EY’s Brian Kaemingk is part of the Performance Improvement Analytics team, helping Fortune 500 retail and consumer products companies leverage data to optimize customer experience. He spoke to Crain’s Seattle about his recent participation in EY’s Vantage Program, what it taught him and the impact it’s had in his career.

His mistake? “Focusing too much on moving up and keeping up with the Joneses, in terms of my career. After getting my MBA and starting at EY, I was very motivated to climb the ladder. When you go down that path, however, you become very focused on what’s in front of you, and you don’t take a step back to refresh.”

See the full article and Kaemingk’s lesson: “If I Knew Then…”