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FedEx to send 173 Drivers to the National Truck Driving Championships

This is the 2nd consecutive year that FedEx drivers will represent each of the 50 states

August 8, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn., August 8, 2017 — FedEx Corp (NYSE: FDX) operating companies and service providers will send 173 drivers from each of the 50 states to compete in the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Orlando, FL August 8-12.

Each driver representing FedEx qualified to compete in the NTDC by winning at state-level truck driving championships.  In order to compete at the state competitions and the National Truck Driving Championships, drivers must meet stringent safety standards and have an accident-free driving record for at least one year prior.  The American Trucking Associations (ATA) sponsors the NTDC, which is designed to recognize industry leadership in safety and to promote professionalism among truck drivers.

“FedEx is sending drivers from each of the 50 states to the NTDC,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO, FedEx Corp.  “This demonstrates that the FedEx commitment to safety and excellence permeates our entire organization, and we are proud to have these men and women represent FedEx.”

Here are some facts about the 2017 FedEx NTDC competitors:

  • FedEx had 2,000 drivers compete on its behalf at state events in 2017.
  • Collectively, FedEx representatives advancing to the NTDC have more than 3,800 years of professional driving experience among them.
  • In total, the 2017 team has safely driven more than 246 million miles.
  • More than 100 drivers have driven professionally for 20 years or more.
  • At least 100 drivers have accumulated 1 million or more miles of safe driving.
  • A total of 33 drivers have won 5 or more state championships.
  • More than 60 drivers are first-time truck driving champions including 9 who won state titles competing at their first state TDC.
  • 13 drivers have previously won national championships and 2 have previously been named Grand Champion.

At the NTDC, the FedEx representatives will be among nearly 450 competitors who will vie for national titles in 9 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 2017 FedEx NTDC team includes:

NameStateDomicile MarketClassOperating Company
Ron BernierAKAnchorageStep VanExpress
Becky NelsonAKAnchorageStraight TruckExpress
Robert DavisALMontgomeryStep VanFreight
David HawkALBirminghamStraight TruckFreight
Ross GarnerALDecaturTank TruckFreight
Charlie SalterALMontgomery5-AxleFreight
Dan ThompsonALMobile3-AxleFreight
Larry RheinARHarrisonTwinsFreight
Robin SamsARTexarkanaTwinsFreight
David CoffelAZMesa4-AxleExpress
Martin OrozcoAZTucson3-AxleFreight
Sean SaxonAZChandlerStep VanGround
Gary CordovaCAFresnoStraight TruckFreight
David CostaCAAnaheimStep VanGround
Todd FlippinCOSpringfieldTwinsFreight
Mary MotterCOGrand Junction4-AxleFreight
Chris PernaCODenverTank TruckFreight
Tony SinghCODenverStep VanGround
Michael ZabawaCODenverFlatbedFreight
Paul BrandonCTNew HavenFlatbedFreight
Dave BryantCTHartford4-AxleFreight
Glen CookeCTWindsor LocksStep VanExpress
Lou LockardDEWilmingtonTwinsFreight
Roy MillerDEWilmington4-AxleFreight
Wes ReynoldsDENew CastleStep VanGround
Tommy ForrestFLOrlando5-AxleFreight
Scott HamiltonFLJacksonvilleStraight TruckFreight
Eddie PenningtonFLJacksonville5-Axle SleeperFreight
Dan StapletonFLOcalaStep VanGround
Joe BertiniGANE AtlantaStraight TruckFreight
David ChandlerGAAtlantaTwinsFreight
Glenn MorrisGAValdostaTank TruckFreight
Steve HaskillHIKailua KonaStraight TruckExpress
Chad OlsonHIHonoluluStep VanExpress
Darwin PlettIARock IslandTwinsFreight
Randy SchwasingerIDBoiseStep VanFreight
Alan StacyIDBoiseStraight TruckGround
Miguel CorralILChicago HeightsTwinsFreight
Ritch FundellILPeru4-AxleFreight
Jimmy WilsonILEffingham5-AxleFreight
Willie BaylorINIndianapolisTwinsFreight
Brian FordINFremontStraight TruckFreight
Eric FuquaINNorth Indianapolis4-AxleGround
Bruce SchweringINIndianapolis5-AxleFreight
John BouddharaKSWichitaTwinsFreight
Don LoganKSTopekaFlatbedFreight
Jeff ThompsonKSKansas City3-AxleFreight
Wayne CrowderKYLouisvilleFlatbedFreight
Vince MayKYHuntington3-AxleFreight
David ProctorKYLouisvilleTwinsFreight
James ReynoldsKYHebronStep VanExpress
John WillingerKYLouisville5-AxleFreight
Les GambleLAShreveport5-AxleFreight
Dale GibbsLAShreveportTwinsFreight
Corey MitchellLAShreveportStraight TruckFreight
Kyle Mitchell LABaton RougeTank TruckFreight
Joseph VitalLALafayetteFlatbedFreight
Roland BolducMAWindsor5-Axle SleeperExpress
Kevin BurkeMABedfordStep VanExpress
Bill ColantuoneMARaynham4-AxleExpress
Ricky CostonMAEast BostonStraight TruckExpress
Rich GrayMAHartfordTwinsFreight
Jason ToothmanMDHagerstownStraight TruckFreight
Bob PedersenMEBangorTwinsFreight
Rich RogheliaMEPortland3-AxleFreight
Scott WickstromMEBangorStep VanExpress
Rick BaileyMIWarrenStraight TruckFreight
Dan Johnson MIDetroitTwinsFreight
Ron MetternickMIGrand Rapids4-AxleFreight
Reggie CopelandMNMinneapolis3-AxleFreight
Chris RapschMNRosevilleStep VanExpress
Jerry BedgoodMOKansas CityTwinsFreight
Steve CampbellMOJoplinStep VanGround
Andy HuntMOSpringfieldTank TruckFreight
Brent SimsMOColumbia4-AxleFreight
Brandon BaileyMSGulfportStep VanGround
Randy ByrdMSJacksonTwinsFreight
Rodney DavisMSTupeloStraight TruckFreight
John KitchensMSTupelo5-Axle SleeperFreight
Scott OsborneMSJacksonTank TruckFreight
Jerry RobinetteMSPearl5-AxleExpress
Chuck FiskeMTButteTwinsFreight
Don LamereMTGreat FallsStraight TruckGround
Jason MartinieMTHelenaStep VanExpress
Bryce NeilsonMTButteFlatbedFreight
David SchelinMTButte3-AxleFreight
Mike WorlMTBillingsTank TruckGround
Michael BillsNCDurhamStep VanExpress
Matt HallNCGreensboro5-Axle SleeperFreight
Dave RohmanNCCharlotte3-AxleExpress
David YoungNCCharlotteStraight TruckFreight
Sharon CollettNDFargoStep VanExpress
Rick HartleibNDMinotStraight TruckFreight
Chris ScholandNDFargo3-AxleFreight
Adam StroupNEOmahaStep VanExpress
Brent TurekNEAuroraTwinsFreight
Peter BorgesNHLondonderry5-AxleExpress
Michael McMahonNHBelmontTwinsFreight
Charles PutnamNHLondonderryStep VanExpress
Jim EricksonNJCinnaminsonFlatbedFreight
Artur LesniowskiNJSecaucus5-AxleGround
Elvin OrtizNJMoonachieStep VanGround
Bart PachuckiNJSouth NewarkStraight TruckFreight
Jim SenorNJVineland3-AxleFreight
Joe WhiteNJNewark5-Axle SleeperFreight
Daniel AmadorNMAlbuquerqueStep VanGround
Joe BernalNMFarmingtonTank TruckFreight
Dan BruchNMAlbuquerque5-AxleFreight
Parcell JamesNMAlbuquerque4-AxleFreight
Dion SaizNMAlbuquerque3-AxleFreight
Chris ShawNMAlbuquerqueStraight TruckExpress
Bob FiniNVLas VegasStraight TruckExpress
Berto CarrilloNVLas Vegas4-AxleFreight
Patrick NergerNVReno5-AxleExpress
Matt HartNVElkoTwinsFreight
Sergio RomeroNVLas VegasStep VanGround
Gragg WilsonNVReno5-Axle SleeperFreight
Jeff EvansNYSyracuseStep VanGround
John JadrossichNYNewburgh3-AxleFreight
Randy MerleNYRochester4-AxleFreight
Randy SwartNYSyracuseFlatbedExpress
Ray WaageNYNewburghTank TruckFreight
Dave WatsonNYNewburghTwinsFreight
Andrew TuckOHDaytonStraight TruckGround
Scott WoodromeOHDaytonTank TruckFreight
Russell BeachlerOKOklahoma City5-AxleFreight
Richard BrightOKStillwaterStep VanExpress
Larry KendallOKTulsa3-AxleExpress
Kenneth PyleOKTulsaTwinsFreight
Tom WestlockOKTulsa4-AxleFreight
Paul BakerORPortland3-AxleFreight
Kailen BronsonORPortlandStep VanGround
Manny CruzOREugeneFlatbedFreight
Nick JonesORPortland5-AxleFreight
Lalo FernandezORPortland5-Axle SleeperFreight
Jerry LambertORPortlandTwinsFreight
Chris OutenORPortlandTank TruckFreight
Dan ShamrellORPortland4-AxleFreight
Bart MasciulliPAPhiladelphiaStep VanExpress
Steve MigneaultRIProvidenceTwinsFreight
Karen TierneyRIWarwick3-AxleExpress
Keith TowneRIWarwickStep VanExpress
Steve WardSCGreer4-AxleExpress
Troy SwensonSDWatertownTank TruckFreight
Mike WhiteheadSDSioux Falls5-Axle SleeperFreight
Adam RudeTNEast NashvilleStep VanGround
James SheehanTNEast NashvilleStraight TruckGround
Jeff StinsonTNKingsportTank TruckFreight
Olamide OlayiwolaTXHouston3-AxleFreight
Todd TrahanTXGarlandStep VanExpress
Steve ClarkUTSalt Lake City3-AxleGround
Dustin WheelerUTHurricaneStep VanGround
Chuck BirdVAStauntonTwinsFreight
Chris BrownVAHerndonStep VanExpress
Mark BrundageVADulles4-AxleExpress
Jason CaronVTBellows Falls4-AxleFreight
Daryl FowlerVTSt. JohnsburyStep VanExpress
Chris GoddardVTBurlington3-AxleExpress
Christopher NovakVTBurlingtonFlatbedExpress
Andre RavenVTSt. JohnsburyStep VanExpress
Clint AndersonWAYakimaStep VanFreight
Darrell SheltonWAPasco4-AxleFreight
Vic SkoglundWAEverettTank TruckFreight
Jim DuffyWIMadison4-AxleFreight
Brent GlasenappWIMilwaukeeStraight TruckExpress
Bill AdkinsWVHuntington5-Axle SleeperFreight
Greg BrooksWVHuntingtonTwinsFreight
Randy ThomasWVCharleston4-AxleFreight
Franklin VanceWVCharlestonStep VanGround
Derek GorrellWYRock SpringsStraight TruckFreight
Jacob LoweWYRock SpringsTwinsFreight
Allan MacDonaldWYCodyStep VanExpress
Steve MaertzWYCasper5-AxleFreight


In 2016, 174 driving professionals from each of the 50 states representing FedEx Express, FedEx Freight and FedEx Ground qualified to compete at the NTDC.  Four drivers representing FedEx captured National Champion titles in 4-Axle, 5-Axle, Flatbed and Step Van classes. Fifteen additional FedEx drivers placed among the top finishers in their respective truck classes.  With 44 National Championships, 3 National Grand Champion and 6 Rookie of the Year titles in the past 14 years, Team FedEx has established a winning reputation at the NTDC.