PRIORITY AMBULANCE LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our Board of Directors is comprised of highly experienced EMS professionals and former ambulance company owners who have dedicated their professional careers to serving the public. Our Board members are accomplished industry leaders who contribute significant time, talent and energy to further the Foundation mission and serve as trusted program advisers and mentors.
Priority Owner Group, Shoals Ambulance
Bryan Gibson, president and CEO of Priority Ambulance, has more than 30 years’ experience in the emergency medical services industry. Bryan founded Priority Ambulance in 2014 with a vision to set a higher national standard of clinical excellence and care in emergency medical services.
Bryan began his career as a licensed paramedic working at a hospital in Corinth, Miss., and later with a fire department in Memphis, Tenn. In 1995, Bryan founded his first ambulance company, Priority EMS, based in Memphis. He served as president and CEO of Priority EMS and its 125 staff members and 45 ambulances, which generated $11 million in annual revenue. In 1997, Bryan sold his company to Rural/Metro Corporation and joined its management team as Mid-South division general manager. Later that year, he was promoted to oversee business development and was responsible for operational productivity and profitability throughout the 10-state South Zone region.
One of Bryan’s main functions was to support and direct staff in turnaround environments to ensure regional profitability. In 2002, Rural/Metro tapped Bryan to serve as division general manager for a multistate territory that included Mississippi, Alabama, West and Middle Tennessee and the Florida Gulf Coast – operations with annual revenues totaling $19 million. From 2005 to 2010, Bryan served as group president of the South Region and then the Southwest Region, overseeing operations and business development in both territories and securing new contracts and renewals for key markets. In 2010, Bryan became chief operating officer at Rural/Metro Corporation, overseeing all operating aspects of one of the largest emergency services companies in the country.
In May 2012, Bryan returned to his entrepreneurial roots and founded his second ambulance company, Shoals Ambulance, in Florence, Ala., which was awarded the exclusive contract for 911 emergency and nonemergency services for Lauderdale County and the City of Florence in 2013. Shoals Ambulance became a part of the Priority Ambulance family when the corporation was founded in 2014.
Bryan earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Colorado Tech University.
Priority Owner Group, Central EMS
Gary Coker has more than 40 years’ experience as an EMS professional and is a former owner of Central Emergency Medical Services and has provided vision and leadership to the development of the Georgia EMS system. During the last 30 years, Gary has distinguished himself in a variety of executive positions, including chief executive officer, senior vice president, and CEO/owner for some of the largest ambulance services in Georgia’s EMS history. He also has the distinction of starting the first air ambulance service in the state of Georgia, which was the nation’s third medical helicopter air evacuation program.
Along with being a pioneer in the development of Georgia emergency medical services, Gary has served with distinction as a member of the American Ambulance Association, Georgia Ambulance Providers Association, Helicopter Association International, Georgia EMT Association, Cobb County Ambulance Board, Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Institute of Technology Committee on Pre-Hospital Care, Georgia Health Systems Agency Emergency Services Committee, and the Georgia Emergency Health Service Advisory Committee.
Priority Owner Group, Trans Am Ambulance
Todd Reisner has more than 20 years of experience in the emergency medical services field and has the proven ability to operate an ambulance service company efficiently and effectively. As general manager, Reisner maintains the day-to-day operations of the company, supervises managers, oversees the utilization of company resources and organizes the training and continuing education programs for staff members to ensure clinical excellence.
Todd began as an EMT at the company in 1993, learning the basics of emergency and nonemergency medical transportation. He received his paramedic certification in 1999 and was certified as an ACLS, PALS and ITLS instructor. Todd was operations manager of Trans Am Ambulance Services from 2004 to 2009 before being named general manager.
Todd currently represents the commercial ambulance industry on the Southwestern Regional Emergency Medical Services Council, which serves the region of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, and is a member of the Southwestern Regional EMS Council.
Priority Owner Group, Seals Ambulance
Randal Seals has more than 35 years of experience in emergency medical services, earning his EMT certification in 1978. Randal graduated from Milligan College with a degree in business administration and began his career in 1982 at Hardee’s Food Systems as a computer technician.
In 1993, Randal returned to the emergency services industry as operations manager for ambulance services with Seals Funeral Home in Fortville, Indiana, a company founded by his parents. Prior to EMS regulations, funeral homes were the primary providers of community EMS services. Randal purchased the business in 1996 from his parents and became president of Seals Ambulance Service.
Under his direction, Seals Ambulance grew its operations from a small family business to a major employer in the Central Indiana area. In 2014, Randal sold the company to Priority Ambulance and now serves as Director of Operations Support for the company, as well as serving on Priority Ambulance’s Owners’ Group as a strategic advisor to the executive team.
Randal has served in several EMS leadership roles in his career, including vice president and treasurer of the Indiana EMS Association.
Priority Owner Group, Puckett EMS
Steve Puckett is a lifelong veteran of the EMS industry, having begun his career more than 40 years ago as an emergency medical technician in Cobb County, Georgia. He credits his success as a business owner and entrepreneur to his unwavering passion to provide outstanding customer service and quality patient care to his neighbors.
A native of Powder Springs, Georgia, Steve was certified as an EMT in 1974 and worked in the funeral home business, which is where EMS’ early roots began, before joining Atlanta West Ambulance. As the industry matured, Steve identified an opportunity to acquire the ambulance service from a local funeral home and launched Puckett EMS. In 1996, Steve’s company was acquired by Med Trans of Canada.
In 2001, Steve partnered with his former Operations Director Shane Garrison , and the pair founded the second generation of Puckett EMS to provide emergency medical care once again to Powder Springs and Southwest Cobb County.
Puckett EMS grew from a small operation to once again become the premier provider and technology innovator serving the metro Atlanta area. The team at Puckett EMS created the Operative IQ software that is widely used by some of the largest fire and EMS services in the country. Today, Puckett EMS serves as the 9-1-1 provider to Dade and Walker counties in Georgia, as well as Marion and Sequatchie counties in Tennessee. In 2017, Puckett EMS joined the Priority Ambulance family of companies.
Priority Owner Group, Puckett EMS
Shane Garrison has more than 28 years’ experience in the emergency medical services industry, serving both as a clinician and in senior executive leadership positions. He is the former owner of Puckett EMS, which was founded in 2001, with his business partner, Steve Puckett. In the 16 years under his leadership, Puckett EMS became one of the largest multi-state ambulance providers in the Southeast, with more than $14 million in annual revenue.
Shane is well-versed in all facets of emergency service operations and administration and has distinguished himself as a leader in the EMS community. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition including, the State of Georgia EMS Director of the Year Award, the Georgia Association of EMS Chairman’s Award and the Ambulance Service Manager’s Pinnacle of Emerging Leadership Award.
Shane is a member of numerous professional and civic organizations. He has served as president of the Georgia EMS Preparedness Foundation and as the vice president of the Georgia Association of EMS. In 2009, he was appointed by the Georgia Department of Public Health to serve as a representative for the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council, where he now serves as vice chairman.
In addition to his accomplishments in EMS, in 2006 Shane founded EMS Technology Solutions Inc., after developing a customized software solution to better manage inventory within his company. EMS Technology Solutions is now recognized as the largest supplier of EMS Inventory Control Software in North America and is sold around the world. The flagship software for the company, “Operative IQ”, is now utilized by most high-performance EMS Systems across the country. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for EMS Technology Solutions Inc.
Priority Owner Group, Medshore Ambulance
Greg Shore has more than 40 years’ experience as an EMS professional and is former owner and chief executive officer of Medshore Ambulance Service headquartered in Anderson, South Carolina. Greg is a visionary leader and native South Carolinian whose legacy is built on a foundation of EMS excellence.
Greg is the first paramedic to be certified in Anderson County. He founded Medshore Ambulance in 1976 as the first advanced life support ambulance agency to serve the county. Today, Medshore provides emergency and non-emergency medical transport services to more than 100,000 patients in South Carolina each year. Medshore is the emergency 9-1-1 provider to Anderson, Barnwell and Chesterfield counties. Medshore Ambulance was the first EMS agency in South Carolina to earn prestigious accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Ambulance Services and only one of two accredited services in the state today.
Greg was elected as the Anderson County Coroner since in 1996, and oversees all deputy coroners, administrative staff, field investigations, autopsies and all other activities related to the office. He began his career with the Anderson County Coroner’s Office in 1989 as a deputy coroner.
Greg is a member of numerous professional and civic organizations, and served 14 years on the Board of Directors of the American Ambulance Association. He served 22 years on the EMS Advisory Board for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control-EMS Division, and is past president of the EMS Directors Association.
Priority Owner Group, National EMS
Benny currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of National EMS in Georgia. During his leadership, National EMS doubled in size from Rockdale and Morgan Counties, to also to providing 911 service to Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties through a contract with Athens Regional Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital.
In addition to being the Chief Operating Officer for National EMS, Atkins is also the president of the Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation for breast cancer, which has already raised over $186,000 for Breast Cancer care. He is also an active member of several civic organizations within the community and serves as a member of the Hospital Authority of Rockdale County.
Priority Owner Group, National EMS
Robby Atkins currently serves as the Southeast Regional President for Priority Ambulance and was formerly the vice president for National EMS in Athens, Georgia.
Robby has more than 30 years of experience in the EMS industry working at the family business, National EMS, since 1989. He has served in various roles in the company over three decades. Starting as an EMT and paramedic in the field, he was promoted to director of the communications managing all dispatch functions and personnel. During this time, he also assisted the company in becoming one of the first to achieve its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services – a designation it has maintained for more than 25 years.
From 1999 to 2009, he served as vice president overseeing budget programs, fleet maintenance and served as the company public information officer. He also was responsible for growing and managing the company’s contracts with communities and facilities leading the company through significant expansions. During this time, National EMS contracted with both Athens Regional Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital to become the 9-1-1 ambulance provider for Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties responding to more than 18,000 annual emergency calls for service. After this implementation, Robby assumed his position as Director of Operations for the Athens-Clarke county area.
Dr. Thomas Fowlkes
Emergency & Correctional Services Physician
Dr. Fowlkes is a highly experienced emergency and correctional services physician who currently serves as Medical Director for a 140-bed facility that houses state and federal detainees. He is board certified in both emergency medicine and addiction medicine and is a Certified Medical Review Officer for various drug and alcohol testing programs. Dr. Fowlkes also is owner and operator of a primary and urgent care clinic and former co-owner and Medical Director of a 76-bed CARF-accredited (Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) residential and outpatient detox and substance abuse treatment facility.
Dr. Fowlkes is an experienced expert witness and serves as medical consultant for the Third Circuit Drug Court in Oxford, MS. He also serves as a prisoner advocate and member of the University of Mississippi Institutional Review Board.
Dr. Fowlkes received his bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. During his undergraduate work, he also served as an emergency medical technician with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department – Division of Emergency Services. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee School of Medicine, followed by a residency in emergency medicine with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he was named Chief Resident. Dr. Fowlkes has served as medical and on-scene physician for the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety and as a flight physician for STAT Medevac in western Pennsylvania.