VCore Technology Partners LLC, a Scottsdale-based information technology services company, plans to hire up to 100 people as it expands across the country.
The 75-employee company plans to hire another 30 employees locally by the end of the year, with another 30 in Scottsdale next year, said vCore President and co-founder Steve Leavitt.
“Our goal is to remake IT services,” said Leavitt, who moved the headquarters to Scottsdale in 2013 from Huntington Beach, California. “The IT world is changing. We’re focused on helping companies make the transition from the old world to the hybrid cloud.”
VCore, which started in 2010 with co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Stephen Chieng, worked with client’s private in-house cloud for the first five years.
About two years ago, IT services moved to the public cloud where services were handled off-site through data centers.
“We design the new world, deploy the IT services and handle the daily managed services of IT,” Leavitt said. “We wrap a whole lot of engineering around it. We’re all about the customer experience.”
A couple years ago, vCore decided to invest heavily in cybersecurity after dealing with a customer who had security problems. Now, the company blends IT and cybersecurity services to handle both in-house and give it an edge above other IT services companies, Leavitt said.
“It’s almost an impossible task to keep ahead of security for companies,” he said. “We wanted to be able to offer those services as well.”
VCore works with more than 100 mainly enterprise companies involved in entertainment, health care and financial services.
Arizona’s 60 clients include IO Data Centers, American Traffic Solutions and International Cruise & Excursions Inc.
VCore has offices in six other states and Canada, with plans to grow their national presence aggressively, Leavitt said.
“Our goal is to be the gold standard in our industry,” he said. “We are growing as fast as we can grow for our customer-first mentality. You can’t hire too quickly.”
The company’s regional offices are in Irvine, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Colorado; Calgary, Canada; Atlanta, Georgia; Washington; and the newest office in Seattle, which opened in May.
VCore plans to open a sales and engineering office in San Francisco, Utah, Colorado and Boise in the next year.
The Scottsdale offices house the company’s back office operations, head of sales and most of its engineering team. A nearby network operations center is open 24/7 to help customers.
“I’m proud Scottsdale is home to companies such as vCore and congratulate them for being named one of Inc. Magazine’s 2017 Best Workplaces,” said Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. “Leadership at vCore represent a new generation of entrepreneurs building on a technology platform which is revolutionizing in their industry. I am encouraged by their commitment to community and their employees, and look forward to watching them expand their global footprint in this digital age.“
In 2016, the company posted the fastest growth of any IT services company with more than $50 million in revenue and was among the fastest-growing Arizona companies on the Inc. 5000 list for any industry.
VCore is hiring technical support reps, cybersecurity architects and cloud architects/engineers. The salaries range from $50,000 to $150,000.
Helping out in the community is also a big part of the company’s purpose, Leavitt said. The company took the 1-1-1 pledge, with 1 percent of its profits, 1 percent of its services and 1 percent of employees’ time donated to local nonprofits.
VCore employees regularly have care packages in their cars to hand out to the homeless, and volunteer with UMOM, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and AZ Brain Food backpack program to help students in need with food for the weekend.
Every employee also receives an extra two days off a year dedicated to helping out in the community with a charity of their choice.
Published in the Phoenix Business Journal June 20, 2017