Meet our Management Team
Chuck Hawks, CEO
Role: Chuck co-leads curriculum development with our President, Dan Wagner, and is our primary classroom instructor and presenter for our teen driving classroom sessions. His focus is on the overall leadership and guidance of our organization, and how we show up in the community.
Qualifications and Expertise: 30+ years as a highly trained and skilled professional driver, involved in all types of driving instruction of all forms from teens, to racing, to diplomat protection. He has also performed almost a decade of research on how the various generations interface and work with one another, and has served as an expert speaker on the subject nationally for many years. He is a Certified Business Coach (Coachville Graduate School of Corporate Coaching), Certified Personal Coach (Dream Coach University), and has engineering degrees in Media and Computer Sciences.
Inspiration: In today’s fast-paced world, Chuck thinks it is unfair to “throw a teen driver to the wolves” with the relatively low amount of training and experience it takes to obtain a drivers license. With our roads as crowded as they are with distracted drivers, perpetually in a rush and focused primarily on their own needs inside their vehicle, he is dedicated to arming teens with the highest quality education and support to defend themselves on those busy streets. He also is committed to preparing them to lead the next generations of highly qualified, safe drivers.
Daniel Wagner, Founder and President
Role: Oversight and leadership for all aspects of the school.
Qualifications and Expertise: Dan is a professional driver, a certified HPDE Instructor and the author of the soon to be published book on Teen Driving entitled, “Don’t Get Boxed In”. He is also a graduate of the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving and the Tarheels Sports Car Club Instructor Clinic. Until recently, he maintained an S.C.C.A. competition license. After several years of research on the subject of Teenage Vehicle Fatalities, Dan created the classroom curriculum for the GRIP on Life Teen Driving Seminar to provide teenagers with the education and training necessary to reduce their risk for fatal crashes.
Inspiration: Aside from a minor single vehicle crash in 1973 (30 days after receiving his driver license), Dan has driven over 1 million miles without scratching or denting any vehicle or being involved in any type of incident. He has a passion for helping teenager’s learn how to become safe, responsible drivers.
Dr. Dar Hawks, Chief Relationship Officer
Role: Dr. Dar is our lead classroom instructor and presenter for our Parent Seminar. Her focus primary is on the content creation and delivery for the parent program. She also leads the community relations, event management, business meeting facilitation, business and marketing plans, marketing, website creation/maintenance, server and backup maintenance, Board member, social media, ecommerce, project and process management activities for the organization.
Qualifications and Expertise: MBA, Ph.D, Master Licensed Relationship Coach (Relationship Coaching Institute), Certified Spirit in Business Coach (Coaching from Spirit Institute), Certified Life Coach (Coachville Graduate School of Coaching), Certified Project Manager (Project Management Institute), Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Parent As Coach™.
Inspiration: She is passionate about equipping parents with relationship, coaching, and communication skills to deepen the parent-teen relationship and preparing their teenagers to become vibrant and successful young adults. Her 15+ years of coaching, communication and relationship skills will continue to impact the lives of these families by strengthening the family bonds and parent-teen relationships long after they leave our seminar.