Eric Kauffman | Senior Vice President

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it… Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it” -Goethe. There is a great deal of wisdom in those words – too often we fear being bold, doing the common things differently.  Doing things in the same way, day-after-day, inhibits our ability to advance and achieve greatness.  In leading the Midwest Market for Peloton, I believe that most organizations are capable of greatness – our job at Peloton is to help them be bold in order to realize that potential.  In my role, I work with our clients to envision what is possible, and partner with them to create the vision and pathway to achieve it.

I have been fortunate to be in this field for the last 14 years, doing what I love the whole time.  There has been a major evolution over that time which has been fascinating to watch.  In the beginning, organizations really struggled to understand how to apply management technologies and processes.  Significant time and money has been spent to “figure it out”.  Today, management practices and frameworks are relatively well established, and technology is better aligned to market needs.  I’m excited that what used to be at the margins in most organizations is now at the core of their execution.

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it... Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” -GoetheI love seeing the results our clients achieve when their potential becomes real.  For as long as I have been in consulting, I’ve loved the feeling I get when I hear about the difference that our solutions make in a person’s day-to-day working life.  Sometimes the changes are massive, sometimes they are subtle. If we can make it possible for an organization to perform more optimally, or to make it possible for someone to go home in time to tuck their kids into bed, it makes it all worth it to me.

Teamwork is such a powerful thing.  We see so many ready-at-hand examples, often illustrated through film and sports.  But make no mistake – teamwork is HARD in everyday life.  The people around us all have conflicting priorities – they sometimes do things for their own reasons.  It’s a tough task to move people in the same direction when the goals are different for each individual. But I can tell you from experience, when it works, team culture is second to none – it’s unbelievable what a group of people can achieve, and that’s why teamwork is so important to us here at Peloton.

Outside of work, I do many physical activities.  I love running – it keeps the mind and body in shape.  Basketball is a great avenue for friendly competition, and the embodiment of teamwork when played well.  I also have a passion for golf.  The game is so demanding, yet rewards you with proximity to the world around you, and the opportunity to spend uninterrupted hours with friends and family.

Before joining Peloton, I served as Vice President for Palladium Group, where I led the Business Intelligence and Performance Management practice.  Prior to that, I served in consulting and architecture capacities at Acquity Group, Whittman-Hart Inc., Solutions Group, Perform Consulting and others, gaining experience in multiple facets of this field, including data management, reporting, analysis, and financial applications.