Dr. Leonard M. Riggs, a native of Longview, Texas, attended Centenary College of Louisiana and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He interned at the University of Tennessee and then served in the US Navy as a flight surgeon for the First Marine Air Wing in Vietnam. After returning from the military in 1972, he began his career as an emergency physician at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, where he eventually became Chief of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Riggs was recognized nationally through his involvement with emergency medicine at all levels including being a past president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and serving on the American Board of Emergency Medicine and numerous other medical societies.
Dr. Riggs founded the precursor of EmCare, Inc. in 1974. In 1994, EmCare became a public company (NASDAQ) with Dr. Riggs as its CEO. Today it is part of Envision Healthcare (NYSE: EVHC). The company was bought by another public company in 1997, and after 4 years, Dr. Riggs retired to become a private investor managing family interests through a firm known as Riggs Management, Inc. He then became reunited with the company by joining the Board of Envision’s predecessor, EMSC, in 2010, and remaining on the Board when it was acquired by CD&R. He is now on the Board of Envision, and Chairman of its Compliance Committee.
Because of his experience as an officer of a public company, Dr. Riggs was chosen as a board member of Prentiss Properties Trust (NYSE) in 1996 and asked to serve on both the Compensation Committee and the Audit Committee and he was chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee. These roles have become much more involved in the past few years and he participated in the many changes being mandated by the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. This company was sold and merged into Brandywine Realty Trust in 2006.
In April 2004, Dr. Riggs was elected to the board of Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. (NYSE:WHG). Westwood Holdings Group is an institutional asset management firm which now manages approximately $21 billion in investment assets and provides services for its clients through two subsidiaries, Westwood Management Corp. and Westwood Trust. Westwood Management Corp. is a registered investment advisor and provides investment advisory services to corporate pension funds, public retirement plans, endowments and foundations, mutual funds and clients of Westwood Trust. Westwood Trust provides, to institutions and high net worth individuals, trust and custodial services and participation in common trust funds that it sponsors. Dr. Riggs resigned from this board in 2006 to pursue other interests. He is also an affiliate of two private equity funds, CIC in Dallas and Lindsay Goldberg in New York.
Dr. Riggs has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization and now belongs to the World Presidents Organization. He also serves or has served on the boards of Southwestern Medical Foundation, Dallas Citizens Council, Centenary College, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, and is a past-President of the board of St. Marks School of Texas, Past-Chairman of the Baylor Healthcare System Foundation Board of Trustees and is the current Chairman of the Board of North Dallas Shared Ministries.