Kirk joined us from Merck Millipore where he worked as a Systems Analyst on future directions bridging the gap between business and IT.
As a highly passionate professional his main goal is to make a difference for our customers through science, or technology, or other tools.
At KBMax he helps fill in the gaps between what our clients’ needs are and what their tools can do. This can mean adjusting their expectations, or adjusting the tools, but usually it is somewhere in-between.
He enjoys the "a ha!" moment when he sees the right combination of ideas that can map together the complicated things and the person confused by it.
He does not care if it is explaining how a certain medicine works to his dad, or showing his niece how she can triangulate her location by looking at landmarks.
If he approaches and frame the topic right, and the audience is receptive, it is amazing how complicated ideas can be expressed in terms your audience can digest.
Kirk was an English major at UCLA, despite all his interest with programming. The study was not really of English, it was more the study of communication and he just happened to use English works as his raw material.
Anything could be a "story" to look at, and there were so many tools to use. Many computer-based tools and concepts were just starting to be more accessible to non-programmers.
All that helped him communicate better and more empathetically, and use technology to do it when it is appropriate.
Favorite book: The "Sandman" series by Neil Gaiman. It is a graphic novel, not a comic book, written a chapter at a time.
Favorite band: Erasure, U2, Daft Punk, Tears for Fears, Gary Burton, Cecelia Bartoli... pop, rock, deep house, jazz, classical.
His favorite hobby is mountain biking. Thomas would call it a leisurely ride over dirt roads nary a stump in sight, but he calls it mountain biking!