In this episode of Business Innovators Radio, host Barak Granot interviews Chief Gene Saunders, the founder and CEO of Project Lifesaver International. Chief Saunders, a dedicated public safety professional with an extensive background in law enforcement, shares the inspiring story of how Project Lifesaver was founded and its mission to address the life-threatening behavior of wandering individuals with cognitive disorders.

Chief Saunders explains that when individuals with cognitive disorders wander, time is of the essence. Project Lifesaver aims to swiftly locate and rescue these vulnerable individuals to prevent injury, dehydration, or worse. The program utilizes a radio telemetry system, with each person wearing a bracelet transmitting a unique frequency. Trained teams can track the signal and locate the individual within minutes, significantly reducing search time and increasing the chances of a safe recovery.

Throughout the interview, Chief Saunders highlights real-life success stories of how Project Lifesaver has made a difference in the lives of individuals and their families. He also discusses the challenges faced during the early stages of the program, including skepticism and attempts by for-profit companies to take over the initiative. However, through perseverance and a commitment to keeping the program accessible and affordable, Project Lifesaver has grown to over 1,800 member agencies across the United States and Canada.

Chief Saunders concludes by emphasizing the importance of partnerships with organizations like Pilot International and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, whose support has been crucial to the success and expansion of Project Lifesaver International.

Listeners will be inspired by Chief Saunders’ dedication to ensuring the safety and well-being of vulnerable individuals and will gain a deeper understanding of the life-saving impact of Project Lifesaver. Tune in to this episode to learn more about this remarkable program and the hope it brings to countless families and caregivers.

Barak Granot

Barak Granot is a best-selling author and a consultant. He is a contributing journalist with several magazines and news channels and was featured himself as a leading voice in the fields of marketing and public relations.