Ryder recognizes drivers, recognized by GM

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Ryder System recently presented its annual Driver of the Year awards to three professionals who, combined, have driven nearly 10 million injury-free miles and have more than 106 years of professional driving experience. Ryder also announced it recently was presented the General Motors 2006 Supplier of the Year award for its overall business performance in providing GM with world-class parts and services.

Driver recognition

The Driver of the Year award honors drivers who have demonstrated exemplary safety performance, customer service and citizenship throughout their careers. The top awards this year were presented to two drivers employed by Ryder and a driver employed by one of Ryder’s Fleet Management Solutions customers. Each recipient received a five-day cruise to the Bahamas and Key West, Fla., with a guest; a trophy; a specially designed ring and watch; and induction into the Ryder Driver Hall of Fame.

Lloyd “Robley” Moreau was named 2006 Driver of the Year for Ryder’s U.S. Supply Chain Solutions Automotive, Aerospace and Industrial Industries business segment. Moreau has been a Ryder employee for 22 years and serves General Motors Service and Parts Operations. During his 35-year career as a professional driver, Moreau has logged more than 3.2 million collision- and injury-free miles. In addition to his outstanding safety performance, Moreau also serves as a driver trainer.

Gary Cockrell was named 2006 Driver of the Year for Ryder’s U.S. Supply Chain Solutions High Tech and Consumer Industries. Cockrell has been a professional driver with Ryder for more than 26 years and is a member of the team that serves Square D, a brand of Schneider Electric. Throughout his 31-year career, Cockrell has driven 2.9 million collision- and injury-free miles.

Carey Young was named Ryder’s Fleet Management Solutions 2006 Driver of the Year. Young is a professional driver for Ryder customer RHC Logistics Corp., where he has logged more than 3.8 million accident- and injury-free miles during his 40 years of service.

The three drivers, accompanied by family members and business associates, were honored at a recent luncheon banquet held in their honor near Ryder’s headquarters in Miami. Ryder Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Swienton, accompanied by key Ryder executives and the drivers’ local managers, was on hand to congratulate the honorees.

GM recognition

The 15th annual General Motors 2006 Supplier of the Year awards – themed the “Best of the Best” – were given during ceremonies March 31 at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla.

“We are proud to honor Ryder as one of the ‘Best of the Best’ GM suppliers in 2006,” says Bo Andersson, group vice president for GM’s global purchasing and supply chain operations. “Ryder achieved the award based on outstanding performance in 2006. We appreciate their energy, hard work and dedication to the success of GM.”

“Ryder is honored to be recognized as a Supplier of the Year by GM for the third consecutive year,” says Vicki O’Meara, president of U.S. Supply Chain Solutions for Ryder. “We are proud to contribute to GM’s quality reputation and success globally, and look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship.”

The GM Supplier of the Year award began as a global program in 1992. Winners are selected by a global team of executives from purchasing, engineering, manufacturing and logistics who base their decisions on supplier performance in quality, service, technology and price. This year, GM honored 89 suppliers for their outstanding performance throughout 2006.