MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 15, 2013 — 132 drivers from 46 states representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies will compete in the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Salt Lake City, August 20-24.  

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

“The commitment to safety that our team members have is exemplified in the number of state finalists competing at the National Truck Driving Championships.” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO, FedEx Corp. “The 132 finalists are just a small representation of the more than 1,300 team members that competed at their respective state truck driving championship.”

Here are some facts about the 2013 FedEx NTDC competitors:

  • Collectively, the drivers have more than 2,700 years of professional driving experience among them.
  • In total, the team has safely driven more than 169 million miles during their careers—enough to circle the globe nearly 6,700 times.
  • More than 75 of the FedEx competitors have driven professionally for 20 years or more.
  • More than 70 have each accumulated at least one million miles of safe driving.
  • 25 have won five or more state championships.

At the NTDC, the FedEx drivers will be among nearly 450 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 2013 FedEx NTDC team includes:

Driver's Name

State

Domicile Facility

Hometown

Class

Ron Bernier

AK

Anchorage

 Anchorage

Step Van

Doug Rickel

AK

Anchorage

 Anchorage

Straight Truck

Dan Thompson

AL

Mobile

Spanish Fort

Twins

Richard Pratt

AL

Birmingham

Gardendale

Straight Truck

James Sanders

AR

West Memphis

Enid, Miss.

3-Axle

Larry Rhein

AR

Harrison

Harrison

Flatbed

Timo Geary

AR

Fayetteville

Springdale

Step Van

Mohammed Khan

AZ

Tucson

Sahuarita

Twins

Russ Norman

AZ

Tempe

Mesa

Step Van

Armando Camacho

CA

Oakland

Hayward

4-Axle

Augie Lopez

CA

Irvine

Tustin

Straight Truck

Jose Lopez

CA

Burbank

Sylmar

Step Van

Tony Singh

CO

Denver

 Thornton

Step Van

Brendan Sharp

CO

Denver

Henderson

Straight Truck

Ted Hunger

CO

Denver

Thornton

Flatbed

Todd Flippin

CO

Springfield

Lamar

Twins

Tony Harris

CT

New Haven

West Haven

Twins

Glen Cooke

CT

East Hartford

 Enfield

Step Van

Karen Roderick

CT

Hartford

Willington

Straight Truck

Paul Brandon

CT

New Haven

Oxford

Flatbed

Tom Griffin

CT

New Haven

Wallingford

4-Axle

A.J. Phillips

DE

Newark

Swords Creek, Va.

5-Axle

Billy Tuell

DE

Wilmington

 Elkton, Md.

Twins

Chris Jenkins

DE

 Seaford

Salisbury, Md.

Step Van

Lou Lockard

DE

Wilmington

 Elkton, Md.

4-Axle

Mike Pertain

DE

New Castle

Newark

Straight Truck

Eddie Pennington

FL

Jacksonville

Jacksonville

Tank

Gus Hess

FL

Orlando

Kissimmee

3-Axle

Jeff Yoder

FL

Brandenton

Sarasota

Step Van

Neil Ramlochan

FL

Orlando

Orlando

Twins

Paul Cleary

FL

Orlando

St. Cloud

5-Axle Sleeper

Tony Office

FL

Tampa

Brandon

Straight Truck

Curt Smith

ID

Boise

Idaho City

Tank

Matt Housley

ID

Boise

Caldwell

3-Axle

Mike Perkins

ID

Boise

Emmett

Step Van

Dave Nunn

IL

Bolingbrook

Shorewood

3-Axle

Ivan Nikolic

IL

Chicago

 Chicago

5-Axle

Joe Carson

IL

Effingham

Strasburg

Flatbed

Ritch Fundell

IL

Peru

 Tonica

4-Axle

Steve VerCande

IL

Carol Stream

Burlington

Step Van

Rob Book

IN

Louisville, Ky.

 Elizabeth

Step Van

Steven Shepler

IN

Muncie

 Anderson

5-Axle Sleeper

Troy Davis

IN

Michigan City

 LaPort

Straight Truck

Dan Jones

KS

Topeka

Topeka

Straight Truck

Don Logan

KS

Topeka

Eskridge

Flatbed

Jeff Thompson

KS

Kansas City

Olathe

3-Axle

Doug Adams

KY

Hebron

Hebron

5-Axle

Gus Kern

KY

Cincinnati, Ohio

Bellevue

Step Van

Rick Livingston

KY

Louisville

 English, Ind.

Straight Truck

Wayne Crowder

KY

Louisville

Lanesville, Ind.

Flatbed

Eric Courville

LA

Lafayette

Breaux Bridge

3-Axle

Keith Weaver

LA

Alexandria

Alexandria

Step Van

Pat Rudesill

LA

New Orleans

Hammond

5-Axle

Bob Ledoux

MA

Raynham

 Swansea

Step Van

Dan Hebert

MA

Avon

E. Taunton

Twins

Roland Bolduc

MA

Windsor, Conn.

E. Longmeadow

3-Axle

Duane Clever

MD

Hagerstown

 Green Castle, Pa.

5-Axle Sleeper

Mike Forchetti

MD

Rockville

Frederick

Step Van

Bob Cochran

ME

Augusta

Winthrop

Step Van

Rick Bailey

MI

Warren

Macomb

3-Axle

Bob Sikes

MI

Toledo, Ohio

Monroe

Twins

Bill Pudney

MN

St. Paul

Minneapolis

Straight Truck

Chris Rapsch

MN

St. Paul

River Falls, Wis.

Step Van

Jason Budd

MO

Springfield

Clever

Twins

Mike Meyer

MO

St. Louis

 Fenton

3-Axle

Steve Campbell

MO

Joplin

 Webb City

Step Van

Danny Mackey

MS

Tupelo

Blue Springs

Twins

Don Smith

MS

Tupelo

Tupelo

Step Van

Jason Matte

MS

Jackson

Flowood

Tank

Kenny Neal

MS

Olive Branch

Southaven

5-Axle

Craig DeCelles

MT

Great Falls

Great Falls

Step Van

Erik Lilleberg

MT

Billings

 Billings

Tank

Keith Linn

MT

Butte

Philipsburg

Twins

Richard Grayson

MT

Billings

Billings

4-Axle

Russ Smith

MT

Missoula

Alberton

3-Axle

Dave  Rohman

NC

Charlotte

Matthews

4-Axle

Karen Wigand

NC

Greensboro

Kernersville

Step Van

Mike  Bills

NC

Durham

Fuquay-Varina

Straight Truck

Chris Kraft

ND

Fargo

Fargo

Step Van

Jason Handeland

ND

Fargo

Fargo

5-Axle Sleeper

Robert Benson

ND

Grand Forks

Grand Forks

5-Axle

George Chaney

NE

Aurora

Lincoln

Flatbed

John Poppen

NE

Grand Island

Giltner

4-Axle

Korey Clifton

NE

Omaha

 Omaha

Step Van

Ed Gertz

NH

Londonderry

Dracut, Mass.

Step Van

Paul Robichaud

NH

Londonderry

Manchester

Flatbed

Artur Lesniowski

NJ

Moonachie

Bloomfield

Step Van

Gabe Benet

NJ

South Brunswick

Litchfield, Conn.

4-Axle

Brooks Washburn

NM

Albuquerque

Rio Rancho

5-Axle

Chris Shaw

NM

Albuquerque

Albuquerque

Straight Truck

Eric Kurowski

NM

Albuquerque

Albuquerque

Step Van

Arthur Corral

NV

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Straight Truck

Bob Cromley

NV

North Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Step Van

Gragg Wilson

NV

Reno

 Reno

Tank

Jeff Dionne

NV

South Las Vegas

Henderson

3-Axle

Kirk Kelley

NV

Reno

Reno

4-Axle

Mark McLean

NY

Newburgh

 Gardener

Twins

Patrick Collins

NY

Corning

 Baldwin

Step Van

Jim McNulty Jr

OH

Cincinnati

Newtown

Step Van

Scott Woodrome

OH

Dayton

Middletown

5-Axle Sleeper

Justin Kingsley

OK

Tulsa

Tulsa

Step Van

Ted Carlson

OR

Portland

Vancouver, Wash.

4-Axle

Jerry Lambert

OR

Portland

Vancouver, Wash.

Twins

Jason Morier

OR

Salem

Scio

Step Van

Sal Vincelli

PA

Allentown

Bethlehem

Step Van

David Lumpkin

RI

Warwick

Ashaway

Straight Truck

Karen Tierney

RI

Warwick

Blackstone, Mass.

3-Axle

Nick Sionni

RI

Warwick

Coventry

Step Van

Brian McFaden

SC

Columbia

Lexington

Step Van

Ray Shelton

SC

Greenville/Spartanburg

Simpsonville

Tank

Brian Cusson

SD

Rapid City

Box Elder

Tank

Chad Vermundson

SD

Rapid City

Rapid City

3-Axle

Mike Whitehead

SD

Sioux Falls

Lennox

Flatbed

Troy Swenson

SD

Watertown

Hayti

Twins

Dave Magee

TN

Dresden

Huntingdon

Flatbed

James Apodaca

TN

Knoxville

Powell

Step Van

James Dean

TX

Wichita Falls

Wichita Falls

Step Van

Dan Brophy

UT

Provo

 Mapleton

Step Van

Bobby Dinwiddie

VA

Roanoke

Bedford

Flatbed

Daniel Woods

VA

Christiansburg

Shawsville

Step Van

Bob Weller

VT

Bellows Falls

Charlestown, N.H.

3-Axle

Chris Goddard

VT

Burlington

 Burlington

4-Axle

Christopher Novak

VT

Burlington

 Williston

5-Axle

David Fountain

VT

Burlington

Essex Junction

Flatbed

Jeremiah Jarvis

VT

Montpelier

Chelsea

Twins

Bob Hinds

WA

Everett

Mount Vernon

Step Van

Jim Burmesch

WI

Milwaukee

Port Washington

3-Axle

Brent Glasenapp

WI

Milwaukee

Franklin

Straight Truck

Tom Schroeder

WI

Madison

 Fort Atkinson

Step Van

Jamey Priddy

WV

Charleston

Charleston

Step Van

Kevin Asbury

WV

Charleston

Leon

3-Axle

Vince May

WV

Huntington

Russell, Ky.

Twins

In 2012, 137 driving professionals from 46 states representing FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, and FedEx Custom Critical qualified to compete at the National Truck Driving Championships by winning their respective state's competition and driving accident-free for at least one year. One FedEx competitor captured the National Grand Champion title. In addition, FedEx drivers captured National Champion titles in the Flatbed, 3-Axle, and Step Van classes. Eight other FedEx drivers earned top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.