Erik Barner has joined Gen7 Investments as its manager.

Gen7 is the investment and acquisition business of Forum Communications Company.

Barner is originally from Fargo and has nearly a decade of experience having worked in the investment banking group at Piper Jaffray, as a private equity analyst for Norwest Mezzanine Partners and most recently as a research analyst at Institutional Capital.

He is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and Columbia Business School.