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.

Help Support the Hours-of-Service Fix

Make your government work for you and let Washington know what you want.

The U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on a bill that includes language to further suspend the 34-hour restart restrictions. The suspension would no longer require two nights of down time from 1–5 a.m. and will allow more than one restart per week.

Below is a link that will help you automatically generate a letter to your U.S. Representative. Let your voice be heard!

Any questions can be directed to the Log Department. Thank you for taking the time to get involved and effect positive change in our industry!

Nebraska State Truck Driving Competitor – Tim Dean

Professional Werner driver Tim Dean will be competing in the Three-Axle class at the Nebraska State Truck Driving Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska, on June 6.

Dean is the epitome of a seasoned and professional driver, and Werner and the industry benefit from his strong leadership skills, valuable feedback and commitment to safety.

A Werner driver since 1988, Dean has served as a Werner Road Team captain and mentor since 2005 and currently is a Road Team lead. He was selected as a member of the ATA’s prestigious America’s Road Team in 2009-2010. In addition, Dean is a seven-time Nebraska State Truck Driving Class Champion and recipient of the 3 million accident-free miles award. Dean and his family reside in Griswold, Iowa.

Werner Professional Drivers to Compete in Nebraska State Truck Driving Championships

Save the date for the Nebraska State Truck Driving Championships and support our drivers as they compete Saturday, June 6, at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Werner is proud to have 10 professional drivers competing for a chance to advance to nationals in St. Louis, Missouri, in August:

•          Chris Baade – Tanks
•          Timothy Dean – Three-axle
•          Larry Derr – Four-axle
•          Terry Durham – Five-axle
•          Brad Graybill – Flatbed
•          Rebecca Heck – Five-axle Sleeper
•          Justin Huett – Twin-trailer
•          David Korkosz – Straight Truck
•          Brian Schoemig – Step Van
•          Crystal Varvel – Alternate

All associates are invited to attend the event and cheer our drivers on to victory. The competition begins at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, June 6. Volunteer opportunities are available – if you are interested in helping with the event, contact Mark Thaler at

Werner Enterprises to Host The Wall That Heals

Werner Enterprises will be the proud host of The Wall That Heals at its global headquarters May 7 – 10 as it makes a historic stop in Omaha.

The Wall That Heals is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. that is being transported by Navy veteran and professional Werner driver Immanuel Odongkara and his military themed Freedom 3 truck on its journey from San Diego, California, to Northville, Michigan.

The 250-foot long memorial wall, which bears the 58,300 names of those killed or missing in action from the conflict in Vietnam, will arrive escorted by a motorcade of veterans and local law enforcement at Werner’s 14507 Frontier Road campus Wednesday, May 6. Werner will host an opening ceremony Thursday, May 7, at 10 a.m. that will include comments from Werner President and COO Derek Leathers. The wall will be on display to the public 24 hours a day through Sunday, May 10, at 5 p.m. Friends and family members of those whose names are honored on the wall are encouraged to bring a photo to the exhibit to be scanned and included in the display’s digital archive.

“Werner is proud to play a part in bringing this important memorial to the Omaha area so veterans and citizens alike can pay tribute to the men and women who serve our country,” Leathers said. “We hope the members of our community show up in full force to demonstrate their support and appreciation.”

As a military friendly employer, Werner has hired more than 5,400 veterans in the last three years, 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. Werner further strives to support military veterans with its growing military-themed Operation Freedom fleet that travels on regular freight routes in addition to being showcased at truck shows, recruiting events and specific veteran ceremonies.

Join Werner’s Appreciation Event This Friday

Help celebrate Werner’s Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration!

The tour’s next stop will be Friday, April 10, in Laredo, Texas.

Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., with a presentation beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Members of the Werner team will be in attendance to discuss issues important to you. All Werner professional drivers who stop by will receive a free thank-you gift.

Watch for other upcoming events at terminals and Dedicated sites throughout the network through April 29.

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