John Petote, CEO of the Santa Barbara based IT firm, CIO Solutions, has recently been elected to join the Board of Directors of the UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project.

Santa Barbara, CA, January 19, 2010 — John Petote, CEO and owner of CIO Solutions, a Santa Barbara based IT support, management and consulting firm has joined the Board of Directors for the UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project. This nomination and confirmation came in late October and Mr. Petote is looking forward to being involved with such a reputable and prestigious group. Mr. Petote has owned and operated CIO Solutions since its conception in 1986 therefore bringing over 20 years of business experience to the project. Mr. Petote joins many distinguished members of the community including Craig Zimmerman (The Towbes Group, Inc.), Peter Jordano (Jordano’s, Inc. / Pacific Beverage), Michael Pfau (Reicker, Pfau, Pyle and McRoy, LLP), Jason Spievak (Great Pacific Capital, LLC), and Bob Tuler (Radius Group Commercial Real Estate). To view a full listing of the Santa Barbara County Board of Directors for the UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project see their website,

The UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project was established in 1981 to provide Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties reliable information regarding economic, demographic, and regional business trends. The Department of Economics at UC Santa Barbara was the original proponent and sponsor for the project but the project has since become a self-supporting and community-sponsored research program. The program is research-oriented and uses the information gathered to publish detailed economic and demographic forecasts which are then distributed to California communities via the Internet, publications, and events which are held across the State and throughout the year. For a complete schedule of events and available downloads, visit the project’s website, The program also offers a variety of services including consulting services, forecasting services, and surveying services. The UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project is vital to the business owners in the Tri-County area because it provides valuable projections of future economic activity in the local area.

CIO Solutions provides enterprise-class IT management and consulting services to the Tri-Counties. In addition to providing IT support, CIO Solutions also specializes in implementing and maintaining VoIP phone solutions. CIO Solutions services a wide variety of clients and prides themselves on their flexibility and adaptability. Visit their website for more information or contact them to schedule an appointment, 805-692-6700 .

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