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Posted By: Brian Enochson on
June 15, 2017
At bowmo we are all about people to our very core. From the life changing features of our software, to evolving the functionality and efficiencies of the Human Capital Industry, to celebrating our own employees – it is a bowmo value to lift up the people around us and promote their success in their centers of excellence. To expand this mindset, every month one bowmo’ite will take the spotlight on our company page and social platforms. Get to know bowmo because we want to get to know you.
I am originally from Iowa and graduated from Southern Illinois and Boston University. I was on active duty for 6 years in the U.S. Air Force, 5 of which I was stationed overseas. I worked in software development for companies like Dun & Bradstreet, Deutsche Bank, U.S. Department of Justice, SRA International, Inc., AT&T, HBO and others. I was also the Manager of Sales/Recruitment groups at an IT recruitment firm, FDM Group. I taught Computer Science part time at the college level for four years at George Mason University. I’ve been the Chief Technology Officer at bowmo since its inception.
I’ve been in working the Tech Industry; specifically, software development, for a long time. I had been an IT Consultant for most of my career and so I am quite familiar with the downfalls of the job search and candidate process. I found that I was often offered interviews, or even jobs, that I didn’t have the experience for, or that were not in line with my interests. Geographically, financially – I have been able to find my own way regarding my career, but the people who should have been helping me in the recruiting industry weren’t doing that. It’s nice to now be a part of a company that alleviates that issue universally for its users.
In addition to the breadth of experience, for me it is all about the candidate’s outlook and willingness. I really look for how open they are to trying and learning new things – willingness to expand and push themselves further. One of the main problems I’ve had in the past as Hiring Manager is the onboarding process. Companies often get so caught up in the daily stress of needing to complete a job, that they’ll rush the onboarding of a new hire without taking the time to prepare, educate, and orient that person. Candidates are so often just rushed into positions because a job needs to get done – that is only a temporary fix. If you properly onboard, that is a long-term solution and investment. You really need to onboard your new hires, tell them what they need to know to do their jobs successfully – it’s amazing how many companies I’ve started at where on my first day they’ve told me to just read something because they didn’t even have a computer available for me yet. Here at bowmo we really integrate our new Tech hires and give them responsibility right away to make them feel a part of the team. This is especially true for those early on in their careers – you need to have a plan, not just the right people. Use their skills, make it interesting, give them the tools.
I worked for Co-Founder & CEO, Vlad Mamut, at Citigroup years ago where he was the Manager and I was the Developer on the team. Vlad and I stayed in contact through LinkedIn. He approached me with the seed of the idea of what bowmo has now become. Vlad, Eddie Aizman (bowmo’s other Co-Founder) and I had a conversation around me spearheading the Tech side as the Chief Technology Officer and the rest was history.
To be honest, I can’t pick a single person – it’s more about the people I surround myself with both personally and professionally that influence me. I started my IT career in Europe, even though I grew up in the Midwest. I work with contractors that were brought over there specifically — they taught me the importance of taking things seriously and instilled the mindset that success and learning is a never-ending journey. From then on, I made a point to surround myself with people with that same world view. Every day you find out how little you know, and it is important to always try to climb higher. The people that I have worked with throughout my career have reinforced and shared that with me. One of the reasons I taught at University level was the opportunity to immerse myself in education and knowledge – I was constantly learning and expanding my depth of knowledge and it was quite literally my job to help others do the same. People who see learning as a constant quest are my greatest influencers because it’s so collaborative and so ongoing. Learning is something that needs to be shared in order to achieve your goals successfully.
Honesty – sometimes to a fault. Honesty and transparency are really important to me. I don’t want anything sugar coated because I am an adult and I want to hear exactly how things are. I don’t want to hear the polished version – I want to be a part of the solution if there is a problem. It’s crucial if you want to build a trusting and effective team. I also like to have humor infused in the workplace. It important to get everything accomplished but have fun while doing so.
Success is measured by the happiness and fulfillment of the people working with and for you. Obviously personal happiness and fulfilment is important – but success is only achieved if your team is content as well. This measure of success is what drives loyalty and what leads a team to go the extra mile and work a little extra because you know and they know you all have each other’s backs. I also feel success is achieved when I hear from clients that they are happy with the results of our product and that our product is fulfilling their needs. The key things is revenue out of that, but my daily worry is the happiness at the root of that and then everything else will follow.
Learning new things. I like to really go after new things and be invested in everything that I do, but in order to do that I need to be interested. Continuous learning facilitates the ability to expand my interests and pursue more. Even in my downtime, I can’t just show up and spend my day somewhere – I need to research and be interested ahead of time to really enjoy the venture.
I think what I do for bowmo benefits from that. I am always looking at how we can solve the problems we face. I’m constantly asking “is there a better way than what we know now?” – identifying the answers, and pursuing that answer. You can always be better and you should always want to be better.
I have a very energetic 7-year-old son who demands 24/7 attention and sleeps very little. At 5 in the morning he’ll ask to go play chess. I am very much a homebody now which just goes to show how life changes and evolves because 15 years ago I was just living out of hotels. Now I really enjoy activities around the home, family, our dogs. We like to travel and become passionate about certain areas every few years – lately we’ve been going to Mexico.
When I got out of the Air Force, I stayed in Europe and didn’t start working right away. It was December and I had just finished college and just skied every day. I was actually planning on making that my life. Obviously, those plans changed. I still think about it though.
The diversity of our team – both mind and body. We have the right people doing the right jobs and you don’t see that in many companies. From varied professional and educational backgrounds, to age, race, gender – the intrinsic diversity that makes up the bowmo Team internalizes trust and understanding in production and therefore promotes a more dynamic, effective, universal product.
The same thing, my diverse mindset and how that contributes to the diversity and effectiveness of bowmo. That’s why I feel the values play both ways – the way of working here is so unifying and allows us to work symbiotically in a really positive way.
Never quit learning. Don’t rest. When I used to teach University, the very first seminar I would have in Computer Science, “Is there anybody here that is not interested in learning something new? Is there anybody unwilling to have what they do know thrown in your face and challenged? If that is you – this is the wrong profession for you.” You never reach a pinnacle. You’re never the best. There’s always something to learn – there’s always something new. Additionally, there has to be that thirst for knowledge every single day.
POSTED BY: Brian Enochson
June 15, 2017