Kevin Schnieders, 39

Kevin SchniedersKevin Schnieders is the CEO and President of EDSI (Educational Data Systems, Inc.).  Striving to be the solution for companies and people in transition, EDSI's core business focuses on designing programs that help people move from unemployment to a career.  The company also offers comprehensive consulting advisory services and develops customized training programs nationally.

Kevin started with EDSI as a Training Consultant in 1994.  He gained additional responsibilities as the firm's HR Manager and Director of Operations, before serving six years as the Chief Operating Officer.  In the five years since Kevin assumed the role that he refers to as the "Chief Servant Leader," the company has doubled in revenue, doubled in the number of locations, added 200 new employees, and increased profitability. This success can be attributed to putting others first, listening closely to their insights and needs, and helping them understand their unique strengths.  Kevin said, "I had enough humility to understand that I had purchased a great company, a tremendous respect for the legacy left by our Founder, and an unwavering desire to help people."   
 
EDSI ranks in the top one percent of more than 14,000 companies, internationally, in the Denison Consulting Survey for high-performing cultures.  The company has also appeared on the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing companies for the past three years, and has won the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Michigan award, Crain's Cool Places to Work, the Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces Award, and the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.   For two years in a row, Kevin has been a semi-finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

He over-achieved when he married his wife, Wendy, and is the annoyingly proud father of two exceptional girls, Lauren (6) and Riley (2).  Kevin is a life-long resident of Michigan, and graduate of Albion College.

 

The information presented here was accurate as of January 2012.