The Principals

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Patti Thomas | CEO

Patti Thomas's family has been in the construction business for nearly 60 years. She grew up learning what it took to be successful in the industry, while watching her father and then her sister build reputable careers in the Western New York area. Her father, Robert Mariacher, started a construction company in the 1950’s. One notable project from this time was the construction of the Observation Tower at Niagara Falls. He was instrumental in developing many of the light industrial buildings in the Gardenville area of Cheektowaga. All the Mariacher children spent weekends “checking jobs” with dad. Patti's sister, Mickey Mariacher, is the Director of Construction Management for Kaleida Health and has overseen construction of $750 million in new projects.
 
Patti has spent many years managing the career and brand of her husband, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Thurman Thomas. She now brings her management and relationship-building skills to the family business. Her strengths include public and private endorsements, appearances, and charitable endeavors. Patti gives great care to establishing and nurturing the many relationships, both personal and professional, that have been instrumental in hers and Thurman’s many successes. This carries through now to her role as CEO of 3480 Group. In addition to raising 4 children, Patti is very active in her community and an ardent supporter of her hometown, Buffalo, New York.

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Thurman Thomas | President

Thurman Thomas, our President, has a rich history of successful business and political activities that resulted from his long association with the National Football League.   Mr. Thomas is currently the Vice Chairman of the New York State Tourism Board.  Previously, Mr. Thomas played a business development role with Legends Energy, a company he founded and which was ultimately acquired by NRG Energy.  Mr. Thomas enjoyed a long and successful 13 year career as the principal running back for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League, retiring in 2000.  He played in five Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.  Mr. Thomas maintains a close relationship with the Buffalo Bills organization continuing as an ambassador for the team.  Mr. Thomas attended Oklahoma State University from 1984 to 1987.

Garry Bowling | CFO

Garry Bowling is the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Special Projects, 3480 Group, Inc., he has over 38 years of experience in telecommunications and renewable energy. His focus has been in finance, design, operations and project management. Previously to joining 3480 Group, Mr. Bowling was VP of Operations and an equity owner in VP Energy, a Michigan based manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell’s for back-up power. Prior to VP Energy he worked for a private engineering company specializing in RF Engineering where he was the COO and spent 19 years with Cingular Wireless/BellSouth Mobility where he had various positions in Engineering and Operations. Mr. Bowling is also a retired US Navy veteran where he served 22 years on Active and Reserve Duty in Telecommunications. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technology Management from St. Leo College. 

Bob Covino | VP of Operations and Construction

Bob Covino is the Vice President of Operations and Construction of 3480 Group Inc., Mr. Covino has over 15 years of experience in construction management in both commercial construction and telecommunications construction. His focus has been in project management, planning, estimating, installation and maintenance. Bob has delivered multi-million-dollar projects by optimizing resources, controlling costs, and developing strategic and creative engineering solutions. Previous to joining 3480 Group Mr. Covino spent 14 years in the telecommunication and construction industry working for Ericsson, Gale Force Telecommunications, Vantage and Conti/Quanta where he held various roles. Prior to this Bob owned a successful business as an equipment/parts supplier.