SouthTech — the seller in this case — has 55 employees listed on LinkedIn. The seller supports more than 275 companies in southwest Florida. Key offerings include managed services; cloud and hosting solutions; backup and disaster recovery services; unified communications; compliance auditing; and data security, the seller said.
This is Thrive’s second acquisition in Florida this year. The other deal involved Thrive buying Preemo.
Thrive now positions itself as a “security-first MSP” that delivers “comprehensive managed services and unmatched expertise to drive secure digital transformation for small to mid-sized enterprises across multiple industries,” Thrive asserts.
In a prepared statement about the deal, Thrive CEO Rob Stephenson said:
“SouthTech’s team provides unique services for complex client technology issues which aligns very closely with our customer-centric approach. The Florida market is red-hot, and we wanted to find the best MSP partner on the West Coast to promote the Thrive cybersecurity, Cloud & digital transformation platform into the region. SouthTech’s talented group of employees deliver that.”
Added Nathan Bailey, CEO/COO of SouthTech:
“For over 25 years, SouthTech’s mission is to be a trusted long-term partner to companies by delivering custom technology solutions and being a people-first managed service provider. We’re excited to join the Thrive family as their overarching goal aligns with our values and IT service offerings as a technological guide for customer’s path to success.”
Thrive’s Business Evolution and Private Equity Ownership
Thrive’s business journey proves that MSPs, under the right ownership and executive leadership, can scale from local IT support into national prominence. For Thrive, the business journey involved some mixed-performance years under Staples’ former ownership. The turning acceleration point arrived around 2015, when Rob Stephenson began consulting for Thrive Networks under MetTel’s direction.