Rawley Duntley has held his Class A CDL since 1993. Prior to entering the trucking industry, Rawley served as a coach and instructor for coaches in school activities. Rawley moved to Oklahoma in 1993. Rawley comes to CDL University LLC with a vast range of experience in the transportation industry. He has driven most types of combination vehicles, including, but not limited to, the following:
He also drove “hot-shot” in the oil and gas industry. Here is a link to an explanation of what it means to drive hot-shot.
Rawley’s heart and passion for his students’ success, as well as his extensive knowledge of what it takes to make it in the truck driving industry, make him a quality instructor and valuable member of the CDL University LLC team. Rawley desires for his students to be able to operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle safely, competently, and confidently. These are his priorities as a CDL instructor.
Following military service and college, Mr. Bruce Davidson began his transportation career in 1973 with the industrial gases division of Chemetron Corportation. In addition to teaching Class A CDL certification courses, he has worked decades in various positions in the transportation industry, including, but not limited to, a city delivery driver, an Over the Road (OTR) driver, and distribution manager. He has also been involved in all aspects of the distribution chain, including customer service and site installations, coordination of vehicle maintenance, and post-accident investigations. In the 1980s, he worked as a driver for Lattimore Materials in Denison and McKinney, Texas, where he delivered rock and sand for road building and concrete production. Mr. Davidson can teach you all you need to know about frac sand delivery in Oklahoma and the surrounding areas.
After an absence of several years, Mr. Davidson returned to trucking in 1998 as a dispatcher for Payton Transportation. From 2000 to 2014, Bruce was a road driver for McCorkle Truck Line in Oklahoma City. McCorckle took him from coast to coast, hauling dry bulk materials to traditional industrial sites and oil and natural gas wells across the United States. By this time, Mr. Davidson had amassed over twenty-five (25) years of experience in the transportation industry, driving over 2.5 million (2,500,000) miles.
Bruce enjoys the educational side of work. He has spent many years teaching CDL classes, a few years asd a Red Cross CPR and First Aid Instructor, and taught dozens of defensive driving courses. He was an instructor at another Oklahoma City CDL school for three years prior to being recruited by and joining CDL University. Bruce knows the importance of quality CDL instruction and its impact on a driver’s career. He felt it was hard for students to get valuable, quality training in Oklahoma. He made it a personal goal to put himself in the position to provide quality CDL training. So, he consulted with several recruiters for companies hiring new CDL graduates, and it was clear CDL University offered him the chance to help develop his own curriculum to accomplish his goals. He wanted to raise the bar to a higher standard. Bruce decided CDL University is the place for him, and the place for CDL students to get a HIRE education.
Cindy Beeler is a CDL Instructor at CDL University LLC in Oklahoma City. The following is her instructor profile, which contains some information related to her experiences in the trucking and truck driving school industries.
My love for semi-trucks began when I was about seven years old. My family and I lived right next door to a bona fide truck driver by the name of Tom Rucker. He was what we called a “Long Haul” driver. He would load me up in his truck occasionally and we would go to his trailer (approximately ten miles away). His wife would follow us and pick me up when he wasw all hooked up. Mr. Rucker would always bring me gifts back from his long road trips.
When I was in my twenties, I worked for a laundry. I drove a little panel-van and it was my job to pick up gym towels from the local schools. My boss here eventually asked me to get a Chauffeur’s License. A Chauffeur License was what we had before we had “Commercial Driver’s License” or what is commonly known now as, a CDL. One day, driving my Pinto car, I went to get my Chauffeur License. The examiner came outside to greet me and said, “Okay, let’s go.” He took me on the car route. When we returned, he told me I was the proud owner of a driver’s license. I told him thank you, but asked, “Do you mean I’m the proud owner of a Chauffeur’s License?” He looked back at his clipboard, smiled, and said, “Yes.” At this point, I still had no idea I would eventually become a truck driver.
I discovered some things about myself at this time. Several years later, I went through a divorce and its challenges had me wanting to run far away from home. I realized I could do so — and get paid for it, by going to Crowder College’s trucking school. Before I was accepted, though, I needed to find a trucking company that was willing to give me a job when I passed the program.
Tri State Motor Transit was my first job. I hauled explosives, jet engines, and other hazardous materials. I worked at Tri State Motor Transit for approximately six months hauling these potentially dangerous materials.
My second job was for Contract Freight Inc., or CFI. I was a truck driver for CFI for over thirteen (13) years. I hauled anything that would fit inside of a dry van (48′ and 53′). I was a Truck Trainer at CFI and also helped with the Safety Department by contributing knowledge to the department and the public about the “No Zone,” which means the area containing the truck and trailer’s blind spots.
I also worked for Arrow Trucking, TNS Trucking, and have helped out for a few friends. I’ve helped my son get his business going by helping him develop the company and even by driving for him myself.
Eventually, I became a CDL Instructor at American Truck Training, leaving there to work at Redlands Community College, in El Reno, Oklahoma, where I met fellow CDL University LLC instructors Mr. Gary Rackliff and Mr. David Austin.
I’ve been teaching for over four years. I love to teach and give my students a good head start on their career in trucking. I believe trucking opens opportunities for many things in life, and my career in the industry has made me proud of who I am today. Trucking took me places I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to see.
We hope you enjoy reading the following instructor profile on Mr. Gary Rackliff.
Gary’s love for the transportation industry began as a youngster when he would go to work with his father. Gary’s father owned a number of trucks during Gary’s childhood. His summers were spent in and around trucks with his father, doing things such as hauling scrap metal across the western United States.
Gary Rackliff took his first driving after high school job hauling lumber and other building materials for a major contractor in the Southern California region. Eventually, Gary moved to Oklahoma and took a different career path in other industries serving in multiple positions of management and business.
Gary returned to his roots in the transportation industry when the opportunity arose as an Over the Road (OTR) driver for a major carrier. After several years as a company driver, Gary was challenged to purchase his own truck and become an owner-operator. He leased his equipment with himself as the driver to a specialized company hauling pipe in the oilfield industry. When the oilfield industry declined, Gary took the next step in his transportation career by obtaining his own authority and establishing Exodus Transportation, LLC. Known for its exceptional customer service, Exodus Transportation became a “first call” carrier for several companies and government entities, including hauling military freight out of Tinker Air Force Base.
As his business grew, he was confronted with the need to expand and after careful consideration, Gary decided against expanding his company. Instead, Gary chose to pursue an area of the transportation industry that would allow him to share his knowledge and experience with others as an instructor.
Gary Rackliff has served in the transportation industry in multiple positions and roles; including, but not limited to, the following:
Like all of our instructors, Mr. David Austin brings a wealth of industry experience to the classroom. Mr. David Austin possesses over forty-five (45) years of work experience in most areas of the transportation industry.
David Austin was raised in the livestock and trucking industry. He never envisioned himself in a career not involving trucks. At the age of eighteen (18), David purchased his first semi truck and trailer. Soon after, he increased operations to include three (3) tractor trailers, and merged his fleet with his brother’s and father’s, totaling 10 units between the three of them.
David sold his trucking business after several years of operation and accepted a position training truck drivers, where he taught for the next ten (10) years of his career. After a decade of teaching truck driving, Mr. Austin was offered a position in Safety, Operations, and Driver Management with a medium-sized trucking company contracted with the United States Postal Service. For the next fifteen (15) years, he worked with truck drivers on a daily basis.
David Austin eventually returned to do what his heart called for: working with entry level students that are wanting to enter into the transportation industry. Since this time, he has trained students in multiple U.S. states in various areas and types of vehicles helping students develop the skills and knowledge to successfully take and pass their Class A CDL test for driving tractor trailers.
Daryle has had a commercial driving license since 1998. Since an early age, Daryle has had a passion to drive large vehicles. He says, "As a kid, when on road trips with my parents, I would get excited jumping up and down when we would get near or pass a big truck. When I was a teenager, I would ride with my older cousin in his decked out Peterbuilt."
Daryle started driving in the charter bus and tourism industry with Rocky Mountain Tours and Village Tours in 1998 with a Class B License. Daryle says, "Driving tour buses- I toured the country, and was a part of the 2000 Winter Olympics in Salt City, Utah for about 4 weeks, providing transportation for athletes and attending the opening and closing ceremonies."
"The big rigs were still calling my name," Daryle said. "So in 2006, I obtained my Class A License and began my truck driving career."
Daryle has experience in Flatbed, Dry Van and Refer Trucks while operating a variety of equipment. His story continues: "In 2019, my compassion grew even more, and I was guided to share my experience and compassion for driving with others. I'm truly honored to be a part of the team of instructors at CDL University since December 2018."
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