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

MEMPHIS, Tenn., August 8, 2017FedEx 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:

Name State Domicile Market Class Operating Company
Ron Bernier AK Anchorage Step Van Express
Becky Nelson AK Anchorage Straight Truck Express
Robert Davis AL Montgomery Step Van Freight
David Hawk AL Birmingham Straight Truck Freight
Ross Garner AL Decatur Tank Truck Freight
Charlie Salter AL Montgomery 5-Axle Freight
Dan Thompson AL Mobile 3-Axle Freight
Larry Rhein AR Harrison Twins Freight
Robin Sams AR Texarkana Twins Freight
David Coffel AZ Mesa 4-Axle Express
Martin Orozco AZ Tucson 3-Axle Freight
Sean Saxon AZ Chandler Step Van Ground
Gary Cordova CA Fresno Straight Truck Freight
David Costa CA Anaheim Step Van Ground
Todd Flippin CO Springfield Twins Freight
Mary Motter CO Grand Junction 4-Axle Freight
Chris Perna CO Denver Tank Truck Freight
Tony Singh CO Denver Step Van Ground
Michael Zabawa CO Denver Flatbed Freight
Paul Brandon CT New Haven Flatbed Freight
Dave Bryant CT Hartford 4-Axle Freight
Glen Cooke CT Windsor Locks Step Van Express
Lou Lockard DE Wilmington Twins Freight
Roy Miller DE Wilmington 4-Axle Freight
Wes Reynolds DE New Castle Step Van Ground
Tommy Forrest FL Orlando 5-Axle Freight
Scott Hamilton FL Jacksonville Straight Truck Freight
Eddie Pennington FL Jacksonville 5-Axle Sleeper Freight
Dan Stapleton FL Ocala Step Van Ground
Joe Bertini GA NE Atlanta Straight Truck Freight
David Chandler GA Atlanta Twins Freight
Glenn Morris GA Valdosta Tank Truck Freight
Steve Haskill HI Kailua Kona Straight Truck Express
Chad Olson HI Honolulu Step Van Express
Darwin Plett IA Rock Island Twins Freight
Randy Schwasinger ID Boise Step Van Freight
Alan Stacy ID Boise Straight Truck Ground
Miguel Corral IL Chicago Heights Twins Freight
Ritch Fundell IL Peru 4-Axle Freight
Jimmy Wilson IL Effingham 5-Axle Freight
Willie Baylor IN Indianapolis Twins Freight
Brian Ford IN Fremont Straight Truck Freight
Eric Fuqua IN North Indianapolis 4-Axle Ground
Bruce Schwering IN Indianapolis 5-Axle Freight
John Bouddhara KS Wichita Twins Freight
Don Logan KS Topeka Flatbed Freight
Jeff Thompson KS Kansas City 3-Axle Freight
Wayne Crowder KY Louisville Flatbed Freight
Vince May KY Huntington 3-Axle Freight
David Proctor KY Louisville Twins Freight
James Reynolds KY Hebron Step Van Express
John Willinger KY Louisville 5-Axle Freight
Les Gamble LA Shreveport 5-Axle Freight
Dale Gibbs LA Shreveport Twins Freight
Corey Mitchell LA Shreveport Straight Truck Freight
Kyle Mitchell LA Baton Rouge Tank Truck Freight
Joseph Vital LA Lafayette Flatbed Freight
Roland Bolduc MA Windsor 5-Axle Sleeper Express
Kevin Burke MA Bedford Step Van Express
Bill Colantuone MA Raynham 4-Axle Express
Ricky Coston MA East Boston Straight Truck Express
Rich Gray MA Hartford Twins Freight
Jason Toothman MD Hagerstown Straight Truck Freight
Bob Pedersen ME Bangor Twins Freight
Rich Roghelia ME Portland 3-Axle Freight
Scott Wickstrom ME Bangor Step Van Express
Rick Bailey MI Warren Straight Truck Freight
Dan Johnson MI Detroit Twins Freight
Ron Metternick MI Grand Rapids 4-Axle Freight
Reggie Copeland MN Minneapolis 3-Axle Freight
Chris Rapsch MN Roseville Step Van Express
Jerry Bedgood MO Kansas City Twins Freight
Steve Campbell MO Joplin Step Van Ground
Andy Hunt MO Springfield Tank Truck Freight
Brent Sims MO Columbia 4-Axle Freight
Brandon Bailey MS Gulfport Step Van Ground
Randy Byrd MS Jackson Twins Freight
Rodney Davis MS Tupelo Straight Truck Freight
John Kitchens MS Tupelo 5-Axle Sleeper Freight
Scott Osborne MS Jackson Tank Truck Freight
Jerry Robinette MS Pearl 5-Axle Express
Chuck Fiske MT Butte Twins Freight
Don Lamere MT Great Falls Straight Truck Ground
Jason Martinie MT Helena Step Van Express
Bryce Neilson MT Butte Flatbed Freight
David Schelin MT Butte 3-Axle Freight
Mike Worl MT Billings Tank Truck Ground
Michael Bills NC Durham Step Van Express
Matt Hall NC Greensboro 5-Axle Sleeper Freight
Dave Rohman NC Charlotte 3-Axle Express
David Young NC Charlotte Straight Truck Freight
Sharon Collett ND Fargo Step Van Express
Rick Hartleib ND Minot Straight Truck Freight
Chris Scholand ND Fargo 3-Axle Freight
Adam Stroup NE Omaha Step Van Express
Brent Turek NE Aurora Twins Freight
Peter Borges NH Londonderry 5-Axle Express
Michael McMahon NH Belmont Twins Freight
Charles Putnam NH Londonderry Step Van Express
Jim Erickson NJ Cinnaminson Flatbed Freight
Artur Lesniowski NJ Secaucus 5-Axle Ground
Elvin Ortiz NJ Moonachie Step Van Ground
Bart Pachucki NJ South Newark Straight Truck Freight
Jim Senor NJ Vineland 3-Axle Freight
Joe White NJ Newark 5-Axle Sleeper Freight
Daniel Amador NM Albuquerque Step Van Ground
Joe Bernal NM Farmington Tank Truck Freight
Dan Bruch NM Albuquerque 5-Axle Freight
Parcell James NM Albuquerque 4-Axle Freight
Dion Saiz NM Albuquerque 3-Axle Freight
Chris Shaw NM Albuquerque Straight Truck Express
Bob Fini NV Las Vegas Straight Truck Express
Berto Carrillo NV Las Vegas 4-Axle Freight
Patrick Nerger NV Reno 5-Axle Express
Matt Hart NV Elko Twins Freight
Sergio Romero NV Las Vegas Step Van Ground
Gragg Wilson NV Reno 5-Axle Sleeper Freight
Jeff Evans NY Syracuse Step Van Ground
John Jadrossich NY Newburgh 3-Axle Freight
Randy Merle NY Rochester 4-Axle Freight
Randy Swart NY Syracuse Flatbed Express
Ray Waage NY Newburgh Tank Truck Freight
Dave Watson NY Newburgh Twins Freight
Andrew Tuck OH Dayton Straight Truck Ground
Scott Woodrome OH Dayton Tank Truck Freight
Russell Beachler OK Oklahoma City 5-Axle Freight
Richard Bright OK Stillwater Step Van Express
Larry Kendall OK Tulsa 3-Axle Express
Kenneth Pyle OK Tulsa Twins Freight
Tom Westlock OK Tulsa 4-Axle Freight
Paul Baker OR Portland 3-Axle Freight
Kailen Bronson OR Portland Step Van Ground
Manny Cruz OR Eugene Flatbed Freight
Nick Jones OR Portland 5-Axle Freight
Lalo Fernandez OR Portland 5-Axle Sleeper Freight
Jerry Lambert OR Portland Twins Freight
Chris Outen OR Portland Tank Truck Freight
Dan Shamrell OR Portland 4-Axle Freight
Bart Masciulli PA Philadelphia Step Van Express
Steve Migneault RI Providence Twins Freight
Karen Tierney RI Warwick 3-Axle Express
Keith Towne RI Warwick Step Van Express
Steve Ward SC Greer 4-Axle Express
Troy Swenson SD Watertown Tank Truck Freight
Mike Whitehead SD Sioux Falls 5-Axle Sleeper Freight
Adam Rude TN East Nashville Step Van Ground
James Sheehan TN East Nashville Straight Truck Ground
Jeff Stinson TN Kingsport Tank Truck Freight
Olamide Olayiwola TX Houston 3-Axle Freight
Todd Trahan TX Garland Step Van Express
Steve Clark UT Salt Lake City 3-Axle Ground
Dustin Wheeler UT Hurricane Step Van Ground
Chuck Bird VA Staunton Twins Freight
Chris Brown VA Herndon Step Van Express
Mark Brundage VA Dulles 4-Axle Express
Jason Caron VT Bellows Falls 4-Axle Freight
Daryl Fowler VT St. Johnsbury Step Van Express
Chris Goddard VT Burlington 3-Axle Express
Christopher Novak VT Burlington Flatbed Express
Andre Raven VT St. Johnsbury Step Van Express
Clint Anderson WA Yakima Step Van Freight
Darrell Shelton WA Pasco 4-Axle Freight
Vic Skoglund WA Everett Tank Truck Freight
Jim Duffy WI Madison 4-Axle Freight
Brent Glasenapp WI Milwaukee Straight Truck Express
Bill Adkins WV Huntington 5-Axle Sleeper Freight
Greg Brooks WV Huntington Twins Freight
Randy Thomas WV Charleston 4-Axle Freight
Franklin Vance WV Charleston Step Van Ground
Derek Gorrell WY Rock Springs Straight Truck Freight
Jacob Lowe WY Rock Springs Twins Freight
Allan MacDonald WY Cody Step Van Express
Steve Maertz WY Casper 5-Axle Freight

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.