Renner received a Bachelor of Science degree and completed graduate work at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He has worked as a professional trumpeter, recording engineering consultant, freelance recording engineer, educator and public speaker. Renner has received 20 Grammy Award nominations, winning nine.
Renner pioneered the development of the digital recording process for jazz, classical and symphonic music. In 1978, he made the first symphonic digital recording and the first orchestral digital recording in the United States.
Renner holds an Honorary Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.