Eric Herrenkohl

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Eric Herrenkohl is an executive coach and Managing Director of Executive Coaching and Executive Career Services for AchieveNEXT.  He is the creator and leader of the A-Player Executive Coaching Program, a framework that has helped hundreds of senior leaders improve financial results by creating and leading A-player teams.  Eric also leads an extensive executive career coaching practice, collaborating with leaders in career transition to navigate the job search and obtain the right next executive role.   

Eric’s book How to Hire A-Players, published by Wiley, is an Amazon bestseller named one of the top 10 recruiting books of all time by His thought leadership has been featured by Business Week, Fox News,, the LinkedIn Talent Blog,, NBC News, the Philadelphia Business Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Toronto Globe and Mail.

Eric led his own boutique executive search firm for 20 years prior to joining AchieveNEXT. In addition to running the firm, he was a “headhunter” and executive advisor who identified, assessed and placed executives into supply chain, manufacturing and financial leadership roles. He also advised mid-market and Global/Fortune 500 clients on best practices for attracting and retaining top talent. He has deep experience in assessing executives in light of business objectives and cultural fit.

Prior to starting his firm, Eric worked in the sales incentive and employee motivation industry. There, he specialized in motivating salespeople in independent distribution channels to sell more of his clients’  products.  He was the first employee hired to manage a patented incentive system that disrupted the industry by using the global MasterCard network for award delivery rather than traditional trips and prizes. 

Eric also worked for a contingent recruiting firm specializing in the recruitment of financial leaders, for an investor-backed startup in digital distribution of corporate training, and for the not-for-profit organization Young Life as a volunteer and staff member.  

Eric holds a master’s degree from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis and an undergraduate degree in economics and history from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He and his wife Kelly have four children in the young-adult to teenage years and live in the Philadelphia area. He is a devoted fan of his wife, kids, friends, and extended family as well as of great food, Bordeaux wine, and the Philadelphia 76ers. Post-pandemic, he is looking forward to getting back on the jiu-jitsu mat with his friends!