Smart Problem Solvers
We love to solve problems. It's what we do. It's what we are known for. Technology is the vehicle that we use to solve your business challenges.
Smart solutions. Smart processes. Smart protocols.
That's who we are and what we do.
"We wont give you jargon or buzzwords. Just results."
Mind Over Data is a winning team, comprised of experienced, creative, talented, enthusiastic professionals who take pride in the quality of their work and inspire innovation. Our team represents a diverse skill set, and maintains a philosophical integrity that produces positive working relationships.
Kevin Barnes, Managing Partner
Kevin Barnes started programming more than 35 years ago. Today, he leverages his expertise by serving as managing partner of Mind Over Data, a firm he co-founded alongside Tom Kirstein in 2002.
“What inspires me most about this type of work is watching people grow and prosper personally and professionally,” says Kevin. “Ours is an ever-changing field, and it’s fulfilling to lead a team of people to ensure they are continually learning new skills, increasing their capabilities, providing valuable client solutions and furthering a meaningful career in information technology.”
Kevin first started programming back in 1982 at Morse School of Business in Hartford, CT. His first job in the field was as a Computer Programmer for the U.S. Army from 1984-1988. After that, he went to work for the Department of Justice in computer operations and then served as a Correctional Officer for 18 months in a high-risk facility for the State of Vermont Department of Corrections. From there, he moved to Connecticut to be near family and began working for Foxwoods Resort Casino as Operations Supervisor. He got an opportunity to move down south when Splash Casino in Tunica, MS hired him as their IT Manager and later moved on to serve as IT Manager for Southern Belle Casino in Robinsonville, MS.
Tom Kirstein, Managing Partner
With nearly 35 years of experience in information technology, Tom Kirstein specializes in providing innovative solutions to traditional business challenges.
Tom serves as managing partner of Mind Over Data, a custom systems development and integration firm he co-founded with Kevin Barnes in 2002. The company has built technical solutions for clients large and small, ranging from The Fire Museum of Memphis and The Woody Guthrie Center to FedEx, International Paper, Hilton and ServiceMaster.
Before founding Mind Over Data, Tom served as managing partner at Universal Solutions, LLC, a systems development integration firm that merged with Memphis tech startup dotLogix in 2001. Prior to that, Tom played integral roles in building the IT systems for The Disney Store’s North American distribution center starting in 1998 and for R.R. Donnelley & Sons’ Digital Division beginning in 1994.
A Chicago native, Tom is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Computer Science. He completed his Infantry Officers Basic Course and Infantry Basic/Advanced Training in Fort Benning, GA and, prior, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, BSA with Troop 347 in Crystal Lake, IL.
Tom and his wife reside in Memphis and have two children. Among his pastimes are reading, learning how things work and embarrassing his kids whenever possible.
Of his work, he notes, “My most enjoyable career moments are when I can use past experiences to solve new problems – and sharing that process with our developers and clients alike. A lot of what we do is so much more than programming. It is problem solving that we facilitate with our programming skills.”
"We write code. We also live by one."
At Mind Over Data, we provide much more than custom systems development. In fact, much of what we do goes way beyond programming. We’re problem solvers. We’re listeners. We focus on integrity and honesty above sales. We take a principled approach, working with our clients to help them make informed decisions about innovative solutions that will best help them achieve their goals.
There are lots of product development companies in the marketplace. We’re different because:
- We’re custom: We are a development firm that leverages technology to create solutions that are tailored specifically to elicit your desired outcome. You can stop wasting your time and budget with off-the-shelf solutions that miss the mark.
- We’re focused on you: We’re more interested in helping your organization achieve its goals than we are in using jargon, buzzwords, cookie cutters or the latest tech trend.
- Our solutions are scalable: We’ve built technical solutions for clients large and small, ranging from The Fire Museum of Memphis and The Woody Guthrie Center to FedEx, International Paper, Hilton and ServiceMaster.
- We’re passionate and professional: We love what we do. We’re good at it. And, we deliver solutions on time, on budget and on target.
- Our customers stay with us: Most times, once a client comes to us, they remain with us. We take that as a very good sign that we understand their business and that we add value to their organization. After all, a repeat customer is the best measure of success.
Based in Memphis, Mind Over Data is a custom systems development and integration firm founded by Kevin Barnes and Tom Kirstein in 2002. For more information, feel free to call us at 901-751-8866.
"Code doesn't solve problems. We do with your help."
"Code doesn't solve problems. We do with your help."
We stand behind every solution we develop, and when your business grows or changes, we can modify the solution to meet your developing needs. In fact, our success hinges on your partnership. While we supply the tools, techniques, and experience - it's your vision that provides content for the solution. Technology is a tool to help you carry out business - nothing more and nothing less.
If we are going to get the right solution, the right way, the first time, you must have a voice at the table. At Mind Over Data, our only goal is to improve your business in the most efficient, economical way possible - not lock you into (or out of) a nonproductive technical solution. We will never leave you in the dark. We are communicators who won't withhold info or talk over your head.
Once a relationship begins with Mind Over Data, the partnership extends far beyond the everyday solution -- Mind Over Data will continue to offer technical and development support to help your business grow into the future. We don't hand you alphabet soup, we give you collaborative solutions that work for your business.
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Are you ready to stop wasting time (and money) with off-the-shelf technology that keeps missing the mark? We couple your experience with our expertise to develop common-sense tailored solutions that get the job done.