When Ergo Mechanical Industrial (EMI), a Georgetown, Kentucky-based manufacturer, was seeking a technology solutions partner, they looked no further once they had connected with Coastal Cloud. The information technology company has its headquarters in Florida, with solution center hubs in Louisville, KY, and Colorado. Coastal Cloud was able to provide expertise to EMI in an affordable package, said Chuck Mix, EMI’s President and Chief Operations Officer.
When you think of harnessing the power of technology, the first industry sector that leaps to mind might not be nonprofits. But Coastal Cloud, a cloud-based information technology services and business consulting firm, is an organization that appreciates that it’s not just Fortune 500 businesses that have been transformed by the digital era – or can benefit from it.
For Lori Lenehan at Coastal Cloud, harnessing the power of technology to assist healthcare sector clients is a job with both challenges and significant rewards. As Managing Director, Healthcare, Lenehan said the challenging aspect is that healthcare is such a rapidly evolving and fluid industry. However, she believes in Coastal Cloud’s ability to make a positive change for a wide variety of healthcare clients, from payers to patients.
For Sara Hale, Coastal Cloud’s co-founder and managing partner, seven solid years of traveling almost 100 percent of the time for the technology firm where she previously worked resulted in a non-existent work-life balance. She wanted room for her family in her life, so she and husband, Tim, also in the technology field, set out to try to create the kind of company where they themselves would want to work.
Sara and Tim Hale enjoyed spending their vacations at Hammock Beach in Flagler County, and when they thought about sites for their new technology solutions company, they decided Flagler might be the right spot.
“At that point in time we realized there was an opportunity,” says Sara Hale.
The Hales founded Coastal Cloud in Palm Coast in 2013. Since then, it has grown to 110 employees, with plans to reach 250 in the next three years.
The company is just the type Flagler County is trying to attract to expand its employment base.
Florida’s rebranded workforce development system will have a Flagler County flavor to it.
The newly rebranded CareerSource Florida, formerly known as Workforce Florida, has hired Flagler County-based Coastal Cloud to provide technology services to its Expanding Business Engagement initiative.
Tim Hale, co-owner of Coastal Cloud, said his firm will “configure and implement” one of the tools CareerSource Florida will use in the initiative.