Roy Berger: President/CEO, MedjetAssist

Roy Berger was chosen by the Medjet acquisition team to head the company when the present ownership group purchased the subscription program in March 1998. Over the past 11 years Medjet has seen a 600% increase in members with annual increases in excess of 20% a year through 2008. Medjet has emerged as the brand leader in the evacuation/repatriation membership sector.

Prior to his involvement with Medjet, Mr. Berger concluded a 35-year career in pari-mutuel racing that began in 1974 serving as President/CEO/Executive Vice President and General Manager at racetracks across the country in Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas and Massachusetts. He also served as the industry president from 1998-2000 and testified on behalf of pari-mutuel racing in front of multiple U.S. Congressional sub-committees.

Mr. Berger’s management style and related business success has been the subject of many editorial pieces and requests to speak at national conferences on management and marketing in both the medical assistance and pari-mutuel racing industry. The pinnacle was being featured as ‘The Boss’ in the Sunday New York Times on January 1, 2006.  Mr. Berger is a 1974 graduate of The University of Miami with a degree in journalism. He and his wife Andi reside in Mountain Brook, Alabama, with two grown sons —Jason and Scott — who live and work in Los Angeles.

John Gobbels: Vice President/COO, MedjetAssist

John Gobbels brings more than 23 years of pre-hospital and hospital service and management experience to his role as vice president and COO of MedjetAssist. Since joining the premier medical evacuation membership program in 2006 as director of transport operations, Mr. Gobbels has been responsible for complete oversight of all transport and repatriation operations. 

Before moving from his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Medjet’s headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Gobbels spent 13 years with STAT MedEvac, the air-ambulance arm of the renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). 

During his tenure, he played integral roles in almost all aspects of the program, from base operations to communications and clinical operations. 

For six years Mr. Gobbels served as clinical director of STAT MedEvac, overseeing compliance with the Commission on Air-Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), as well as the continuing education requirements for all clinical staff. Previously, he was a flight nurse and paramedic. Mr. Gobbels began his career with UPMC in 1991 as a critical care nurse. 

John Gobbels holds a Masters degree in Management and Information Technology from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as multiple degrees in healthcare. 

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