver in the country. As luck, or rather skill, would have it, he has positioned himself perfectly to do so.
Graybill took first place in the Flatbed class at the Nebraska State Truck Driving Championships in June. As he prepares for the National Truck Driving Championships in St. Louis Aug. 11-15, he reflects on his journey and what it could mean.
“It’s a big thing for me,” Graybill said. “I’m competing against the best of the best. If I win, I will be the first Werner driver to win a national championship.”
Graybill started competing in the state competition back in 2010 as an alternate and said practicing and competing has helped to sharpen his skills. He also gives a lot of credit to the invaluable support of his teammates throughout the years.
For Graybill, a 37-year professional driver and 32-year Navy veteran who placed third and fourth in past state competitions, a win in St. Louis would be the highlight his career. But regardless of the outcome, Graybill plans to keep driving at least a few more years with the goal of achieving 1 million accident-free miles.
After that? Perhaps retirement for the Victorville, California, native and the chance to spend more time with his wife, Jan, and three children and seven grandchildren.