- The Washington Times - Monday, June 17, 2002

When not racing cars and watching soccer, Peter Kauffman will be in charge of helping software company LogiXML expand and grow. He has been named CEO of the McLean company that provides tools to software developers to increase efficiency.
Mr. Kauffman, with his experience and veteran status within the software world, is being counted on to help LogiXML mature as a company. His new duties will include helping to lead the sales and marketing department, creating key strategic relationships and helping to build the infrastructure to support a growing organization.
Mr. Kauffman was the founder and former chief executive of MEI Software Systems. MEI Software, now called gomembers, sells software to nonprofits and other organizations. Mr. Kauffman founded the company in Reston in 1975 and sold it in November 2000. Since then, he had been advising companies, among them LogiXML.
LogiXML founder and Chief Technology Officer Arman Eshraghi is thrilled Mr. Kauffman joined the company.
"We are very excited about it," Mr. Eshraghi said. "Mr. Kauffman was working with us for a few months. He already knew about the company, which is a great thing to have. He's bringing 20 to 25 years of experience and management to the company."
LogiXML's new tool is ready to hit the market, and Mr. Kauffman is being counted on to help propel it, and the company, toward success.
Mr. Kauffman is equally enthused.
"I'm very excited," he said. "I've been in the software-development business for 25 years. I'm very sensitive to what it takes to build good software and, more importantly, what it takes to maintain. What we have here is a very innovative tool and well-positioned. I think we have something very exciting here."
The challenge ahead for Mr. Kauffman is introducing the product into the marketplace. He hopes to build on the customer base and the infrastructure in place at LogiXML.
"I think the greatest challenge when you introduce new technology into an industry is to get it established," he said. "It's challenging and fun."
Mr. Kauffman, who lives in Reston, was an avid soccer player until "the body wore out." He and his wife raised three children there, and in his spare time, he enjoys racing cars and teaching others about it.

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