Welcome to the FBC Family, Medic Ambulance Service!
In 1979, Rudy Manfredi purchased a small ambulance company with two vehicles. Fast forward almost 40 years, and Medic Ambulance is the exclusive Advance Life Support provider for Solano County, operates a transport unit in Sacramento, and manages 70 ambulances and 300 employees.
Still family-owned and operated with Rudy’s sister Helen soon to transition from CFO to CEO, the company is now supported by the next generation of four equal shareholders – Kristi, Jimmy, Cindy and Sandy – who are the VPs of their own divisions.
“All four of us were introduced to the business as teenagers – we would file and wash ambulances – and had full expectations of joining the family business,” said Kristi Kendall, Medic Ambulance’s VP of Finance and Rudy’s stepdaughter.
With Helen’s pending transition and sights on opportunities for expansion, the family realized that advice and expertise from outside sources would only make them stronger as a business. Last year, colleagues Lon Burford (Genovese Burford & Brothers) an FBC Technical Advisor and Nate Boyce (BFBA), a Family Member invited Helen to Generations, which she attended along with a few networking events. This year, knowing how worthwhile and pivotal the conference was last year, they attended Generations again.
“Wanting to be successful in her new leadership role is what piqued Aunt Helen’s interest in FBC,” commented Kendall. “And ultimately we want and need to know how we can best support her.”
Last month at Generations, Executive Director Stella Premo issued a challenge for the guests in the audience. Kendall says, “We had every intention of someday filling out the membership application. But when we heard we could be FBC’s 100th family business member, we knew the time was right.”
The group was pleased to see plenty of familiar faces at the conference and attended breakouts that addressed the efficacy of establishing a non-family board of directors, a current priority for Medic Ambulance’s leadership.
Added Kendall, “To realize that we are not the only ones dealing with family issues and to be able to interact in this great network of unique family businesses makes us so excited to be FBC members.”
To learn more about our new member, Medic Ambulance, visit their website and when you see them at a future FBC event be sure to say hello!