A spare bedroom turned office space in Kennebunk, ME is where W.C. Cressey & Son, Inc. had its beginnings nearly four decades ago. W. Churchill Cressey, and his son George, started the business in August 1979 as the Thomas Built Buses dealer for Maine and New Hampshire. Sales growth led to an office in downtown Kennebunk, followed by a move to the present location in 1985. At that time, four employees worked in a leased portion of the current building.
In the beginning, W.C. Cressey & Son sold bus bodies, which could be placed on a number of different chassis’. When Freightliner bought Thomas Built Buses in the late 90s, W.C. Cressey became a true full-service dealer to meet customer needs. Parts delivery and a full service center were added to support the turn-key buses now being sold throughout Maine and New Hampshire.
Brian Cressey joined his father George in 2004, and the third-generation business continued to grow. Over the years, two new service locations, in Newport, VT and Gorham, NH, along with added sales territory in Vermont, pushed sales and service needs higher. Now with over twenty employees, W.C. Cressey & Son provides on-site service, vehicle pick-up and drop-off, parts delivery, and service on all makes and models throughout Northern New England.
Brian is responsible for overseeing all areas of the dealership, including sales, parts, service, leases, financing, and accounting. Brian’s background in finance has allowed him to expand the business and offer more than just buses to his customers.
Since 2011, he has served as the Northeast Representative for the Thomas Dealer Advisory Council (DAC), and since 2013, as the Chairman of the Thomas Customer Support Association (CSA). He has also worked as the Controller and then Chief Financial Officer for a national parking and garage management company with its headquarters in the Boston area. He previously worked as a CPA at a regional accounting firm in Boston, specializing in accounting, tax and management consulting for closely held businesses. He received both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Accounting from Stonehill College and is a licensed CPA. He is member of the New Hampshire School Transportation Association Board of Directors and the Trustee Chair at Main Street Congregational Church in Amesbury, Massachusetts. He enjoys running, fishing and hiking and spending time with his wife and children.
Evan started driving buses during his freshman year at the University of NH, and has worked in the transportation industry ever since. With twelve years of operations experience at all organizational levels, on everything from motor coaches to school and transit buses, he is intimately familiar with what it takes to meet pull out every day. Coupled with selling parts and vehicles for the past eight years, Evan has plenty of experience and expertise to offer customers.
Evan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of NH in Business Administration. He enjoys motorcycling and going on adventures with his daughter.
Justin started in mechanics at the age of 15 working on heavy equipment. He joined the Army in 2005 as a wheeled vehicle mechanic and recovery including a 15-month tour to Iraq. While in the Army Reserves he graduated from Nashville Auto-Diesel College. In 2010 he was the fleet manager for over the road trucking working in all capacities. In 2013, Justin moved into buses as a tech working on coach and school buses for privately-held companies and school districts. He is now the Service Manager at W.C. Cressey & Son, Inc.
Kevin Nichols has been in the parts industry since graduating from High School in 1993 and joined the Cressey team in 2003. Prior to W.C. Cressey & Son, Inc., he started in a small family dealership of small engine equipment selling anything from lawn mowers to weed whackers to garden tractors and all the parts to keep them running. He also worked at a John Deere dealership for a short time as a municipal sales associate. In the end, the parts department is where he thrives.
Kevin’s hobbies include gardening, motorcycle riding, and loving his family. Kevin and his wife have four children and one granddaughter.
Marc started driving buses in 1976 at M.S.A.D. 60, and has been involved with the automotive, commercial trucking, and transportation industry ever since. He has been in general and sales management positions at both Ford and GM automobile dealerships, and knows what it takes to get the job done. Marc knows that effectively communicating with the customer is one of the most important parts of the process. Marc has worked at W. C. Cressey and Son Inc. for four years, and looks for the company to do great things in the years ahead.
Marc received his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees from The University of NH in Applied Sciences and Business Administration. He is involved in local government in his town and enjoys fishing.