Meet the Ascedian: Eric Lehman

eric lehman director of digital strategy

What makes Ascedia special? Our people! Every week, we'll introduce you to a member of our team so you can get to know us a little better.

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Eric Lehman – Director of Digital Strategy

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

There is no “typical day,” which is what I like. My main goal throughout every day is to develop strategic relationships that will breed innovative out-of-the box ideas and deliver great work for clients that are blown away with the end result. On top of that, I keep up with emerging technologies like Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality/Artificial Intelligence and trends to find a way to leverage that and stay ahead of the curve when it comes to delivering brand experiences.

HOW I CHOSE MY CAREER PATH

As a former tech entrepreneur, I have a passion for helping businesses create that differentiator by leveraging innovative technology. My parents always said that I’d grow up to be a lawyer or be in sales, so I chose the path of less student debt. 

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT ASCEDIA

The mindset of the leadership here. They are progressive, hungry, and eager to embrace emerging technology – taking calculated risks and not having a fear of failure. Ascedia wanted to be on the cutting edge of innovation and really create something great. That excitement and enthusiasm is contagious. 

EDUCATION

Ottawa University - Business Management and Communications

HIGH SCHOOL MASCOT

Spartan

FIRST JOB

I was a carnie for a summer – it’s a long story.

BEST PIECE OF CAREER/PROFESSIONAL ADVICE I'VE RECEIVED

“If you’re not first, you’re last!” 

PERSONAL HERO

Anyone who’s sold everything they’ve owned and moved to the Caribbean to open a bar on the beach.

FAVORITE MILWAUKEE HANGOUT

Summer… Everywhere! Milwaukee summers are the best!
Winter… My couch! Don’t make me go out there!

LAST BOOK READ

My niece and I did a Disney “Frozen” coloring book, does that count?

PERSON I'D MOST LIKE TO MEET (LIVING OR DEAD)

I don’t really get star struck or have a wish list of people that I’m dying to meet. I guess anyone with a sense of humor that can add value.

FAMILY

Aside from my parents and brother, the rest of my family is still in the old country (Hungary)

WHAT I DO IN MY SPARE TIME

Spend time with Fedor, my Doberman that I love more than anything.

SECRET TALENT

I’m pretty handy in the kitchen and on the grill.

MOST MEANINGFUL ACCOMPLISHMENT

I started my own business at 20 years old. I learned more from that experience than I did throughout any sort of formal education or training.