Coach Design founder Chryss Jamieson was an apprentice coach builder in 1970 after leaving school at the age of 16.
After serving six years learning the trade with Brisbane City Council, he moved on to a position with a prominent Brisbane coach builder specialising in luxury five- star coaches. Having gained a huge amount of experience in luxury coach building, in 1986 the “timing was in place to follow his dreams of creating his own coach building business,” it’s stated, with his business partner, Desiree Jamieson.
According to the company, it survived initially doing bus and coach repairs, spray painting and turning old coaches into mobile homes. As the demand for new bus and coaches increased in the early 1990s, Coach Design took new and innovative designs to market to take out 1992 Coach of the Show award at the prestigious Sydney Bus & Coach Show.
Increased demand would see the company produce its first 4x4 off-road safari tour bus, it’s reported. Further success in future years saw Coach Design win Coach of the Show awards at the Sydney Bus & Coach Shows five times in a row, the company states.