APFC Board Member
VP for Corporate Development, the Air Methods Corp.
CEO of Helistar, a joint venture subsidiary of the Air Methods Corp.
Craig Yale is the VP for Corporate Development for the Air Methods Corporation, and is the CEO of HeliStar. HeliStar is an international joint venture subsidiary of Air Methods, based in Istanbul, Turkey.
Mr. Yale’s career spans 35 years of progressive experience in the development of not-for-profit hospitals, and for profit private and public corporate services which have included emergency ground and air medical programs. He has a BS in business with an emphasis in finance from Regis University.
In 1983, after having managed ALS ground based services, Mr. Yale helped start Flight for Life, Colo. Springs, CO. As Director of Pre-hospital Services, he then developed a program that included rotor, fixed wing, ground 911, and EMS education. In 1992, he moved to the administrative side of Penrose-St. Francis Healthcare as an Internal Consultant on administrative and planning issues.
In 1995 Mr. Yale joined Rocky Mountain Helicopters (RMH), and was responsible for supporting the marketing, public relations, research and new business development needs of RMH and its customers. In 2002, Air Methods Corporation acquired RMH, and Mr. Yale became the VP for Business and Compliance for the new LifeNet Division, which incorporated all of the ‘independent’ programs under one division.
In 2006, Mr. Yale became part of the senior team at Air Methods, and is responsible for overall corporate and international development. In 2013, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HeliStar, and is responsible for development and operations for opportunities in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
At the national level, Mr. Yale has served on the board of the Assn. of Air Medical Services (AAMS) from 1990 – 1994, 1998 – 2004, and 2010 to the present.