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Pro Air History/Trivia Question

Sun Jan 29, 2006 7:44 pm

I was having a discussion with a friend about Pro Air and was trying to remember where their res center was located. I know it was in West Virginia, I just can't remember the name of the town. Since I know there are some ex-employees here, I'm hoping one of you could help me out?
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RE: Pro Air History/Trivia Question

Sun Jan 29, 2006 7:50 pm

Google is a wonderful thing

http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/stories/1996/09/23/story8.html

Grundy , Va

which for a Kiwi or Aussie is a hysterically funny name because

1: it is the name of an Australian TV production company which produces
soap operas

2: for Kiwis ( not sure about Aussies ) of 'a certain age' it was a slang term
for underwear when we were kids .... usually with the added implication
that the underwear in question was not particularly clean

so thanks for giving me a nice Sunday morning giggle  bigthumbsup 
 
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RE: Pro Air History/Trivia Question

Mon Jan 30, 2006 6:41 am

Thanks. You've got more patience than I apparently! I tried last night, but I guess I didn't dig deep enough. There is apparently an air filter named Pro Air and a helmet or shoe, both related to WV, and after about page 10 I gave up.

Thanks again!
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RE: Pro Air History/Trivia Question

Mon Jan 30, 2006 9:54 am

Grundy, VA is correct. It was wayyyy out in the middle of nowhere. It was a quite nice facility (having visited once).

The rez center was on the second floor, and there was an apartment on the first floor.
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RE: Pro Air History/Trivia Question

Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:32 pm

As my esteemed former colleague from Monaco mentioned, it was a nice facility. Although I never visited it personally, I certainly spent quite a few hours on the phone with the incredibly nice ladies that worked there.

JSD
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RE: Pro Air History/Trivia Question

Sat Feb 04, 2006 4:08 am

If you recall, I was chastised for having gone there without permission.

Dennis Marshall attempted to scold me, with absolutely no success.
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RE: Pro Air History/Trivia Question

Sat Feb 04, 2006 9:39 am

Quoting FI642 (Reply 5):
If you recall, I was chastised for having gone there without permission.

Curse you for trying to be Pro-active and actually place a face with your name. The shame...

Where is Dennis these days? Don't hear much about him...

JSD
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RE: Pro Air History/Trivia Question

Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:37 am

Last I heard, Dennis was working for UAL. That's been at least six years ago.

Could we in out wildest dreams imagine the airline industry to be the way it is now? If someone told me that Delta was the way they are now???
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RE: Pro Air History/Trivia Question

Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:48 pm

Wasn't that facility owned and operated by a fellow known as Craig Belmondo?
He was a former VP with ACA in Stering, VA and after being let go, went on to form his own consulting group. He then went onto become the last Pres. of ProAir before it shut down. Another former colleague of mine from years past was the last General Manager at DTT, Roland Garland. He and I worked together for 8 years in MIA for Pan Am.

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RE: Pro Air History/Trivia Question

Sun Feb 05, 2006 10:28 am

The rez center was actually owned by the County it was located in, salaries and rent were paid for a long time by the county.

Craig Belmondo is now a mortgage broker in Northern Virginia. Kevin Stamper the owner/founder of ProAir. . . well, no comment.

Roland Garland is a super person. Losing him was a blow to all of us at ProAir. The way it was handled was terrible to say the least. Roland is now enjoying retirement in Michigan.

Ed, we all want you back at WOA.
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RE: Pro Air History/Trivia Question

Sun Feb 05, 2006 10:22 pm

Thanks, but I'm thoroughly enjoying myself down here in sunny Venice. Hope everything works out up there as there is a plethera of talent that will just be wasted if talks don't resume soon.

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RE: Pro Air History/Trivia Question

Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:01 am

Ed-

It's over.......... Thank God....
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RE: Pro Air History/Trivia Question

Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:19 am

I couldn't agree more. My time with World is over, but there are so many smart folks such as yourself that the future is actually endless. Please give it all that you have and keep this institution alive. I'll be following the comings and goings in the side balcony.

Best of luck to all of you.

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RE: Pro Air History/Trivia Question

Mon Feb 06, 2006 11:34 am

J-

Good to hear that it has been resolved. Watched N278WA come back from its short vacation in Luanda this afternoon...

Jeffrey
ps-When did Roland work for us? His name sounds familiar, but for some reason its not jumpstarting my brain.
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RE: Pro Air History/Trivia Question

Mon Feb 06, 2006 12:13 pm

Roland was our Detroit Station/"hub" Manager.

Ed:

Thanks for the kind words. It's always a challenge at World...
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