2 Million Safe Driving Miles: Daniel Cantu

Speaking with professional driver Daniel Cantu, it’s easy to understand how he achieved 2 million safe driving miles. A consummate professional with a personal drive to always perform at his best, Cantu was presented the award at a special Second Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony at Werner’s terminal in El Paso, Texas.

A Werner driver since 1994, Cantu knew at an early age he wanted to drive a truck, and he takes his career very seriously – right down to the very last detail.

“When you represent the company as a driver, you should always be well groomed,” he said. “Customers notice, and you feel refreshed and better able to perform your job.”

Cantu advises drivers new to the industry to take their time and avoid rushing.

“Take a couple of extra minutes to double check your equipment, and you will save your life as well as the lives of others,” he said.

Cantu referred to his 2 million mile achievement as a great accomplishment for himself and for his family.

Cantu resides in El Paso, Texas, and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.

Second Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony

The June 20 Second Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony recognized the superior skills and dedicated safety efforts of four Werner professional drivers.

Senior Executive Vice President of Specialized Services Marty Nordlund presented 2 million safe driving mile awards to Dana Moulton, Stathe Papatheodorou, Alan Sheain Sr. and Wesley Swisher.

“At 52 miles per hour, it takes 39,000 hours or four and a half years behind the wheel to reach 2 million miles,” Nordlund said. “These gentlemen did the equivalent of that while driving a tractor trailer that weighs 80,000 pounds.”

With more than 75 years of combined Werner driving experience, these drivers exemplify the talents and commitment desired in all of our professional drivers.

Of Werner’s approximately 8,800 active drivers, only 101 have achieved 2 million safe driving miles.

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.

Douglas Brittenham: 3 Million Safe Miles

Werner professional driver Douglas Brittenham may be better known as Red by most, but his skill and patience throughout the last 26 years have lent him great success with another color – Werner blue.

Brittenham, who received the 3 million mile safe driving award at the March 11 First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony, is an integral part of Werner’s success with customers – from his safe driving to his courteous interactions.

When asked to comment on his achievement, Brittenham said it wasn’t really a goal he set for himself.

“I just drive, getting from point A to point B without a wreck,” he said. “Pay attention, it’s that simple. Pay attention to the details.”

A native of North Platte, Neb., Brittenham enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He is an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast and plans to ride his motorcycle to visit family in Maine this summer.

First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony

Three professional drivers were honored for their driving excellence and commitment to safety during the March 11 First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

Della Sanders, associate vice president of Driver Relations, presented the 3 million safe driving mile award to Douglas Brittenham and 2 million safe driving mile awards to Delton O’Neal Jr. and Paul Tomaselli.

“Talk about Werner proud,” Sanders said. “These three gentlemen came from truck driving schools and were developed as new drivers in the industry to multi-million mile drivers here today.”

Sanders referenced the milestones in baseball terms: the average homerun is 370 feet; with 5,280 feet in one mile, it would take 14 homeruns to equal one mile. That means 98 million homeruns would have to be hit to equal the distance these drivers have safely traveled.

“I think it’s safe to say they have definitely hit a grand slam,” she said.

Gordon Stewart: 2 Million Safe Miles

Easy going and consistent is an apt description of professional driver Gordon Stewart, recipient of the 2 million safe driving miles award at the Dec. 13 Fourth Quarter Recognition Ceremony.

Throughout the years, Stewart’s driving experience has run the gamut of Werner services, including Flatbed, Temperature-Controlled and Vans. He also has driven on a team, as a solo and as a trainer.

“It’s been a fun 22 years,” Stewart said. “Compared to 20 years ago, driving today can be hard, but driving a Werner truck makes the job a whole lot easier.”

His safety advice to other drivers is to slow down and rest.

Stewart, an army veteran, resides in Lemon Grove, Calif., and enjoys spending time on his fishing boat.

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.

Howard Lemon: 2 Million Safe Miles

Professional driver Howard Lemon may have nicknamed him ‘Boy Wonder’, but Anheuser-Busch Dedicated manager Justin Bailey had nothing but praise for Lemon at the Third Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

“Howard, thank you so much for what you’ve done for the company,” Bailey said. “I appreciate everything you do for our account, and we look forward to being back here for three million.”

Lemon, who has 18 years of service with Werner, earned the 2 million safe driving miles award at the Sept. 20 ceremony. The Tulsa, Okla., native previously served 16 years in the army. Off the job, Lemon enjoys spending time with his seven children and cheering on his favorite sports teams.

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