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Created in the Corridor: Circle Computer Resources
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2 / FOX 28) - It's one of the Corridor Business Journal's fastest growing companies the past two years and one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in America, according to Inc. Magazine. Just two of the accolades bestowed upon Circle Computer Resources, founded by family and Created in the Corridor.
"This is my older brother," said Shea Kelly as he showed CBS 2 and FOX 28 News Anchor Scott Sanborn around the company's Cedar Rapids facilities. Actually, Kelly can't help but introduce family members during Sanborn's tour of Circle Computer Resources because they're practically everywhere. "Pat's my uncle, Mike's my dad."
Shea is not only the President and CEO of the company, he's the son of Mike Kelly, one of the three brothers who founded CCR as a computer rental, sales and service company in 1986. Then, they became an internet provider, wireless internet provider and expanded from there. One of the founding brothers, Chris Kelly, explains the metamorphosis. "In technology, every three years you need a makeover, because if you don't there are other competitors that are doing it."
Yes, CCR still repairs computer systems, as Chris explains,"We've basically become the IT department for a lot of local companies." But they've also built a large network to help businesses resolve other technology issues; 1,500 affiliates around north America, mostly in the U.S. but some in Canada, too.
Most of Circle Computer Resources' national business is managing broadband to help companies solve their internet connection problems. They also provide cloud services for media monitoring firms. "There are a number of reasons why our clients monitor media," explains Chris Kelly. "It may be to say, 'how many times did a song run on the radio,'
it may be, 'did my commercials that I paid for, actually run'?"
Always evolving, CCR is now starting to serve an industry called Automated Content Recognition which will better integrate what's on the internet with normal television. Leo Kelly, VP Sales & Marketing says, "It's really going to change the way people watch TV in the future."
Circle Computer Resources now has more than 60 employees at four facilities in Cedar Rapids and Coralville. Roughly a dozen are family.
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