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having fun while doing great work

Led by a former CIO, CIO Resources (a StartFinder company) is an integrated IT consulting and staffing firm focusing on what are typically three of a CIO’s biggest challenges -- IT strategy, IT project management and IT staffing. We are commonly chosen based on our frank and practical (if not frugal) approach, our flexibility and ability to be fun yet professional and finally our focus on quality over quantity.

CIO Resources was established in 2014 as a dedicated brand focusing on IT while remaining part of StartFinder -- an Inc. 500 and Washington Business Journal award winning company.

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 Barry Smith


Barry brings over 20 years of experience in all aspects of technology management. His career includes Big Six consulting (Coopers & Lybrand), Fortune 500 IT management (Marriott International), a Silicon Valley startup (NetDynamics, now a division of Sun), and building nationally recognized, award-winning IT departments at the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland as well as the privately held Merkle Inc.

While at Merkle, Barry owned direct recruiting responsibility for building a staff of 10 to over a staff of 50 in a six year period personally hiring infrastructure, operations, security and development staff from entry-level up through the Vice President ranks.  It was during the great DC snowstorm of 2009 -- while performing back-to-back-to-back-to-back phone interviews with a smile that Barry started discussions with his middle school buddy Alan Strauss to be a founding partner of StartFinder.

In addition to Barry's professional career, he has been involved in numerous start-ups including founding DIGIGOV.NET that received national press and analyst coverage and was eventually acquired by Govolution (now a First American Payment Systems company).  StartFinder and CIO Resources are the first entrepreneurial ventures where Barry is devoting his full attention and passion.

Barry graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Computer Technology. Barry also holds an MBA from The George Washington University with a custom concentration in Technology Product Management and Entrepreneurship.  

Phone: (240) 668-4844 

SUZIE REED, Senior Associate



Suzie leads our IT Staffing division and brings nearly ten years experience in various HR and recruiting roles. While Barry is involved in all staffing searches, Suzie leads the sourcing efforts as well as daily candidate and client management. In other words, Suzie is the one who keeps things on track.  Suzie joined CIO Resources in 2016.

Phone: 240 668-0344

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2275 Research Blvd.
Suite 500
Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 668-4844


Based in Rockville, Maryland; serving clients and candidates around the United States