WINTER HAVEN, Fla.
- Dec. 1, 2020
-- Newly formed B-3-1, LLC today announced its purchase of all assets of National Business Institute of Florida, Inc (dba NBI Truck Driver Training). Under the new ownership, the company will be rebranded as FleetForce Truck Driving School. Established in 1981 by Mark and Laurie Lavinsky, the company will now be helmed by Tra Williams as its Managing Member and President. The Lavinskys will remain on as consultants to ensure a smooth transition to the new entity. The school will suffer no interruptions to its services as it continues to provide truck driver training programs delivered by the highest quality instructors to meet Class A CDL license requirements.
A nationally recognized expert in entrepreneurship, Williams has sat at the helm of two international brands and has supported thousands of entrepreneurs on their journey to self-employment. A graduate of the University of Georgia and the prestigious Franchise Management program at Georgetown University, Williams' proficiency for building and inspiring a team paired with his understanding of operations and logistics and his passion for mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs make him the ideal fit to lead FleetForce into the future.
According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), the trucking industry moves roughly 72.5% of the nation's freight by weight. With the advent of COVID-19, a growing number of consumers are opting to do their shopping online and have their purchases shipped. Pre-COVID, the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics only predicted a 2% increase in the number of truck drivers between 2019 and 2029. Williams believes the pandemic will prove a game-changer for the industry and the need for well-trained truck drivers is on a far more rapid incline. Given the gap between logistics companies seeking truck drivers and the Department of Labor's stats of 56 million workers having filed for unemployment over the last six months, he contends that the need for well-established truck training schools has never been greater.
One of the challenges FleetForce (www.DriveFleetForce.com
) faces is that while demand is increasing, appeal for the up-and-coming generation appears to be decreasing. "We plan to change that," said Williams. "It's all about altering perceptions. Our students average a starting pay of roughly $43K with multiple companies vying for the chance to hire them. Experienced drivers can earn up to $70K and more. Truck driving is an incredible option for anyone who wants to be their own boss. It's an industry that crosses all demographics. Logistics truly is an essential industry and FleetForce looks forward to having a hand in bringing the next generation of truck drivers into the world."