Published on : Friday, January 10, 2014
When people call Capitol Tours in West Columbia, South Carolina it is not uncommon that Mary Young answers the phone. And when they want to talk to the owner, some may be surprised to hear her response, “You’re speaking to her.”
The Pohly Company is the official publisher of ABA Media on behalf of the American Bus Association and we are pleased to announce that Mary Young is the winner of the first ever “ABA Media Women in Buses Award” to be presented at the ABA’s Marketplace in Nashville, Tennessee, January 11th-15th.
The ABA’s Women in Buses group was founded a little more than two years ago to encourage professional women in the motorcoach, travel and tourism industry to work together to form new business and networking opportunities. The Pohly Company is a woman-owned business, Diana Pohly is its President and CEO, and the company is based in Boston.
“Mary Young is an important leader not only in the ABA’s Women in Buses, but at Capitol Tours where she co-owns the company with her husband Buddy Young and the entire motorcoach, travel and tourism industry,” said ABA President and the CEO Peter Pantuso.
“ABA Media and The Pohly Company are proud to partner with ABA on this important award, to be given annually to salute the work of Women in Buses and Mary Young is very deserving of this honor,” said Diana Pohly, the Owner and Publisher of The Pohly Company.
Mary Young came into the motorcoach business in the early 1990’s when her husband Buddy Young was deployed to the Middle East with the Air National Guard. Mary was a Registered Nurse and while Buddy and the U.S. military were removing Iraq from Kuwait, someone had to run Capitol Tours. At the time, she and Buddy had two young children. Mary eventually left nursing, and as she says “….she and Buddy only work half days, as in from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.”
Recently, a group of World War Two veterans were planning a trip from South Carolina to visit the monuments and memorials in our nation’s Capital one final time. A trip to the World War Two Memorial was a very important part of the trip.
90 year old O’Neal Derrick wanted his wife to see the Memorial that honors the men and women of the U.S. military who fought and died defending our nation from 1941 through 1945.
But there was one problem; the trip didn’t have enough people to fill up the bus. So Mary, Buddy and others went on the tour with the veterans because as Mary said “we weren’t going to disappoint him.”