When Dan Eaton joined Kohler Co. fresh out of college, he never dreamed of the career it would lead him to. Thirteen years, an international assignment and several promotions later, he couldn’t imagine it any other way.
“I was looking for a company that had energy and the opportunity to grow as an individual. Every associate I spoke to exuded passion for their job and the feeling of community—that’s what brought me to Kohler Co.,” Dan explained about his interview process.
After graduating from Michigan State, he joined our supply chain rotational program and was immediately presented the opportunity to work abroad in global procurement and international transportation for Kohler Mira in Cheltenham, England. More than a decade later, this is still his favorite Kohler memory.
“I had only been with the company a few months and had never been out of the United States,” said Dan. “I remember the feeling of excitement and nervousness stepping out of the hired car in front of what would be my flat for the next couple months. It was one of those “grow up quick” moments, and I wouldn’t have had that opportunity if I hadn’t joined Kohler Co.”
After completing his rotation in England, Dan returned to the U.S. to explore the depth and breadth of Kohler Co. He worked his way up the ranks in roles in Kohler Power Systems, Communications, and, most recently, as procurement manager for Professional Services.
“I support and manage any of the third-party services and products within our HR, Law, Finance, Communications, Marketing, Travel and Aviation teams—everything from production contracts for national TV commercials to bidding out our engagement survey provider and payroll systems.”
Dan’s experience as a participant in our rotational program also stuck with him, and he’s returning the favor. In addition to his full-time role, he now oversees the supply chain rotational program, helping new associates discover and grow their own career paths.
“I think what gives me the most satisfaction is that I can see the impact of the work I do every day. We’re seen as more than just buyers and what we do makes a difference to the company in a positive way,” he said.