Driver Recognition Ceremony

Guy Welton, vice president of operations, recently hosted the 1st Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony. Seven professional drivers received awards for the achievement of 2 million safe driving miles and one professional driver received an award for the incredible milestone of 4 million safe driving miles. Collectively, these drivers have an impressive 191 years of dedicated service to Werner Enterprises. Werner currently has 157 drivers who have reached two million safe driving miles and two drivers who have achieved 4 million safe driving miles.

The recipients awarded for 2 million safe driving miles were as follows:

  • Jerry Almon of Martin, Ga.
  • Patrick Inman of Omaha, Neb.
  • William McCoy of Tiptonville, Tenn.
  • Jack Mock of Findlay, Ohio
  • Robert Shuffield of Farmington, Utah
  • Richard Wagner of Laurel, Del.
  • Otis Williams of Louisville, Miss.

The 4 million safe driving miles award was given to Ben Hein of Fairbury, NE.

Congratulations to all of these award winners and their families. Each milestone award is exemplary of the commitment to putting safety first every day. We proudly honor and thank these drivers for keeping our roads safe.

Road Team: Captain Spotlight

This week, our Road Team Captain spotlight features Becca Heck. Becca started driving for Werner seven years ago facing tough economic times. She trained on the Dollar General account and found the work very challenging yet extremely rewarding. In less than a year, she became a co-ed trainer and has since become an owner operator as well.

She is very thankful for the opportunities she has found in the driving profession. Becca is a proud wife and mother of four who resides in Illinois. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family.

Road Team: Captain Spotlight

Our first Road Team Captain spotlight features professional driver David Conkling. David, an army veteran, has driven for Werner for 11 years and has been a trainer for 10 years. He currently drives on the Toro account for Werner dedicated. He has driven over 1 million safe driving miles and was recently selected to drive the first Operation Freedom truck as part of the Werner military program, Operation Freedom.

He served in the United States Army as a tank commander with the 72nd tanker battalion, Camp Rose, Korea. When asked how his military experience has helped him in his driving career, David said, “It has taught me discipline, time management, self-awareness and reliance.”

Conkling is a seasoned driver who has driven trucks since 1976. As his family has a long standing history in trucking, he grew up in the industry. His father ran a small fleet back in the 50’s, so he grew up in and around terminals and trucks. His great-grandfather even had a delivery service that utilized mule team wagons in Redwood, Minnesota. He can truly say that he was born into the trucking lifestyle.

Conkling has been married to his high school sweetheart for 43 years. He is a proud father and grandfather and he currently resides in Metairie, Louisiana.

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