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SunCoast Trucking Academy is a school that will provide a safe environment for people to understand and learn how to safely operate a commercial vehicle, following the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations, Florida State Laws and all the requirements provided by the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles. SunCoast Trucking Academy will prepare each and every student, to the best of our ability, to be a safe driver thereby creating a safe environment for everyone sharing the roads. Students will study and train for the appropriate exams that will be administered by the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles and evaluated and finalized by a third party State Examiner.

Don is the President and CFO of SunCoast Trucking Academy. Don has lived in southwest Florida since he was 2 years old. Don has been a resident of Boca Grande for over 30 years and is an avid fisherman. Don is a graduate of Charlotte High School, Punta Gorda, FL and attended State College of Florida. He has boated and fished the area from Lemon Bay to Pine Island Sound since childhood. Don has held a Florida Real Estate License for the past 31 years and is extremely knowledgeable with regard to the business communities. Don made the decision to open SunCoast Trucking Academy in 2011.

Don and his wife, Heidi, live in Boca Grande on Gasparilla Sound. Their daughter, Abbey, is a student at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and their son, Seth, is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Scott is the Owner, Operations Manager and Lead Instructor for SunCoast Trucking Academy. Scott started his career with Schneider Transportation in 1991 as an over-the-road driver. He became a Lead Driver and an Instruction Driver during the 12 years and 1.6 million miles. In 2003, Scott started teaching full-time at various locations and spent 6 years as a State Examiner. In 2011 Scott pursued his dreams of operating his own Trucking School, Working with his partner, they opened the doors at SunCoast Trucking Academy in September of 2012. Scott Manages all of the Education Departments and Instructors.

Steve is the Executive Recruiter and Admissions Director for SunCoast Trucking Academy. Steve has a background in Business and Marketing along with several years of experience in the Construction industry. As a Recruiter here at STA, Steve processes all of the Admissions, fields calls from prospective students and works with the Enrolled Students with job placement and employment opportunities after graduation.

Bill has been involved in the real estate profession for the past 20 years, most of which was spent in Boca Grande, Florida. Prior to that, Bill worked for 30 years in the title insurance/escrow industry, serving as Vice President, National Accounts and Agency operations for St. Paul Title Insurance Corp. as well as serving on their Executive and Acquisition Committees. In addition, he owned his own business for 15 of those years. Bill has had extensive experience in business, public speaking and consulting. He enjoys working in the Independent Education business.

Bill and his wife, Janice, are from the Kansas City area but have lived in Florida for 25 years. Bill's avocations are literature, reading, music, sports and writing. Bill has been published several times, both in on line magazines and print magazines. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Deacons for the First Baptist Church of Boca Grande, FL.

Rich has spent nearly a decade in the trucking industry, Rich has a substantial amount of knowledge and expertise to share. Growing up as the son of a truck driver, he developed a love for trucks at a young age. Even before he could drive he was turning wrenches and building engines in his Dad’s garage.

His professional driving career began in New York City where he learned many creative ways to maneuver into tight places. His natural mechanical abilities have benefited him a great deal over his career, especially in problem solving and fixing his own truck during his years as an owner/operator.

Prior to his career as a truck driver, Rich spent many years as both a mechanic and an equipment operator.

In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife and daughters.

Susanne attended SunCoast Trucking Academy in January of 2014 as a student and then spent a year "Over-the-Road" driving for a major trucking company. In February of 2015 she joined our team as Office Manager.

Susanne commented, "There is much more to trucking, than just driving a truck. The trucking industry has so many career avenues, there will ALWAYS be work. Just think of everything you see on the shelves in the stores and everything you own; it was all transported at one point by a truck from a manufacturer to a warehouse and then again to a store.”

She continued, “If you need a rewarding career, the trucking industry offers great pay with just a few weeks of training and a CDL Class A License in your wallet. Your earnings as an Over-the-Road Truck Driver will exceed your expectations.

Now that I’m working here at STA as Office Manager, I love the fact that I’m part of a great team which is passionate about getting people off to a great start with a new, well- paying career.

In my spare time, I spend time with my cat, Charlie, reading and watching good comedies.

Bryan came to SunCoast after having spent several years in the automotive, aviation and construction industries. He also served several years working as a Ranger with the Florida Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division. In that capacity, Bryan transported heavy equipment, worked in fire suppression and with controlled burns in Land Management.

Bryan served a total of 20 years in the United States Navy, having last been re-activated back into the Navy in 2004 and served until 2014 as a Seabee. A Seabee is a member of the United States Naval Construction Forces (NCF). The word "Seabee" comes from initials "CB" which in turn comes from the term Construction Battalions. The Seabees have a history of building bases, bulldozing and paving thousands of miles of roadway and airstrips, and accomplishing a myriad of other construction projects in a wide variety of military theaters dating back to World War II.

At SunCoast, we’re proud of Bryan’s service to our country and proud that he is a member of our team. He is another of our top notch Commercial Driving Instructors, and does an excellent job training our students.

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