Vinalhaven native named director of Maine State Ferry Service

Mon, 06/05/2023 - 5:00pm

ROCKLAND — The Maine Department of Transportation announced that William Geary, Jr., is the new director of the Maine State Ferry Service.

Born on Vinalhaven, Geary is a 1998 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, where he earned an Unlimited Third Mate's license. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for six years and was involved in the Kosovo Campaign.

Geary has nearly two decades of experience managing retail operations for a Fortune 200 company. In these roles, he oversaw hundreds of employees spread out across several New England states and was constantly focused on customer service.

"I am excited to be part of the Maine State Ferry Service and back to my roots in both the islands and the maritime industry," said Geary, in a news release. "I look forward to being a great steward to the islands and ensuring strong customer service for all who ride our vessels."

He earned his MBA from the University of Maine at Orono in 2004.

"I am confident our Maine State Ferry Service customers will be in good hands with Bill Geary," said MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note, in a news release. "His island heritage and maritime education will serve Maine's island communities well. Additionally, Bill's experience in customer service, business management, and human resources set him apart during our search process."

Geary currently lives in Gray with his two children, Nate and Kate.

His first day at the Maine State Ferry Service was May 22.