John and Carol Pinckney are owners of six-year-old CJ International Training. Their company offers truck transportation safety consulting, motor carrier compliance and training, including training for businesses and individuals in driver safety. A training agency of the National Safety Council (NSC) , CJ also offers classroom defensive driving courses for public motorists and commercial motor vehicle drivers. John’s current work takes him across the country providing services that also includes insurance underwriter safety reviews of trucking companies, legal expert testimony, and managing various motor carriers’ safety/compliance programs.
John got his start with his father’s produce/trucking business, WF Pinckney Co., Inc. in Marion, Iowa. Here, he repaired and maintained trucks. He unloaded and reloaded trucks with freight. Also, he drove trucks (including tractor semi-trailer trucks) picking up freight and delivering freight from the Midwest to the West Coast. Before becoming director of safety and director of recruiting at Burlington Motor Carriers, he was a dispatcher, terminal manager, and safety supervisor at CRST. After Burlington Motor Carriers, he went to Knight Transportation as the East Coast customer service/load planner and then director of safety/HR.
John, who has an MBA from Ball State University, has been teaching the council’s defensive driving courses for more than 20 years. He has won awards for his training efforts from the council and serves on the Council’s International Advisory Committee. He has been an active participant with revisions to the NSC defensive driving courses and has been has been a site expert with the filming of the NSC’s Defensive Driving Course Professional Truck Driver course. He conducts National Safety Council classroom defensive driving classes for drivers ranging from teenage drivers to professional drivers (including commercial motor vehicles), and administers all classroom defensive driving courses approved by the Indiana BMV for the Driver Safety Program (DSP) throughout Indiana. Recently added to the courses is an eight-hour NSC “Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving.” The course is based upon Dr. William Glasser’s “Choice Theory” and addresses at risk choices made by a driver.
He likes to make craft beer, backyard barbeques, and cooking for family and friends. Also, John enjoys fishing on Lake Erie, sporting events and service activities. He is president of his church’s foundation. He is currently reading a book by Michael Connelly.
Carol has her undergraduate and graduate degree from Bowling Green (OH) University. Carol retired after more than four decades of teaching special need students (elementary through high school). Her professional experiences bring enhanced company organization, corporate goodwill, and a range of enhanced understanding to special need adults who choose to take the classroom defensive driving courses. She is learning how to enhance the operation of the company from the home office.
She enjoys time with family and friends, gardening, book clubs, traveling, and line dancing. Retirement affords the opportunity for new business opportunities as well as community service.
John and Carol have two grandchildren (Johnathan and Lilly), a son, Jason Duplaga, and a daughter, Kara Reiber. Jason lives in Muncie. Kara, Johnathan, and Lilly live in a west suburb of Des Moines, Iowa.