Team work makes the dream work.

Alex Cooney – President and Founder / The Intercoastal Group / Grand Valley State University

Alex Cooney is a start-up entrepreneur, investor, and motivational speaker currently residing in Baldwin Park, Florida. He was raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan after his family relocated from the Belmont Shores community, near Long Beach, California. Alex grew up playing competitive hockey and golf all the way through high school. He continued his hockey career playing at the collegiate level for Grand Valley State University. He even had a short stint in professional inline hockey but saw his athletic career dwindle after multiple injuries.  He attributes the sports style atmosphere at The Intercoastal Group to the way athletes mentally and physically prepare for their respective sports.

During his undergraduate career, Alex studied psychology, political science, and criminology.  Upon graduation, he entered the workforce in the finance and legal industries before committing to study law at the University of Detroit Mercy. Shortly after, Alex discovered his passion fell in the world of direct marketing and sales.  He decided to put law school to the side and put all of his energy, focus, and time into working with a mentor, entrepreneur, and business owner who did outsourced sales for Comcast Business. That is where the connection came with our largest clients, AT&T and DIRECTV.

Since Alex has been working in direct marketing and sales, he has received many prestigious awards, traveled the world growing his network of peers and mentors, and has been invited to speak at conferences all over the country. He is an avid golfer and Detroit sports enthusiast. Many people have said he is one of the young, business visionaries of this generation. He professes, “Once you find a way to provide and replicate value, you can create limitless growth based upon implementation and a planned course of action.”


Kallie Zardus – Human Resources Director – Central Michigan University – B.s. Psychology + Legal Studies

Josh Kanclerz – Manager – Grand Valley State University – B.s. Clinical Exercise Science

David Frazier – Corporate Trainer – Ucf – B.s. Electrical/Computer Engineering

Dustin Gallo – Corporate Trainer – Ucf- B.s. Integrated Business

Danny Qiu – Corporate Trainer – Ferris State University – Masters Public Health Administration

Janesia Williams – Corporate Trainer – Nova University – Masters in Psychology

Taylor Rowswell – Corporate Trainer – Ucf – Marketing

Hunter Willette – Corporate Trainer – Central Michigan University – B.a. Entrepreneurship

Rob Coggin – Account Executive – Stetson University – B.s. Sports Business + Marketing

Amanda Fermin – Account Executive – Virginia College – Culinary Arts

Curtis Sinahamu – Account Executive – Central Kansas University – B.s. Sports Management + Business Marketing

Brian Barbosa – Account Executive – Full Sail University – Masters Entertainment Business

Edwin Ruiz Jr – Account Executive – Valencia – Business Finance

Anthony Dipalma – Account Executive – United States Marines

Alex Boarts – Corporate Trainer – Allegheny College – Economics

Elva Rosas – Account Executive – Ouachita Baptist University – Business and Finance

Catherine Germanotta – Social Media Intern – Penn State – Marketing