Peter L. Fiore

Peter FiorePeter Fiore attended Canastota schools for his entire grade school career. The legacy he leaves behind is an undeniable imprint on his fellow classmates from the Class of 1975, the Village of Canastota, and the business world. Peter was an integral part of the CHS Class of ’75. He was a natural leader and the guy that everyone looked up to. He expected and gave nothing but his absolute best, and was able to get others to do the same. Pete was chosen as the captain of the 1974 Raider football team, who had one of the best seasons ever by a Canastota team in the then Tri-Valley League. In testament to his leadership on the field, Pete was one of several football Raiders named to the 1974 Tri-Valley League All-Star team. Pete was also the captain of the 1974-1975 Raider Varsity Basketball Team. Coach John Dimao recognized Pete’s leadership in both his junior and senior years, naming him captain. That team would go on to become the benchmark for other Canastota basketball teams before or since. The team – mostly seniors – pulled together for Pete and co-captain, Mike Mariano to win 9 straight Tri-Valley League games, 12 continuous overall – a Canastota record. Led by Captain Fiore –the ’74-’75 Raider Varsity Basketball Team found their way to the “big house” – the Onondaga County War Memorial – and the Section III Class C Finals. The Canastota community rallied around the “can do” team led by Pete Fiore. A day was proclaimed in their honor. Residents filled buses to the War Memorial to watch the big game and cheer on their Raiders! The outcome on that March Saturday wasn’t in the Canastota team’s favor. However, that team and its scrappy band of Canastota fighters –led by one Pete Fiore – again set the bar high for all future CHS basketball teams.

Peter realized that life didn’t end on the court or the field –he poured himself into his high school studies as well. A 4-year member of the National Honor Society, he was the Salutatorian of the Class of 1975 with a GPA of 93.17. Pete excelled by being admitted into Harvard University, the only CHS alumni to ever do so. He graduated from Harvard in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences.

For more than 25 years, Pete was a force to be reckoned within the Massachusetts technologyFiore Graduation community. Peter began his career with Ardent Software and its predecessor, VMARK Software, where he was an Executive Vice President and General Manager. He then became the President of Informix Business Solutions, a software and infrastructure integration company who enabled companies to compete and succeed in the new economy. In 2001, Pete became the President of Ascential Software, a company that manufactured software to link databases and other business programs. In 2005, Ascential was acquired by IBM and Pete became Vice-President of IBM’s Information Integration Solutions Business. In June of 2007, Pete joined Crossbeam Solutions as President and CEO. Crossbeam Systems transforms the way enterprises, service providers, and government agencies architect and deliver security services. Pete’s presence and leadership were felt the minute he entered the company. This quote is from the Crossbeam website –entitled “A Tribute to Pete Fiore”

“From the very first day, Pete’s commitment to excellence, his remarkable business acumen and constant quest for improvement were felt, and quickly propelled the company to record growth and revenue. Without question, Pete expected the very best from those around him. But he was always there to provide the support, guidance; tools and insight we needed to achieve the goals in front of us. And we are a stronger, more successful company as a result.”

In a true tribute to Pete’s business sense, he was asked to take on duties as a member of the Board of Directors at two other companies: Teradata Corporation and Kadient Incorporated. Pete was also named Massachusetts’ CEO of the year in 2008 by MassNetComm.

Pete’s passions carried over into his non-work life. Pete was deeply devoted to his own family and enjoyed every moment he could spend with his wife Kim and his daughters Madison and Hannah. Pete’s other passion was flying. He was an avid pilot with numerous hours and he owned multiple planes during his lifetime.

He spent many a happy hour teaching the game he loved to play so dearly – basketball – to his daughter and coaching her team. In his memory and in tribute to the countless hours he spent as a coach and mentor on the court, the town of Acton has renamed their February basketball tournament the “Peter L. Fiore Invitational”