eric-thumb1 Eric Barton, President
With a decade of international business experience, Eric’s former positions include serving as a senior operations manager responsible for directing and overseeing complex multifaceted programs specializing in intelligence, security services, staffing, training, K-9, life support and operational requirements in the Middle East and Africa. He has managed more than $400 million in contracts, successfully mobilized more than 6,000 personnel to various countries around the world, and has established several companies throughout Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Gerald Wilson : Program Director - CDL Instructor Gerald Wilson, Program Director – Instructor
Mr. Wilson is a graduate of PTI’s CDL training program, and has logged more than 250,000 over-the-road miles in two years of truck driving experience. Prior to his career in trucking, he honed his skills as an instructor while training troops for the Army and Joint Special Operations Command as a military contractor for eight years. From these experiences, Mr. Wilson is adept at training students to remain calm and follow safety protocols even while under pressure.
John Pettyjohn : CDL Instructor John Pettyjohn, Instructor
A dedicated and responsible Class A driver with an impeccable driving record, Mr. Pettyjohn has more than 10 years of experience driving commercial vehicles including 45’ dump trailers, 45’ logging trailers, 48’ flat bed and step deck trailers, 48’ and 53’ dry van trailers, 53’ RGN lowboy trailers, 53’ beam trailers and up to 100’ specialized heavy haul trailers utilizing jeeps and stingers. John also served several years in the United States Marine Corps and in the U.S. Army as a Black Hawk Crew Chief.
Marty Potter, Instructor
With over 20 year of extensive experience in the transportation industry as a driver and driver trainer, Mr. Marty Potter is a CDL instructor and examiner with Peak Truck Driving School. Mr. Potter has an extensive background in tractor trailer, flat bed and other equipment in both local and OTR long haul transportation. He served in the United States Marine Corps prior to entering the transportation industry.
Blake Bancroft, Institutional Director
New York native Blake Bancroft serves as Peak Technical Institute’s Institutional Director, where he is responsible for admissions processing for all Peak programs, maintaining higher education licenses and credentials in addition to managing day to day operations at Peak global headquarters in Maryville, TN.
Bancroft, who has worked in higher education for nine years, previously worked as an admissions representative at Lincoln College (Nashville Auto-Diesel) in Nashville. While Bancroft has an extensive background in institutional operations, he maintains an enthusiastic drive for higher education, stating that he hopes to improve others’ lives through his position at Peak Technical Institute.
Jenna Sams, Admissions Officer
Jenna Sams serves as Peak Technical Institute’s Admissions Officer, where she reviews all applications and handles all student paperwork, ensuring students have completed all the necessary steps to begin their new careers in technical, job-specific industries.
At Peak Technical Institute, Jenna appreciates the fact that Peak is committed to providing opportunities for education and achievement for students and staff through its many technical programs.
“I have a passion for working with students, providing them with the resources they need to succeed,” Jenna said. “I enjoy being a part of their success.”
She has 10+ years’ experience in the education and customer service industries, including at a government job training in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and management.
Steve Minton : Programs Recruiter Steve Minton, Programs Recruiter
Steve is a retired United States Army Sergeant First Class with 22 years of service to his country, working as a military police officer, recruiter and recruiting station commander. Steve was deployed to seven combat zones during his service. During his recruiting, he earned the coveted Glenn H. Morrell Award for recruiting excellence along with two meritorious service medals. Steve earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Liberty University. He has attended Junior and Senior-level noncommissioned officer academies with the U.S. Army, and has received a commercial driver’s license endorsement from the State of Tennessee. Steve said he wants to make an impact in someone’s life so that they can obtain their short-term and long-term goals for themselves and their families!