Computer Expert Tim Grier was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and grew up in the Derita neighborhood. He attended North Mecklenburg High School and went on to college at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Tim joined the United States Air Force in 1984 as a Russian Linguist and was stationed in West Germany; he was later cross-trained as an electronic switching systems maintenance technician and returned to West Germany assigned to a mobile close air support unit where he meet and married his wife of 32 years, Amy. They were later transferred to Hill AFB in Utah and had their first child, Sarah, who graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University and now teaches fifth grade in the Iredell-Statesville School System.

In 1990, Tim left the Air Force and joined GTE Government Systems as a GS-12, civilian contractor, teaching soldiers at U.S. Army posts world-wide. Tim and Amy’s second child was born in Killeen, Texas near Ft Hood; Kenny graduated from Appalachian State University and is now a graphic artist for an advertising agency in Lexington, Kentucky. Tim and his family came back to North Carolina in 1994 and settled in Statesville, then Mooresville.

Tim taught at Wayside Elementary School (Iredell-Statesville Schools), Mooresville High School (Mooresville Graded Schools), and Mitchell Community College – where he still teaches as an adjunct instructor on an as needed basis.

Tim started CET Computer Magic in July of 2008 out of his college son’s vacant bedroom and now has an office in the Athena Building, in the Lakeside Business Park, in Mooresville. He and his co-workers, Stephen and Ainsley, provide home and small business IT support around Lake Norman – Mooresville to Statesville, Sherrills Ford through Denver, Huntersville and Cornelius to Davidson.

Tim is also a certified lay speaker with the United Methodist Church and was on the Mooresville Soup Kitchen Board of Directors.


Stephen was born and raised in Mooresville, NC and is a current resident. He went to Mooresville Senior High School, focusing on IT based classes. Tim Grier was his teacher for many of those classes; primarily Computer Engineering Technology (CET) 1 and 2, as well as electronics; he scored level 4 on all of the NC Vo CATS exams for those classes.

He entered the world of IT in 2002 as a PC gamer and assembled his first machine when he was 14 years old to play more graphically demanding games. From that, he has become a PC hardware enthusiast, and as such tries to keep up with the top tier CPUs, video cards, storage technologies, and other PC hardware. As a PC hardware enthusiast, he also enjoys setting up lightning fast, copper based and wireless, networks.

In 2011, Stephen started working a full time retail job, but was not fulfilled by it. By 2014, he began doing contract work with CET on the side. By mid-2015, he switched to being full time at CET, and part time doing retail. Some of his current skill sets are assembling custom PCs, setting up secured networks, troubleshooting issues with Microsoft Windows, virus removal on Windows and Mac OSX, software optimization, and network installations (including running and termination of ethernet cabling).

Stephen is expanding his knowledge and learning more to meet the demands and current needs of CET clients. He is completing his studies to become CompTIA A+ certified and to become more knowledgeable of networking technologies, backup solutions, and Windows-based servers.


Ainsley was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and at the age of six, she moved to Mooresville, NC and has lived here ever since. After graduating from Mooresville Senior High in 2018, she decided to enroll in community college to further her education in IT. A semester passed and she decided she wanted to leave community college and dive head-first into a Bachelors Degree online from Western Governors University, where she’s majoring in Computer Science. She expects to graduate in April of 2022.

She was introduced to computers by her uncle, who brought her under his wing to intern and learn more about the way they work. She started with learning how to diagnose specific hardware problems, and before she knew it, she was excelling. After the internship term ended, she continued to research and learn more, taking anything she could learn from her teachers at Mitchell Community College and committing it to memory.

In late 2018, Ainsley began interning with CET, where she learned more about building PCs, diagnosing problems, and replacing parts and components on laptops. She was hired as a full-time technician by CET in February of 2019 where she has learned that she enjoys building new PCs, disassembling laptops, and helping teach people how to properly use systems and programs.

Ainsley is planning to become A+ certified immediately out of college, and is currently working to renew her Net+ certification as well. She is great with clients and has a very outgoing personality. Referring to herself as a ray of sunshine, she will definitely brighten up your day!