Driver Spotlight: David Farmer

Werner Enterprises proudly awarded professional driver David Farmer with his 2 million safe driving miles award last week at the 4th Quarter Driver Recognition Ceremony.

Farmer, who lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was praised by his dispatcher, Kyle Schreiber, for his discipline and dedication on the job. He has been a Werner driver for 24 years and currently covers the lane from Ogden, Utah to Paris, Texas. “Slow is fast” is his motto regarding safe driving. His advice to other drivers is “to look at what is out and enjoy what is out there.”

In his free time, one of his favorite past times is rock crawling in his Jeep.

We congratulate David Farmer on achieving the milestone of 2 million safe driving miles.

Werner honors six safe Drivers

Senior Vice President of Operations Steve Phillips recently presented five drivers with the award for 2 million safe driving miles at the 4th Quarter Driver Recognition Ceremony.  In addition to a plaque signed by Werner Enterprises’ Chairman Gary Werner, each driver also received the following gifts: an engraved watch, aluminum mud flaps, patches, tractor decals, a cash award and a gift certificate to Corporate Rewards. The 2 million mile driver award recipients are as follows:

  • David Farmer of Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Lloyd Nelson of Eagle, Neb.
  • Reginald Shaw of Dallas, Texas
  • Bryan Shirley of Papillion, Neb.
  • Kevin Stacy of Salineville, Ohio

Following the 2 million mile awards, Chris Polenz, associate vice president of Human Resources, presented the Humanitarian Award to driver Mark Randall of Mesquite, Nevada.

On October 24, 2012, Randall and his trainee were traveling west on I-80 in the metro area of Omaha, Nebraska, when they noticed a motorcyclist in front of them following much too close to the car ahead. The motorcyclist struck the vehicle while attempting to pass it which sent him crashing to the pavement right in Randall’s path. In anticipation of possible danger, Randall was able to safely slow his truck to a complete stop within eight feet of the motorcyclist. Because Randall remained aware of his surroundings at all times and diligently maintained control of his truck, the motorcyclist survived.

Congratulations to these award winners. We will be putting these drivers in the Driver Spotlight in the following weeks.

Professional Driver Spotlight: Allen Parker

Werner Enterprises Professional Driver Allen Parker
Werner Enterprises Professional Driver Allen Parker

Werner Enterprises professional driver Allen Parker was recently honored for logging THREE MILLION safe miles. Allen, who resides in Fairbury, Neb. has been with Werner for over 25 years and praised by his fleet manager as always being good to customers and following proper channels to get the job done.

While not behind the wheel, you can usually find Allen behind a microphone. He recently recorded a gospel album in Nashville with his wife, Connie, and told the crowd at last week’s Associate Recognition Ceremony that he and Connie have set a goal to record another.

Congratulations Allen!

Professional Driver Spotlight: Robert McKee

Werner Enterprises Professional Driver Robert McKee
Werner Enterprises Professional Driver Robert McKee

When Robert McKee was honored for attaining two million safe driving miles at last week’s Associate Recognition Ceremony, his fleet manager, Tom Seib, spoke on the strengths of the 18-year Werner veteran. He noted that Robert, a native of Warren, Penn., is committed to safety and is always professional and relaxed. Robert, who has also been a trainer of students, said that his biggest key to successful and safe driving is having a personal talk with himself every morning to prepare for another day.

When not behind the wheel, McKee travels abroad with his family and enjoys being a NASCAR fan.

Congratulations Robert!

Professional Driver Spotlight: James Hardin

Werner Enterprises Professional Driver James Hardin
Werner Enterprises Professional Driver James Hardin

When James Hardin was introduced at this quarter’s Associate Recognition Ceremony, the honor was given to his long-time dispatcher, Mary Zalaznik.

Mary stated that James, also known by his handle “Guardrail”, has always been the go-to guy on her account. If someone has a question, drivers know who to refer to for an answer — James.

James, a veteran of the Air Force, has two children and one granddaughter and resides in Kerrville, Texas. While accumulating his first million miles, he learned through his mistakes and corrected them to achieve his second million.

James has been a professional driver for Werner Enterprises for 15 years and has driven 2 million accident-free miles.

Congratulations James!

Professional Driver Spotlight: Donnie Reece

Werner Enterprises Professional Driver Donnie Reece
Werner Enterprises Professional Driver Donnie Reece

Werner Enterprises was proud to award professional driver Donnie Reece with his 2 million safe driving miles award last week in Omaha, Neb.

Donnie, who hails from Garland, Texas, was praised by his dispatcher, Pete Mullenberg, for his strong personal values that carry over to his success as a driver. With professionalism, kindness and respect, Donnie has made a positive impact on his dedicated account. Donnie, a veteran of the Army and a devoted family man, stated he found a family in Werner, as well.

Donnie has been a professional driver with Werner Enterprises for 23 years.

Congratulations Donnie!

Professional Driver Spotlight: Jackie Burns

Werner Enterprises Professional Driver Jackie Burns
Werner Enterprises Professional Driver Jackie Burns

Last week, Werner Enterprises professional driver Jackie Burns was honored during the 3rd Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony for attaining 2 million safe driving miles.

Jackie has been a Werner driver for over 23 years and in that time has trained over 220 drivers as a trainer in Werner’s Student Training program.

Jackie, a veteran of the Army Airborne and resident of Haywood, Oklahoma, is also a loving father and grandfather who enjoys spending his home time fishing and hunting — so much so that he makes a point to take a week off each October to go to a deer camp with his children and grandchildren.

While accepting his award, Jackie gave credit to his dispatchers and the Werner maintenance department for helping him stay safe.

Congratulations Jackie!

Werner drivers honored for safety milestones

3rd Quarter 2012 Werner Driver Award Ceremony
3rd Quarter 2012 Werner Driver Award Ceremony

Della Sanders, associate vice president of Driver Relations and Fleet Resources, presented million mile awards to five professional drivers at the 3rd Quarter Million Mile Driver Ceremony. These five drivers have driven a combined total of 11 million safe driving miles. Each driver, represented by a Werner associate, had the opportunity to speak upon acceptance of the award. Recipients of the award include:

  • Jackie Burns, 2 million miles
  • James Hardin, 2 million miles
  • Robert McKee, 2 million miles
  • Donnie Reece, 2 million miles
  • Allen Parker, 3 million miles

Drivers were awarded the following gifts: a watch, a certificate, mud flaps, patches, tractor decals, a cash award and a gift of their choice from Corporate Rewards.

Starting next week, we will be spotlighting these drivers on the Werner Blog.

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