Optima Associates: to Offer DOT Seminars, Defensive Driving Training


Jeff Simon
Senior Consultant
Optima Associates, Inc.
416 Security Blvd., Suite A
Green Bay, WI 54313
Phone: (920) 434-6450
Fax: (920) 434-9119
[email protected]

Green Bay, Wisconsin – March 17, 2006 – Optima Associates, Inc., has announced two new training opportunities: DOT safety and management skills seminars and defensive driver training for professional truck drivers.

Optima is an operations, risk and asset management consulting services company. Beginning in April, Optima will offer safety and management skills seminars for individuals who engage in DOT regulated activities. Topics will include motor carrier safety, hours of service, alcohol and drug supervision, and hazardous materials.

Jeff Simon, a senior consultant at Optima, says the company’s seminar series addresses critical industry needs. “The Federal Department of Transportation has recently issued additional regulations on maintaining logs books and time records. This seminar will help attendees understand these new requirements, which can be difficult and complicated for those who are not familiar with this area,” he says.

Simon adds that the DOT has mandatory training requirements for alcohol and drug testing, which directly affect individuals who supervise drivers. “Our seminar on this topic will be helpful because the DOT tends to be extremely particular about compliance with its alcohol and drug testing procedures,” he says.

Optima’s defensive driver training instruction sessions will show participants how to drive more safety and efficiently. These sessions will be led by two recognized professional drivers, James DePouw of Green Bay and Michael Strozk of Brodhead, Wis.

DePouw has 33 years of driving experience, 2.1 million miles with no accidents, and is a four-time Wisconsin truck driving champion. Strozk has 32 years of experience, 1.8 million miles with no accidents, and is also a four-time Wisconsin truck driving champion. Both DePouw and Strozk are certified Smith System trainers.

Participants in Optima’s defensive driver sessions will be able to learn using their own trucks in the driving portion of the training.

According to Simon, one of the greatest challenges that companies have after hiring a driver is finding the time for continuing training and skills development. “With our defensive driving training, we’re able to help clients with this challenge by holding sessions in a short period of time to minimize disruption with driver work schedules,” he says.

Both the seminar series and the defensive driving training will be held at Optima’s location in Green Bay. Participants are asked to register in advance by calling (920) 434-6450 or by contacting the company via email at [email protected]