Frito-Lay Has a Million Reasons to Celebrate Its Safe Drivers

Company Recognizes Over-the-Road Drivers Who Have Traveled One Million or More Accident-Free Miles

Sep 22, 2011, 09:00 ET from Frito-Lay

PLANO, Texas, Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 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

Greg Hladky – Topeka, Kan.

Rejean Bedard – Lauzon, Quebec

Al Rodney – Topeka, Kan.

Jim Steadman – Lethbridge, Alberta

Chris Outzen – Williamsport, Pa.

Two Million Milers

Tim Billings – Beloit, Wis.

Rich Giroux – Killingly, Conn.

John Weare – Cambridge, Ontario

David Thomas – Perry, Ga.

John Crane – Dallas, Texas

David Besser – Topeka, Kan.

Carl Bundy – Denver, Colo.

Carol Russell – Williamsport, Pa.

Steve Zook – Frankfort, Ind.

Larry Koon, Jr. – Williamsport, Pa.

Rich Leichinger – Irving, Texas

One Million Milers

William Dunivant – Aberdeen, Md.

Rick Brotkowski – Beloit, Wis.

Lowell Haines – Aberdeen, Md.

Ashley Coldren – Beloit, Wis.

Glen Galles – Beloit, Wis.

Stephanne Collin – Lauzon, Quebec

Les Hanson – Beloit, Wis.

Serge Cote – Lauzon, Quebec

Karl Pearson – Beloit, Wis.

Patrick Gosselin – Lauzon, Quebec

Dave McMullin – Cambridge, Ontario

Dean Hamilton – Lethbridge, Alberta

Jim Fincham – Canton, Ohio

Al Heninger – Lethbridge, Alberta

Phil Kintner – Canton, Ohio

Doug Libbey – Lethbridge, Alberta

Andy Combs – Casa Grande, Ariz.

Willie Harrison – Lynchburg, Va.

Mark Matson – Casa Grande, Ariz.

Roger McFadden – Lynchburg, Va.

Larry Beaver – Charlotte, N.C.

Joe Wilson – Lynchburg, Va.

Darrin Medin – Charlotte, N.C.

James Caton – Modesto, Calif.

Jim Palombit – Charlotte, N.C.

Rick Rushton – Modesto, Calif.

Jerry Trogdon – Charlotte, N.C.

Dennis Sneed – Modesto, Calif.

Joe Lukacsi – Cucamonga, Calif.

Gary Norman – Modesto, Calif.

John Smith – Dallas, Texas

Bryan Coffin – Orlando, Fla.

Charlie Thomas – Dallas, Texas

Gregory Painter – Orlando, Fla.

Jeff Bonser – Denver, Colo.

Cliff Carpenter – Perry, Ga.

Reggie DeCoopman – Denver, Colo.

William Clemons – Perry, Ga.

Jim Dressler – Denver, Colo.

Steve Gallaher – Perry, Ga.

Dennos Tilley – Denver, Colo.

Steve Felts – Perry, Ga.

Wally Costly – Fayetteville, Tenn.

Randy Foske – Perry, Ga.

Glen Damron – Fayetteville, Tenn.

Chris Melton – Perry, Ga.

Dusty Day – Fayetteville, Tenn.

Willie Pierce – Perry, Ga.

Buddy Germany – Fayetteville, Tenn.

Jimmy Sklow – Perry, Ga.

John McNutt – Fayetteville, Tenn.

Thomas Tharpe – Perry, Ga.

Rick Bloyd – Frankfort, Ind.

Craig Maldonado – Phoenix, Ariz.

Keith Burwell – Frankfort, Ind.

Blas Rodriquez – Phoenix, Ariz.

Ted Koch – Frankfort, Ind.

Robert Whitley – Pulaski, Tenn.

Dennis McIntosh – Frankfort, Ind.

Adam Mata – Rosenburg, Texas

Tom Mitchell – Frankfort, Ind.

Willie Johnson – Rosenburg, Texas

Mark Yamada – Honolulu, Hawaii

Charles Owens – Rosenburg, Texas

Travis Johnson – Irving, Texas

Kevin Paweleck – Rosenburg, Texas

Lance Smith – Irving, Texas

Charles Canknupp – San Antonio, Texas

Terry Jolly – Jonesboro, Ark.

David Montague – San Antonio, Texas

Joel Lovelady – Jonesboro, Ark.

Jay Fleming – Topeka, Kan.

Jesse Garcia – Kern, Calif.

Doug Case – Vancouver, Wash.

Mike Mosby – Kern, Calif.

Steve Johnson – Vancouver, Wash.

Winston Marchman – Kern, Calif.

Kevin Bruder – West Valley, Utah

Jim Andronski – Killingly, Conn.

Larry Cone – West Valley, Utah

Dave Poole – Killingly, Conn.

Brian Loffredo – Williamsport, Pa.

Jason Kuper – Killingly, Conn.

Joseph Allen – York, Pa.

David Wade – Kirkwood, N.Y.

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