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.

Instructor Management Support Staff
Pat Ackerman
Training Coordinator

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. Pat has been working for Bill Collins for over 25 years. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about his job.  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. He teaches our morning classes with a direct and fun demeanor. Students will greatly benefit from the years of experience that Bob has, and the knowledge that he brings into the classroom.

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Tim Hoskin
Instructor

Tim Hoskin is a former Interstate student and has been an instructor at Interstate for over 5 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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Chad Swiridow
Instructor

Chad Swirdow graduated from Interstate and then went to work for TMC in Des Moines IA for a couple of years before becoming an instructor with Interstate.  Chad has a very nice Ford Mustang that he takes to auto shows in the area.

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Paul Holmquist
Instructor

Paul Holmquist is our Wisconsin instructor.  He has extensive experience in the trucking industry including the oil fields of North Dakota.  Paul also has been in charge of training drivers, both new and experienced.  His broad experience is a benefit to all of our students along with his talent to identify individual needs of his students.

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Mark Sanders
Instructor

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
Instructor

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.

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Phil Kampa
Instructor

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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Preston Molvig
Fleet Manager & Simulator Technician

Preston is the Training Vehicle Mechanic here at Interstate.  It takes a lot of maintenance to keep trucks running properly and Preston takes care of our fleet.  He is also a former student.

Support Staff