Kelly Ireland, Founder & CEO
CBT Founder and CEO, Kelly Ireland has been involved in the IT industry since 1976 and in the reseller industry since 1984. A self-professed ‘techie,’ Kelly started her career as an IBM RPG II and RPG III programmer. Since then, she has dived head first into every technology available – ever working to find and develop the most effective solutions for her customers.
Kelly founded CB Technologies in 2001 as a value-added reseller (VAR) with a focus on unparalleled client service. However, having a keen eye for technology trends, she assessed the impending changes in the IT industry early on and saw a need for drastic change. Thus, in 2015 Kelly began augmenting her engineering team, building up the internal expertise and external partnerships necessary to revolutionize the company’s offerings and make the difficult transition from VAR to Systems Integrator.
I founded CB Technologies in 2001 to leverage all the things I’d learned from two decades’ work implementing corporate enterprise solutions. I knew I could make a difference—and that I’d apply the best practices not just in technology—but in managing people, too. So I decided to create a company that would offer the employees the optimal life-work balance.
Since that time, CBT has evolved into an award-winning IT Solutions Provider with a roster of Fortune 50 clients. Kelly’s leadership and vision has led to multiple award-winning engineered IT solutions, including the 2015 HP PartnerOne Solution Provider of the Year Award for Cloud, CRN’s prestigious Triple Crown Award in 2016, and CRN’s inaugural IoT Innovators Award in 2017. Kelly has also personally been honored on multiple CRN Women of the Channel (WotC) lists, including the 2018 Power 30 Solution Providers, an elite subset of the same annual WotC list.
Beyond her successful role as a tech CEO, Kelly is an advisor, investor and philanthropist. Kelly has always been a vocal supporter and advocate of social and economic justice causes. She is proud to own a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and takes an active role in mentoring young female entrepreneurs and technologists. Kelly also serves on the Board of Directors for education non-profit Generation Yes, and the Board of Governors for Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove, an EMQ FamiliesFirst Agency. Further investments and board roles include Icelandic cloud computing software company Greenqloud, which was acquired by NetApp in 2017.