Founder & Board President
Ari Ioannides has more than 35 years of experience solving computer problems. He started programming in high school as part of a public school pilot program in which students taught each other programming. An alumnus of Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology, Ari supplemented his formal education with technical certifications from Apple, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Novell, Microsoft, HP, Cisco, and 3Com. He took his first information technology position at Sears in 1979 as the company’s youngest mainframe computer operator. In 1988 Ari founded what is now Emerald Data Solutions where he has helped organizations like BellSouth, Ernst & Young and Turner Broadcasting deploy and operate fast and reliable computer systems. Ari pioneered hardware and software designs for the first “on demand” digital music-playing system used in professional sports. His team also designed and implemented Georgia’s first online student performance reporting system. In 2000, Ari developed board management technology for Marietta City Schools in Georgia and formally launched BoardDocs® nationally in 2002. As the Chief Software Architect, he has enhanced the governance process of more than 2,000 local governing bodies.
Ari serves as Vice Chair for Recycle Utah and previously served on the board of the Park City Education Foundation. Ari has been a guest speaker at the International City/County Management Association, the National School Boards Association and the American Association of School Administrators. He has authored numerous articles and white papers and has been published in leading industry journals, including Network Computing.
Ari founded BootUp to ensure all elementary students have an opportunity to benefit from the problem-solving skills and creativity coding teaches. He believes coding needs to be a core subject, beginning in elementary school, for all students to be exposed.