About Tom Antkow, Owner
Mr. Antkow was formally employed on staff at Phoenix Baptist Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona and Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego as a trained clinical evaluator and rehabilitation assistant.
After attending the State University of New York at Farmingdale, Mr. Antkow began his career in the field of driver safety in 1973 as a professional driving instructor with Fitzgerald's Driving School, one of the largest commercial driving schools on Long Island. Mr. Antkow continued his education in this field by successfully completing certification courses at The Center for Safety at New York University, mastering the five step Defensive Driving Techniques program offered by Harold Smith, and obtaining pre-licensing classroom instructor status by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. As a result of his experience and expertise, Mr. Antkow was promoted to Senior Instructor where he had the responsibility of training new instructors in defensive driving techniques. Conducting behind the wheel training for students from the general public, as well as those attending driver education programs at six area high schools, was also part of Mr. Antkow's day to day duties. In 1974, Mr. Antkow became the Adaptive Driving Instructor for Fitzgerald's, specializing in instruction of disabled students requiring special equipment.
After a career spanning over 35 years, Mr. Antkow has been personally responsible in evaluating and training well over 20,000+ students, clients, and patients in the art of defensive driving tactics as well as enabling disabled drivers to find a means of regaining or maintaining their independence. Mr. Antkow currently is the President and CEO of Driver Safety Consultants, Inc. of Colorado, a member of the Colorado Safety Association, is a certified State BOST third party tester and a certified National Safety Council DDC-4 Defensive Driving Classroom Trainer. As a member of the steering committee for DRIVE SMART Colorado Springs Tom is a guest speaker at several area High Schools.
Mr. Antkow has appeared in feature articles in the Woodmen Edition and the Colorado Springs Gazette. He has also been featured on the local ABC affiliate Channel 13, appeared as a guest on Channel 10's "Talkline", was the subject of the news on KOAA channel 5 evening edition and KRDO "Good Morning Colorado". Tom has been a guest on KRDO radio with "CK in the Morning", as well as Joseph Machelli's afternoon program and KVOR radio AM 740 as a traffic safety specialist. Mr. Antkow has had shows on AM 1300 KCSF radio and currently is a part time host on KVOR AM 740 for Cumulus Radio Corp.
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