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 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 18 years, most of which was spent on Boca Grande. 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. 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 is Chairman of the Board of Deacons for the First Baptist Church of Boca Grande, FL.
Tracie entered the transportation industry at the young age of 18. Starting with Cummins Professional Training Center, she identified the potential this industry offered. Tracie graduated from Truck Driver Training School in 1995, a few years after obtaining her Class A CDL. She proceeded to explore all her possibilities. After several years of driving Over the Road, Local and Regional, she began to receive offers for positions in management from several companies.
Tracie is well established in her field with more than 20 years in the trucking industry. She has expanded her career from “Driver” with well over a million miles under her belt to management, with particular emphasis in the areas of CDL Training, Rules and Regulations; notwithstanding, training is where her passion lies. She continues to broaden her career and will be our next, on site, CDL State Examiner. Welcome Tracie to our SunCoast Trucking Academy family.
Ivan has 16 years of customer service experience. He has recently joined SunCoast Trucking Academy to employ his skills to introduce the exciting industry of transportation to potential students in a positive and informative manner.
His motto is: "If you want it, you can get it!". Ivan was born in La Habana, Cuba. He lives in Cape Coral, FL with his wife and daughter. Ivan speaks fluent Spanish. Give Ivan a call and learn more about the possibilities that are awaiting you in the transportation industry.
Rich has almost a decade in the truck driving 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 with solving problems 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 mechanic and equipment operator.
In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his Daughters.
Susanne attended SunCoast Trucking Academy in January of 2014 as a student and then spent 1 year "Over the Road" with a major trucking company. In February of 2015 she joined our team as Office Manager.
"There is so 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, was transported at one point by a truck from a manufacturer to a warehouse and then again to a store!
If you need a rewarding career, the trucking industry can offer great pay with just a few weeks of training and a COL Class A under your belt. Your earnings as an Over the Road Truck Driver will exceed your expectations.
Now that I am working here at STA as Office Manager, I am loving the fact that, I am part of a great team who is passionate about getting people onto a great start with a new well paying career!
In my spare time, I like to spend time with my cat "Charlie," reading and watching good comedies.