Nordic Tugs Inc. is mourning the passing of president and CEO Jim Cress, who died Oct. 18 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.
Born May 13, 1946 in Chicago, Cress joined Nordic Tugs of Burlington, Wash., as a sales manager in 1989. He left the company in 1993 to start SkipperCress Yacht Sales, an Anacortes, Wash., dealer for Nordic Tugs. In 1996, Cress and a small group of investors purchased Nordic Tugs and Cress has served as the company’s president and CEO for a majority of the last 12 years.
“Jim was passionate about Nordic Tugs, and this came through in all aspects of his lengthy career with the company,” said Jerry Husted, Nordic Tugs founder who retired last December, in a statement. “He was a lively person — always exuberant, but at the same time showing a great deal of humility, and this combination of traits matured into amazing leadership qualities.”
“Jim was a fun guy to be around, and I’m proud to have been associated with him in the boat business,” Husted added. “He will be sorely missed by all of us.”
Cress is survived by his wife, Stephanie, three sons, Jeff, Allen and Steven, along with three grandchildren, and many friends and co-workers. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct .25 at Christ the King Community Church in Mount Vernon, Wash. In lieu of flowers, the Cress family requests memorials be made to a favorite charity in Jim Cress’s name.