Cincy Spotlight Featuring John Burns of Encore Technologies

John Burns is Founder and CEO of Encore Technologies. Encore is a privately owned, full-service Data Center and IT solutions company focused on the Enterprise, Healthcare and Commercial markets. John has over 30 years of experience in developing entrepreneurial ventures in the information technology industry. During that time, he has served in leadership capacities including President, Vice President and General Manager.

In 1984, John started his IT career in sales at Computerland in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1987, John joined several other investors to purchase a Cincinnati-based IT services and hardware reseller, which was merged with The Future Now in 1990. The merger expanded the reach and breadth of services to include the entire Midwest region. The company was sold to Xerox in 1998.

John joined CBTS in 1999 as Vice President of Sales and became General Manager in 2004. Under his leadership, CBTS grew from less than $2M in revenue in 1999 to over $400M in 2014. During John’s tenure, CBTS entered the data center business in 2000. That business grew to over 250,000 sq./ft. of colo space by 2010. In 2010, CBT acquired Cyrus One, combined the CBTS data center operations under the Cyrus One name and spun the business out in an IPO. John launched Encore Technologies in January of 2016 and has grown the business to over $115M in 2019.

A native of Cincinnati, John earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Cincinnati College of Business. He is active in various community and charitable organizations in the Greater Cincinnati region and currently serves on the boards of The Anthony Munoz Foundation, Mercy Health Foundation, Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Cincinnati Golden Gloves for Youth, The Dragonfly Foundation, Integrative Medicine Foundation, and The Joel Cornette Foundation.

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