I started driving tractor trailed back in 1974. I was raised in a family of truckers and heavy equipment operators. Really I was pressured into it, but trucking has been good to me. About several years ago I became an instructor. The owner of Leonard’s express, Kent Johnson, asked me to help him start a driving school and I’ve been here since then. When I’m not out on the road with new students I enjoy gardening and any time I can get with my grandchildren.
As a high school teacher, I enjoyed teaching and being a Driver Education Instructor during the summer allowed me to continue to work with students in a different environment than the classroom. I still do teach Driver Education part time after school at both Pittsford Sutherland and Webster Thomas High Schools. I became a certified Driver Education Instructor in 1999 and began teaching at Sodus HS during the summer. I was the initial Driving Instructor hired by the Canandaigua Driving School when it was started. In my spare time enjoy playing golf and working on various home projects.
I fell in love with Formula One Grand Prix racing from a young age. Ever since then driving, especially racing, have become a passion of mine. I became a driving instructor to share my passion with others who also enjoyed driving. My career started at the Skip Barber Racing School in 1989 as a Pro Series mechanic which later developed into an instructor for the racing school. When I am not teaching students to drive safely I also present and facilitate at auto shows as well as other automotive marketing events across the country. While I focus on driving fast on the race track my main focus is teaching others to drive well and to drive safe.
Prior to trucking I was a paramedic for 30 years. After driving for another trucking company I joined Leonard’s Express in 2018.
While at Leonard’s I eventually became a Driver Trainer. I enjoyed the training of new recruits so much that I decided to pursue the teaching side of trucking. In 2020 I joined Canandaigua Driving School as a Driving Instructor. I appreciate the chance to transfer some of my knowledge and training to tomorrow’s CDL drivers.
My wife and I love to travel. On September 11, 2001 we watched the attack on TV and decided we wanted to do something different. We were both working in factories at the time. I had dreamed of driving a truck since I was little on road trips with my family. When our youngest daughter graduated high school, we enrolled in the truck driving school of one of the larger carriers. We team drove all over the country once we graduated. I enjoy sharing my knowledge so I decided to become a trainer. I trained for that company as I grew and leased my own truck on with them. After my lease was up I went on to a couple smaller companies, with every stop I trained new drivers until I bought another truck and leased it on with Landstar. I did well enough to by another truck and become a small fleet owner, another dream of mine. Finding good drivers became so difficult that I closed my company and went to work for Leonards Express as a driver and a trainer. Now I’ve moved back thru the educational chain and teach people how to be good drivers. I get great satisfaction watching people learn new skills, and truck driving can be a life changing experience.