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Road Team Captains

Werner’s Road Team Captains are an elite group of drivers who embody Werner’s values. They go above and beyond to assist other drivers by dedicating their time and knowledge to making Werner the best it can be.

See what our Road Captains do daily to keep America moving

  • Assist Werner drivers with any issues or concerns they have and positively impact driver retention
  • Mentor drivers seeking assistance by sharing experiences to help them be successful
  • Regularly meet with executive leadership to offer suggestions and ideas on how we can continually improve the driver experience
  • Recognize Werner drivers going above and beyond
  • Promote and educate the general public on the importance of safe driving
  • Help to improve Werner professional drivers’ work-life balance
  • Lead Werner drivers onto a path of a safe and successful career
  • Keep Werner drivers safe, one mile at a time
Werner Road Team Captains

2024 Werner Road Team

The 2024 Werner Road Team (WRT) consists of 13 extremely talented professional drivers with great diversity in divisions, backgrounds and experience. There are multiple objectives of the Werner Road Team; however, they can mostly be summed up with the simple phrase, “Drivers helping Drivers.” The WRT participates in a week-long orientation with executives to gain insight to all departments impacting Werner’s professional drivers. Bi-weekly conference calls are held with all Road Team Captains, Werner Management and WRT committee members.

These calls promote direct communication of ideas and issues from the captains to department leaders, promoting positive change. It also allows Werner Management the opportunity to communicate important messages for the Road Team Captains to pass along to their fellow drivers. Between conference calls, Road Team Captains engage in constructive interactions with drivers they meet, offering assistance and collecting input on how we can make the company better, especially for our driver associates.

 Captains also participate in various events throughout the year, including:

  • Werner Welcome Experience
  • Driver Appreciation Events
  • Truck Driver School Visits
  • Drivers Education Class Visits and Special Events

Werner Road Team Co-Leader

Tim D.

Tim Dean joined Werner in 1988 and is currently part of the van network team. He has achieved more than 5 million accident-free miles. In 2009-2010 he served as an ATA America’s Road Team Captain. Tim has served as a Werner Road Team Captain and mentor since 2005 and currently serves as the Road Team Co-leader. Tim has competed in the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships for 22 years placing first in his class 9 times and was Grand Champion 2 times in 2011 and 2018. At National Truck Driving Championships, he has the highest place of any Werner Driver every competing with a second-place finish in 2009. Tim was awarded the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance IDEA (International Driver Excellence Award) in 2019. In 2013 Tim received the Werner Star Award. In addition, Tim was the Nebraska Trucking Association Driver of the year in 2019. Tim enjoys spending time with his family in Griswold, Iowa.

Tim D
Chevelle W

ATA and WRT Captain

Chevelle “Chevy” W.

Chevelle joined Werner Enterprise in 2001 and has achieved 1.5 million accident-free miles. He was a member of the 2020-2021 Werner Road Team, 2019 Dollar Elite Team, is a current member of Florida’s Road Team, and was recently selected as a Captain of ATA’s America Road Team. He has been awarded Dollar General Driver of the Month and Family Dollar Driver of the Month. Chevelle has been a Leader for 18 years and a Leader to over 175+ placement drivers. He has over 3800 safe stops for the Family Dollar account. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his son and daughter and cruise ship vacations.

2nd Year WRT Captain

Jim C.

Jim is from Rome, NY and joined Werner in 2009. He drives on the Family Dollar account in Rome, NY. He became a Leader in 2011 and has been awarded Leader of the Month three times. Due to personal reasons Jim had to leave Werner in 2013 but returned in 2017 and has been a Leader since. Jim has over 810K Accident-Free Miles and over 3500 Safe Stops. Jim states he enjoys teaching the new generation of drivers, leading them to a successful driving career. Jim also recently took the initiative to become a Doubles Instructor. He has been the recipient of Dedicated’s Leading the Way Award. In his spare time, Jim enjoys gardening, working on cars, boating, and spending time with family.
Jim C
Donald M

2nd Year WRT Captain

Donald M.

Don is from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania and joined Werner in 2018. He has been a distinguished Leader for 2 years and received Leader of the Month for March 2021 and Safe driver Award December 2021. He has over 330K accident-free miles. Don has experience on 7 different Werner accounts including Dollar Tree, Tracker Marine, and currently a Driver Leader on Tractor Supply Company in Longview, TX. He served in the US Army, 101st Airborne and Army National Guard with 3 tours in Iraq before being honorably discharged from injury in combat. When he is not driving Big Blue, he enjoys Sunday church days, BBQs on the grill, and family vacations to the beach with his wife, Siam, and kids Malani, Jason, Savanna, Ellarie, and baby on the way Allena.

2nd Year WRT Captain

Raymond R.

Raymond resides in St Charles, MO and joined Werner in 2006. He is a Driver Leader in the Van One-way running Net Op lanes out of St. Louis, MO. Raymond holds a bachelor’s degree of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Six months after starting with Werner, he became a Leader and has been one since, leading over 225 Placement Drivers. Raymond who has driven more than 2.25 million accident-free miles. He earned Driver of the Month in 2007, Leader of the month in 2017 and has twice been nominated for the Werner Star Award in 2018 and 2020. Raymond enjoys listening to music, working on projects at home, spending quality family time, reading, and taking rides on his motorcycles.

Raymond R
Mark T

ATA and WRT Captain

Mark T.

Mark Allen Trouten is from Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. Mark joined Werner in November of 2019. He is a service connected, disabled Veteran of the US Army. He has drove 48 states in both the TCU and Van One-way networks both as a Leader and is now a Leader on the Costco, Romeoville, IL dedicated account. In the brief time at Werner Enterprises, he has accumulated over 440k safe miles. He started his driving career in 2008 and his Leading career in 2010. When he is not driving, he can be found hunting, fishing, or spending time with his wife and son.

1st Year WRT Captain

Jacob B.

Jacob, hailing from Glendora, CA, embarked on his journey with Werner as an OTR driver in 2001. The allure of exploring the lower 48 states captivated him from the start. After a hiatus from trucking to focus on raising a family, Jacob reconnected with Werner in 2020. Werner directed him to Roadmaster to renew his CDL. Initially driving solo OTR, Jacob immersed himself in the intricacies of life on the road. As his understanding deepened, he transitioned into a Leader role. Jacob has been instrumental in assisting over 65 Placement Drivers in achieving their aspirations of evolving from recent school graduates to Professional Drivers. Dedicating time to the Werner Ambassador program, Jacob actively supports local recruiters. He takes his truck to driving schools, sharing all the opportunities Werner provides. Beyond the highways, Jacob finds joy in activities like running, bike riding, and anything related to the water during his leisure time.

Jacob B
April C

1st Year WRT Captain

April C.

April is from Chickasha, Ok. She joined Werner in January 2020 and currently works on the Hobby Lobby Elite Fleet as a team driver with her husband Timothy. They have previously been awarded Team of the Month and enjoy being together traveling the country and meeting new drivers helping them reach their goals.  After a career in management and raising her three children, she decided to become a professional Drivers and attended American Truck Training in Oklahoma City. April wants to be a voice and advocate for our new drivers to be safe and successful in every way possible. She currently has 424,000 Accident-free miles. In her free time, she loves spending it with her five grandchildren and spending time outdoors swimming, camping, and going to Nascar races.

1st Year WRT Captain

Timothy C.

Tim originally hails from Hemet, CA, but now calls Chickasha, OK his home. He joined Werner Enterprises in December of 2020. Prior to joining Werner, Tim acquired his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and worked in the oilfields. He then transitioned to being an over-the-road driver, specializing in hauling U.S. Mail. Following this, he took on the role of a CDL instructor. However, feeling the call of the open road again, he decided to return to driving with Werner. Tim has of 333,000 accident-free miles. Currently, he is part of the Hobby Lobby account, where he teams up with his wife and their dog, Chaos. Tim and April have received recognition as Team of the Month and are proud members of the Team Werner Elite.
Timothy C
Brad G

1st Year WRT Captain

Brad G.

Brad resides in Sandusky, Ohio, and became a part of Werner in February 2010. He has been dedicated to the Best Buy account in Findlay, Ohio, since the conclusion of the summer in 2010, accumulating an impressive record of 1.2 million accident-free miles. Brad takes great pride in helping his fellow drivers on the account providing valuable insight to the intricacies of the account. Prior to his career at Werner, Brad served eight years in the Navy, stationed aboard an aircraft carrier in Norfolk, VA. During his leisure hours, he finds joy in activities such as kayaking, fishing, biking, and camping.

1st Year WRT Captain

Marshall H.

Marshall Hopkins lives in San Antonio, TX. He joined Werner in 2019, initially as an OTR driver and quickly progressed to the role of OTR leader. After a year on the OTR, he transitioned to the Dollar General Account in San Antonio. And now driver Dollar General Fresh out of Ardmore, OK. He has been honored as the Leader of the Month three times and has achieved 377K Accident-Free Miles with over 5000 safe stops. He finds fulfillment in driving and assisting both Placement and Experienced Drivers to thrive in their careers. Outside of work, he prioritizes spending time with my family, indulging in gaming, and providing support to fellow drivers both on and off his account.
Marshall H
Ricky W

1st Year WRT Captain

Ricky W.

Ricky hails from Windsor, CT, and joined Werner in 2020. He drives for the Dollar Tree account in Windsor, CT. Achieving leadership status in 2021, Ricky has garnered recognition as Driver of the Month. His journey to becoming a professional driver unfolded after dedicating over 30 years to military service. Ricky expresses a profound satisfaction in imparting knowledge to the new generation of drivers, drawing parallels to his years of training soldiers in the military. Guiding drivers towards successful careers brings him immense joy. Ricky is part of the Operation Freedom team, collaborating seamlessly with the recruiting and marketing teams. The Dollar Tree account in Windsor, CT, boasts some of the finest professional drivers, a team Ricky takes pride in working with. During his leisure time, Ricky relishes moments spent with friends and family, embracing and living his best life.

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