Quick’s Bus: Long on Family and Service
Quick-Livick, Inc., better known as Quick’s Bus Company, celebrated its 76th anniversary Nov. 18. Quick’s Bus Company provides charter bus service for organizational and recreational group tours. It also offers a daily commuter service from Fredericksburg to Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia.
The family-operated bus company started back in 1946, when Robert L. Quick and his father, D. Thomas Quick, saw potential in seven used buses. Both men have since passed away, leaving the much-built-upon creation in the hands of their family.
Today, almost 70 years later, the company consists of two Virginia locations and 57 motorcoaches. Quick’s son, Robert Quick, Jr., 65, is president of the company. “This was my father’s life,” Quick said. “He worked until two years ago and then died just a year ago. He loved working in the bus industry.”
Quick, Jr. retired from the U.S. Army in 1992 and became president of Quick’s Bus shortly afterward. “I worked with buses before,” he said. “But I had a lot to learn.” He joked, specifically, about the difficult transition of working with the military to working with civilians. “You tell someone in the military to do something, and they do it,” he said, laughing. “It was hard to adapt.”
Quick’s sister, Deborah Quick Ray, was already working with the company when Quick assumed role as president. “President is just a title,” Quick said. “It’s really a partnership with my sister.” Ray fulfills the role of secretarytreasurer. “She has worked here forever.” Quick’s two children, Jason and Kim, began working for Quick’s in the 1990s, bringing a fourth generation to the business. Jason currently works as general manager at the Fredericksberg office.
The company is now too big to employ only within the founding family. However, it continues to provide the friendly-family business service it is known for. “We have a lot of good people,” said Quick of his employees. They realize how important it is, for drivers especially, to be knowledgeable, kind and courteous. “You can send an old bus out with a great driver, and the guests will be happy as clams,” he said. “Or you can send out a new bus with a bad driver, and you’ll get complaints.”
Moving forward, Quick’s son Jason will continue to assume more roles within the company. Quick, a travel and motorcycle enthusiast, plans to “ease [his] way out,” of this business. “Nobody in my family has ever fully retired,” he said. “I will continue to check in now and then, just as my father and my uncle did before me.”