The 181-year-old family owned business elevates three to senior leadership positions
October 13, 2016 – North Berwick, ME – Hussey Seating Company, one of Maine's longest running family businesses has announced the recent installation of Letitia Hussey Beauregard as Board Chair, Gary Merrill as President and CEO, and Sean O'Leary as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. These moves are part of a carefully developed transition plan to fill leadership vacancies created by the recent passing of Board Chair, President and CEO Timothy B. Hussey and the retirement of longtime VP of Sales and Marketing Jack Rogers.
The election of Letitia Hussey Beauregard to Board Chair signals the Hussey Family's commitment to maintaining the structure of the business as a family-owned enterprise. A member of 6th Generation of continuous Hussey Family ownership, Letitia is a founding member, Board member and Director of Personal Trust for Family Capital Trust Company in Massachusetts and has been a member of the Hussey Board of Directors since 2012. "Tim's loss is huge and a challenge, no doubt, but this company has a 181-year history of turning challenges into opportunities," said Letitia. "The Hussey Family is absolutely committed to seeing this business succeed into the next generation of family ownership, and has every confidence in Gary and the rest of the management team to make that happen."
Formerly the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Gary Merrill is the first person outside of the Hussey Family to lead the company's day to day operations. A Hussey employee for over 25 years, Merrill was elected President and Chief Executive Officer in June of 2016. Gary graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Accounting and received his MBA from Babson College. He earned his CPA while working for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC in Portland, ME.
Sean O'Leary replaces long time VP of Sales and Marketing, Jack F. Rogers who announced his retirement in early 2015. Sean graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and received his MBA from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Sean began his career with Hussey Seating Company in 1995 and has held several roles within the organization. O'Leary's entire career has been spent working in the construction and building products industry. He returned in 2015 as the Director of Major Project Sales before being named Vice President of Sales and Marketing in April 2016. Rogers continues to consult with the company on a regular basis as Ex Officio Director of Strategy.
"Sean and I are honored to succeed such influential members of the Hussey Seating team. Combined, Jack and Tim had over 75 years of experience," said Gary Merrill, CEO and President of Hussey Seating Company. "We know that losing them leaves a void of leadership and institutional knowledge but they have prepared the company well for this transition. The leadership team in North Berwick as a whole is deeply experienced and comprised of longtime Hussey Seating employees with a wealth of industry knowledge."
Merrill continued with, "We will maintain the Hussey Family values of operating with honesty and integrity while we're in it for the long run. The support of the Hussey Family, the Board of Directors, Hussey's Exclusive Dealer Network, and our dedicated employees, has helped make this transition as smooth as possible, and will be the cornerstone of the company's success moving forward."
About Hussey Seating Company
A family-owned company founded in 1835, Hussey Seating Company is a world leader in developing and manufacturing seating solutions for the sports and entertainment, education, and worship markets. Hussey's high quality range of seating includes fixed polymer and upholstered chairs, telescopic platforms, telescopic gym seating (traditionally known as bleachers), portable spectator seating and multi-purpose seating and table solutions.
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