At SunCoast Traffic School, we believe that choosing the right school is an important first step in your future driving success. While many schools tell you how long they’ve been in business, and how “good” their instructors are, few actually share their real credentials with you because they have none. Here is our story, along with our credentials, to assist you in making a decision.
SunCoast Traffic School (“SCTS”) was founded in Hernando County in 2001. SCTS is owned and operated by Judy and Greg Blesie, who moved to Hernando County from Minneapolis, MN in 1992. The move resulted from Greg accepting a position as Safety/Personnel Manager for the Wal-Mart private fleet in Florida.
Over the next 23 years, Greg served as Director of Driver Management and Safety for an international trucking firm, and as a Regional Safety & Compliance Manager for a large food company with a fleet of more than 5,000 vehicles.
Judy brought her long career in banking to Florida and continued working with a large Southern based bank until she retired in 2002 to take on the day to day operations and administration of the Traffic School.
In November of 2014, Greg retired from his corporate safety career to assist in further developing the services offered by SunCoast Traffic School to provide “best in class” behind the wheel training to the motoring public.
With more than 40 years of corporate safety and driver training experience with some of the largest and safest fleets in the U.S., Greg’s credentials additionally include:
- Certified Safety Management Practitioner (CSMP) – The Institute for Safety and Health Management.
- American Society of Safety Engineers (A.S.S.E) 15 year member. (Certificate in Safety Management and Executive Certificate in Safety Management)
- National Safety Council Member.
Greg holds instructor certifications in the following professional defensive driving courses:
- Advanced Behind the Wheel Driving Instructor – The Smith System
- The National Safety Council’s 8 and 4 hour Professional Driver Courses
- Hartford Insurance’s 3D Driving System
- Liberty Mutual D.R.I.V.E Principles
- National Safety Council 8 hour Coaching the Professional Truck Driver
- National Safety Council 4 hour Refresher Course
- Driver Training Associates 4 hour Basic Driver Improvement Course
- Driver Training Associates TLSAE Course
- Florida Safety Council 32 hour DITCM
- Florida Safety Council 8 Hour DITCM Refresher Course
Greg has authored, implemented, and overseen numerous driver training programs and safety policies and processes, and provided the leadership and support necessary for their successful implementation with a wide variety of specialized vehicle fleets.
PASCO INSTRUCTOR – Tom
In May of 2017, SunCoast Traffic School added a Pasco based instructor to better meet the demand for driving lessons in the area.
Tom and his wife Cindy moved to Florida from the Michigan and Ohio area in 2016 after Tom retired from Police work after a 35 year career. Their daughter, Danielle, is an aspiring stage actress in California.
Having achieved the rank of Sergeant, and being recognized as Police Officer of the Year three times during his career, Tom looks forward to sharing nearly 40 years of driving experience with students, while being able to offer unique tips from a police officer’s perspective. From the reviews page you’ll see that Tom’s easy going nature makes students feel comfortable and confident behind the wheel.
HERNANDO INSTRUCTOR – Pam
Pam joined SCTS in February 2019 in response to our growing need for more instructors in the swiftly growing communities we serve. Pam brings nearly 40 yrs of driving experience and a can do attitude from the Pennsylvania and Ohio areas, arriving in Florida with her family in July of 2018. Pam’s husband Jeff is a retired police officer and together they have two adult children who have recently graduated from college. Pam has ben a fabulous addition to our team as reflected in the many reviews left by her students. We think she’s special too.
HERNANDO INSTRUCTOR – John
John joined SCTS in September of 2021 after retiring from Fed-X and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department. John is a native Floridian with an easy going personality that students respond well to. Like Tom, his police background can assist students in understanding a police officers perspective regarding traffic issues as well as how to handle that ever unpleasant traffic stop somewhere down the road so that it’s comfortable and safe for all involved.
At SunCoast Traffic School we believe our instructors make the difference and we couldn’t be more pleased to have them. With the collective goal of helping students learn to drive safely on the most dangerous roadways in the U.S., we look forward to helping make safe and defensive driving a priority for you and your family members.
Since 2001, it’s been our mission to change the sometimes negative public perception of traffic/driving schools resulting from some in the industry who lack the background and training to be effective. By offering quality training content and ensuring that it’s delivered by qualified and trained instructors, we feel it would be difficult to find a school better qualified to get your friend or family member safely on the road. At SunCoast Traffic School, “We Care About Your Safety”.
Thank you for considering SunCoast Traffic School for your training needs. We wish you well and look forward to hearing from you in the future.
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