Oklahoma City-based aerospace company DRG keeps it all in familyPublished: Friday, October 7, 2016 By: Brianna Bailey Source: NewsOK
Over the past decade, Oklahoma City-based Delaware Resource Group has grown from a small aerospace operation founded by the Busey family to employing more than 650 people worldwide.
Company founder Phil Busey Sr. had built a well-established career as an attorney in the banking industry and tribal matters when he decided to strike out on his own in 2002 to explore a business in government contracting, which often gives preference to minority-owned companies. The Busey family has American Indian heritage from both the Cherokee and Delaware tribes, and the company also takes its name from the Delaware Tribe.
Busey said he wanted to keep the family-like qualities in the business as it grew. Wife Cathy Busey is executive vice president and oversees much of the company's finances. Sons Brian and Philip Busey Jr. are senior vice presidents, with Brian also serving as chief operating officer, and Phillip as chief communications officer for the company.
“We get along very well, which is really unusual with some family businesses,” Busey Sr. said. “Both Brian and Phil have separate talents and those blend well with each other, and Cathy is very good with numbers and finance and it has created a good balance.”