Prevost recently announced Marcus Griffin, an experienced bus industry professional based in Texas, has joined the company as a pre-owned coach regional sales manager. Marcus’ territory will include Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and New Mexico. He will additionally cover Puerto Rico.
“We are thrilled to have Marcus on board with us,” Guillaume Charron, director of pre-owned coach sales, said. “His knowledge and experience in the industry as an operator will definitely help us grow the U.S. South Central region while providing excellent support to our customers.”
Charron adds that Griffin’s personality, energy and enthusiasm is a perfect fit with the new Prevost pre-owned team and well in line with the company’s strategic business plan and vision for the future.
Griffin discovered the bus business in 2001 when he worked with OK Tours, a family-owned motorcoach tour and charter operation in San Antonio.
Griffin said the Sarmiento family, the owners of OK Tours, became his family and the bus industry became his calling. He attended Incarnate Word College for a year and a half studying business management, but he said working with OK Tours was truly his university.
Beginning with small jobs around the office to washing buses and helping the outside crew, his responsibilities and promotions steadily increased as he grew older and gained experience; eventually holding down management positions in sales and operations. Griffin moves to Prevost from his last position as Chief Operations Officer.
“I have always wanted to be on the other side of a sale,” he said. “Though our family operations provided me with a smooth, steady path to Prevost, this was not a quick, easy decision. I just felt like I had hit a plateau and my family has supported me every step of the way in making this change.”
Griffin said his work to this point has will give him insights on the varying roles pre-owned coaches play in his customers’ businesses. Marcus resides in San Antonio with his wife, April, and their two children.