Douglas Hooten is the Chief Executive Officer of Harris County ESD 11 In Northwest Harris County. He has over 40 years of experience in EMS, having served as Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Area EMS Authority/MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Fort Worth, Texas; Senior Vice President of Operations for American Medical Response; Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Ambulance Service Trust (MAST)in Kansas City, Missouri; and a variety of leadership roles with Rural/Metro Ambulance, Inc. in South Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, and Texas. He has demonstrated considerable expertise in change management, cost optimization, process improvement, and clinical excellence. Having started his career in EMS as a field paramedic in Galveston and later in Conroe,Texas, Hooten holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University. He served as past President and board member of the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration (AIMHI), past President and board member of the Texas EMS Alliance, and past board member for the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council to the Department of Transportation. In addition, he has served in leadership positions with the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council’s EMS committee and the American Ambulance Association.