Outstanding Individuals and Teams Honored for Their Exceptional Effort and Dedication
JOPLIN, Mo. - December 21, 2011 - Con-way Truckload, a full truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW), today announced the 12 winners of its Drivers of the Month recognition for October and November 2011.
“These drivers have all shown exemplary commitment to the highest levels of safety and service for our customers, and they couldn’t be more deserving of this honor,” said Saul Gonzalez, chief operating officer, Con-way Truckload. “We congratulate and thank them for their dedication and professionalism.”
The following drivers were recognized by the company:
Company Driver of the Month: Francis “Butch” Untiedt began his professional driving career in 1976 and has been with Con-way Truckload since 1986. When asked about what he likes about his job, he answered, “I like the freedom of the road.” Untiedt lives in Trenton, Mo., with his wife of 43 years, Marie. Together they have four children and 13 grandchildren.
Contractor Driver of the Month: Gary Woods became a truck driver over 26 years ago and joined the company in 2002. Having traveled a lot as a child, he said he has always enjoyed it. Woods takes pride in himself and his work, knowing that when he is on the road he is representing Con-way. Woods resides in Joplin, Mo., with his wife Betty. Together they have four children and seven grandchildren. When he’s not on the road he enjoys camping, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his grandkids.
Company Team of the Month: Richard and Mary Norman make a great team on the road. Richard has 30 years of professional driving experience to share with Mary, who joined the company in 2010 as his co-driver. They enjoy traveling the country, but look forward to spending time with their grandchildren when home in Big Sandy, Texas.
Contractor Team of the Month: Robert and Frances Wilder have driven a combined 2 million miles with Con-way Truckload. Tired of working in their respective factory and office jobs, they decided to take to the road. As to what they enjoy about driving, they say it’s like a working vacation. While it is a challenge, it offers more freedom than the careers they left behind. The Wilders reside in Dallas, Ga.
Company Driver of the Month: Brian Glover began his driving career over 18 years ago and joined Con-way Truckload in 2003. “Once I left the military, my wife and I decided to drive as a team to spend time together and see the country,” he reflects. Brian resides in Lincoln, Neb., with his wife Georgina. Together they have two children, Jeanette and Andrew.
Contractor Driver of the Month: Larry Noble’s driving career began 19 years ago after completing his service in the Marine Corps. He has driven over 900,000 miles since joining the company in 2004. When asked what he enjoys about driving, he remarked, “I like being my own boss and waking up in a different place every day.” When home in Arlington, Texas, Noble enjoys spending time with his wife Malisa and their five children and two grandchildren.
Company Team of the Month: Edward and Deborah Edgar have collectively driven over 900,000 miles since joining Con-way Truckload in 2008. Their favorite part of the job is traveling the country’s open roads, a task not assigned in many other careers. The Edgars reside in Johnstown, Ohio where they enjoy spending their free time with their children, grandchildren and friends.
Contractor Team of the Month: Bill and Vicki Bumgardner live in Helotes, Texas with their family, which includes six children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Bill collects model trains in his spare time, and Vicki enjoys gardening and oil painting. Bill began driving after 24 years in the Army and Vicki joined him as a team driver in 1997, driving more than 4.3 million miles for Con-way Truckload.
The following 24 drivers achieved the significant career milestone of one million miles driven during the months of October and November:
Henry Bragg of Kannapolis, N.C.; Antonio Carrion of Laredo, Texas; Steve Denton of Springfield, Mo.; Stephen Dressler of Belton, Mo.; Jamie Padilla of Corpus Christi, Texas; Andrew Quirit of El Paso, Texas; Vince VanPaepeghem of Owasso, Okla.; Frances Wilder of Dallas, Ga.; John Adkins of El Paso, Texas; Billy Bourne of Laredo, Texas; Robert Cuthbertson of Stewart, Tenn.; Edward Davis of Yoakum, Texas; James Dial of Battletown, Ky.; Robert Hamilton, Lauderdale, Fla.; Monty Haessig of Homosassa, Fla.; James Laughlin of Las Cruces, N.M.; Ana Ochoa of El Paso, Texas; Santiago Rios of San Antonio, Texas; Carlos Rivera of San Antonio, Texas; Debra Skinner of Chouteau, Okla.; Charles Spicer of Oldfield, Mo.; Ken Tobias of McComb, Miss.; Glenn Walters of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; James Warner of Hubbard, Texas.
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About Con-way Truckload
Joplin, Mo.-based Con-way Truckload is an operating company of Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW) and a leading provider of expedited, time-definite full-truckload transportation services across North America. Formerly Contract Freighters, Inc. (CFI), Con-way Truckload today employs over 3,000 drivers with a fleet of more than 2,700 tractors and 8,000 trailers operating throughout the United States as well as internationally in Mexico and Canada. The company provides full-truckload transportation serving the transcontinental shipping needs of commercial and industrial businesses as well as sister company Con-way Freight. For more about Con-way Truckload, visit us on the Web at www.con-way.com/truckload or call (800) 641-4747.
Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) is a $5.0 billion diversified freight transportation and global logistics company