Kevin Routhier ’99: Sharing Entrepreneurial Success
Entrepreneur and Coretelligent CEO Kevin Routhier ’99 began his journey to hard-earned success at Merrimack College, where he took part in a co-op for PictureTel Corporation (now a subsidiary of Polycom). “I started my co-op job,” said Kevin. “And after a few weeks, they offered me the opportunity to work full time, while accommodating my class schedule.” Kevin seized the opportunity. While taking a full undergraduate course load, he worked full time to close the gap between his academic scholarship and the cost of tuition and room and board.
In spite of his professional and academic obligations, Kevin still found time for service. He held multiple officer positions in his fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and was named Greek Man of the Year in 1998, due in large part to his philanthropic and civic leadership.
Now 14 years later, hard work and giving back are still part of Kevin’s core values and have carried him to great success.
Concurrent with his degree in Finance from Merrimack College, Kevin graduated with a management position at his co-op company. “The co-op program created a very clear roadmap early on in my career and helped accelerate my personal growth and professional path,” said Kevin. “I give a lot of credit to the co-op program.”
“PERSISTENCE, SELF-CONFIDENCE AND A STRONG WORK ETHIC ARE REALLY ALL THE CAPITAL YOU NEED TO START DOWN THE PATH TO ACHIE VING YOUR GOALS.”
After creating the IT infrastructure at a few Internet start.ups and working for IBM during the technology boom, Kevin boldly ventured to launch his own company—Coretelligent—in 2006. Coretelligent provides private cloud and managed IT services, such as enterprise monitoring, onsite and remote IT support, strategic planning and infrastructure design, along with fully managed cloud hosting solutions. With offices in Boston, New York City, and Mountain View, CA, Coretelligent was recognized in 2012 and 2013 by Inc. Magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in America and one of the top 100 in Massachusetts. In addition, Lead411 named Coretelligent to the 2013 Technology 200 list of fastest-growing privately held technology companies in the United States.
Kevin has also earned personal recognition. The Boston Business Journal named him as one of the “40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders,” a select group of business and civic leaders whose professional and community accomplishments improve the greater Boston region.
Supporting Customers, Community, and Family
The father of four daughters with his wife Tracy Delsignore Routhier ’99, Kevin’s philanthropic focus, not surprisingly, is on children. His firm provides pro bono IT services to Blessed Sacrament in Walpole and to the Pine Croft School in Rehoboth.
Kevin also sits on the board of overseers of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. He and his firm donate time, money, and energy to advancing the mission of this 60-year-old non-profit mentoring organization that matches adult volunteers with disadvantaged children in need of role models. Along with fellow Coretelligent employees, Kevin also supports Rebuilding Together Boston, a non-profit that renovates the houses of people unable to pay for essential home repairs. When asked about the benefits of doing well by doing good, he replied, “Our focus on caring for people is our greatest asset. It helps make Coretelligent a firm you want to be associated with, whether as an employee or as a client.”
Encouraging Future Entrepreneurs
Kevin serves as an example to aspiring entrepreneurs. When asked for his advice to prospective and recent Merrimack graduates, he offered the following: “I think the answer is this: when you identify an opportunity, seize it. Don’t fear or be discouraged by failure or skeptics. Persistence, self-confidence, and a strong work ethic are all the capital you need to start down the path of achieving your goals.”