Kent Barner

Kent Barner
CIO Suite


I founded CIO Suite to be the Strategic Advisor to C-Level Executives and Business Owners WHEN Technology Matters. As a CIO for 25+ years I was the internal advisor to C-Level Executives of high growth entrepreneurial organizations. Most recently at Behringer’s peak I delivered CIO services to 15 organizations concurrently. I look to bring this same service to mid-market companies and companies in the M&A space.


As Behringer’s CIO I was the technology leader for their various businesses. My teams created and implemented technology platforms for their startup entities. These entities grew both organically and through M&A’s. Notably for Multifamily and Commercial Office real estate businesses that have since gone public on the NYSE upon divestiture. Initiatives for the Financial Services operation include transfer agent technologies, Salesforce, data warehouse/reporting, call center, and compliance solutions. Partnering with the marketing team we created a significant web presence for which we won several awards. Other miscellaneous startups included a Hamburg shipping company, a debt management fund, an institutional investment management MWOB, and other international initiatives. I was engaged in several non-technology initiatives cultivating the culture of the organization including space planning, relocation, communication, business continuity, workplace safety, leadership council, M&A activities, Dallas Marathon sponsorship, Jerry Junkins elementary school, and other employee and community centric activities.

Before joining Behringer I was the technology leader for various entrepreneurial permutations of Prentiss Properties Trust (NYSE). I was part of the pre- and post-merger transition team merging Prentiss with Brandywine Realty Trust. Prior to Prentiss I was an accountant for a regional mall company. 

Education and Certification

- I earned a BSBA in Accounting/Data Processing from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

- I passed the CPA exam when I was an accountant as well as the CDP as I transitioned to IT.