Mike Donner began his career in emergency medical services in 1982 as an EMT with a small, private ambulance service in Southern California. In 1983 he attended the Santa Ana College fire academy where he earned a Fire Fighter I designation and later graduated from Daniel Freeman Hospital’s Paramedic Program in 1985. Donner worked as both a paramedic and/or firefighter until 1989.
In 1990, Donner was hired to run a small ambulance company that had been acquired by LifeFleet Ambulance and, in 1992, was promoted to corporate risk manager where he stayed until 1994 when LifeFleet was sold. He worked the following year in golf industry.
In late 1995, Donner re-entered the ambulance industry as regional risk manager for MedTrans and was transferred to their Denver operation. After the merger of MedTrans and AMR in early 1997, he co-founded Pridemark Paramedic Services. Originally the company’s chief financial officer, he became the company’s president and chief executive officer in 2005 and stayed in that position until the company was sold in 2010.
Donner has attained EMT, EMT-Paramedic, and California State Fire Fighter I certificates as well as an associate’s degree in public safety/fire science, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Previously, Donner was a member of the Metropolitan Denver YMCA Board of Trustees, vice president of the Jefferson County 911 Authority Board, a member of Vistage International, and a member of the Arvada/Jefferson Kiwanis Club.