Our Team

Chris Wright: CEO

Christopher J. Wright is an owner and CEO of Durable Surfaces,LLC and DS Coating Systems, LLC, in Malvern, PA, who works with building owners and managers, real estate developers, general contractors, and design/build companies to solve their concrete repair and restoration needs. Since its inception in 2000, Chris has built Durable Surfaces into a concrete industry leader in both the Philadelphia region and the nation, providing services such as repair, maintenance, concrete coating and more.

Chris has worked with many of the nation’s leading companies, including Home Depot, Lowes, and Costco, to provide concrete repair and restoration solutions engineered to their specific requirements. Critical to all commerce and industry in the commercial and building trades is a strong foundation, a slab you can count on. Chris is passionate about applying the best available technology and materials, and using the best-trained craftsmen to give his customers a certifiable clean, smooth, and improved concrete floor that helps to maximize their operational efficiency. His approach to the current e-commerce business focus highlights specific requirements for smooth transition and support for automated forklifts and robotic applications. From polishing slabs to coating surfaces to repairing tilt-wall formed panels, and including emergency concrete repair services, you can expect consistent and guaranteed results from Durable Surfaces, LLC, based in the Philadelphia area.

Chris studied Business Administration and Marketing at Penn State University. He has worked tirelessly to develop a comprehensive mastery of all phases of the concrete repair and restoration business, which he applies in both consultation and problem-solving for his business clients, as well as in break-out sessions and more formal talks at national trade shows and conferences. Chris currently holds memberships in concrete and building trade organizations such as ACI, ICRI, ASCC, and BOMA.

Derek Cressman: President

Derek has been involved in the construction of large commercial and industrial construction for his entire career. Throughout his career in Construction Management he was involved in the design, planning, and execution of well over 50 million square feet of industrial warehousing, manufacturing, and processing facilities. Derek joined Durable Surfaces in 2017 after recognizing that there was a large industry blooming in the region associated with the maintenance and repair of the products that he had built for many years.

Joining Durable Surfaces was the natural evolution in a career serving the large industrial warehouse market and industrial market in the Northeast. He now helps Durable Surfaces and DS Coating Systems to provide concrete coating, maintenance, and other repair services across the Philadelphia area.

Marc Williams: Vice President of Operations

Marc Williams is the Vice President of Operations at Durable Surfaces, LLC and DS Coating Systems, LLC. Marc has the responsibility of ensuring our field service teams are prepared to execute each job professionally, safely, and effectively. After graduating from the Master’s Program at University of Denver, Marc developed and refined his operational skill sets working as the Chief Operating Officer of a New York based company. He understands the importance of building the infrastructure and culture of a business.

He focuses on maintaining and fostering relationships by delivering what is promised and expected by our clients. His commitment to do the right thing supports the central pillar of our belief in business integrity. Marc has been at the heart of the rapid growth and development of the Durable Surfaces brand and team over the last 6 years.

Jeff Desso: Director of Sales and Marketing

Jeff Desso is the Director of Sales and Marketing. Jeff graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in International Business and Marketing and a minor in Business Logistics. He has more than fifteen years’ experience as a project management professional managing design build industrial construction projects, service groups, and the delivery of consumer products. Jeff was deeply involved in the integration of (2) $2 billion divisions into 1 frozen food division within Nestle USA. He also has experience in the supply chain and logistics industry.

Jeff’s responsibilities are to develop and implement strategic business plans for the Durable Surfaces portfolio of category service offerings including maintenance, concrete coating, and other repair services across the Philadelphia area. Formulate and implement major goals and initiatives by Durable Surfaces, based on resources and assessment of the internal and external environments in which Durable Surfaces competes. Jeff is a certified Change Management Professional and Project Management Professional.

Stephen Hyde: Superintendent 

Steve Hyde is the Superintendent for DS Coatings Systems, based in Malvern PA. Steve grew up in a small town in Western Massachusetts where he attended Smith Vocational Technical school, to pursue his career in the flooring industry. He began working with Coatings in high school and has now been in the Concrete Restoration Business for over 13 years. For the past 8 years, he has been the General Manager and Foreman for a flooring company in Massachusetts, where he has perfected his craft and has become proficient in all aspects of resinous flooring, concrete polishing, and surface preparation. With Steve joining our team in March 2021, he hopes to grow our Coatings Division to the best of its ability. Outside of work, he enjoys hunting, fishing, restoring old cars, and most importantly, family time.  Steve’s expertise with Coatings Systems gives us the confidence that we will be able to expand our Coating’s Division in the direction we are hoping for.