Meet Kevin Kauffman
Kevin Kauffman, founder of Kauffman Technology Solutions, is a 1988 graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Psychology and where he held numerous offices and committee chairs, up to and including President, in the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity as well as serving on the board of the fraternity’s house-holding corporation. After college, he immediately entered the corporate world where he would spend the next seventeen years — first designing electromagnetic components and analog and digital electronic circuitry for various military, industrial, and commercial applications before transitioning to desktop workstation and network administration and analysis, telecommunications, inventory tracking and shop floor automation, database programming, and IT/IS management. His insistence on hands-on learning in each of these fields amassed him a wealth of practical skills and knowledge that simply could not have been gained from a book or in a classroom.
Kevin grew up immersed in the sciences, the son of a metallurgist and outdoorsman, grandson of the Reading, PA area’s first television antenna installer and TV set repair shop owner. Fishing, hiking, shooting, and performing chemistry experiments with his father during his formative years and the countless hours spent helping his grandfather at his TV shop and working with him on his homemade car strengthened Kevin’s love for science and technology and sparked the insatiable hunger for knowledge that would drive him through many of his pursuits throughout the rest of his life. He began designing and building electronic devices, for example, at the age of nine, and by the age of fourteen, he was installing home electrical wiring and writing computer programs.
During the last few years of his corporate employ, Kevin set in motion a plan to venture out on his own. He gained invaluable insights through several side businesses that he had started during this time as well as through his close associations with two local Small Business Development Centers and with the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneur Support Program — insights which prove useful even today when called upon to assist his small-business clients. When events in his personal life eventually led him to make the difficult decision to leave his corporate job, Kevin turned his career path toward the food service industry, a life-long dream of his. And although this venture was unavoidably cut short by a late-onset congenital heart disorder only three years later, he gained a great deal of knowledge and experience from the setting up, advertising, and running of his food service businesses that he never would have gained otherwise. And it was during this venture that his interest in graphics and website design flourished and grew into the skills that he uses today.
Being the “computer guy” among his circle of friends and family, Kevin had become accustomed to being called upon frequently to assist with all types of computer- or technology-related problems in the home. It became obvious to him that there was a need for more skilled and trustworthy professionals in this field, but with his new found commitment to bolstering small business in the area, he decided to make small businesses the focus of his efforts. In 2007, he founded Kauffman Small Business Services (changing the name to Kauffman Business Solutions just a few years later) and provided occasional home service “on the side” by special request for the first four or five years, but as he learned from his clients about their experiences with some of the inept and even unethical “computer guys” out there, he decided to officially add competent and professional residential technology services to his repertoire, and he changed the company name to Kauffman Technology Solutions.
In addition to servicing his clients’ technology needs, Kevin has designed, built, and published construction plans for a domestic greywater recycling system in 2008 and has also published a regional, novelty photo book in 2012. In 2014, he published a medical autobiography relating his experiences during his five-year struggle with near-debilitating heart arrhythmias, the medications, the surgeries, and the ongoing complications. And he has a non-cookbook book about cooking slated for release sometime in the near future. Also a certified recording engineer, Kevin has co-produced, recorded, engineered, and published two music CDs for a local group, and he spends much of his free time as the administrator of and an active contributor to an online discussion group that he founded in 2012 for the benefit of heart arrhythmia sufferers. Through it, he helps thousands of members worldwide with his experiences and research. Kevin is also currently working on several other projects that will further help the members of this community to better deal with their conditions.