Client Spotlight- Peters & Milam Insurance Services

Your name Dave Peters What is your position?  Partner Company Peters & Milam Insurance Services     Year Founded 2004 Industry Health, Dental, Vision, Life & Disability Insurance What does your company do/What service does your company offer? We primarily provide employee benefits programs to small and mid-sized business throughout California. We provide life, health... Read more »

Employee Spotlight- Derrick Herdewel

Title Senior Systems Administrator Name Derrick Herdewel Working for CIO since: I came on board when Innovative IT was acquired by TekTegrity     About Derrick: Where did you grow up? Chatsworth, CA Which location do you work at? Fresno When did you move to this location? 2006-2007 What do you like best about this... Read more »

What Kindergartners Teach Us About Office Politics

By Russ Levanway, President What keeps talented, smart individuals from working well together as a team? This is the question on the minds of our Culture Committee lately as we read The Culture Code, an excellent book by Daniel Coyle that claims to unlock the secrets of highly successful groups. In it, Coyle discusses the work... Read more »

Client Spotlight- Diani Companies

Name Jason Diani Position Vice President Administration Company Diani Companies   Year Founded: 1949 Industry?   Construction What does your company do/What service does your company offer? Diani Companies are a full service general contractor specializing in general building, construction management, design/build, and pre-engineered metal buildings, as well as environmental remediation and restoration.  We have... Read more »

Employee Spotlight- Greg Goulart

Title Project Engineer Name Greg Goulart Working for CIO since 2013     About Greg: Where did you grow up? Los Gatos, CA (near San Jose) Which location do you work at? Santa Barbara When did you move to this location? 2006 What do you like best about this location? Nice weather, great to be... Read more »

Client Spotlight- Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Name Pamme Mickelson Position Executive Director Company Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center   Year Founded: 1985 Industry?   Nonprofit What does your company do/What service does your company offer? Hearts is where horses help people. We offer therapy to people of all ages with a variety of disabilities, disorders, and illnesses using therapeutic horses. What is... Read more »

Client Spotlight- Radius Commercial Real Estate & Investments

Name Brian Johnson Position General Manager / Senior Associate Company Radius Commercial Real Estate & Investments   Year Founded: 2002 Industry? Commercial Real Estate What does your company do/What service does your company offer? We are a full service brokerage firm offering leasing, sales, investment and business brokerage services across all commercial real estate sectors.... Read more »

Dangers of Phishing

By David Ashamalla, Director of Security Operations What is Phishing? Phishing (pronounced: “Fishing”) is the art of sending emails under a false name (misrepresenting the actual sender) in order to trick an end user into voluntarily giving up personal information, running a program, or granting access to funds.  These attacks are frequent, and take advantage... Read more »

Combining Cultures

By Russ Levanway, President We recently held Food Truck Friday here at CIO Central (as we call our San Luis Obispo office), a tradition that began a while back when we identified the need for more face-time with our clients. Nearly always, our technicians communicate with clients over the phone rather than face-to-face, so putting a... Read more »

Employee Spotlight- Debi Lewis

  Title vCIO Name Debi Lewis Working for CIO for 2 years       About Debi: Where did you grow up? South San Jose Hills, Los Angeles Which location do you work at? Santa Barbara When did you move to this location Lived in SB for the past 20 years What do you like... Read more »