Contego strives to continually give back to the community whenever possible through, charitable donations, time and efforts. To see some of events and charities Contego takes part in visit Contego Donates
The company has grown from a single $600 per week contract to nearly $35 million in revenues. During its momentous growth, Group One has never lost sight of its founding goals and values, and we pride ourselves on holding to the highest standards.
Despite the vast array of industries Group One operates within, its focus remains singular: on establishing companies that provide the best value and most innovative solutions, no matter what the service.
Separation from the competition: One of the strengths of Contego Systems that allows us to operate more efficiently and provide a better value to our clients is the diverse operations of Group One and the resulting ability to have a lower cost basis. Many of our businesses offer supportive services to each other at cost, meaning we do not need to pay the same market prices our competition must pay to accomplish the same goals.
Among others, Contego Systems uses software and technology services from our I.T. services company, G1 Tek; gets its fleet graphics from our sign company, G1 Graphics; has its truck and equipment maintenance managed by our Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) offered by our facility maintenance company, G1 Facility Services. These are all keys to a better value for our customers.
Mr. Danberry's experience encompasses many facets of the business world including banking and finance, marketing and sales, operations and distribution management. He has held high level positions in the field of aviation, including time with Air California, Continental Airlines and Texas International Airlines, and in industry with Johns Manville Corp.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, graduating from Metropolitan State College, Denver, Colorado. Ed served in the US Army from 1967-1969 with the 2/67th Armor Division.
Ed also serves on the John Basilone Parade Committee and is involved in numerous activities supporting the military, youth and law enforcement.
As a recognized recycling technology leader, known for bringing organizations into compliance with current standards, Ron DeLucia has become an industry leader in other sectors as well. As Chief Operating Officer of the Group One family of businesses, he has helped lead the growth of the numerous business units to a yield in excess of 35 million dollars.
After attending The School of Visual Arts in New York, Ron began his recycling business in 1976. One of his major accomplishments was bringing the Newark Liberty International Airport up to date. In 1998, he started Omni-Serv, a business which targeted the airport community. More contracts came as Omni-Serv became known for delivering quality service with fair pricing. As the business expanded, Ron focused on strategic solutions and analysis to further business goals. Eventually in 2001, Group One was formed and now comprises more than a dozen business units with operations in seven states and in the JFK, EWR, LGA, BOS, ANC, DEN, ORD, IAH, and HPN airport communities.
Ron’s career includes leadership roles and active membership in the transportation community. He has been instrumental in NIAAMCO Charity events, KAAMCO, LAAMCO, the EWR Golf Committee, and Boy Scouts fundraisers. He was named NIAAMCO Transportation Person of the Year. Ron is a member of the Regional Business Partnership, The 200 Club, and the Building Owners and Managers Association.
Joe is one of the founding members of the Contego De-icing program. He has 30 years of experience in manpower management. Joe’s focus is on North American business development and customer satisfaction with the help of his support staff and over 1200 employees. In addition he leads the de-icing fluid reclamation projects system wide and has helped develop Contego’s proprietary glycol collection equipment. Joe is also a member of the Contego Corporate Safety Committee.
With over 35 years of professional management experience, Susan Danberry has dedicated five of those years to Group One’s growth and development by meeting the demands of Insurance Manager, Fleet Manger, Wireless Communications Manager, Pension Administrator, Special Projects Manager and as a former student of law at the University of Houston Law School, Susan is invaluable in her legal counsel to the company. Susan’s educational background of a B.A. in Business Management at Saint Mary’s College in California, law school, and her doctoral work in education at the University of Houston, alongside her professional background of five years with Ethicon, a division of Johnson and Johnson, six year at Johns-Manville Corp, four years as a law firm’s corporate accountant, one year on special legal projects for Exxon Corporation and fifteen years in regional sales and airport management at American Airlines has allowedSusan to become valuable and knowledgeable asset to Group One.
Mr. Olsen holds a B.S. in Accounting from St. Johns University in 1985, obtained his CPA in 1987 and holds securities licenses #7 and #66. Mr. Olsen successfully accomplished a Deutsche Bank, London Business School 18 month program in 2007, covering the MBA curriculum.
Mr. Olsen has over 20 years of business experience within the Financial Services Industry. Most notably as the Global Head of Synthetic Equity Middle Office at Deutsche Bank Securities, building the business from inception in 1996, being a primary revenue generator for the Equity Prime Services in 2007.
Previously, Mr. Olsen has held senior positions at Barclays Capital, Natwest Markets and Morgan Stanley. Prior to entering the Financial Services Industry, he was a Senior Auditor for Ernst & Young, and Pannell, Kerr, Forster. His client base included manufacturing, entertainment, financial services and the hotel industry.
Robert DeMarco’s work background entails an extensive 25 years which include working at La Guardia and JFK airports. He had spent a good deal of those years working with Republic Airlines and Northwest Airlines. He also has experience with Aircraft Services International Group, JetBlue Airways, and presently, Contego Systems.
Robert attended Brooklyn College where he majored in education and history and graduated Kingsborough CC with an AAS Degree. His expertise includes all aspects of the industry including deicing, training, ramp management, aircraft cleaning, mail, and cargo handling at both La Guardia and JFK.
Jim Ussery has been with Contego Systems since 2006, where he has been in charge of winter deicing operations at JFK International Airport, and overseen Quality Assurance, Technology & Regulatory Compliance for the entire Contego Systems operation. Prior to joining Contego Systems, Jim worked for Continental Airlines for 17 years where he flew all models of the 737 as well as an assistant Chief Pilot. He also managed the deicing program—system-wide and was responsible for Continental’s largest winter hub in Newark, New Jersey.
Jim began his career in aviation when he joined the United States Air Force; during his 20 years in the USAF, he flew the C-130 and the B-52 in Southeast Asia. Several of his assignments included Aircraft commander, Strategic Air Command and also completing several Tours.
Jim is currently a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) G-12 fluids subcommittee dealing with deicing fluid development, the SAE holdover time subcommittee and participates in the Facilities and New Deicing technologies subcommittees.
John F Eardly is Contego’s resident aircraft-deice- training specialist. Contego is fortunate enough to have Eardly’s 30+ solid years of instructorship experience to aid in developing and honing the skills of all its deicing employees. With not just an expertise in training, but also an active role in employee and deicing event development, John Eardly is the senior de-icing lead for Fed Ex at Newark Liberty International airport. As the senior lead, he is involved in all operations of Contego’s deicing program at Fed Ex Newark, from employment to Port Authority badges, to scheduling all hands-on training, to maintaining attendance records. Once training is complete, Eardly’s responsibility shifts to supervising actual deicing events, maintaining records of personnel called for the event, sign in sheets of who attended and number of hours worked and providing this information to the personnel department in headquarters.
Newark Liberty (EWR) Operations Manager Bob LaCour, one of Contego’s veterans and key personnel oversees 250 deicers and 7 leads. Bob has devoted over 14 years helping Contego Systems provide excellent safety oriented service to the airport and airline industry. He has assisted in establishing manpower teams for operations in Denver CO, Charlotte NC, Washington DC, and Portland ME. Bob also oversees the entire training process for the Contego; EWR/ UNITED Airlines operation. His “Train the Trainer” credentials have been an asset in processing his deicing team of 250 through all phases of the winter operations program for Terminal, Gate, and Ballpark operations. Bob has training certifications for: Winter Operations/Deicing; United Boeing Fleet; UA Express Differences; UA Colgan; Dash and Q-200/400 Differences/Awareness; EMB- Air and the United fleet; and Aircraft Pad Leader and Ramp Safety. Additionally, Bob is an instructor for Trump (LMD), Global, Premier, and Vestergard Deicing Vehicles. Bob recently retired from a 33 year career with the Edison, NJ Fire Department where he obtained the ranking of Battalion Chief and Senior Shift Supervisor. Bob holds a license as NJ State Fire Inspector, and credentials as a “Train the Trainer”; “Live Burn Instructor”; NJ State Division of Fire Safety; “Level 2 Fire Service” Instructor; all levels of the NFPA Incident Command System, and “I.A.F.F. Haz-Mat Awareness” and “Train the Trainer programs”.
Melody Medford has been working with Contego since 2001 at JFK International Airport. With 3 years as a lead for various contracts, she was chosen to be the manager for the new LaGuardia International Airport station. Melody currently is qualified to instruct the winter deicing programs for JetBlue Airways, United Parcel Service, AirTran and US Airways. Melody also serves as a driving instructor at JFK airport, insuring the proper driving techniques of all employees when operating on the airfield. Melody is too an issuing officer at JFK and LGA at the start of each season, between both stations roughly 500 employees need to be badged to work on the airfield.
Wilson Rivera oversees the deicing operations at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY (HPN), which includes staffing, training, overall operations plans, Glycol management & recovery, data transmissions and vendor management. He is a certified trainer for deicing operations for Air Tran, American Eagle, Jet Blue, Delta, US Airways, Air Canada and United Airlines. Wilson is also a Firefighter by trade, having joined the Yonkers Fire Department in 1999. He is currently assigned to the Yonkers Rescue Company. Prior to joining the Yonkers Fire Department, Wilson was a New York City Police Officer assigned to the 46th Precinct in the Bronx, where he began his professional career immediately following graduation from Iona College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.
Liscarl Young is the Contego Systems Business Manager at Westchester County, NY Airport. He is in charge of the business dynamics of the HPN Operations. His responsibilities include ensuring that deicing is done in strict compliance with airline and environmental policies, all employees are trained to meet airline and airport requirements. He also finalizes the completion, distribution and archiving of airline records, generate bills for airport and airlines, as well as calculating quantity of glycol sprayed. Liscarl is also a liaison with airport and airline management to ensure customer satisfaction and is also in charge of keeping all Directors abreast of any changes or concerns that occur within her operations.
Kyle Logan has been with Contego for 2 seasons heading up the British Airways Contract this past season. Being promoted to Operations Manager Kyle is now an Issuing Officer and AOA Instructor and is now responsible for the hiring of over 300 deicers and proper training of them for each contract. Kyle graduated from Farmingdale State College with a BS in Security Systems (with a concentration in transportation security) and is currently attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in pursuit of a Masters of Business Administration in Aviation.
Kyle is currently the Captain of Terrace Hose Company of the Oceanside Fire Department in his hometown on Long Island. Throughout his work with the Fire Department he has taken numerous courses on Firefighting and other Emergency operations.