Coastal Carriers

Transportation Solutions

Don brings 45 years of experience in the petroleum sector to Coastal Carriers.  In 2004, Don owned and operated a  petroleum distribution company but sold it in 2012 to focus more efforts toward the growth of Coastal Carriers. He has been active in industry associations for many years and is a former President of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association.  He also served on the Executive Committee of the New England Fuel Institute and continues to serve as a Board member of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut. 
As co-owner of Coastal Carriers with John Pruchnicki, Don focuses on company finances, long term planning, sales and tax, regulatory and compliance issues. He is also an advocate for customers on legislative matters that could affect commerce.  Don is married and the proud father of two children and four very special grand children



Donald

Schmidt

Partner 

John brings to Coastal Carriers over 25 years experience in the petroleum transportation business. Upon graduation from Providence College in 1990, John was part of the management team for one of the largest tank carriers in New England.  John learned the transportation business from the ground up, working in every aspect of operations.   After the sale of that company, John worked in management positions for two other regional tank carriers before taking on the Presidency of Coastal Carriers, in which he became a key owner. He possesses a valid CDL license to this day with all endorsements pertinent to the transportation of Hazardous materials. John is currently Chairman of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut.  He is active in a number of charitable organizations and is a board member of the Naugatuck Education Foundation. Since 2004 John has been the leader of a company whose hallmark is safety and service. John is married and has 3 daughters.

"My interests are challenging myself with all  types of fitness training: triathlons, obstacle races, bootcamp."



 

john

pruchnicki

President and Managing Partner

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