Cii Technology Solutions is a full-service technology and development firm. We provide a full range of business technology services through our Application Development and Technical Services divisions. Since 1981, we’ve delivered superior service by simplifying technology and developing high performance software to North Carolina and our neighbors.
Cii has been at the forefront of technology and software in North Carolina for over 30 years. Located in the heart of Midtown Raleigh, Cii continues to lead the charge for technology in North Carolina through top-level software, hardware, and cloud solutions. Our cross-platform applications and enterprise-level IT infrastructure assist clients across the globe. Cii maintains partnerships with leading technology companies, like Microsoft and Google, in order to offer the best available technology products and services to our clients.
Our technical prowess, complemented by our customer service, has led to consistent client satisfaction for many years. We’ve maintained long-term relationships with clients and have gained the majority of our business through great work and word of mouth. We constantly test new products, and keep our clients in-the-know about the best new technologies; we utilize all available technologies in order to provide the best technology service quickly, remotely, 24/7.
Ray Allen, Founder and CEO
Mr. Allen founded Cii Technology Solutions (formerly known as Cii Associates) in 1981. Previously, he served as the Director of Long Range Systems Planning for BCBSNC where he implemented the first nationally automated claims payment system for the Blue Plans. In addition, he coordinated the implementation of projects such as Medicare Part 65 between BCBSNC and hospitals.
The recipient of numerous awards, he was chosen as CED’s “Arrived Entrepreneur” and designated “Top Gun” by Business Leader magazine. Cii Associates, under Mr. Allen’s direction, was an “Inc 500” designee.
Mr. Allen has been actively involved in numerous professional and charitable community projects. He donated time as a speaker and participant at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and CED’s Fasttrac negotiating seminar. He served as a board member for Touch Scientific, Canopy Systems, Inc., Iadvantage Software, Inc., NCEITA, and is a former local advisory board member for The Bank of America. As Cii’s leader and patriarch, Mr. Allen has led the company to success for many years. His son, Chris Allen, is the COO of Cii Technology Solutions.
Chris Allen, COO
Chris Allen has been a member of the Cii team since 1997. He started out recruiting for clients, looking mainly for IT professionals to work on contracts. From there, he became an Account Manager for clients, and currently works as the Chief Operating Officer.
He believes the biggest asset to Cii, is the people that work within the company. “We have a great group of IT professionals that work well together,” says Allen. “My goal is to maintain an office that promotes growth and support; a great group of IT professionals that works well together helps us realize that goal.” Chris has enjoyed numerous years with Cii, and is proud to say that many employees have been here even longer than he has.
Kristin Stewart, CFO
Kristin Stewart joined Cii in 2007, and is responsible for financial strategy and company operations. With over 20 years of diverse finance and management experience, Stewart brings technical, sales, and marketing teams together to drive entrepreneurial growth through technology innovation projects. She is currently leading Cii’s in-house mobile computing and social media initiatives.
In addition to her current role at Cii, Stewart was instrumental to the successful ramp up and launch of LobbyGuard Solutions, a subsidiary company of Cii. Lobbyguard has grown to become a market leader in the automated visitor management industry.
Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Meredith College. Prior to joining Cii, she held several positions in investment services and manufacturing management.
2014 Employee of the Year
Ian Hoppes, Director of Application Development
Ian Hoppes joined Cii in 2012 and brings over 15 years of experience working with clients to help them solve problems. While earning his degree in Computer Science from NC State University, Ian founded a consulting company focused on custom application development, working with clients on everything from website and mobile application development to database design.
In addition to serving clients, Ian has also founded several online companies in the healthcare, education and consumer markets. Ian’s technological and business expertise, along with his ability to carefully listen to clients’ needs, allow him to successfully manage projects from inception to launch. Ian understands the big picture, asks the important questions, and translates our clients’ needs into effective software solutions.
2015 Employee of the Year
Mike Taylor, Director of IT
Mike Taylor has been working with computers and technology for decades, and has been with Cii for nearly 12 years. Mike is a CCNA, MCTS, and MCP with a real passion for technology. He constantly tests new technologies when they arrive to market, and will stress test them to determine whether they can be viable solutions for our clients.
He keeps our clients in the loop about these emerging technologies, and saves them the hassle of researching it themselves. Mike’s quick problem-solving, tireless effort, and dedication to his clients are why he won Cii’s first ever Employee of the Year Award in 2013.
Pat Nicholson, HR Administrator
Patricia (Pat) has been a member of the Cii team for 25+ years. She began as a part-time tech writer, and accounting assistant. Today, she serves as the head of the HR Department and is the Executive Assistant to the CEO. Prior to starting with Cii, she worked with Mr. Allen at Blue Cross Blue Shield NC.
Jose Medina, IT Manager
Jose brings many years of IT and customer service experience to Cii’s Technical Services division. Drawing from a military service background, Jose leads our team of systems administrators with a calm, decisive approach to problem-solving.
Gray Anthony, Software Engineer
Gray is a software engineer and web developer who is fascinated by all things tech. Gray previously worked in Cii’s Technical Services division as a systems administrator, before stepping into a role as a developer. He earned his degree in Business Management from NC State University and worked in sales and technology before joining Cii. His primary goal is to create software and implement technology that empowers people to work smarter.
Elliot Parrish, Digital Marketing Manager
Elliot is a Raleigh native and graduate of UNC-Wilmington. He brings a marketing background and customer service experience to represent the online brands of Cii and its partners.
Michael O’Brien, Systems Administrator
Originally from Virginia, Michael is a charismatic teammate at Cii. He is an IT and Mac computer specialist bringing creative experience from writing, acting, podcast, and video as well as technology experience ranging from small print shops to NASA.
Andy Barnhart, Sr. System Developer
With 35+ years of experience in software and firmware development, Andy brings a vast knowledge of Windows systems and software to Cii. A published Windows expert and member of the Cii team for over 20 years, Andy continues to build and update enterprise software suites.
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