MEET IAN

For more information about Ian and updates on his latest activities as Mayor of the City of Burlington, NC, you can visit his official City of Burlington Mayor web page.

IN THE NEWS: Ian has released his first book which features a collection of stories from the campaign trail and his time in office. It is titled, Four Pairs of Shoes, and is now available downtown at Persnickety Books.

Mayor Ian Baltutis, elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2017 and 2019, is a 2008 Business Entrepreneurship graduate of Elon University. He works as an inventor and entrepreneur focusing on manufacturing, logistics, product design, as well as downtown and community revitalization.

Mayor Baltutis manages global operations for The Vibration Solution, LLC, an American product design, and manufacturing company that he founded during his studies at Elon University. Baltutis is a strong supporter of American manufacturing. He founded his company around the idea of creating a company that is lean, efficient, and nimble. His foresight and leadership have allowed the company to reach and support numerous innovative niche markets that other companies cannot serve.

Today, his company competes on a global scale producing products ranging from his original Silent Feet pads for washing machines, to athletic protective products, shoe insoles, audio isolators, acoustic insulation, laboratory equipment, and aerospace components.

He is a passionate supporter of Downtown Burlington where he helped found Burlington Beer Works Co-op Brewery and Restaurant. He currently owns Persnickety Books, a bookstore committed to reducing recidivism by, "Giving Books and People a Second Chance."

MORE ABOUT IAN

Baltutis is an Eagle Scout who believes in always giving back to his community through service, leadership, and philanthropy. In his free time, he loves helping elementary students learn about municipal government, volunteering with Elon University students and alumni, advising start-up entrepreneurs, and mentoring youth through the local Boy Scour Venture program.

He loves the open road and exploring the United States on our nation's backroads and historic highways. Baltutis enjoys tinkering in the garage. He recently completed a 16-year project to restore a 1974 1/2 MGB GT Pepsi Race Car that he found in a barn in Minnesota. Mayor Baltutis is also an advocate for historic preservation and is restoring the former Southern Music Studio house in the West Davis Street historic district.

His other hobbies include woodworking for which he has won awards at the Heritage Craft Festival in Alamance County and the NC State Fair. As an avid runner and cyclist, he can often be spotted pounding the pavement and trails all around Burlington and Alamance County.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Vibration Solutions LLC & Isolate IT Mfg - Co-Founder/Owner - 2007-Present

  • Persnickety Books - Owner - 2019-Present

  • Palmoro USA, LLC - Co-Founder - 2016-Present

  • Burlington Beer Works Cooperative - Board President - 2013-2015

  • Honda Power Equipment Mfg - Purchasing/Logistics/Supply Chain Management - 2007-2011

  • Home Depot - Specialty Sales - 2006-2007

PROFESSIONAL DEGREES & CERTIFICATIONS:

  • BS Business Administration: Entrepreneurship - Elon University; Minor - Communications and Journalism - Elon University - 2008

  • Six Sigma Black Belt - Alamance Community College - 2010

  • Six Sigma Black Belt - NC State University - 2011

  • Six Sigma Green Belt - Alamance Community College - 2009

COMMUNITY, POLITICAL, AND LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE:

  • Mayor of the City of Burlington, NC - 2015-Present

  • North Carolina League of Municipalities Board Member - 2018-Present

  • NC Institute of Political Leadership Fellow & Leadership Council - Spring 2017

  • Leadership Alamance - Class of 2015

  • Alamance Chamber of Commerce Member - 2012-Present

  • Burlington Citizens Police Academy Graduate - Inaugural Class - 2013

  • Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Advisor - 2008-Present

  • Elon University Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership - Board of Advisors - 2012-Present

  • Experimental Aircraft Association Member & Volunteer - 2002-Present

  • Elon University Young Alumni Council - Development Committee Vice-Chair - 2011-2014

  • Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew 379 - Venture Crew Advisor - 2009-Present

  • Boy Scouts of America - Alamance District Camporee Chair - 2009-2011

AWARDS:

  • Trial Business Journal 2015 40 Leaders Under Forty

  • Elon University Top 10 Under 10 Award 2010 - Recognizing the 10 alumni of the past decade for outstanding national acheivement in both their professional field and community

  • Golden Mousetrap Award 2009 - Reed Business Design News - For most innovative application of a new material in product design

  • Eagle Scout

  • Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow Founders Award

  • Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor