An organization does not earn the five-time distinction of “Best Places to Work” without merit. It must have a rock-solid, supportive work culture to back it up. As President/CEO of IronMountain Solutions (IMS,) Hank Isenberg is a self-directed man with boundless energy, coupled with the razor-sharp administrative skills to get things done. Isenberg is a man with an overarching vision. His motto, “Do it. Do it right. Do it right now.”
Founded in 2007, IronMountain Solutions (IMS) is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) specializing in technology solutions, located in Research Park. What started as a relatively small company with a primary focus in aviation has grown exponentially over the past decade. IMS focuses on systems, software and hardware engineering, airworthiness, engine diagnostics, testing, project management, programmatic support, cybersecurity, information assurance, acquisitions, logistics, and foreign military sales. The company gets its name from Isenberg himself; “Isenberg” is German for iron mountain.
Isenberg grew up in Nashville. Before IMS, there was the military. Upon graduating from Vanderbilt, he was commissioned in the U.S. Army and attended Flight School. He has served tours in in Korea, Germany, and twice at Ft. Rucker. During his tour of duty in Germany, he had to opportunity to see history in the making, the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. Isenberg also visited Spain and participated in the Running of the Bulls.
Isenberg left active duty after Desert Storm. Ten years later, after 9-11, he was recalled to active duty and assigned to Redstone Arsenal. During this time, he wasn’t feeling like himself. “After I was on active duty and all the ‘go-go’ activity going on, I’d get nauseous at weird times of the day,” he said. “I wouldn’t have an appetite at dinner.” As a self-professed non-napper, it was also disconcerting for Isenberg to find himself falling asleep at his desk at lunchtime. At 38 years old, heart disease was not something that immediately came to mind.
While on temporary duty orders in Orange County, he stopped to visit with friends. While chatting over dinner, he described the symptoms he had been having. “My buddy’s wife said, ‘You know, Hank, Oprah says those symptoms are heart disease,’” said Isenberg.
“I continued to feel like crap on the flight home,” he said. “I went to the flight surgeon and when I said that he had it all checked out, and sure enough.” it was confirmed that Isenberg had heart disease, with 100% blockage. The diagnosis resulted in open heart surgery and a triple bypass.
His close call with a potential life-threatening condition prompted Isenberg’s enthusiastic support of the American Heart Association (AHA) and The Heart Center. He has chaired the Heart Walk and in 2019, served as the Heart Ball chairman. “Time is important, don’t take life for granted, “said Isenberg. “Don’t wait for Oprah to help you. Learn the symptoms of heart disease and stroke.”
For the past decade, Isenberg has been a director for The Margarita Society, which presents one of the biggest, fanciest parties of the holiday season. Most importantly, it is an organization that has been collecting and distributing Christmas toys for kids for the past 25 years.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 put the brakes on last year’s event, so the directors quickly shifted gears by hosting the inaugural Huntsville Margarita Society Golf Tournament in early November, which was a huge success. During the first two weeks of November, there were also three toy drives in community;