Meet our CEO and Founder, John E. Kearney

John E. Kearney has spent a lifetime serving others. As an industry leader he has worked with some of the county’s largest truck driver training companies. Over 100,000 students have benefited from training within the scope of John’s executive expertise.

John is a civic leader, a philanthropist, a CPA, an entrepreneur, and today, the founder and CEO of the most advanced truck driver training simulator company in America, Advanced Training Systems.

John has been an expert in the field of training for over 30 years. His celebrated list of accomplishments, executive titles and esteemed memberships stand as a testament to his competence and leadership (see list below). This vast experience, (along with having four children and eight grandchildren) has given him the real-world knowledge to command the staff at ATS toward improving the lives of thousands of drivers with ATS’s innovative driver simulator training.

Along with his leadership, a specific aspect of John’s real-world experience that propels ATS and all those who benefit from their simulator training is his deep understanding of economics – or, put plainly, his incessant awareness of the “bottom-line.” For any product to be exceedingly valuable to the consumer it must, in addition to being superior, be economical in the sense that the consumer’s return on investment must far exceed the initial expense. As a Certified Public Accountant, John is acutely aware of the consumer’s ROI, which is observed and demonstrated in how he manages ATS. In short, he believes in offering a superior product at a price that brings stellar ROI. This is the basic philosophy that has driven John in all his endeavors through the years and, at present, his management of ATS.

Some of John E. Kearney’s accomplishments, titles and experience include: 


BSBA Accounting University of Florida

President Honorary Society Beta Alpha Psi


Married with four children and eight grandchildren


Certified Public Accountant

Member American Institute and Florida Institute of CPA’s

Member Board of Directors Florida Institute of CPA’s

President West Coast Chapter Florida Institute of CPA’s

Partner Tornwall Kearney and Wintz CPA’s

Member of FICPA committee that wrote the Continuing Professional Education Law for the State of Florida

Member Associated Accounting Firms International

Chair of Continuing Education for the State of Florida for the Accounting Profession

& Corporate 

President United Way of Pinellas County

Treasurer and Director of St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Trustee Eckerd College

Development Board St. Petersburg Junior College

Committee of 100

Squires, Member* President

St. Petersburg Progress



Pinellas Suncoast Chamber of Commerce

Republican Eagles

Propeller Club Tampa

Barnett Bank Director

Park Bank

Committee to Internationalize Tampa Bay Co-Chair

University Club of Tampa

St. Petersburg Yacht Club*

Florida Sports Hall of Fame Foundation* Treasurer and Board

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Treasurer,Deacon

St. Mathews Episcopal Church Vestry and Treasurer

Krauss Group Inc. Board Member

President American Consulting Services Corp.

Elmer J. Krauss Trust Co-Trustee

KML Foundation* Chairman Director

KML Properties LLC* Manager

Rattlesnake Point Ltd.* President of the General Partner, Director

Rattlesnake Point Inc.* President, Director,

Advanced Training Systems LLC* Manager, Member, President CEO

Tampa Bay Research Institute* Secretary, Director

Career Source Tampa Bay (Workforce)* Past Chairman, Director

Gary R Froid Trust* Co-Trustee

KML Trust Chairman

KML Propeties LLC Manager*

Pinellas Science Center* Director

Central Florida Institute, President

Roadmaster Drivers Schools CEO President

Career Path Training Corp.* Founder Past CEO President Current Director*

Institutional Technologies Inc* Director


Mr. Kearney has owned, operated and been an officer of many Companies throughout his career including the partial list above. His principal involvement and expertise is in the following areas and he has regularly consulted in these fields:

Educational and training organizations as CEO

International and National investments and financing*

Consulting in the fields of Taxation, Investments*
Corporate Decision Making*

Real Estate Developments and Construction

Analytical Software for decision-making*

Simulation and Training*


Simulation and Training Together . .

Contact ATS today to learn how our simulators with built-in scenario training can help make your drivers more efficient and safe on the roads.

About ATS...

Advanced Training Systems is world headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida and established as a diversified  design, manufacturing and virtual simulation group of companies applicable to the professional and personal user. Utilizing aerospace derived technology, our experienced engineers and designers have collaborated with research

Advanced Training Systems LLC
9800 4th Street North
Suite 204
St. Petersburg, FL 33702