This story originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal on Sept. 30, 2016.
by Angela Gonzales
Now that Maricopa Ambulance has secured approval to operate in Maricopa County, the company is beefing up operations — looking for 10,000 square feet of space and hiring 400.
CEO Bryan Gibson said he’s narrowed down to two leases Tempe and Phoenix and hopes to decide soon. Meanwhile, the company continues to operate out of offices in Scottsdale.
Plans call for hiring 400 employees over the next five years.
Gibson said he needs paramedics, emergency medical technicians, dispatchers and nurses.
” Now that we’ve been approved by the state, we’re now moving full speed ahead to get operational as quickly as we can,” he said.
It’s like a homecoming for Gibson, who until 2011 had served as COO of Scottsdale-based Rural/Metro Corp., which is now owned by Greenwood Village, Colorado-based Envision Healthcare Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVHC), before starting Priority Ambulance Inc. in Knoxville, Tenn.
Gibson has been beefing up his management team, recently hiring Jason Payne as director of operations and Michelle Angle as director o marketing and business development.
Payne began his career at Southwest Ambulance in 1996 and joins Maricopa Ambulance with more than 20 years of experience in Maricopa County.
Most recently serving as vice president of business development for Quepasa Corp., Angle had worked in business development and government relations roles for Rural/Metro, PMT Ambulance and American Ambulance.