Executive Bios

Michael Baron, CEO

Michael Baron

President and CEO

Michael Baron is Coastal's President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to becoming President and CEO he was also 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 has 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 U.S. 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

Kevin North

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

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

Prior to joining Coastal, Kevin held executive management positions of increasing responsibility, while driving significant business expansion in Asia, Europe, America Pacific, and the Middle East for high growth companies. Most recently, 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. Kevin earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Marketing from the University of Oregon.

Gary Stringer, VP, Programs

Gary Stringer

Vice President, 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 U.S. 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.

Tim Parker, Director, New Product Development

Timothy Parker

Vice President, 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 in the development of the ZENO® 3200 and has been technical and project lead for many other contracts, large and small, that Coastal has acquired over the years. Most recently he has been the lead developer of Coastal's Aviation Weather Algorithms.

Tim obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Physics from the University of Oregon and has also completed graduate coursework in economics.

Paul Garner

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 6 years as an Electronics Technician in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rate of Petty Officer 1st Class.

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