The First National Ridesharing Service for the Elderly Envoy America Expands to Chicago, Austin and Albuquerque and Names Three General Managers

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Wolf, Redford and Martinez bring more than 45 years of combined experience in the senior and healthcare markets to lead the continued growth of the senior transportation, assistance and companionship service company

Phoenix-based Envoy America, a specialized ridesharing program that offers accompanied transportation plus assistance and companionship for seniors and patients and recipient of the prestigious Dementia SMART Award, announced today that it has launched in the Chicago, Austin and Albuquerque markets to provide accompanied transportation services to senior citizens.

Envoy America is disrupting the ridesharing industry with an elevated level of service that targets the aging population, one of the fast-growing demographics in the country. This expansion marks the 12th market for Envoy America with nearly 10 additional cities slated for 2018.

Instead of the standard pick up and drop off service of other transportation companies, Envoy America offers a door-to-door service where driver companions not only drive, but also provide assistance at all points along the journey from pushing a grocery cart, to running errands and taking clients to and from appointments. Drivers remain with clients until they are back home. All drivers undergo specialized training and are mature adults themselves, which makes them especially, qualified to understand their clients.

Services include transportation, providing a helping hand for doctors' appointments, grocery shopping, social outings, religious services and more. In most cases, Envoy America rates cost less than a taxi or other ridesharing service.

The Chicago area will be led by General Manager and Director of Operations Steven Wolf. Mr. Wolf is a former 9-year home care agency owner in Chicago who has a deep understanding of a day in the life of a Caregiver and a lifelong passion for taking care of our vital senior citizens.

The Austin area will be led by General Manager and Director of Operations John Redford. Mr. Redford is a native Texan and has 20+ years experience in the senior living market as an Executive Director, Regional Executive Director and Regional Director of Operations with marquee companies like Brookdale, Senior Lifestyle and Atria Senior Living.

The Albuquerque area will be led by General Manager and Director of Operations Jerry Martinez. Mr. Martinez is honorably discharged from the United States Army where he has served for 7 years. He has 15+ years experience in the senior and healthcare markets as Director of Marketing for home health and hospice companies.

"I am excited to introduce Envoy America to Chicago. As a Chicago native, and former home care agency owner, I was able to see firsthand the travel challenges and limitations senior citizens experience as they age. There is a tremendous need for maintaining independence and Envoy America is able to satisfy transportation needs by way of our compassionate and trained drivers who see serving seniors as a calling rather than just a job," said Wolf.

"The aging-in-place technology market is estimated to grow to more than $30 billion by 2030 and Envoy America is well positioned as a leader in helping our aging population live a life full of connections and care on their own terms," said Redford. "Future expansion into new markets and delivery channels will provide Envoy America with countless ways to connect with prospective clients and partners - I look forward to being part of this journey."

"As a technology startup targeting the seniors - a market that is on a trajectory to swell to more than 72 million by 2020, Envoy America is poised for rapid growth," said Martinez. "I am pleased to join Envoy America in the early stages to help the company set up a strong foundation for future success. The opportunity to focus on the core business while also making a positive impact on such a crucial segment of our population that has also been so influential in my life is something I am eager to be a part of," added Martinez.

"Wolf, Redford and Martinez combine functional expertise and proven experience with high-growth companies, as well as a shared passion for applying innovative thinking to the challenges facing our aging population," said K. C. Kanaan, co-founder and CEO of Envoy America. "Envoy America clients will benefit greatly from their collective expertise and willingness to think differently about transportation as one of the top concerns for aging Americans."

About Envoy America:

Envoy America's mission is to help seniors, stay independent, healthy and socially active - all without getting behind the wheel of a car. Envoy America is the fastest growing rideshare company in the US that is solely focused on seniors and people that cannot or should not drive. Envoy America is preferred by senior passengers and drivers for its safe and friendly experience. It is committed to affecting positive change for the future of seniors. Envoy America is partners with the American Cancer Society, American Medical Response/Access 2 Care and Surpass Senior Living. Envoy America is currently operating in Phoenix, Tucson, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Santa Fe, Tacoma, Seattle, Olympia, Albuquerque and Chicago. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page at To schedule a ride or to learn more about Envoy America, please call 888-375-5558 or visit

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