Paul Wente

Paul Wente

Chief Information Officer

Paul guides the development, implementation and maintenance of technology initiatives at CSM. He works closely with the executive leadership team to leverage IT tools that improve processes, drive growth and creates savings across the entire organization. Paul is a champion for technological improvements and is greatly encouraged by CSM CEO and President, Gary Holmes, who sees IT as an enabler for the business. This support empowers his team to stay nimble as business needs change as quickly as the technology.

His areas of expertise include organizational and team development, vendor management and contract negotiations, program and project management, mergers and acquisitions, process optimization, and payment card industry compliance.

Before joining CSM, Paul was Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer at Christopher and Banks. As a leader there, Paul orchestrated a complete transformation of the IT infrastructure, mission-critical systems, governance standards, team composition and IT culture.

Paul is a graduate of St. Cloud State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems.

He is a member of the Marriott Owner and Franchise Technology Committee and volunteers as a youth baseball coach.