Meet Our Amazing Team
KPDI is conveniently located in the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District. Our one-acre secured lot allows for dedicated, uninterrupted instruction – and our multiple classrooms cater to groups of all sizes. Our focus is on delivering an exception experience through our professional DCL instruction team.
Owner / Instructor / Examiner
Alex is the Kenai Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award! Alex is the owner of KPDI. He has a background in law enforcement and DARE education. His experience of over four years as a driver trainer instructor for the world’s leading oilfield makes him a top notch driving instructor. Alex is a commercial driving instructor/examiner. Alex is a second generation Alaskan and has lived in Kenai nearly his whole life. He & his wife Sarah have four children and enjoy camping, fishing and hunting in Alaska.
Administrator / Student Enrollment Specialist
Sarah is KPDI’s administrator, bookkeeper and student enrollment specialist. She is also a New Driver Examiner. Sarah is Alex’s wife and together they have four children. Her goal is to help students through the enrollment and funding process. She shares Alex’s passion for student success! In her spare time she enjoys camping, snowmachining and making hand cut leather earrings.
Lead Instructor/ Examiner
Jason Hupp is an Air Force Veteran and moved to the Kenai Peninsula in 2012 from Oregon with his wife and sons. He has been a commercial driver for over 20 years and is KPDI’s lead instructor.
Class D Instructor
Brad Hawkes joined KPDI in 2020 as a new driver instructor. Originally from California, Brad and his wife came to Alaska in 2018. Brad is an avid fisherman and spends all his spare time fishing.
Mark Stormer has been with KPDI since 2019.
In addition to 30 years as an HVAC technician, Tod has been driving a truck for over 13 years in the Kuparuk oil field as a mobile boiler operator. Originally from Colorado, Tod came to Alaska in 2002. He enjoys all the outdoor activities Alaska has to offer. Recently retired from the oil field, he looks forward to training new safe drivers for the open road.
Jeff LaHatt worked in the oil field for many years where he received world renown driver training. He quickly became the lead operator and trainer for new hires. Working the oil field he drove some of the heaviest trucks on the road. Driving as far north as the ice roads on the North Slope. He later worked for a cement mixing company having an opportunity to learn many different trucks types and drive in very difficult and dangerous conditions. Again he was given the task of training the new hires after only working there for a year. Later he worked in law enforcement where he once again was made a trainer of new recruits after working there a little over a year. With his wide array of experience training and time driving in some of the most difficulty truck around, Jeff is a great instructor who always seeks the best outcome for his students. He lives in Kenai with his wife and four children.
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