Don Hess began driving semi-trucks within California, Nevada, and Arizona in 1971. Ultimately, he branched out to cross-country driving until 1987, when he returned to school, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Nebraska. He was recruited to JWCC in 1994 from the Center for Transportation and Safety Education in Oklahoma, to create a truck driver training program for the college. The program quickly became successful, and for many years was cited nationally as a model for truck driver training programs. Don has served as president of the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, served on the Education Committee of the Truckload Carriers Association; Evaluation Team Leader, Board Vice-Chair, and currently Commissioner for the Professional Truck Driver Institute, as well as board member of Women in Trucking. He is the president of DLH Associates, and provides expert testimony throughout the United States in crashes and collisions involving commercial trucks. The firm’s specialties also include review, consultation, design, and implementation of commercial driving programs nationwide.