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You’re So Fly: Mark Shropshire

Here at Flywheel, it is our members that make our community so vibrant and worthwhile. At last month’s Community Day, we had the privilege of hearing from longtime Flywheeler Mark Shropshire on his driving values in life and how he cultivates intentional connections. Mark’s Professional Journey Mark “Shrop” Shropshire is Senior Technical Director at Mediacurrent, an open source product company, and he enjoys working at the intersection of leadership and technology. A frequent speaker at local and national conferences, he is actively involved in the open source space and has led some of...

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Flywheel Members Daniel Alvarez and Jason Levinson Unveil AI Big Picture, Redefining Strategic Solutions

Since the start, Flywheel has made it a mission to not just provide a space for people to work, but a space for them to grow. We have always been centered around our commitment to the entrepreneurial community and the spirit of innovation in Winston Salem. It always feels incredible when we get to see the product of that energy through the success of our members. But it is extra special when we see them succeeding together. Flywheel members Daniel Alvarez and Jason Levinson have been working together for almost three months in a partnership that was born out of this space. After being placed...

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You’re So Fly: Lucas Ward

Meet Flywheeler Lucas Ward –a Cloud/Dev Ops Engineer for Ippon Technologies and self-proclaimed “Mad Scientist!” As a Cloud/DevOps Engineer for Ippon Technologies USA, Lucas heads up their Charlotte office. He didn’t always work in the tech space, leaving UNCC for a nearly 10 year stint in the food and beverage space while he managed a Jimmy John’s restaurant. Overcoming numerous personal obstacles, Lucas shares that it was the guidance of a mentor that brought him back on track and into the world of DevOps. Now, he lives in Concord with his wife and two kids. These days, Lucas stays busy in...

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Small Business Spotlight: Gabrielle Befort with Star Style Solutions

There is no doubt that the best part of working at Flywheel is getting to witness local entrepreneurs make their dreams a reality. Gabrielle Befort was a new mother of twins when she had the idea for Star Style Solutions. After transitioning from her career as an engineer to a full-time mom, she suddenly found herself having to make adjustments in both her budget and her wardrobe. She has always had a love for fashion and a knack for style and was now in need of a creative solution. The secondhand options in front of her offered affordability and convenience but fell short on providing the experience...

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You’re So Fly: Lance Jenkins

At Flywheel, it’s not uncommon to strike up a conversation and find yourself chatting with someone who wears more than one hat- Lance Jenkins is one of them. Lance uses the space as a real estate agent and broker but is also a writer, media magnate, and hockey fanatic. He has been able to channel these passions into a colorful career having worked as a nightly news anchor, radio host, local radio play-by-play football announcer, podcast host, and published author. A North Carolina native, Lance settled in Winston-Salem five years ago and has no plans on leaving anytime soon. In fact, he intends...

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Coworking Is Helping Parents Achieve Work-Family Balance

Prior to the pandemic, many working parents longed to work from home to save time, to avoid time-wasting commutes, and to spend more time with their families. As companies were forced to pivot and include remote working, some have kept that routine as they were able to reduce office space as a way to cut back on overhead. However, what has also come to light over the past several years is that, for many, efficiency dropped because of distractions at home. An 8-hour work day could easily turn into a full day of work and family tasks, but not feeling like either one received quality attention....

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