Kevin McGinnis is vice president of Product Development and Technology for Pinsight Media+, a division of Sprint. In his role, he manages all aspects of development, technology planning and operations for the new Sprint subsidiary and startup located in downtown Kansas City. In his 20-year career at Sprint, Kevin has performed in a multitude of functions at various stages of new and emerging businesses – long distance, Internet, wireless and wire line. This range of experience has established Kevin as a thought leader in the wireless industry.
Over the past several years, Kevin has been the driving force behind much of the corporate involvement in the entrepreneurial community in Kansas City. He was instrumental in orchestrating the first Reverse Pitch event during Global Entrepreneurship Week in 2012 and the collaboration between corporations in Kansas City since that event. Under Kevin’s leadership, he’s helped reestablish Sprint as a community leader in economic development and the advancement of Kansas City’s technology scene. Sprint has partnered with Digital Sandbox KC, Pipeline Entrepreneurs, Silicon Prairie News, UP Global and many other initiatives. He serves as board chair for KCnext – The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City and sits on the advisory boards for KC Sourcelink and University of Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship. Most recently, he founded the Sprint Accelerator in the Crossroads Arts District which hosts the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator program and other entrepreneurial and innovation initiatives.
He’s a father to three teenage girls, a loyal Jayhawk and extremely proud of his Irish-American heritage. Kevin lives in Overland Park, Kansas.
What makes KC a great environment for creativity and the arts?
I’m a big believer in the Kansas City spirit and what that represents – hard work, community, perseverance. I’m also inspired by Kansas City's rich entrepreneurial history going back to the city’s founders and many of those before us who’ve built this city through hard work and the personal drive to create something amazing. It’s a special place.
What is your favorite spot in Kansas City?
I’ve actually fallen in love with so many parts of the city all over again. The revitalization of our downtown, the renewed spirit of the Crossroads Arts District, 18th & Vine, our cool midtown neighborhoods, the history of the West Bottoms, the beautiful parks, the amazing suburban cities.
Where's your favorite place outside of Kansas City?
Put me on a beach with a drink in my hand and I’m content. I love to travel so I’m usually game for new places, too.
What's your most treasured possession?
A book that traces my family’s history back to the early 1700s called Our McGinnis Family. It keeps me grounded in my Irish-American roots and reminds me of the importance of family, knowing who you are and inspires me to be something better all the time.
Who is your favorite hero from fiction?
This one is probably a toss-up between James Bond and Jason Bourne – I truly appreciate the mystery and intrigue of both characters and they embody traits I admire like problem-solving, action-orientation and survivability. Plus, I’m a sucker for a good action movie!
Who do you most admire in real-life?
My mother. She was a remarkably resilient and intelligent woman who wasn’t afraid to stand up against things she felt needed to change. She was an American Baptist minister who spent much of her life helping those less fortunate. I hope I honor her memory by trying to emulate the things I most admire in her.
When and where are you happiest?
Probably at home with my daughters, when they’re actually paying attention and present. Teenagers are tough, but there’s nothing better than talking, laughing and creating new memories with those girls. I do love them and that makes me infinitely happy!