Kristi Ponczak, chief financial officer for Priority Ambulance, is responsible for all financial and accounting-related functions of the company. As CFO, she advises and coordinates with the CEO and board of directors on all financial matters related to corporate growth, strategic initiatives and related activities.

Ponczak has more than 15 years of experience managing finances in the emergency medical services industry. Before joining Priority Ambulance, she was chief financial officer for publicly traded Rural/Metro Corporation, one of the country’s largest emergency medical services companies.

During her 13 years with Rural/Metro, she served in various finance and accounting roles, including director of financial planning and later as vice president and treasurer. She served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Rural/Metro Corporation from 2006 to 2011. Prior to her experience in the EMS field, Ponczak worked as corporate controller at Sun Street Foods and was responsible for implementing operational and accounting processes post-acquisition for the publicly traded Main Street & Main.

She began her career focusing on large-scale merger and acquisition structures as a member of the Management Consulting-Business Valuation Group at Coopers & Lybrand.