Mike

Benz

Savvy Technology Leader with Senior Management Experience

Partner
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Leadership Roles
  • Vice President, Information Technology – Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.

Mike is a Partner in Fortium Partners’ Midwest Region, where he primarily serves construction, real estate, consumer products, and high-growth electronics companies.  As an experienced IT executive, Mike has been responsible for strategic planning, digital transformation, investment analysis, and cybersecurity. He has recruited, trained, and coached teams recognized for their delivery of technical excellence. Mike is comfortable working in both public and private companies with direct staff, vendors, or hybrid teams.  He understands how to navigate through a complex implementation, a short timeline, and a diverse group of stakeholders.  He focuses on quality assurance, testing, and governance to ensure positive results.

While managing large-scale implementations, Mike artfully leads the client through requirements gathering, business process re-design, system demonstrations, vendor evaluations, and financial analysis. He is known as an effective listener, motivator, and organizer who bridges the gap between IT, vendors, and senior business leaders.  Mike is recognized as a skilled communicator, calm negotiator, and collaborative team member.  A committed supporter of next-generation professionals, Mike serves as a volunteer mentor with the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Mike graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Binghamton University. Later, he was credentialed as a Project Management Professional (PMP).  Mike is a lifelong learner. He earned a Master of Science in Security Technologies from the University of Minnesota in 2017 and he continues his studies there as he pursues a Master of Science in the Management of Technology. He is fluent in French, recently completing the Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française (DELF), level B2.