PLANO, Texas - PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America business unit today recognized 110 over-the-road (OTR) drivers in the U.S. and Canada who have reached the career milestone of driving more than one million, two million or three million miles accident-free.
“Frito-Lay owns and operates one of the largest private fleets in North America,” said Bill Simkins, manager, National Fleet Safety, Frito-Lay North America. “It’s also one of the safest because of our training programs and the world-class drivers who make safety their number one priority. We commend this year’s inductees for their dedication, and for keeping themselves and the families we share the roads with every day accident-free.”
Frito-Lay’s Million Milers possess high-level safety skills honed through extensive training and adherence to good driving behaviors. Frito-Lay utilizes skills maneuvering courses, advanced driving simulators and team collaborations on best practices to create a positive safety culture and to help its drivers maintain their skills.
On average it takes a Frito-Lay OTR driver about 12 years to reach the one million mile mark. The company now has more than 550 active Million Milers on the roads daily.
This year, six drivers achieved more than 3 million accident-free miles, our largest Three Million Miler class to-date. Through the Million Milers program, and the company’s extensive safety efforts, Frito-Lay has seen a 70% decline in collisions since 1999.
The Million Milers, along with their families, were recognized by Frito-Lay’s top executives at an annual gala at the company’s headquarters in Plano, Texas.
Frito-Lay North America’s 2011 Million Milers
Three Million Milers
Charlie Thomas – Dallas, Texas
Rejean Bedard – Lauzon, Quebec
Jim Steadman – Lethbridge, Alberta
Greg Hladky – Topeka, Kan.
Al Rodney – Topeka, Kan.
Chris Outzen – Williamsport, Pa.
Two Million Milers
Tim Billings – Beloit, Wis.
John Weare – Cambridge, Ontario
John Crane – Dallas, Texas
Carl Bundy – Denver, Colo.
Steve Zook – Frankfort, Ind.
Rich Leichinger – Irving, Texas
Rich Giroux – Killingly, Conn.
David Thomas – Perry, Ga.
David Besser – Topeka, Kan.
Carol Russell – Williamsport, Pa.
Larry Koon, Jr. – Williamsport, Pa.
One Million Milers
William Dunivant – Aberdeen, Md.
Lowell Haines – Aberdeen, Md.
Rick Brotkowski – Beloit, Wis.
Ashley Coldren – Beloit, Wis.
Glen Galles – Beloit, Wis.
Les Hanson – Beloit, Wis.
Karl Pearson – Beloit, Wis.
Dave McMullin – Cambridge, Ontario
Jim Fincham – Canton, Ohio
Phil Kintner – Canton, Ohio
Andy Combs – Casa Grande, Ariz.
Mark Matson – Casa Grande, Ariz.
Larry Beaver – Charlotte, N.C.
Darrin Medin – Charlotte, N.C.
Jim Palombit – Charlotte, N.C.
Jerry Trogdon – Charlotte, N.C.
Joe Lukacsi – Cucamonga, Calif.
John Smith – Dallas, Texas
Charlie Thomas – Dallas, Texas
Jeff Bonser – Denver, Colo.
Reggie DeCoopman – Denver, Colo.
Jim Dressler – Denver, Colo.
Dennos Tilley – Denver, Colo.
Wally Costly – Fayetteville, Tenn.
Glen Damron – Fayetteville, Tenn.
Dusty Day – Fayetteville, Tenn.
Buddy Germany – Fayetteville, Tenn.
John McNutt – Fayetteville, Tenn.
Rick Bloyd – Frankfort, Ind.
Keith Burwell – Frankfort, Ind.
Ted Koch – Frankfort, Ind.
Dennis McIntosh – Frankfort, Ind.
Tom Mitchell – Frankfort, Ind.
Mark Yamada – Honolulu, Hawaii
Travis Johnson – Irving, Texas
Lance Smith – Irving, Texas
Terry Jolly – Jonesboro, Ark.
Joel Lovelady – Jonesboro, Ark.
Jesse Garcia – Kern, Calif.
Mike Mosby – Kern, Calif.
Winston Marchman – Kern, Calif.
Jim Andronski – Killingly, Conn.
Dave Poole – Killingly, Conn.
Jason Kuper – Killingly, Conn.
David Wade – Kirkwood, N.Y.
Stephanne Collin – Lauzon, Quebec
Serge Cote – Lauzon, Quebec
Patrick Gosselin – Lauzon, Quebec
Dean Hamilton – Lethbridge, Alberta
Al Heninger – Lethbridge, Alberta
Doug Libbey – Lethbridge, Alberta
Willie Harrison – Lynchburg, Va.
Roger McFadden – Lynchburg, Va.
Joe Wilson – Lynchburg, Va.
James Caton – Modesto, Calif.
Rick Rushton – Modesto, Calif.
Dennis Sneed – Modesto, Calif.
Gary Norman – Modesto, Calif.
Bryan Coffin – Orlando, Fla.
Gregory Painter – Orlando, Fla.
Cliff Carpenter – Perry, Ga.
William Clemons – Perry, Ga.
Steve Gallaher – Perry, Ga.
Steve Felts – Perry, Ga.
Randy Foske – Perry, Ga.
Chris Melton – Perry, Ga.
Willie Pierce – Perry, Ga.
Jimmy Sklow – Perry, Ga.
Thomas Tharpe – Perry, Ga.
Craig Maldonado – Phoenix, Ariz.
Blas Rodriquez – Phoenix, Ariz.
Robert Whitley – Pulaski, Tenn.
Adam Mata – Rosenburg, Texas
Willie Johnson – Rosenburg, Texas
Charles Owens – Rosenburg, Texas
Kevin Paweleck – Rosenburg, Texas
Charles Caknupp – San Antonio, Texas
David Montague – San Antonio, Texas
Jay Fleming – Topeka, Kan.
Doug Case – Vancouver, Wash.
Steve Johnson – Vancouver, Wash.
Kevin Bruder – West Valley, Utah
Larry Cone – West Valley, Utah
Brian Loffredo – Williamsport, Pa.
Joseph Allen – York, Pa.
Frito-Lay North America is the $13 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate Web site, http://www.fritolay.com/, the Snack Chat blog, http://www.snacks.com/ and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fritolay.
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