Edafio Technology Partners now has a home in Conway.
The information technology firm was founded in Little Rock in 1999 when it spun off from JMPS Cox, PLLC Accountants & Consultants, according to Edafio Vice President Kenny Kinley.
Kinley said the firm spun off from JPMS when the firm’s partners decided local IT companies couldn’t meet the needs of JPMS and its clients.
He said it’s been a great ride since Edafio started.
The name Edafio comes from a Greek word that means "passage" or "pathway."
"The first thing everybody asks about Edafio is: ‘What the heck does this name mean?’" Kinley said. "The idea is to be a path to clients."
Kinley said the company coming to Conway has been in the works for a while.
"It’s been a long time coming," he said. "We have been wanting to do this for several years now. We’re finally at a place that we can come."
Edafio CEO and President Keith Woodruff echoed Kinley’s sentiment.
"It’s great to be in Conway and have a presence here," Woodruff said. "We have a number of associates that live in Faulkner County and a number of clients in Conway, as well."
Woodruff said he has a special place in his heart for Conway.
"My mom and dad grew up in Conway and went to State Teachers College back in the day, so I remember coming to Conway to see family," he said. "There was a drive-in on the corner of Harkrider and Oak Street. I have really fine memories of Conway."
Kinley said the clients the firm does business with made the move possible.
"We have about a dozen clients that we do business with and that really framed the case that allowed us to open the office," he said. "We’re so thankful and after the first couple of months, we’ve had new clients join us."
Kinley said the reason for the new clients is because of Edafio Conway Marketer Paul Bradley.
"All that great work has been done by the guy that we hired to be the leader of the Conway office," he said. "Paul and I go way back. I hired him back at our Acxiom days about 10 years ago, so he’s a great guy to lead this office."
Kinley said the company is a full service IT firm that deals with accounting firms and law firms but specializes in healthcare.