How Started

We are proud that we are Raleigh-born and Raleigh-grown. celito has been serving Raleigh businesses for over 18 years. How exactly was celito started? We’re glad you asked. celito CEO Sharat Nagaraj shares his story of celito’s start and early days.

Sharat Nagaraj graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. After co-oping at Cisco, he decided to start his own company.

His advice for anyone starting a business: Make sure you have people around you for inspiration, teamwork, and expertise. Don’t try to do it all yourself.

Why “celito”? What fun is a name that gives everything away? We are a unique organization and wanted a unique name. The inspiration came from the name of one of Sharat’s friends, Marcelo, and his nickname Marcelito.

Sharat started the company by himself in 1999, and he was soon joined by Steve Lawrie, who is now our Technical Services Manager. Today, we have over 20 employees and serve businesses in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. As we grow, we maintain our Core Values, including “thorough commitment to client.”