(L- R: Eric, Joe, Stuart)


Joseph King




Santa Barbara
Tell us a little about yourself!
  • I was born and raised in a small town in Ireland, lived and worked in Corporate IT in Dublin for about 12 years, and moved to Santa Barbara in 2014. I’ve worked in just about every IT role from helpdesk, to DBA and now vCIO. Outside of work, my wife Tara is a Santa Barbara native and we have 2 kids, Molly (aged 8) and Declan (aged 5). I play rugby with the local team here in Santa Barbara (Grunion RFC) and I love DIY and home projects.
Where are you from?
  • Co Kildare in Ireland
How long have you been working at CIO Solutions?
  • 6 Years this October
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
  • Cambodia and the temples of Angkor Wat.
What’s your favorite famous or inspirational quote?
  • “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
    George Bernard Shaw
    Close second: “There is no disagreement that can’t be solved with a good cup of tea, in the face.”
How did you first learn about CIO Solutions?
  • Through a friend of a friend who put me in touch with CIO.
Before working at CIO Solutions, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
  • I’ve done a number of different jobs over the years. I bartended on and off from the age of about 15 to my late 20’s which, as any bartender will tell you, is always very interesting based on the clientele and the type of bar you’re working in. It’s something that I still enjoy and do occasionally! I worked construction for most summers (my dad had a construction company) which probably instilled a love of DIY in relation to home projects.
What is the one food you cannot resist?
  • Ribeye steak.
What could you give a 30-minute presentation about with no advance preparation?
  • FIOSS® home construction with special focus on insulation of same.
What is your proudest moment at CIO Solutions?
  • Winning the March madness tournament in my first year here despite not knowing the slightest thing about college basketball! (I still don’t know anything about basketball).
Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?
  • robot housekeepers
What are 3 words you’d use to describe CIO Solutions?
  • Educational, Skilled, and fun!