Technology Executive with Innovation, Venture Capital, Board of Directors, Customer Development, and Operations Experience



Leadership Roles

  • Vice President & Managing Director – Ferguson Ventures
  • Chief Information Officer – Ferguson Enterprises
  • Chief Information Officer – E. & J. Gallo Winery
  • Vice President, Global Applications – E. & J. Gallo Winery
  • Vice President, Sales, Marketing & International IT – E. & J. Gallo Winery
  • Senior Director, Sales Strategy, Development & Operations – E. & J. Gallo Winery
  • Board Member – Payzer Software and Homee Software
  • Startup Advisory – Various early to late-stage startups

Kevin Barnes is a Partner in Fortium Partners’ West Region where he serves consumer goods, retail, beverage, construction, and wholesale distribution companies. With a broad professional background, Kevin effectively leverages his leadership experience in technology, corporate venture capital, board member, technology startup advisory, and operations to lead teams to deliver improved corporate results. In previous CIO and IT leadership roles, he has led the successful repositioning of IT to a valued and strategic partner to the business units, recognized for delivering improved business impact.  Kevin has deep leadership experiencing working with startups to Fortune 500 enterprises and leading large global IT teams with budgets exceeding $150 million.

Kevin has developed a reputation for leveraging his strengths in collaboration, change management, and enterprise program leadership to partner with his executive peers to deliver strategic initiatives and drive business impact. A great example is where after completing a floor-to-ceiling IT transformation program for an $18B multi-divisional firm, the CEO appointed Kevin to launch an internal corporate venture capital division. In this role, Kevin led a team that invested in and partnered with technology startups to solve industry challenges, provide capabilities to trade partners, and improve internal capabilities. The team quickly established the firm as an industry innovation leader in the startup ecosystem and results included 9 investments, 28 pilots, 6 commercial agreements with startups.


  • Venture Capital Certificate Program - Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • Concours IT Executive Leadership Certificate Program - Babson College
  • Executive Leadership Certificate Program - Darden School of Business, University of VA
  • MBA - University of Phoenix
  • BS, Business Finance - California State University – Sacramento