Member of the Month: Kevin Steinkirchner, Bitwise Industries

We’re welcoming in spring with a new Member of the Month, Kevin Steinkirchner, Business Development Manager for Bitwise Industries, a tech company that’s just recently put down roots in Tulsa. You can usually find Kevin in the kitchen chatting with other members while drinking coffee out of his specialty Corgi coffee mug.

A custom-software company, Bitwise Technology Consulting, hires the very best out of their own Workforce Training program, proving it’s possible to build stellar technology and top-notch companies in unexpected places, using that diverse army of nontraditional talent.

What do you do? Tell us a little bit about your company.

I’m a Business Development Manager with Bitwise Industries. Bitwise does many things but it all revolves around our mission to connect humans from marginalized communities and stories of systemic poverty to skills and resources necessary to access opportunities in the tech industry. I’m in our technology consulting division working with local businesses, non-profits, and government entities to develop innovative tech solutions to solve complex problems. We’re a full-stack development team with proven experience in custom mobile and web application development, smart website design, staff augmentation, salesforce implementation and more.  

What is the best part of your job?

The amazing people I get to work with everyday.  

How did you end up in your current role?

Bitwise’s co-founder, Irma, reached out to me on Linkedin early last year. I joined the team shortly after and haven’t looked back since!  

What do you do to get rid of stress?

Spend quality time with my family, preferably outside.

What is your favorite restaurant in Tulsa and what do you get there?

My answer for this will probably change tomorrow but right now one of my favorite restaurants is Nola’s on Cherry Street. I had the St. Peter’s Street Snapper last time and it was delicious.

What trend do you hope makes a comeback?

Civility. We all have differing beliefs and I believe we can disagree without disrespect. 

Would you survive a zombie apocalypse? How?

Doubtful BUT I’d give it my best shot! I think I would run to the northwest to live it out in the woods as far away from civilization as possible. 

What is one of your favorite things about being a member of The Root Coworking?

I’d have to say the vibe and the people. It’s a great place to work while also being connected to a larger community of professionals from various industries. Also, the endless drip coffee. 

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Member of the Month: Danny McClary, Waterfield Technologies

Picked up a thesaurus for myself to write about our new member of the month and resident linguist Danny McClary! You wouldn’t guess that the head of IT at Waterfield Technologies would also be the member with the biggest vocabulary, but hey! He reads a lot! Danny always meets us downstairs for Beer:30 and shares thoughts about his day. Wordle supreme champion and a lover of musicals, Danny is a big part of our community.

Focusing on Your Mental Health In The Workplace; A New Quarterly Series Hosted By Lilli Higgins With Together Just

We’ve started a new quarterly event at The Root Coworking: a collaboration with local mental health non-profit, Together Just! Their executive director and lead therapist, Lilli Higgins, CTRS/L, started her first event here with the topic of work/life balance. Hey, we know what you’re thinking. “Work/life balance? I hear about that all the time and know what it means.” Before Lilli presented—we thought we did, too. Turns out, we still had a lot to learn!

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Member of the Month: Chris Armstrong, SolidRoots

Let’s give it up for our first member of the month in 2023, Chris Armstrong! Chris’ official title at his family owned-and-operated game company, SolidRoots, is Chief Creative Officer // Hufflepuff. Which tracks with what we know about Chris and what we know about Hufflepuffs: loyal, hard-working, patient, and kind. He blows into The Root on a fancy motorcycle ready to conquer creativity for the day. Chris and his wife Jen launched SolidRoots as a way to have fun and bring family and friends together through games.

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