Founder, CFO & COO, Celerity IT, LLC

Lewis Waters has more than 20 years of experience providing financial, operational and management expertise to entrepreneurial companies. He has participated in the founding of two separate companies where he’s served as chief financial and operating officer.

In his current role as the COO/CFO for Celerity—a consulting firm that helps clients accelerate, grow and protect their business by delivering integrated digital solutions—Waters oversees the finance and accounting, human resources, marketing and IT departments. His strong commitment to the fundamentals of healthy profit margins and sound investment decisions has been a key factor in Celerity’s financial growth and stability.

An original founding partner, Waters has guided Celerity from its formation in 2002 through growth curves to its current stature as a 600-employee, $83M company―without the aid of equity infusions. Waters also sits on the board of Xcelerate Solutions, a spin-off of Celerity serving the federal government market. He continues to make critical strategic decisions for Celerity’s long-term viability and market competitiveness.

Prior to founding Celerity with his partners in 2002, Waters was the CFO for Acuity Technology Services. He was instrumental in adding layers of increasing sophistication, responsiveness and productive capacity to Acuity’s financial and operational needs during its rapid growth and highly successful sale.

Lewis holds a B.S. in accounting from James Madison University (’91) and an MBA from Virginia Tech.

Lewis is a member of the College of Business Board of Advisors.

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