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FedEx to Send 150 Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

Competitors Reflect FedEx Commitment to Safety and Professionalism

July 22, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 22, 2015 — 150 drivers from 48 states representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies will compete in the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in St. Louis, Missouri, August 11-15.

Each FedEx driver earned the right to compete in the NTDC by winning at state-level truck driving championships. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) sponsor the NTDC, which is designed to recognize industry leadership in safety and to promote professionalism among truck drivers.

“FedEx drivers are among the safest in the industry,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, FedEx Corp. “I’m proud of the 1,812 FedEx team members who qualified to compete at the state level and the 150 finalists competing nationally.”

Here are some facts about the 2015 FedEx NTDC competitors:

  • Collectively, the drivers have more than 3,100 years of professional driving experience among them.
  • In total, the team has safely driven more than 191 million miles during their careers—enough to circle the globe nearly 7,670 times.
  • More than 87 of the FedEx competitors have driven professionally for 20 years or more.
  • More than 38 have each accumulated at least one million miles of safe driving.
  • 24 have won five or more state championships.

At the NTDC, the FedEx drivers will be among nearly 430 competitors who will vie for national titles in nine different classes of vehicles and for the National Grand Champion title. The drivers accumulate points by demonstrating their driving skills and knowledge of the industry through a written exam, pre-trip inspection and driving-skills challenge.

The 2015 FedEx NTDC team includes:

Driver’s NameStateDomicile FacilityHometownClass
Muku AfusiaAKAnchorageAnchorageStraight Truck
Becky NelsonAKAnchorageAnchorageStep Van
Scott BrandonALDecaturAthens5-Axle
Dan ThompsonALMobileSpanish FortTwins
Jeff CochranARTexarkanaTexarkana, TexasTwins
Timo GearyARFayettevilleSpringdaleStep Van
Kevin EkstromAZTucsonTucsonStep Van
Hobie EirichCAAnaheimAnaheim4-Axle
Oscar EncisoCABurbankPalmdaleStep Van
Bernard LlaveCASan DiegoCardiffStraight Truck
Charles PullenCAOxnardVentura3-Axle
Matthew AllisonCODenverCommerce CityStep Van
Brook FigginsCOSpringfieldVilas5-Axle Sleeper
Dave MoglerCODenverBrightonTwins
Tyler RogersCOGrand JunctionFruitaFlatbed
Paul SwanCODenverThornton3-Axle
Mike ZabawaCODenverStrasburgStraight Truck
Paul BrandonCTNew HavenOxfordTank Truck
Joe MonizCTNew HavenHamden5-Axle Sleeper
John SanchezCTWindsor LocksEast HartfordStep Van
Randy O’DellDEWilmingtonElkton, Maryland3-Axle
Jose PerezDEWilmingtonNew CastleTwins
Dave ValentinDEWilmingtonCamden5-Axle
Brian CobbFLOcalaOcalaStep Van
David FontFLMiamiHomestead4-Axle
Denny JohnsonFLTampaSan AntonioStraight Truck
Rusty PedersonFLJacksonvilleFleming Island3-Axle
Jonathan ChurchwellFLAtlantaAdairsvilleStraight Truck
Steve HaskillHIKailua KonaKamuelaStep Van
Chad OlsonHIHonoluluMililaniStraight Truck
Allen SohnIADes MoinesDes Moines4-Axle
Brandon BeckerIDBoiseBoiseStep Van
James NeavearIDPocatelloBlackfoot4-Axle
Tim BanasiakILPeruPeru5-Axle Sleeper
Joe CarsonILEffinghamStrasburgTank Truck
Miguel CorralILChicago HeightsCrown Point, IndianaTwins
Ivan NikolicILChicagoWillow Springs5-Axle
Tony BurnsINIndianapolisCenterton4-Axle
Andrew WhiteselINIndianapolisIndianapolisStep Van
Dean HarrisKSKansas CityShawneeStep Van
Tim HelusKSWichitaBuhlerTwins
Ron GabelKSGreat BendSchoenchenStraight Truck
Don LoganKSTopekaEskridge3-Axle
Jeff ThompsonKSKansas CityOlatheFlatbed
Jesse BenkertKYLouisvilleLouisvilleStep Van
Dwayne HeaverinKYHebronDry Ridge3-Axle
Rick LivingstonKYLouisvilleEnglish, IndianaStraight Truck
David ProctorKYLouisvilleMount WashingtonTwins
John WillingerKYLouisvilleLouisville4-Axle
Eric CourvilleLALafayetteBreaux Bridge5-Axle Sleeper
Chad RudesillLALafayetteTickfaw5-Axle
Xavier TheriotLAShreveportShreveportTwins
Donnie WilliamsLAMonroeWest MonroeStep Van
Roland BolducMAWindsor, ConnecticutEast Longmeadow3-Axle
Bill ColantuoneMARaynhamNortonStraight Truck
Bob LedouxMARaynhamSwanseaStep Van
Ed OakesMAHartford, ConnecticutSpringfieldTwins
Bob CochranMEAugustaWinthropStep Van
Jared ElstonMEPortlandWindham4-Axle
Joyce BainMDHagerstownWarfordsburg, Pennsylvania5-Axle Sleeper
Mike ForchettiMDRockvilleFrederickStep Van
Nick FrazierMOJoplinGranbyStep Van
Paul ButkowskiMNSt. CloudSauk Rapids3-Axle
Reggie CopelandMNMinneapolisBrooklyn ParkStraight Truck
Rob JankeMNMinneapolisBlaine4-Axle
Alex LofgrenMNSt. PaulCottage GroveStep Van
Jeff RiderMNSt. PaulSomerset, Wisconsin5-Axle Sleeper
Brandon LeeMSHattiesburgHattiesburgStep Van
John SmithMSTupeloMoorevilleFlatbed
Clint AndersonMTBillingsBillingsStep Van
Marty AnzikMTButteButteTwins
Richard GraysonMTBillingsBillings5-Axle
Tom MillerMTBillingsBillingsStraight Truck
Paul CaruoloNCRaleighCaryStraight Truck
J.R. GoodsonNCCharlotteKings MountainFlatbed
Cecil HicksNCCharlotteNorwoodTank Truck
Basher PierceNCGreensboroSophia5-Axle
Don ThompsonNCCharlotteMonroe5-Axle Sleeper
Johnny WilliardNDGreensboroEast BendStep Van
Rondal WoodieNCCharlotteCharlotteTwins
Joe HonekNDGrand ForksEast Grand Forks, MinnesotaStraight Truck
Chris ScholandNDFargoWest Fargo5-Axle
Dan NygordNDGrand ForksGrand ForksStep Van
Paul BadgettNEAuroraWaverly3-Axle
Travis MinnickNELincolnLincolnStep Van
John PoppenNEGrand IslandMarquette4-Axle
Peter BorgesNHLondonderryWareham, Massachusetts3-Axle
Pat OsbornNHLondonderryCandiaStep Van
Jorge CardozaNJNewarkElizabethStraight Truck
Carlos ChavarriagaNJNewarkElizabethStep Van
Jim EricksonNJCinnaminsonMarltonFlatbed
Jorge LopezNJNewarkJersey City5-Axle
Bart PachuckiNJNewarkCarlstadtTank Truck
Joe WhiteNJNewarkKeansburgTwins
Parcell JamesNMAlbuquerqueAlbuquerque4-Axle
Dion SaizNMAlbuquerqueAlbuquerqueTwins
Ray SandovalNMAlbuquerqueAlbuquerque3-Axle
Chris ShawNMAlbuquerqueAlbuquerqueStep Van
Adrian CamposNVLas VegasHendersonStraight Truck
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NVMill CityDaytonTank Truck
Dan LedbetterNVRenoSparks5-Axle
Jose RazoNVLas VegasLas VegasStep Van
Rich DeckerNYCheektowagaAmherstStep Van
Jim KohrNYRochesterNorth ChiliStraight Truck
Mark McLeanNYNewburghGardiner4-Axle
David WatsonNYNewburghMontague, New JerseyTank Truck
Brett BrunkenhoeferOHYoungstownYoungstown3-Axle
Bryan ElgesOHYoungstownAshland5-Axle Sleeper
D.J. HammockOHMansfieldNorth Robinson4-Axle
Scott NewcomeOHClevelandNew FranklinStraight Truck
Richard BrightOKStillwaterStillwaterStep Van
Kevin MustinOKOklahoma CityOklahoma CityFlatbed
Randy ReedOKTulsaBroken Arrow3-Axle
Ryan DalkeORMedfordMedfordStep Van
Curt DavisORPortlandGresham5-Axle
Brad LesterORPortlandHappy Valley4-Axle
Chris OutenORPortlandVancouver, WashingtonTwins
Jim RudORPortlandBoringStraight Truck
Dan ShamrellORPortlandBattle Ground, Washington3-Axle
John NashPAEast HarrisburgNew CumberlandStraight Truck
Sal VincelliPAAllentownBethlehemStep Van
David LumpkinRIWarwickHopkintonStep Van
Eddie DaysSCHilton HeadBlufftonStep Van
Tommy WinstonSCGreenville/SpartanburgGreenvilleTank Truck
Brian CussonSDRapid CityBox ElderTwins
Marty KraftSDRapid CityRapid CityTank Truck
Jason SkotvoldSDSioux FallsSioux Falls3-Axle
Virgil ThiewesSDWatertownGoodwinStraight Truck
Mike WhiteheadSDSioux FallsLennoxFlatbed
Scott LambertTNKingsportKingsportTwins
Dave MageeTNDresdenHuntingdonTank Truck
James SheehanTNNashvilleHendersonvilleStep Van
Aryn PittawayTXFort WorthArlingtonStep Van
Kevin AshbyUTSalt Lake CitySyracuseStep Van
Ron PeaseUTSalt Lake CitySalt Lake City3-Axle
Jesse WilliamsUTSalt Lake CityLaytonStraight Truck
Bill LindseyVAVirginia BeachVirginia Beach4-Axle
Dan WoodsVAChristiansburgShawsvilleStep Van
Jeremiah JarvisVTMontpelierChelseaTwins
Andre RavenVTSt. JohnsburyLancasterStraight Truck
James HamiltonWASeattleBrowns PointStep Van
Kevin AsburyWVCharlestonLeon4-Axle
Ken BarnettWVCharlestonGiven5-Axle
Corkee ClaryWVHuntingtonHuntingtonFlatbed
Tom EdensWVCharlestonSt. AlbansTwins
Jamey PriddyWVCharlestonCharlestonStraight Truck
Kenny TresseltWVHagerstown, Mary landCharles TownStep Van
Nathan RenteriaWYCasperCasperStep Van

 

In 2014, 138 driving professionals from 45 states representing FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Express qualified to compete at the NTDC by winning their respective state’s competition and driving accident-free for at least one year. Four FedEx drivers captured National Champion titles in the Flatbed, 3-Axle, Straight Truck and Step Van classes. Six other FedEx drivers earned top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.

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