Our Team

Bill Hinson

Bill Hinson

President and CEO

  • Dedicated to helping businesses throughout the Southeastern US succeed
  • 28 years in information technology working with Banks, Health Care Organizations, Hospitality, and Small to Medium sized businesses
  • Skilled in both computers and business with a financial background
  • Delivers technology based on needs and goals that is on budget, on target and on time!

Bill Hinson holds a 28-year track record of extinguishing IT fires, proactive computer management, saving companies millions of dollars, increasing profits, and earning the trust of executives leading some of the areas smallest and largest corporations.

As president and Chief Executive Officer of Creative Consultants Group, Bill leads a team specialized in preventing and solving information technology problems for a variety of small- and mid-sized businesses. He excels by proactively managing clients systems and helping them to align technology with the needs of their business. He values his relationships with clients, who often regard him and his team as a member of their own staff. With a keen sense of business, Bill helps his clients leverage technology to achieve their larger company objectives.

Some of his clients include business owners whose computer repair technicians failed to solve their problems. For example, one Georgetown County Engineering firm recently called Bill after their IT vendor (at the time) spent numerous billable hours trying unsuccessfully to fix an issue resulting from a change in internet service providers. The technician then recommended they buy a new server to solve the problem. Sensing something was not quite right; the firm called Bill and his team to look at the issue and much to the firm’s surprise, Bill’s team fixed the issue in 15 minutes after receiving the call, enabling them to avoid the cost of a new server.

Bill draws from more than two decades in positions at some of the largest companies in the area including Anchor Bank (now part of TD Ameritrade via Carolina First) and Horry Telephone Cooperative, where he proved his ability to use technology as a business enhancer and as a competitive differentiator that drives profits through increased sales, increased productivity, and lower costs. Among his successes:

  • Bill helped Anchor Bank grow from just a few branches to more than 42 locations by using technology as a competitive Advantage. He personally oversaw the mergers and acquisition of several banks from a technology perspective and was the key in developing one of the first and most successful internet presences by a community bank that helped them grow into a regional bank.
  • Bill was chosen originally to head up the Internet Services Group at Horry Telephone Cooperative which had been losing money each year when he arrived. Through his business acumen, and help of his dedicated employees, Bill and his staff turned this line of business into a multi-million dollar profitable business line for HTC that continues to expand and grow to this day. During his tenure he was also given the added responsibilities of managing the internal network and staff as well as the help desk group. He left in 2004 to pursue his passion for bringing corporate IT services to Small to Medium sized businesses through development of Creative Consultants Group.

Bill is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Myrtle Beach and Conway Chambers of Commerce, and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association known as ISACA. Bill holds certifications as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, VMWare Technical and Sales Engineer, Sonicwall Technical and Sales Engineer; as well Apple, IBM, Dell and HP repair certifications.

Bill attended the University of South Carolina at Conway (now known as Coastal Carolina University) where he majored in Finance with minors in Computer Science and English. A native of North Carolina, he grew up in the Charlotte area before moving to the Myrtle Beach SC area with his family in 1979. He and his wife Beverley have two daughters, Holli and Amy, two son-in laws, Dave and Chris, and three grandchildren, Madison, Benjamin, and CJ, which he absolutely treasures. Bill, Beverly, and their Border Collie Ginger live in Conway SC. Bill enjoys swimming, biking, and spending time with his family spread throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and West Virginia.


Kimberly West, CCNA

Kimberly West, CCNA

Director of Technical Services

A South Carolina native, Kimberly joined the CCG team in July 2008. Kimberly received her Bachelors of Science from the University of South Carolina and her Masters in Information Systems from University of Phoenix. Kimberly also has various networking certifications, including her CCNA.

Kimberly has worked for Horry County Schools and taught at Horry Georgetown Technical College. Kimberly contributes in the day-to-day business, project manager, and oversees the daily operations of the technical staff.


Rachel Avant

Rachel Avant

Director of Finance & Human Resources

Rachel joined our team in October 2003. She is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics. She is currently working on a Master of Accountancy at CCU. Her devotion to CCG, along with her accounting and organizational skills, assists her in maintaining accurate HR and Finance records.

She and her two sons, Jadon and Koby reside in Conway.


Rory A. Barth

Rory A. Barth

Executive Vice President of Sales

Rory Barth graduated from Clemson University in 1981. He has been serving his community on a personal and executive level for over 20 years. Rory has the experience of 17 years in total communications business. He was Sales Manager for London Communications and Phonetel Communications and was one of the founding partners in Transcend Communications. Rory was also large business account executive for Horry Telephone Cooperative. He possesses a drive to apply and share effective business strategies for his clients to deliver desired business outcomes.

In 2003, Rory took a hiatus from communications and opened his own business. Rory joined Creative Consultants Group in 2009 and has worked his way to the position he holds today.

Rory has served his community in numerous roles and membership including Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association, Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Bankers Association, Coastal Umpires Association, Ducks Unlimited and Winyah Lodge 40 AFM.


Corey Anderson, RCDD

Corey Anderson, RCDD

Manager of Infrastructure Cabling Services

Corey joined our team in May 2010. He is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology to which he recently added the BICSI RCDD certification. He is currently the Manager of Infrastructure Cabling Services, as well as liaison for interpersonal relations and facilities related to the “physical layer”. He and his wife Michelle reside in Conway with their daughter Lia and goldfish Winston.


Lavon Dorman

Lavon Dorman

Director of Voice and Telecommunications Services

Lavon comes to Creative with more than 30 years in the telecommunication industry working with Horry Telephone Cooperative where he oversaw all of HTC’s internal phone systems as well as performed installations, repairs, and diagnostics of customer PBX systems. Lavon holds Nortel, Mitel, Avaya, and Switchvox certifications and is skilled in designing and deploying Voice over IP (VoIP) systems.


Devin Shirkey, CCNA, VCP

Devin Shirkey, CCNA, VCP

Senior Systems Analyst

Devin is a South Carolina native from the North Myrtle Beach area. He joined Creative in 2012. He attended Horry Georgetown Technical College majoring in Computer Networking. He formerly worked with the City of North Myrtle Beach where he maintained 85+ servers in large scale VMWare environment. He is certified as a VMWare VCP, Cisco CCNA, Microsoft MCP, COMP TIA Network+, and Sonicwall CSSA. He has extensive networking infrastructure experience and acts as the technical lead for all VMWare deployments and projects.


Jonathon Hardee

Jonathon Hardee

Senior Systems Analyst

Jonathon has over 12 years’ experience in IT support working with banks and healthcare organizations. He joined the Creative team in 2006. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Technology from Horry Georgetown Technical College. Jonathon is skilled as a server and infrastructure network engineer and oversees server deployments and migrations for Creative.


Brett McInville

Brett McInville

Technical Consultant

Brett is a South Carolina native, born and raised in the Loris community. He joined Creative Consultants Group in 2008. Brett has attended Coastal Carolina University majoring in Computer Science and later transferred to the University of Phoenix where he is continuing his studies in Information Systems Management. Brett is an avid gamer and loves all things technical. He enjoys music while learning various instruments including the guitar.


Cynthia Steck

Cynthia Steck

Director of Web Services

Cynthia Steck has over 12 years experience, designing, developing, implementing, and managing web sites for businesses. She has extensive experience in ASP.NET, Coldfusion, Java, PHP, and other web development languages. She is a graduate of Horry Georgetown Technical College with a degree in web services and information services.