John Petote is the CEO and founder of CIO Solutions Inc. located in Santa Barbara, California. CIO Solutions designs, implements, and supports customized information technology and voice communication solutions. CIO Solutions (formerly The Computer Network) was founded in 1986 with $8,000 in startup capital. The company has since evolved to become one of the leading high-end IT/Voice solution providers within the Central Coast of California, generating $7,000,000 in annual revenues. John is primarily responsible for formulating strategic vision; key client business development; executive recruiting; and inspiring the CIO Solutions’ team.
John previously held various technical and sales-related positions in a myriad of industries. These positions included: business development manager with ComDesign Inc., NASA space shuttle Master Console Operator with Grumman Industries, Computer Operations with Westinghouse Corp., and Computer Programmer with Three Rivers Bank. In 1979, he graduated with honors from the Institute of Computer Management in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
John is an active Angel Investor and has co-funded over 40 start-up companies. He serves on the Board of Directors for TeraMatrix Media, Inc., the MIT Forum, and the UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project. John is also an active member of the Santa Barbara Rotary Club.