UPS Freight Driver Starts New Year with Dual Industry Honors
Minn.’s Nate Wick Drives Home Message of Safety, Service
RICHMOND, Va. -- February 6, 2013
At UPS Freight, safety and service aren’t buzzwords; they are two of the
principal values that steer the company’s operations. In Minneapolis, UPS
Freight driver Nathan Wick so embraces those values that he received both
state and national trucking industry honors in January.
On Jan. 8, American Trucking Associations (ATA) selected Wick to its 2013-2014
America’s Road Team, a premier group of professional truck drivers who travel
the country to speak on behalf of the trucking industry about safety and
transportation issues. Slightly more than two weeks later, he was named
Minnesota’s 2012 Truck Driver of the Year by the Minnesota Trucking
Association (MTA). Both honors are awarded, in part, based on a safe driving
record and community service.
“To say that Nate had quite a January is a bit of an understatement,” said
Jack Holmes, president of UPS Freight. “For him to be recognized by both ATA
and the MTA in the same month speaks to his commitment to safety and his
dedication to the industry.
“Nate is a great example of the caliber of professional driver we have at UPS
Freight. Our drivers don’t just believe in the company’s values; they live
them every day, both on and off the job.”
Over the course of his 16-year career — the last six of which have been with
UPS Freight— Wick has logged more than one million miles on the road without
an accident. His typical route involves pickups and deliveries in downtown
Minneapolis and the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. In addition, he serves as
a member of his service center’s Comprehensive Health and Safety Program
Board, delivers daily safety messages to his fellow drivers before their
shifts, and trains newly hired employees.
He also is an organizer of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special
Olympics and volunteers with the community outreach project Ruby’s Pantry and
with Trucker Buddy International, a mentoring program that connects
professional truck drivers with schoolchildren.
About 2,000 truck drivers from across the country applied to be on the
2013-2014 America’s Road Team, according to ATA. Wick was selected from a
field of 32 finalists following an intense two-day competition that tested
industry expertise and communication skills. Wick joins 18 other professional
drivers on the team and will spend the next two years speaking to community
groups, the media and public officials about safe driving while maintaining
his full-time job with UPS Freight. ATA created America’s Road Team in 1986.
The MTA selected Wick from a group of 12 Minnesota drivers that had each been
recognized as a Driver of the Month throughout 2012. Wick initially was
honored in July of last year based on his safe driving record, job performance
and community service. The Minnesota Truck Driver of the Year Program has been
in existence for more than 50 years.
“What a month!” declared Wick. “This journey through the process of becoming a
member of America’s Road Team and Minnesota’s Driver of the Year has been one
of great personal and professional growth. I am humbled and honored to be the
youngest person named to both of these elite groups of professionals and to
represent UPS Freight and the trucking industry.”
UPS Freight (NYSE:UPS) is one of the largest LTL carriers in the United States
and a leading truckload (TL) service provider. Operating nearly 200 service
centers, UPS Freight offers a full range of regional and long-haul
capabilities and an on-time delivery guarantee for all LTL shipments, serving
customers throughout North America, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin
Islands. For more information, visit ltl.upsfreight.com.
Sandy Adkins, 804-291-5362
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