As SVP of Technology at Even, Chris Bunk wears a lot of hats, which includes managing the Engineering Team and heading up some of our most important technical initiatives.
Tell us a little bit about yourself! Where are you from and where do you live currently?
Windsor, CT is my hometown. I’ve been quite a nomad, living in Cleveland, Los Angeles, Boston, and NYC, before laying my roots in Norwalk, CT, where I currently reside with my wife and three young kids.
When did you start at Even and what is your current role? Describe your team and how it fits into the company.
I joined Even in the summer of 2019 and currently serve as the SVP of Technology, overseeing the operations of engineering and product. The teams I lead are responsible for cultivating the technology that connects consumers with the best financial products for their needs, as well as the platform that supports Even’s ecosystem of partners, which is crucial to delivering the best user experience.
What is your favorite thing about working at Even?
The team’s high level of talent inspires and motivates me, but it is the collaboration and support I see play out every day that makes me the most grateful for where I get to work. Building a platform that gives users the best possible product requires balancing considerations from very different consumers and partners, which always brings new challenges.
Luckily, as hard as we work, there are a lot of opportunities to unwind and bond over shared interests. Team boat trips, our very prestigious beer guild, and Alex’s homemade kombucha ― which has been at Even longer than me ― are all ways we have fun.
What has been your biggest accomplishment or crowning achievement working at Even so far?
Helping build a strong organizational architecture, with cross-functional groups of people working toward clear objectives in an empowered and efficient way, has driven strong outcomes for the company. There are initiatives at Even where we need to pull people from so many departments ― engineering, product, marketing, sales, compliance, data science, and so on ― and I think we’ve done a tremendous job at executing what is not an easy undertaking.
With such effective collaboration, there are so many potentially interesting areas for us to explore. Going forward, we have to balance discovery in promising areas with focused and deliberate execution on our most promising prospects.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time for hobbies?
I enjoy everything outdoors: hiking, camping, skiing, boating, swimming, and surfing to name a few. I enjoy live music and festivals; my eclectic taste includes jazz, blue grass, rock, and rap. Also, experiencing new cultures through travel always leaves me wanting more. I additionally love to cook and bond with my family at home ― they hold my heart (and most of my free time).
What words of advice or encouragement would you have for a prospective Even employee?
Our full product suite and its functions are expansive and intricate; it took me a long time to build a strong base knowledge of everything. When learning it yourself, try to focus on the end-user [consumer] and their needs and pain points. In doing so, you will find it both easier to retain all of the aspects of our business model and brainstorm ways to improve upon them.
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