December 2015 - Issue 57
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Sean Gill - 12/6
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Friday, December 25th

New Year's Day
Friday, January 1st

CIO Solutions will be closed on Friday, December 25th in observance of the Christmas holiday, and Friday, January 1st for the New Year.

To receive emergency support, please call 805-692-6709 and select option 3.

*Holiday rates may apply.

For non-urgent requests, please email

Most of the great thinkers of our time understand winter as a period of rest. More than the promise of a New Year to come there is a sense that nature is fallow and preparing itself for the energy of Spring. Of course, in our little piece of the Central Coast it's hard to really feel winter amid the sunshine and greenery. I think that we can enjoy the quiet, rest and reflection of winter despite our sunny Santa Barbara days. Enjoy your holidays however you may experience them. Take your rest however it may come. CIO will be waiting for you in the New Year, ready to spring into action providing the support that you are used to, and helping look ahead to new horizons. Happy Holidays!

What's New at CIO: Orange County's HDI Desktop Support Technician of the Year!
On December 9th, 2015, the Orange County Chapter of HDI Desktop Support held their Technician of the Year Award Ceremony in Irvine, California. Each year, many desktop support technicians are nominated and selected for consideration. Among those selected, only one gets to represent their region at the HDI Annual Conference & Expo.

There are five regions that have the opportunity to send a representative to the national conference that is to be held in Orlando, Florida in April 2016 - the Western Region, Midwest Region, Central Region, Northeast Region, and Southeast Region. The Orange County Chapter is one among many that are a part of the Western Region.

Eight nominees were selected for consideration to represent the Orange County Chapter this year.
CIO Solutions had two technicians among the eight nominees selected, BIlly Godfrey and Jordan Rainey. 

After careful consideration, CIO's very own, Billy Godfrey, won the opportunity to represent the Orange County Chapter in the competition to be Western Region's Desktop Support Technician of the Year. If you have been lucky enough to talk to Billy on the phone, you know this award is very well-deserved. 

Although he still has a ways to go to get to nationals, CIO is very proud and pleased with all the work, effort, and accomplishments that Billy has been able to attain. Join us in wishing him the best of luck in the competition.

CIO is Excited for Star Wars!
The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie was very much anticipated by the team here at CIO. In preparation for the movie, some team members brought in snacks shaped like storm troopers, Darth Vadar, Yoda, and more.

In honor of the premiere this past weekend, the CIO team put together a video explaining what they are most excited to anticipate about the new movie.

Click the following link to see what they had to say:

*Don't worry, there are NO spoilers. This video was created prior to the premiere.
CIO's Santa Deliveries
Santa came to visit some local clients this year!

Santa visited Peters & Milam Insurance at their office in Santa Barbara!
CIO Solutions' Holiday Party
CIO Solutions and the team had their holiday celebration this year at Carr Winery. It was a great event for all of the staff, who have worked tirelessly this past year, to wind down and enjoy each other's company with delicious food and a live band and performance by our very own talented musicians.

CIO Paintballing in Santa Maria

Employee Spotlight
Kerry DeVilbiss - Project Engineer

Full name:
Kerry Anthony DeVilbiss

Where did you grow up?
Santa Barbara.

When did you move to Santa Barbara?
Born here.

What you like best about the Santa Barbara area:
Mountains, Ocean, Community, History.

When did you start working at CIO:
September 28, 2015.

What you like best about working at CIO: 
So far? Fun culture, great people, challenging work!

Climb the seven summits, thru-hike the triple crown, write a novel, direct a major motion picture, go to bed on time.

What would you do if you won the lottery: 
Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards Men (and Women)

Favorite color:                    

Favorite food:                  

Favorite book/movie:                     
Desert Solitaire, The Shining

"I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted."

Anything else that is interesting about yourself: 
I once spent 28 days backpacking 120 miles through Utah's Canyonlands with a 60-70 lb. pack, rappelled into a canyon where a guy famously cut off his arm, and survived two separate flash floods.

CIO Solutions' 2016 Calendar
CIO will be closed the following days in 2016:

Friday, January 1, 2016 - New Year's Day
Monday, February 15, 2016 - President's Day
Monday, May 30, 2016 - Memorial Day
Monday, July 4, 2016 - Independence Day
Monday, September 5, 2016 - Labor Day
Thursday, November 24, 2016 - Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 25, 2016 - Day after Thanksgiving
Monday, December 26, 2016 - Day after Christmas

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Santa Barbara, CA 93117

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