Paul Tomaselli: 2 Million Safe Miles

Upon meeting professional driver Paul Tomaselli, one truth becomes evident right away – he truly loves driving a truck. Coupling that passion with patience and skill earned him the 2 million safe driving miles award at the March 11 First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

Tomaselli has enjoyed a career with Werner since 1996, a choice initially based on his love for the color blue. He also treasures sharing his time on the road with his faithful passenger – his toy poodle, Dolly.

“I love my job, and I love to travel,” Tomaselli said. “I owe 1.5 million miles to Dolly.”

A native of Brandon, Fla., Tomaselli enjoys spending time with his wife, Hope, and his mom and dad. He also likes working in the yard, golfing and adding to his vast vinyl music collection.

Delton O’Neal Jr: 2 Million Safe Miles

Patient, reasonable and understanding – words used to describe professional driver Delton O’ Neal Jr. As a true testament of his character, he was honored with the 2 million safe driving miles award March 11 at the First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

O’Neal Jr. has driven with Werner since 1993, including 19 years with Temperature Controlled and, most recently, two years with the Van Network.

One constant has been his desire and ability to train student drivers; so far, O’Neal Jr. has trained 156 students. He takes great pride in assisting his students, listening to their concerns and demonstrating the correct procedures needed to begin their truck driving careers. He often reminds his students to pay attention to what they are doing, a habit he himself has found very useful.

“I have a great support team,” said O’Neal Jr. regarding his long career and milestone achievement. “That is why I am here today.”

O’Neal Jr. resides in Tularosa, N.M., with his wife of 31 years, Colleen. The couple has one son.

Clarence Ward: 2 Million Safe Miles

Not many can say they have enjoyed two successful careers in a lifetime, but professional driver Clarence Ward is one of the lucky few.

Ward, who received the 2 million mile safe driving award at the Dec. 13 Fourth Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony, followed a unique path. After 21 years of service with the U.S. Army, he embarked on the new journey of professional driver.

Now with 20 years of experience with Werner, Ward enjoys sharing his knowledge. To date, he has trained 75 students.

“Pay attention and stay focused, especially in inclement weather,” he advises other drivers.

When not on the road, Ward likes to watch sports and is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan. Residing in Marshall, Texas, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, son and three grandkids.

Robert Roper: 2 Million Safe Miles

It takes a talented driver to navigate a truck and trailer through Southern California traffic, but professional driver Robert Roper proves each day that it’s possible to stay safe in even the most challenging conditions.

Roper, honored for achieving 2 million safe driving miles at the Dec. 13 Fourth Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony, was inspired to stay safe by his dispatcher.

“Safety is more than just a commitment. It’s a lifestyle – one inch, one foot, one yard and one mile at a time,” he said. “There will always be people who are going to test that.”

Roper, also known as Highlander by those who work with him, resides in Las Vegas, Nev. When not at work, he enjoys restoring classic cars, adding to his unique sword collection and performing in Renaissance fairs.

James Luigs: 2 Million Safe Miles

Professional driver James Luigs was recently honored with the award for 2 million safe driving miles at the 2nd Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony. Luigs, a native of Princeton, Ill., has driven for Werner for 19 years.

James, or Jim as he prefers to be called, received his first formal training as a driver during his three years in the army. He said that his first one million safe driving miles seemed to take forever to reach. The second million came easier to him as by that time he had developed his “A” game as a natural part of his driving routine. His helpful tip for other drivers is to remember driving requires all or your attention all of the time. If you give it any less, you may not make it home. Described by his fleet manager as an advocate for his peers, Jim is always looking for ways to improve processes for all drivers.

When not on the road, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids. He especially likes riding his Harleys and takes a great deal of pride in maintaining them.

We congratulate Jim on his 2 million mile achievement and his continued commitment to safety. We wish him many more successful years on the road and look forward to celebrating further milestones with him in the future.

2 Million Safe Miles

Professional driver Otis Williams was honored with the 2 million safe driving miles award at the 1st Quarter Recognition Ceremony in March. Otis, a Vietnam veteran, has driven for Werner for 20 years. His dispatcher, Justin Bailey, described him as “the best guy I have ever worked with.” Bailey also commended Otis for his work ethic adding that he has “done a lot to make this company great.”

Williams enjoys spending time at home in Louisville, Miss., with his wife, Annie. In his free time, he likes to ride his motorcycle or work on his pickup truck.

Congratulations to Otis for his 2 million mile award. We appreciate all he has done and continues to do as a professional driver for Werner.

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