Meet Your Driver

NECT driver Jim Black

Name: Jim Black
Team member since: 2011
Other Credentials: Gave driver training to telephone employees for 25 years.
Quote about NECT: Great company - great people - great place to work
Resident of: Saco, Maine & Venice, Florida
Fun Fact: Love working with both Charter and Tour groups.

NECT driver Dan Blanchard Name: Dan Blanchard
Team member since: 2000
Other Credentials: Logged over 1,000,000 miles of bus transportation.
Resident of: Mechanic Falls, Maine
Fun Fact: One of NECT’s first drivers.
NECT driver, Rene Bolduc Name: Rene Bolduc
Other Credentials: Licensed to teach safety courses
Quote about NECT: A great company to work for and do business with.
Resident of: Greene, Maine
Favorite Charter Tour Experience: Taking a group of women over the age of 80 on a “Girls Gone Wild” trip.
NECT driver Harry Brewster Name: Harry Brewster
Other Credentials: School Bus Driver
Quote about driving for NECT: Great Bunch of people to work with!
Resident of:  Mechanic Falls, Maine
Fun Fact: All of my trips have been fun.You get to meet great people with great backgrounds.
NECT driver Steve Craft Name: Steve Craft
Team member since: 2005
Other Credentials: Full time minister for Maine and MA churches and guest minister throughout the USA.
Resident of: Litchfield, Maine
Quote about NECT: A great group of people to work with.
Fun Fact: My favorite tours are the Acadia National Park Tours in the fall! Steve has driven buses since 1959!! Over a million miles logged.
NECT driver Don Doyle Name: Don Doyle
Team member since: 2005
Other Credentials: Past Full time City Bus Driver for Lewiston/Auburn---Board of Directors for the Cumberland Fair.
Resident of: Auburn, Maine
Quote about NECT: I haven’t had a bad trip yet!
Fun Fact: Favorite charters are going to the sugar shacks in Quebec.
NECT driver Staci Drake Name: Staci Drake
Other Credentials: School Bus Driver for SAD 17
Quote about driving for NECT: The people at NECT are a great group and I enjoy working for them!
Resident of: Norway, Maine
Fun Fact: I love Bar Harbor and Fall Foliage trips the best!
NECT driver Robbie Gagne Name: Robbie Gagné
Team member since: 2005
Other Credentials: Commercial Truck Driver
Quote about Driving for NECT: Great people, great customers.
Resident of: Scarborough, Maine
Fun Fact: I like the fact that every trip and every group brings a new experience.
Name: Tom Fletcher
Other Credentials: Shriner Kora Temple, Tribute-Ground Zero Docent NYPD Aux. Police Officer, Masonic Mason
Quote about Driving for NECT: I love the fact that the company is environmentally friendly and is a growing Maine small business.
Resident of: Topsham, Maine and Brooklyn, New York
Favorite Charter Tour Experience: To be truthful, every trip is my favorite. It's wonderful to meet new people, often from all over the world.
NECT driver Dave Gagnon Name: Dave Gagnon
Other Credentials: Retired Firefighter
Quote about driving for NECT: Being a charter/tour bus driver at Northeast Trailways allows me the freedom of the road and friendly working relationships with my passengers and co-workers.
Resident of: I live in Sunny Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
Fun Fact: I love it when passengers say, "How did you do that with this huge bus?"
NECT driver Charles Gilpatric Name: Charles Gilpatric
Other Credentials: Tour bus driver on and off for 20+ years.
Quote about driving for NECT: Great company to work for. They take great care of their passengers and treat the drivers well.
Resident of: Lisbon, Maine
Fun Fact: I love driving the senior trips. They always have great life stories!
NECT driver Byron Haining Name: Byron H. Haining III
Other Credentials: I have owned and operated a Payroll Service Bureau since 1987. I have been driving school buses/motorcoaches for over 30 years. I have driven for the Camden-Rockport schools for 26 years and motorcoaches for 15 years.
Quote about driving for NECT: You're always treated as a valued employee.
Resident of: Rockport, Maine
Favorite Charter Tour Experience: I have too many favorites to mention. However, I have had many great experiences with groups that continually request me as their driver. Those groups have become my "family" for me over the years.
NECT driver Louise Labrie Name: Louise Labrie
Quote about driving for NECT: I'm having fun!
Resident of: Auburn, Maine
Memorable Experience: The "Little Daisy Gardens" from the Y and adorable kids!
NECT driver Clyde Markland Name: Clyde Markland
Other Credentials: Over 45 years driving experience.
Quote about NECT: I enjoy my work and Northeast is a good company to work for.
Fun Fact: Enjoys driving the Portland Pirates hockey team, has been their driver for 11+ years now.
NECT driver Janice Miele Name: Janice Miele
Other Credentials: Driving buses since 1990.
Quote about NECT: All trips are adventures and therefore all trips are fun.
Fun Fact: Favorite charters are going to the sugar shacks in Quebec.
NECT driver, Chris Sampson Name: Chris Sampson (nickname "Sampson")
Other credentials: Started driving career for the United States Marine Corps. Sampson has driven numerous types of vehicles in a variety of conditions in Japan and Germany (the Autobahn). He most recently worked for a Limo and Motor Coach company in Monterey, California, driving across 48 states, logging over 1.5 million miles. He has received a Million Miles Safety Award, for driving over 1,000,000 miles without an accident.
Quote about NECT: I just like to make everyone feel comfortable and like a million bucks. So come on and enjoy the ride. Yea Dogg!
Resident of: Auburn, Maine
NECT driver Bob Stanley Name: Bob Stanley
Other credentials: Over 22 years of commercial driving experience (other trucks and buses)—Dedicated Driver for the Portland Sea Dogs.
Quote about NECT: It’s not just a’s an adventure.
Resident of: Mechanic Falls, Maine
Fun Fact: My 1st trip with the Portland Sea Dogs. They played 17 innings (and won). They did not leave Portland until 1:30 AM then drove to Binghamton, NY. That was my 1st time meeting the team.
NECT driver Dale Stout Name: Dale Stout
Other credentials: Firefighter / paramedic
Quote about NECT: You are not just an employee here; you are part of the NECT family.
Resident of: Hollis, Maine
Fun Fact: My favorite charter is one I have done each year and look forward to. It indicates spring is near to me. Thank you Maine Zone swim team.
NECT driver Tim Turcotte Name: Tim Turcotte
Team member since: 2005
Other Credentials: BS in Business Administration from USM, Class A CDL License.
Quote about Driving for NECT: I like to put a smile on our passengers faces at least once a trip.
Resident of: Auburn, Maine
Fun Fact: Every trip I have taken has been enjoyable. It is a fun job meeting new friends and getting them to their special places.
NECT driver Bryan Wolf Name: Bryan Wolf
Other Credentials: Owns and operates Squeaky Wheel Adventures.
Quote about driving for NECT: As all of the staff at NECT will agree, I find it important to always offer the best possible product or service. NECT has the same philosophy and helps to support me in this endeavor.
Resident of: Surry, Maine
Fun Fact / Favorite Charter or Tour Experience:
It may have only happened once, but I did win "Bus Idol" in Quebec. Who can go wrong with James Taylor though?

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