Mr. Philip McGuire
Chief Executive Officer (Innovative Paradigms Division)
Philip McGuire founded Paratransit, Inc. in 1978 following a six-month community organizing effort. Bringing together the leaders of many of the most influential nonprofit organizations in the Sacramento area, McGuire guided them in the crafting of the business model that characterizes Paratransit to this day. His effort was encouraged by a lack of focus on transportation services for seniors and disabled in the community at that time. Creating a nonprofit corporation dedicated to transportation was the logical direction at that time. Within months of its founding, Paratransit served as a model for the State legislation that created the concept of the Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (CTSA) that has served as the platform for human service transportation coordination to this day.
Mr. McGuire began his transportation career in California as a transit planner for the Sacramento Regional Area Planning Commission (now SACOG) in 1973 after completing a Masters Degree in Urban Transportation Planning at the University of Iowa. In 1974 he joined the Sacramento Regional Transit District as a transit planner and marketing manager. Among his accomplishments at RT was directing the creation of its Careful Coach service for the disabled. This early effort at providing door-to-door service for disabled individuals provided him with a perspective on this vital service that would be interwoven through his career. He left RT in 1977 to establish a consulting practice emphasizing marketing and governmental relations.
In early 1978, Mr. McGuire began his work to create Paratransit, Inc. Bringing together local community agency leaders, he refined a business plan to create a nonprofit agency to operate service for the elderly and disabled and finally personally filed to Articles of Incorporation creating Paratransit, Inc. on July 20, 1978. Many of the community leaders who supported creation of the agency served as Incorporating Directors for the new organization. He served as the agency’s first Executive Director until 1981. Many of the human service coordination activities that characterize Paratransit today were initiated during those early years. These included the maintenance program for local agencies, coordination of agency services through such things as vehicle sharing, and vigorous pursuit of creative funding sources. These programs have been greatly expanded by Paratransit in recent years.
Mr. McGuire worked for Laidlaw Transit as National Marketing Director in the 1980s establishing that company’s transit contracting practice. During his tenure, he was instrumental in obtaining a number of transit operating contracts for the firm and establishing it as a major competitor in the industry.
In 1991, Mr. McGuire joined DAVE Transportation as Vice President and Regional Manager. With responsibility for 18 operating locations throughout Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Utah, he introduced a number of business practice refinements to the firm including a new budgeting system and a greater understanding of paratransit operations.
He left DAVE in 1994 to establish his own consulting practice serving clients throughout California and the Northwest. Many of his clients were nonprofit corporations. Building on his expertise as the Founder of Paratransit, Inc., his nonprofit clients entered into many new business functions with his assistance. He was lured out of his consulting practice in 2001 with an offer by Coach USA to manager that firm’s operations in the Western US. With locations from Chicago to California, Mr. McGuire directed the fastest growth surge in the company’s history and built it into one of the most prominent firms in the transit contracting industry. In 2003, Coach USA was sold to First Transit at which point Mr. McGuire returned to his consulting practice.
A major new dimension to McGuire’s consulting practice this time was the addition of temporary management engagements to his portfolio. He was retained by a number of organizations to run their operations for periods of six months to over a year. In this role, he served as Executive Director of two nonprofit corporations and as Executive Director of a newly created public transit agency.
After many discussions with the senior managers at Paratransit, Inc. Mr. McGuire returned to the organization in 2006 to build a consulting practice and to expand the agency’s operating presence outside of Sacramento. He became the CEO of the new Innovative Paradigms Division of the agency and greatly expanded its presence in consulting including temporary management. Current consulting assignments include work with the City of Vallejo to create a new transit agency, work with the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) to create a new nonprofit transportation coordination agency much like Paratransit, Inc., and work with the City of Honolulu to create a Mobility Management Center to oversee a broad range of community transportation projects.