Daniel Bjork: 2 Million Safe Miles

Safety is a family affair for Daniel Bjork, a professional Werner driver and recent recipient of the 2 million safe driving miles award. His wife, professional Werner driver Katherine von Magnus, achieved the same accomplishment about two years ago.

“I couldn’t have done it without my wife,” said Bjork, a 21-year Werner veteran who was honored Dec. 13 at the Fourth Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

Described by his fleet manager as jovial, cordial and knowledgeable, Bjork offers a piece of advice to other drivers hoping to achieve a safe driving milestone.

“Pay attention,” he said. “Safety is an every day thing.”

When not on the road, Bjork and his wife reside in Federal Way, Wash., and enjoy spending time with their son, two daughters and soon-to-be eight grandchildren.

Stephen Rippey: 2 Million Safe Miles

Goals have always been important to professional driver Stephen Rippey. After earning his first driver of the month award, the self-proclaimed perfectionist was hooked and knew he could push himself further. Case in point – he earned the 2 million safe driving miles award at the Sept. 20 Third Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

“This has been quite a long journey,” Rippey said. “All I can say at this point is I’m glad I’ve got a couple of days off, because my head’s so big I won’t be able to get in the truck anyway.”

Rippey has driven a truck for 23 years, the last 16 of which have been with Werner. His tip for safe driving is simple: “Limit distractions and pre-trip your equipment. Your life and the lives of those around you depend on it.”

When not on the road, Rippey, who resides in Bellevue, Neb., enjoys spending time with his son, daughter and six grandchildren.

Homer Randle Jr: 2 Million Safe Miles

An easygoing mentality has led Homer Randle through his successful 30-year career as a professional driver, nearly 19 of which were with Werner.

“Homer is a person who wears life like a loose garment,” said David Farley, regional operations manager, upon congratulating Randle Sept. 20 at the Third Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

To add to his success, Randle received the award for 2 million safe driving miles.

“I thank Werner for this opportunity to be successful and to complete my 2 million miles,” he said. “I don’t know about the 3 million, but I am working on it.”

As a trainer the last 16 years, Randle has mentored many student drivers. His advice is simple: “Focus on safety all the time.”

A native of Memphis, Tenn., in his free time Randle likes to fish, drive his ’85 Grand Prix and spend time with his wife, two children and three grandchildren.

2 Million Safe Miles: Richard Wagner

Professional driver Richard Wagner was recognized at the 1st Quarter Recognition Ceremony for the achievement of two million safe driving miles. Richard, who lives in Laurel, Del., has driven for Werner for 20 years and is currently a team driver with his wife, Priscilla.

Before becoming a driver, Richard was in the auto repair industry. His experience as a mechanic has proven to be useful for him and the Company. He is meticulous when it comes to repairs and is vigilant when issues arise with his equipment. His efforts have helped Werner in numerous ways from cost savings on repairs to improved production.

Richard is a proud father of six children, three sons and three daughters. He has 14 grandchildren with another on the way soon. His dispatcher says Richard always jokes about having to start the Christmas shopping early for all the kids.

We would like to congratulate Richard on his award. Werner truly appreciates that he puts safety first.

Werner Enterprises’ drivers win 1st place at state driving competition

Congratulations to all our drivers who competed at the Nebraska State Truck Driving Championships June 7-8 in Grand Island, Neb. Our team did very well this year and earned first place in the Team category. See below for all the results.

  • Werner Enterprises’ team: 1st place Team
  • Tim Dean: (3 Axle Division) 1st place
  • Alan Arnold: (5 Axle Division) 1st place
  • Terry Durham: (5 Axle Sleeper) 1st place
  • Roy Hendrick: (Twin Trailers) 1st place and also the winner of the Bucky Bucholz award for achieving the highest drive test score on the course
  • Larry Derr: (4 Axle Division) 2nd Place
  • Brad Graybill: (Flatbed) 3rd place
  • David Korkosz: (Straight Truck) 3rd place and also named Rookie of the Year

All first place winners advance to the National Truck Driving Championships that take place August 20-24 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Introducing the NEW Driver Portal

The NEW Driver Portal allows drivers to access important information with the click of a button. No more waiting on hold for questions that can be answered through the Portal. Concerns, issues, comments, are all covered in this new technology offered ONLY to Werner Enterprises Professional Drivers.

You’ve talked and we’ve listened. By logging into the Driver Portal, you can find information on anything from company and industry news to copies of your latest paychecks. You can contact departments in an instant and even review the Driver Handbook. You can conveniently receive load notifications through a text message and effortlessly map your fuel stops. Stay up-to-date on your training and keep track of your CSA scores. The Driver Portal is fully customized for YOUR needs!

The Driver Portal is designed to make your job easier. This piece of technology was created to put you in the “driver’s seat.” So sit back and enjoy because getting the information you need and want has just become a lot easier.

Visit drivers.werner.com to take advantage of all the great features the Portal has to offer.

Road Team: Captain Spotlight

This week’s Road Team Captain spotlight features team driver Tony Schiavone. Tony is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, currently residing in Arizona. He is an U.S. Army veteran who previously installed glass for a living. He has been a Werner driver for four years and plans to become an owner operator with his partner, Robyn, and one day start a small fleet.

Tony resides in Arizona and is the proud father of four children. His oldest son, who is 20, currently serves in the Navy. Tony also has twin sons who are 14 and a daughter who is 9.

Road Team: Captain Spotlight

Our current Road Team Captain spotlight features Robyn Leinberger. Robyn is fairly new to the trucking industry. Having worked in several other industries over the years, she started driving for Werner in 2011 as a solo driver. She met her team driver and partner, Tony Schiavone, in Laredo and they have been team driving ever since with plans to become owner operators. They hope to own a small fleet and help those who want more out of life achieve their goals.

Robyn lives in Arizona. She has a twenty-nine-year-old son and a four-year-old granddaughter.

Patrick Inman: Two Million Safe Miles

Werner Enterprises recently presented professional driver Patrick Inman of Omaha, Neb., with the two million safe driving miles award. Pat, who also goes by the nickname Sleepy, met C. L. Werner at a truck show in the early 1980’s and knew he wanted to drive for Werner. Pat was one of the first student drivers to participate in the Werner training program and has since enjoyed a career driving with Werner for 27 years.

Pat’s dispatcher, Kenny Fenton, described him as a “go to” guy who is a great help with new drivers. Upon accepting his award, Pat thanked his dispatcher, his wife, Kathy, and his son, Ryan. In his spare time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle.

Congratulations to Pat on his award and his successful career with Werner.

Road Team: Captain Spotlight

This week’s Road Team Captain spotlight features professional driver Jim Collier. Collier has driven for Werner for three years and is currently a Net Ops driver. Collier received the Net Ops Driver of the Week award in May of 2012. In 2011, he was awarded the Werner Humanitarian of the Year for performing CPR and saving a fellow truck driver’s life.

Collier has served as the Chaplain with Truckers Christian Chapel Ministries at the Flying J in Davenport, Iowa, for 11 years. He also oversees the ministry and chapel office located at the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa.

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