Pieter, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Pieter: Of course! My name is Pieter Ardinois. I’m the father of two beautiful children and I live in Ghent.
What studies did you complete?
Pieter: I studied courses in becoming a social assistant, advertising design and history, but all too often I was distracted by my love of entrepreneurship, so I always combined my studies with working.
“Pauwels Consulting is a company with an open mind, an incredible drive to surpass itself and a lot of room for initiative.”
What level of experience do you have?
Pieter: My career has always revolved around entrepreneurship. For the last fifteen years, I’ve been working as an entrepreneur in the IT sector, a domain where I feel at home. I learned about IT at a young age and, alongside entrepreneurship, it’s in my bones.
Where does that passion for entrepreneurship come from?
Pieter: Forming a vision, transforming it into a plan and then rigorously going for it gives me lots of energy every day.
Entrepreneurship is synonymous with ‘undertaking’ or ‘doing’. All the aspects involved in building a company are now such a part of me that I can barely imagine any other life.
What do you do in your free time?
Pieter: Besides entrepreneurship and technology, I’m very passionate about music, although I don’t have any specific preference for a particular genre. However, my record collection isn’t growing as quickly as it used to with the advent of Spotify and digital purchases.
Besides that, endurance running is a form of yoga for me. As an ultrarunner, I often run for more than three hours to process ideas and impressions.
When and how did you get in touch with Pauwels Consulting?
Pieter: I had been aware of the name Pauwels Consulting for several years, but the name became even more prominent when the company sponsored the Ghent Marathon. That’s when I first came into contact with them.
“Forming a vision, transforming it into a plan and then rigorously going for it gives me lots of energy every day.”
Why did you choose Pauwels Consulting?
Pieter: Pauwels Consulting is a company with an open mind, an incredible drive to surpass itself and a lot of room for initiative. Right from the first interviews, I really felt at home.
What are your day-to-day tasks as IT director?
Pieter: There is no fixed set of tasks, which obviously makes the work all the more enjoyable. My day starts with checking news in the market, following up customer requests and carrying out administrative tasks.
At 9 in the morning, we hold a meeting with the IT recruiters and account managers to go over the day’s tasks.
My working day is mainly filled with consultations and supporting various teams, as well as customer visits. In the evening, I catch up with technology news and try to share useful things with the team.
What gives you the most satisfaction in your job?
Pieter: Inspiring a team to surpass themselves and seeing them celebrate a victory or the achievement of an ambitious goal. I don’t distinguish between sales, operational or technical teams.
“I learned about IT at a young age and, alongside entrepreneurship, it’s in my bones.”
What are your ambitions at Pauwels Consulting?
Pieter: An IT entrepreneur once said: “Software is eating the world.” IT and technology are increasingly present within our day-to-day private and professional lives.
My ambition is to contribute to this evolution with Pauwels Consulting’s IT unit by transferring the passion for technology, building up knowledge and, ultimately, exploiting it for our customers.
Is there any other wisdom you wish to share or perhaps an inspiring citation?
Pieter: Most definitely:
“Just do it.” (Smiles.)
Short and powerful! Thank you for the interview, Pieter, and here’s wishing you success with your projects!