John Petote, CEO of CIO Solutions will be presenting on the Formula for Tri-County Entrepreneurial Success at the upcoming Catalyst for Thought event

Santa Barbara, CA – June 9, 2010 – John Petote, CEO of CIO Solutions, will be presenting on the secrets of entrepreneurial success at the Catalyst for Thought’s Minds forum. The presentation will be held at the University Club of Santa Barbara on Thursday, June 10th and is currently sold out.

In addition to being CEO of CIO Solutions, a firm which designs and implements customized information technology and voice communication solutions to the Tri-County area, Mr. Petote is also an Angel Investor who has co-funded over 45 start-up companies. Mr. Petote’s private company investments include organizations from the high-technology, internet marketing, bio-technology, healthcare, financial and consumer goods sectors.

Mr. Petote is an active member of the local entrepreneurial community with seats on multiple boards including the UCSB Economic Forecast Project and the MIT Forum. Mr. Petote is also a member of the Santa Barbara Rotary Club and a reoccurring contributor to various local charitable foundations. Mr. Petote currently resides in Santa Barbara with his wife and daughter.

Catalyst for Thought is an organization which advances the community by educating and motivating individuals to create, develop and act on their entrepreneurial ideas. The organization was created in 2006 by Chrissy Deferville and Kristin Brown. Catalyst for Thought currently hosts two forums for entrepreneurial presentations: Sync and Minds. The Sync event series is a dynamic, large-scale speaker format. The production is composed of local entrepreneurs, entertainment and community building experiences. The proceeds of all Sync events are donated to different local charities. The Minds series consists of exclusive executive lunches featuring inspirational entrepreneurial speaks. This intimate environment allows for attendees to interact with the speaker and gain valuable insight and ideas. For more information and upcoming events, visit Catalyst for Thought at

Founded in 1986, CIO’s core areas of expertise include Microsoft-based systems, Citrix, Enterprise Storage, Unified Communications, and Managed Services. CIO Solutions helps their clients with everything from their workstations, phones, and servers to connectivity, security, and consulting. Visit their website to learn more about CIO,

Hannah Rich, Marketing Coordinator
CIO Solutions
805-692-6700 , ext. 105