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Executive Bios

Michael Baron

President and CEO

Michael Baron, CEO

Michael Baron is Coastal's President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to becoming President and CEO, he was the company’s Chief Financial Officer and he has been with Coastal Environmental Systems since 2006. Michael has over 25 years of experience in operations and financial management in high-quality manufacturing environments.

Prior to his arrival at Coastal, Michael held the titles of President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer in both high-growth and improvement-driven companies. His background includes lean manufacturing, quality assurance, and process improvement leadership. Earlier experience includes working 10 years for Unilever in various operational and financial management roles in both the United States and Europe.

Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut, and obtained his Master of Business Administration in Management from Sacred Heart University.

Kevin North

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Kevin North, Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Kevin North joined Coastal Environmental Systems in 2012 as Director of International Sales. In his role, Kevin accelerates the development and growth of Coastal's worldwide business. Kevin brings over 20 years of extensive sales management leadership and experience, focused on developing successful global distributor and representative networks for leading technology companies.

Prior to joining Coastal, Kevin served as the Director of International Sales for Fluke Biomedical, a leading provider of test and measurement equipment and services to the healthcare industry. Earlier in his career, Kevin held executive management positions of increasing responsibility, while driving significant business expansion in Asia, Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East for high-growth companies. Kevin earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Marketing from the University of Oregon.

Gary Stringer

Vice President, Programs

Gary Stringer, VP, Programs

Gary Stringer is Coastal’s Vice President of Programs and has been with the company since 1995, when he was brought on as Senior Meteorologist and Oceanographer. Gary came from a background of meteorological and project management experience, having completed 20 years in service as a US Navy Commander.

As Vice President of Programs at Coastal, Gary has coordinated with many of Coastal’s biggest clients to collect meteorological/oceanographic data from numerous Remote Processing Units. The data is then forwarded to a central site for display and distribution to users. Moving forward, Gary will continue to focus on understanding the intentions and expectations of our clients, to improve our customer relationships, and to ensure all functional and technical requirements of a contract are fulfilled.

Gary obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography from the University of Washington, and later completed his Master of Science degree in Meteorology and Oceanography at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Timothy Parker

Vice President, New Product Development

Tim Parker, Director, New Product Development

Tim Parker leads Coastal's engineers in new product development, and has been with Coastal since 1982. One of the first projects that Tim took on was the electronics for Coastal's first product — a complex Meteorological/Oceanographic data buoy. Over the years he has acted as ZENO® Product Manager and Vice President of Engineering.

As ZENO Product Manager, Tim led engineers to develop the ZENO 3200, and has been technical and project lead for many other contracts, large and small, which Coastal acquired over the years. Most recently, he has been the lead developer of Coastal's Aviation Weather Algorithms.

Tim obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Oregon, and completed graduate coursework in economics.

Paul Garner

Service Department Manager

Paul Garner, Service Department Manager

Paul Garner has been Coastal's Service Department Manager since he joined the company in 2005. As manager, he supervises the repair and maintenance of customer equipment and provides basic equipment training, as well as both remote and on-site customer support.

Paul came to Coastal with a background in commercial and consumer electronics maintenance and repair, with 20 years of experience as Senior Electronics Technician at Stratton Electronics in Missoula, Montana. Prior to Stratton, he worked as assistant to the Station Engineer at KGRZ/KDXT in Missoula. Paul began his career by serving six years as an Electronics Technician in the US Navy, attaining the rate of Petty Officer 1st Class.

Paul continues to learn and expand his knowledge and understanding of Coastal's product lines to better serve our customers.