"Some men see things as they are and ask WHY? I dream things that never were and ask, WHY NOT?"
- Robert Kennedy -
Before launching his successful commercial real estate investment career, Kris Benson recognized that “just because all the dogs are barking at the same tree doesn’t mean it is the right tree.” As Chief Investment Officer at Reliant Investments, he works with institutional investors in the self-storage industry – confident in the risks he has taken, the career changes he’s navigated and the tree he has established his investment platform on.
After accepting his first job in sales “because I had diapers to buy,” Kris learned both the value and difficulty of cold calling while developing a “hunter” mentality. He joined the medical device industry with Covidien and later transitioned to Intuitive Surgical, famous for its DaVinci robot. After 12 years in the industry, Kris decided quality of life was more important to him than hitting sales targets.
Before turning 30, Kris elected “to find a way to stop trading my time for money and to let my money make money.” He launched his commercial real estate journey, appreciating the value of investing in tangible assets. Kris started investing in small residential units, expanding to commercial multifamily properties before exploring self-storage as an “interesting asset class.”
At Reliant Investments, Kris focuses his leadership and management skills on the commercial real estate company’s investment committee, which determines what self-storage properties to purchase while growing equity and creating passive income streams for investors.
Kris is recognized as a self-starter and team player who always wants the ball when time is running out. He loves to discover the “why” behind investments, challenges and opportunities.
His ultimate goal is to help people understand that there is no one route to success: In his words, “School = Job = Security = Retirement = Happiness doesn’t have to be the path.” Investors and entrepreneurs, in particular, are afforded multiple opportunities to chart their own course, enjoying flexibility when it comes to work, travel, personal time and creating new goals.
Focused on making the most of his own quality time, Kris loves to play – spending time outdoors mountain biking, skiing, boating and hiking as well as coaching his son’s lacrosse team.
While listening to a podcast, he was struck by the words: Risk is the tariff paid to leave the shores of predictable misery. Kris’ risks have paid off as he has charted his own course while building Reliant into an institutional quality investment platform.
More than Just Investing...
"Individually We Are One Drop, But Together We Are An Ocean"
- Ryunosuke Satoro -
Meet the Team
At Reliant Real Estate, we eclipse expectations by committing our time and energy to the growth of every asset. It all starts with our knowledgeable team members. We have created a culture of professionals who are well-trained, driven by success, and have a strong desire to achieve more. Our managers have years of revenue management skills, exceptional customer service practices, and a deep-rooted knowledge of the storage industry as a whole. Reliant Investments is a highly reputable company that is proud to have found success in the industry, with team members who strive to raise the bar day in and day out.