Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory Management Team

Erick Burchfield, Managing Director, Research Erick Burchfield
As Managing Director of Research, Erick leads research and analysis for Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory's proprietary studies and services.
Prior to joining the firm, Erick was a Senior Consultant and served as Operations Manager of the Business Planning Solutions group at HIS Global Insight, where he led a variety of strategic planning consulting projects in several industries, including energy, construction, consumer products, and manufacturing. Prior to joining HIS Global Insight, Erick was a Consultant to American Indian Tribal Nations at Taylor Policy Group and an Economic Consultant at Compass Lexecon (an FTI company), where he worked principally on energy and transportation projects, dedicating substantial time working to obtain regulatory approval for mergers and acquisitions such as the joint-acquisition of Conrail by CSX and Norfolk Southern (1997) and the FTC-challenged BP Amoco acquisition of ARCO (2000).
Erick holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Business Administration from the Anderson School at UCLA, where he concentrated on Finance and Marketing Statistics.

Lasse Pitkaeniemi, Director, Market ResearchLasse Pitkaeniemi
Lasse's primary responsibilities are managing Kennedy's consulting databases and acting as the main editor in Kennedy's research reports. He is also the lead author of Kennedy's consulting index reports, and is a contributing analyst to all major Kennedy's service line reports and custom work.
Prior to joining Kennedy, Lasse ran several small businesses, conducted market, political and economic research for private companies, academic institutions and governments.
Lasse holds a master's degree in political science and a second master's degree in economics, both from Åbo Akademi University in Finland. He is a polyglot fluent in Swedish and Finnish, conversational in German and Danish, and has significant capabilities in several other languages.

Tom Rodenhauser, Managing Director, Advisory Services Tom Rodenhauser
Tom has spent nearly 20 years advising leading management and IT consulting firms on strategic growth, talent management, and market positioning initiatives. He has also analyzed hundreds of consultancies in order to advise clients on best practices in consulting services. As head of Kennedy's Advisory Services and former editor of Consultants News, Tom leverages his own extensive network and industry knowledge with Kennedy's 40-year legacy of highly-referenced consulting industry analysis.
He is a frequent speaker on management and IT consulting industry trends, and a regular contributor to the business press as an industry expert. His commentary is routinely quoted in such leading media as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business, The New York Times, Financial Times, Investor's Business Daily, CNN, MSNBC, and others.
Prior to his work with Kennedy, Tom founded Consulting Information Services, LLC, an independent advisory practice to the management consulting and IT services industries. During his early career, he helped develop and execute the marketing and communication strategies for several Fortune 500 companies, including Electrolux (Frigidaire), The Limited, and Bob Evans Farms, Inc. He also worked on fundraising and marketing programs for several leading business schools.
Tom holds a B.S. in Journalism from The Ohio State University.