Don Garner

Owner/President & CFO


Don has lived in southwest Florida since he was two, and has been a resident of Boca Grande for over 30 years.  He is a Graduate of Charlotte High School, Punta Gorda and attended State College of Florida.  Don has held a Florida real estate license for the past 31 years and is extremely knowledgeable with regard to  business communities.



Susanne Hirko

Office Manager/Student Loan Officer


Susanne attended Suncoast Trucking Academy in January 2014 as a student and then spent a year driving over-the-road for a major trucking company before joining our team in 2015.

Susanne works with all Students in the loan process and job assistance.



Bill Larson

Compliance and Regulations


Bill is in charge of state regulatory compliance.  For the past 20 years he was involved in the real estate profession.  Prior to that he spent 30 years in the title insurance/escrow industry serving as VP of National Accounts and Agency Operations for the St. Paul Title Insurance Corp.

Royce Engemann




George Contos

Classroom Instructor/ Certified Instructor




Bryan Brady

CDL Tester/Certified Instructor




Sam Hanke

Certified Instructor and Scheduler 




Daniel Fitch

Certified Instructor / Tester




AJ Flynn

Certified Instructor






Fred K.

"Just a note to let you know how great it was to be a student participant in the Suncoast Trucking Academy CDL course. I can't say enough positive things about my experience. Your encouragement, Don's cheerful greetings, Scott's professionalism and Tim's patience. You all are a class act and I would recommend STA to anyone. Aside from making every student feel comfortable and respected regardless of differences, the training is second to none. I don't think there could be a better classroom instructor than Scott."

Ed Z. ("Ruger")

"Attending SunCoast Trucking Academy was one of the best career moves that I've made. The instructors not only prepared me to receive my CDL, but also gave me a significant amount of practical driving experience to enter the field of Truck Driving with confidence. Their job placement was very beneficial to me. I graduated on a Friday and reported to orientation with a National Carrier the next Monday."

Emanuel Diaz

"It was the best experience and I had the best instructors! It was the greatest decision of my life choosing one of the top schools to go to. From the bottom of my heart thank you to everyone at Suncoast Trucking Academy and God bless."