Work and Play: How SixThirty Has Fun In St. Louis

By JJ Bailey
In Culture

SixThirty, a FinTech accelerator located in Downtown St. Louis, provides funding, mentorship and industry connections to the financial technology startups selected to take part in the accelerator. As part of the startup community, SixThirty and the companies they help are professionally intertwined with the city. But St. Louis isn’t just for work. We wanted to know: When these company leaders aren’t in the office, where do they play?

We’ve partnered with SixThirty to bring you the perspectives of these entrepreneurs.

Suzanne Magee

Suzanne Magee
CEO of Bandura LLC Information and Technology Systems

Where do you live? Central West End

What do you do when you’re not working? Ballpark Village and Cardinals Baseball! I love going to Powell Hall and hearing our world-class symphony. Soulard Farmers market. Love the restaurants—Peacemaker and Vin De Set are two of my favorites.

Favorite place to work (besides your office)? Coffee shops in the Central West End.

Favorite lunch spot? CIC Venture Café, when they bring in food from local restaurants!

Where can people find you/what do you do on your day off? What is a day off? 🙂

Riding my bike in Forest Park or hunting, fishing, foraging in the country outside of St. Louis—less than 45 minutes away!

Favorite thing about the STL entrepreneurial ecosystem? Strong leaders with vision and incredible generosity of spirit. Great universities to supply talent, low cost-of-living and exciting co-working environments like T-REX and the CIC.

Tell us a little about your family: My father, Dr. W. Edwin Magee, is a well-known physician— he made Ralston Purina the first smoke-free company in America— and is emeritus status at Washington University’s Barnes Hospital after practicing there over six decades.

He and my mother, Lorraine, live in Imperial, Missouri. One of my daughters graduated from Washington University med school and is married and in medical residency in Boston. One daughter completed a masters of science in mental health counseling and lives in Burlington, Vermont. I’m always working to get them back to Missouri!  My aunt, Marianne Allgaier, lives in Clayton, is from the Hill, works tirelessly for the ALS society and is an incredible Italian cook!

What’s something your coworkers don’t know about you? As a child, I was one of the 762,000 students and others whose signature was welded into the keystone of the St. Louis Arch!


Juney Ham
Cofounder of Upside, VP of Envestnet

Where do you live? Hacienda in Ladue.

What do you do Downtown when you’re not working? I’m checking in with other companies and entrepreneurs and hanging out with coworkers and friends after work.

Favorite place to work (besides your office)? T-REX fifth floor.

Favorite lunch spot? Death In The Afternoon (Downtown on Chestnut).

Where can people find you/what do you do on your day off? I’m spending time with my family all over town, including the Saint Louis Zoo, Magic House, City Museum, Forest Park, etc.

Tell us a little about your family: I have an amazingly supportive wife and a gregarious three-year-old daughter, with another (boy) on the way!

Favorite thing about the STL entrepreneurial ecosystem? There’s this intense desire to see St. Louis succeed as a startup and technology hub. Whether founder, executive, investor, supporter or someone trying to break into the ecosystem, there’s an authenticity and generosity that you can feel the moment you meet someone embedded in this community. It’s refreshing and energizing.

What’s something your coworkers don’t know about you? This one is tough—my coworkers know me pretty well!

I can go overboard when I’m excited about something new. When I was living in Los Angeles, I decided I would learn how to drive a manual shift car. With no prior experience, I went out and bought a $800 car on Craigslist and had my brother drop me off at the seller’s house. I learned how to operate the car in real-time, but not without holding up traffic at nearly every intersection on the 15-mile, harrowing drive back!


Douglas Wilber
Senior Advisor at SixThirty

Where do you live? I live in the Central West End. It’s such a phenomenal neighborhood to raise a family. It’s got great culture, phenomenal architecture and is one of the only highly walkable neighborhoods in the city, which was really important to us when we moved here from Chicago.

What do you do Downtown when you’re not working? I’m still pretty new to the city, so my wife and I spend a lot of time exploring St Louis’ great neighborhoods in search of interesting restaurants, shopping, etc. I’m an avid rock climber, so I spend a good amount of time at Climb So Ill. I also love to stand-up paddle board and try to find places to get onto the water whenever I can. Beyond that, we love finding ways to get our kids outdoors, whether it be in Forest Park or a neighborhood pool.

Favorite place to work (besides your office)? Nothing beats a great coffee shop to get work done. I love Sump Coffee, in South City, and Blueprint in the Loop. Both have a great vibe that makes it really easy to tune in and focus.

Favorite lunch spot? I’ve got to hand it to T.J. and Adam from Death In The Afternoon. Their smoked turkey sandwich is unreal. If you haven’t tried it, you’re really missing out.

Where can people find you/what do you do on your day off? In my precious free moments, I’m typically spending time with my wife and kids or getting some exercise. We also love to entertain, which makes it easy to stay in touch with family and friends.

Tell us a little about your family: I have a lovely wife and two amazing kids, a boy and a girl.

Favorite thing about the STL entrepreneurial ecosystem? I think it’s the collaborative spirit of the city. When we moved here from Chicago, I immediately found the culture in STL to be one where everyone was pulling for each other. We all want the same thing—to reimagine what a vibrant downtown St Louis can be. It makes it easier to be an entrepreneur when you know the city’s got your back.

What’s something your coworkers don’t know about you? Great question! I went to high school in Upstate New York where I was a champion runner, winning the state meet in cross country my senior year. I then continued on to run cross-country and track and field at Penn State.


Jim Koetting
Founder and CEO, PFITR (Public Funds Investment Tracking and Reporting)

Where do you live? I live out in O’Fallon, Missouri, and surprisingly so do a lot of people who work Downtown.

What do you do Downtown when you’re not working? I could tell you walking around, exploring, finding a new place to eat but everyone does that. What I really like doing is performing and playing live music. I play in an acoustic group called GetBack; I play lead guitar and all we play is Beatles music. We are playing at Over/Under on Aug. 1.

Favorite place to work (besides your office)? That is easy: the fifth floor in the T-REX building. Lots of energy and fantastic work environment.

Favorite lunch spot? While my wife and daughter love to head up to Blondie’s, I am addicted to the fish tacos at Over/Under. I think they put an addictive substance in them.

Where can people find you/what do you do on your day off? I love SCUBA diving and underwater photography. So there is Bonne Terre Mine and Mermet Springs, some of my local favorites for weekend trips a short drive from St. Louis. I am mostly at the home front with the family.

Tell us a little about your family: My wife, Barb, works with me at PFITR and trained as a dental hygienist before being pushed into my head of HR. She is the love of my life and I am grateful to have such an awesome wife.

I have two daughters: Morgan and Madison. Morgan is home for the summer but going to school in the LA area. She’s a brilliant writer and will probably come up with a new hit TV series. Right now she is working as an intern Downtown for Capital Innovators. Madison is a junior in high school, is lifeguarding over the summer and has a passion for swimming. I think she should go into stand-up comedy because she can put you in stitches. A very funny young lady.

Favorite thing about the STL entrepreneurial ecosystem? Easy … encouragement. You have to be a little crazy to be an entrepreneur because you are chasing a dream that not everyone around you can see as clearly as you.

There are tough times as an entrepreneur as well. It is so nice to be surrounded by people who have been on the entrepreneurial roller coaster and survived to tell you about the dips and the turns and even a few bruises. Great entrepreneurs at T-REX celebrate my small victories and tell me everything will work out when things aren’t going as planned. They also gently point out if I need to change directions in a few areas.

What’s something your coworkers don’t know about you? I have a live coral reef in my basement. It is a 150-gallon salt water aquarium that I grow coral in. I used to culture it and sell it to other reef aquarium enthusiasts but now it has filled up my aquarium.

This blog was created in collaboration with SixThirty, a member of the EQ Network.

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