Behind the Screens- Meet Michael

Meet Michael Barnes, one of our brilliant Senior Engineers who has been with us for just over 9 years! He’s instrumental in ensuring our systems are properly designed, maintained, and functioning up to standards. Born in Garden Grove, he’s called Fresno his home since he was two years old.

When he’s not working hard, he loves to travel, especially to Vegas, Disneyland, and random cities specifically for food he discovered on TikTok or Instagram. He’s a huge Fresno State Football fan- you’ll catch him and his family at every home game. They even made it on camera several times during the LA Bowl game last December!

Aside from being a dedicated fan, Michael enjoys gaming on his PS5 and PC, and streaming with his friends on Twitch Lives (he plans on launching his own stream soon). He’s also a regular attendee of San Diego Comic Con and of course Disneyland with his friends and family!

Read on to learn more about Michael!


What has been your proudest moment at CIO?

When I discovered an ISP routing issue that the ISP company hadn’t seen themselves. This issue later caused all of Southern CA to go down until they were able to change the hop that I had pointed out to them days prior.


What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I was in some stunt videos when I was younger and they may or may not still be on YouTube. 


How would your family or friends describe you in three words?

Smart, kind, crazy


Who is your hero? Why?

Cliché but true, my dad. He has always been there for me through everything and I do not think I have ever met someone who does so much for others without questioning why.


If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?  

I would love to learn to fly. 


What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?

1+1 doesn’t always equal 2


What was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve had?

I used to work at a Haunted House and I would have to say scaring people was some of the most fun I have ever had.


If you could go back to any moment in time, when would it be?

I would love to experience Medieval Times. That is probably why I like going to the one in Southern CA so much. 


What’s the weirdest fact about you?

That I broke my arm throwing a ball. 


If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I would have to choose flight. 



Bonus: What 3 words would you use to describe CIO Solutions?

Innovative, Fun, Growing

We are proud of our team of skilled and friendly individuals. It’s a unique group of collaborators and innovators who share a common “can-do” mentality paired with a fondness for gifs and puns. 

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