Along with an Atlanta-based partner, Tom Glover officially started a business technology solutions and IT support company, Cogentes, in January 2007.
Since then, Glover watched the client base change toward boosting local business productivity as well as handling system management in 32 countries.
The company officially moved into new digs at Central State Hospital's Jones 286 Building as of last Friday doubling the old office square footage. The tight North Columbia Street office is gone.
With help from the Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority (CSHLRA), the lease passed through the State Properties Commission in July. Cogentes is the first new tenant as part of Central State's campus redevelopment efforts.
It took a while for approval, as government doesn't move at the speed of business, according to Glover.
“[CSHLRA Executive Director] Mike Couch and the CSHLRA worked hard to get us in here,” the Cogentes owner said.
Understanding where the community's future growth lies, Glover said the move was an easy decision.
“Once we started looking at the property and knew what the redevelopment authority was doing, I think this is going to be a hub of growth,” he said.
After working with major business in the northeast United States having a client clear nearly $2 billion in one year, Cogentes survived the 2009 financial services slump.
Things changed soon after.
“Starting in 2010, we stepped back and reevaluated what we were doing and who we wanted to be as a company. We didn't want to deal with mega companies anymore,” Glover said. “It's pretty obvious you are a number to them. The idea of having 200 small businesses opposed to having three mega customers was a big thing.”
Cogentes finds money saving avenues through technology upgrades or better use of existing equipment.
“A lot of times it's helping them spend their technology money more wisely,” Glover said. “We've seen customers buy off the shelf computers that are consumer grade and use them in business and wonder why every year they have to replace them. It's not hardware meant for everyday business dependability.”