Gary Coker has more than 40 years’ experience as an EMS professional, is a former owner of Central Emergency Medical Services and has provided vision and leadership to the development of the Georgia EMS system throughout his career. 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.

Gary currently serves as the Secretary for the Georgia Ambulance Provider Association (GAPA) and has been the chairman of the board of directors fro the Priority Ambulance Leadership Foundation since 2018 leading the board to raise more than $450,000 and provide training for 27 future leaders through its accelerated EMS executive training courses.