Gary J. Catapano, Senior Vice President of Safety, First Group America, Inc.
As the Senior Vice-President of safety for First Group America, Gary is responsible for guiding the safety of North American Operations including Greyhound, First Student, First Transit and First Vehicle Services.
These operations span all of North America and involve over 100,000 employees operating from 1,800 locations in the US and Canada.
Gary also is the chair of First Americas Safety Council which provides a safety review function for all First America companies.
As a member of the National Safety Council, Gary has served as past Chair of the School Transportation Section and currently serves as a member of the Board of Delegates along with being the Safety Council's representative to the Steering Committee to the National Congress on School Transportation.
Gary also serves as the Vice Chair of the councils Transportation Safety Division.
has participated in the last two National School Transportation Congresses
as a member of the New York State Delegation
Gary is a member of the National School Transportation Association and currently serves as its Chair of the Safety and Security Committee.
He is also a member of the National Association of Pupil Transportation.
Gary has worked the last 17 years as a transportation safety professional holding senior executive positions for large transportation companies.
He holds a commercial driver's license, is a Defensive Driving Instructor and a New York State Certified School Bus Instructor.
Gary is an OSHA Outreach Trainer with special training in incident analysis and collision investigation, he has investigated over 400 bus collisions and safety events and has authored many technical papers and manuals on school bus safety as well as co-authored a book on wheelchair transportation.
is a frequent presenter at many national conferences and training events on transportation safety across North America.
Prior to his career in school transportation, Gary worked for 15 years as a Consulting Engineer in the nuclear power industry.
In this capacity, he
worked with both startup and operating nuclear power facilities in the eastern U.S. Gary's work specialized in the area of on-site and off-site emergency planning and response.
provided input to the Federal Emergency Management Agency
and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
on the development of Guidance for Emergency Planning at Nuclear Power Facilities.
In addition, Gary
helped develop the concepts behind the creation of a joint media information center.
As an expert witness, he
has provided testimony to the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board regarding emergency plans, procedures and human performance as well as communications to the public during an emergency.
Gary remains a member of the American Nuclear Society and holds a Senior Engineering Certification.