Kevin Barnes is Vice President & Managing Director of Ferguson Ventures, the corporate venture capital and strategic partnering arm of Ferguson focused on innovation and disruption. Ferguson is the largest U.S. distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings. The company is also a major distributor of HVAC equipment, fire protection systems, waterworks and industrial products and services. Ferguson has sales of $16.7 billion and approximately 27,000 associates in 1,400 locations.
Kevin is responsible for the overall strategy and execution of Ferguson Ventures. Ferguson recognizes its customers are currently facing unprecedented challenges with the shortage of skill trade professionals and the need for improved construction productivity. Ferguson Ventures was created to help discover, invest in and partner with companies and start-ups to accelerate the use of emerging technologies to help solve these industry problems.
In addition, Kevin and his team are responsible for establishing Ferguson’s innovation practice across the organization and executing on Ferguson’s commitment to drive and enable innovation in the commercial and residential construction, remodel and services industries.
Prior to his current role, Kevin served as Ferguson’s CIO from August 2015 through January 2018. Kevin joined Ferguson from the E. & J. Gallo Winery where held various business & IT senior leadership roles during his 13+ year tenure, with his last being the Winery’s CIO. He received his bachelor’s degree in business finance and communications from California State University – Sacramento and his MBA from Phoenix University.