Meet the Staff

The challange of operating a good business that truly serves the public is to find good employees.  Bill Collins, the owner of Interstate, works very hard to find the best instructors possible.  Most of our instructors are former students or former state CDL road test examiners.  Our office staff are hand picked by Bill to provide nothing short of excellent customer service.  Please stop by for a tour and we will introduce you to most of our staff on your visit.

Bill Collins
Founder / Owner / Instructor

Bill is the founder and sole owner of Interstate Truck Driving School.  He has been licensed as a Professional Driving Instructor since 1979 and driving big rigs since 1975.  Bill has trained thousands of students over the years including police officers, bus drivers, truck drivers, and high school students.

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Pat Ackerman
Director of Training

Pat has been licensed as an instructor by the Minnesota Dept of Public Safety for many years.  He is our training coordinator and works with students to see how they are progressing and guide through the training process. Pat has been working for Bill Collins for over 25 years. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about his job.  Each student will have a face to face meeting with Pat to schedule their driving activities, including one on one driving lessons, backing range practice, and simulator training. Pat enjoys his Mustang convertable during the summer months.

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Josh Winger
IT Manager & Recruiter Schedule Manager

Josh is in charge of scheduling Recruiter Visits from over 40 different trucking companys looking to hire our students.  He also manages our Online Training Program and social media. In addition, he uses his talents to produce our instructional videos.  He is very talanted at his video work creating up to date and accurate videos for our training.  Josh is a dad of two boys and a Vikings & Twins baseball fan.

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Melissa Collins
Office Manager & VA Liaison

Melissa is a paralegal and our office manager.  She has extensive experience in the corporate world and is in charge of working with the VA. and our Veterans that are taking training with help from the G.I. Bill benefits.Melissa enjoys riding her quarter horse, "Foley", and babysitting her grandsons Silas, Miles and Eli.

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Bob Christensen
Instructor

Bob is a former Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driving Examiner and he has extensive experience in the trucking industry. Bob taught our class three days a week for five years and has now retired to spend more time on the golf course.  We are grateful to all he added to our organization and wish him well in his retirement. 

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Tim Hoskin
Instructor

Tim Hoskin is a former Interstate student and has been an instructor at Interstate for over 10 years.  Tim is an avid sportsman so do not expect to see him at Interstate the first week of deer season. Tim spends a lot of his free time on his motorcycle.   Tim helps our students every day with his extremely positive attitude and his passion to help people succeed.

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Mark Sanders
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Mark Sanders is a former MN Dept of Public Safety DVS examiner and a former Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle Inspector.  Mark has a passion for traffic safety and has extensive mechanical knowledge that helps our students really understand what is necessary to operate the big trucks safely.  He is also very skilled at discovering what each student needs from him as an instructor to help them learn in a way that is tailored to them as an individual.

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Bubba Aguirre
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Bubba Aguirre is a former State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driving Examiner.  He now works full time for the Minnesota Department of Commerce and former Red Cross CPR Instructor. Bubba is on a medical leave for the time being and not active as an instructor but we hope his health improves and he can come back to assist us in the future.

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Phil Kampa
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Phil Kampa is a former student of Interstate Truck Driving School. He graduated from our Professional Tractor Trailer Program in October of 2012. He went on the road driving for Schneider until late 2015. Now he's one of the instructors here and we are very excited to have him on board.

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Sam Winger
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Sam is our newest and youngest instructor.  He brings the spark of a millennial and is really good at helping students on the simulators and with their backing skills. We have students from a wide range of ages and Sam complements our staff with his sharp eye and enthusiasm.

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Matt Hacker
Enrollment Counselor

Matt Hacker is the newest member of our Customer Support Team.  He previously was a production supervisor for a national retail chain and has excellent customer service skills.  Matt is new to the trucking industry but he has immersed himself in learning about of the options available to our students.  Matt takes the time to get to know our students so he can find the best opportunities for them when they graduate from training. 

Matt is also an avid Vikings Fan so he is enjoying the 2017 Football season so far. 

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Joe Hogan
Instructor

Joe Hogan joins the Interstate Truck Driving School instructor core with a wealth of experience.  Joe first obtained his CDL over ten years when working with Loram in railroad maintenance.  He worked with Central Refrigerated before purchasing his own truck to become an owner operator.  Joe has experience with tankers, flat bed, refrigerated, dry van and even some over size loads.  He has also been serving as a volunteer fireman with Marine on St. Croix for the last five years.  Joe also served with the U. S. Army for five years.  His well-rounded background is proving to be a real asset to the ITDS staff.

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Susan Towle
Customer Support

Susan is our newest member of our customer support team. She previously worked as a vocational instructor. Her many years spent as an educator has allowed her to develop the organizational and communication skills necessary for excellent customer supportSusan enjoys spending time with her family, consisting of her husband Jeremy, and their children Ariana and Logan. She also has two canine children Bella Blu and Chico (pugs)

 

 

 

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Jason Searcy
Instructor

Jason's uncle was an over the road truck driver when he was growing up and sparked his interest in driving.  Prior to becoming an Instructor for Interstate, Jason drove Tractor Trailer rigs for a regional LTL company for 18 years and had a perfect safety record.  The last 18 months he was a trainer for the company.  Jason also has been a racetrack announcer for 25 years and currently announces at Elko Speedway on Saturday nights during the summer. 

Jason works for us as both a classroom instructor and an on the road trainer. 

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Gary Allman
Driving Instructor

Gary Allman brings a wealth of experience with him to complement our instructing staff. He has 30 year previous experience with UPS were he was also a Third Party Examiner. Gary also spent last five years instructing at the Century College truck driver training program until it closed at the beginning of March, 2017.

 

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