Director of Training

Brian J.

     Brian was appointed as Director of Training at Local 251’s Driving School in 2016. With his appointment comes 17+ years of experience in the unionized LTL (Less Than Truckload) freight/transportation industry. He is a third generation  Teamster and professional truck driver who started his career working on the docks stripping and loading freight overnight at ABF in Seekonk, MA. who is still working side by side with his father as a trainer at the school, Brian Sr. After getting his license he spent the next 15 years driving locally in Rhode Island and Southeastern MA. His local experience is in residential flatbed piggy back work delivering ReloCubes, driving double trailers, tri axles and 53 ft trailers on approved routes and the interstate and safe transportation of Hazardous Materials (HazMat) He was also recognized by ABF with a Bronze Safe Driving award for his 15 safe years on the road. In 2019 Brian partnered up yet again with ABF and is a designated alternate road tester and training partner for their Driver Development Program which sees ABF driver trainees come to the school throughout all of New England and as far south as New Jersey.

     In 2017 Brian had the opportunity to write a grant for the school which has now been utilized by over 400 participants here at the school, the Real Jobs Rhode Island grant which is now in its 6th year of helping local employers and Teamster members train here at the school for little to nothing out of pocket. He comes to the driving school with the understanding of the industry and as a driver who grew up in and around this industry he can easily communicate the new rules, regulations and company procedures in the digital age with every student and easily adapt to the ever changing environment in the industry.  With the advantages to becoming a professionally trained tractor trailer driver with the Teamsters, Brian fully recognizes the need for future drivers in the industry and the fulfilling career that can be had by acquiring a CDL-A license here at  Local 251’s Driving School. 

       With the Entry Level Driver Training requirements through the FMCSA that were mandated as of Feb,7th 2022 Brian spent over 3000 hours overhauling the curriculum and creating a program that meets and in many cases exceeds the requirements set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. His goal when creating the revised curriculum was to make sure that the Teamsters Local 251 high safety standards wouldn’t be impacted by spending months inside a classroom without learning how to drive the commercial vehicle. He was able to find a balance between the prescribed theory portion of the training and hands on elements and since rolling out the revised program well over a year ago the school has trained over 150 drivers including the monthly ELDT Hazmat training. Brian is surrounded by some of the industries finest driver/trainers and this program would not be possible without their dedication to training all the future CDL drivers. Through this dedication the driving school was also recognized with the Industry Impact award by the Governor’s Workforce Board for 2022. 


 Brian can be reached during the week  Monday – Friday   9:30 am-3:30 pm at the school  by calling 1-401-434-0454 x232 or clicking the links below.