President, CEO, and founder of Creative Breakthroughs Inc. (CBI) in Troy. Barone created the firm in 1991, and it has become the largest private network security, integration, and management company of its kind in the Great Lakes region. CBI provides products and services helping companies of all sizes to secure and manage their IT infrastructure. Barone partnered with Citrix Solutions, the 14th largest software company in the world, when it was a startup in 1993, and that relationship continues today. He has led his company to several industry awards, including a place in the VAR 500, that lists the biggest and best IT solution providers in North America. Barone attended Wayne State University and is certified in many areas of technological and business expertise. He actively serves on the advisory boards for numerous national and global technology companies, including Symantec, Imprivata, and Cyberoam. CBI is involved with many charitable and non-profit organizations. Barone himself has been the coach of a Detroit-area high school football team and is involved with the local youth sports scene.