Pete Karanikas
Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor

Cornerstone Business Services, Inc.







412 Olive Avenue, Suite 619, Huntington Beach, CA 92648


Experience in Technology and Professional Services

Pete Karanikas is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on technology and deep expertise in the federal sector. He started his career in 1997 as a network and software engineer with SAIC working on various DoD programs. Pete later joined Oracle Corporation’s federal consulting practice. After leaving Oracle in 2000, Pete launched Panos Corporation, a professional services company focused on delivering database solutions to the intelligence community. In 2010 Pete sold Panos Corporation to Avrio Technology Group in Madison, WI, another company where Pete was a co-founder and investor. Avrio was acquired in 2014 and Pete went on advising and helping operate several startups and VC funds before joining Cornerstone Business Services.


Investor, Co-Founder, Business Owner

While CEO of Panos for 10 years and GM/SVP of Avrio for 4 years, Pete also acted as an early investor or co-founder to several successful companies across various industries including real estate, software, and financial services.


Education Highlights

Pete received an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Pittsburgh.


National Network

Pete lived in Wisconsin for three years while running the Avrio Technology Group and served on the board at the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce during that time. His startup and investment network includes companies in AZ, CA, CO, IL, MD, NV, TX, VA, WI, and Washington D.C. He currently splits his time between Orange County, CA and Madison, WI.

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