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Jon and Ismail talk about the importance of training and retaining your workforce with Kevin Schnieders, CEO of EDSI (Educational Data Systems, Inc.)

Kevin Schnieders is the CEO and President of EDSI (Educational Data Systems, Inc.). EDSI helps great companies and communities retain great people. The company focuses on providing innovative solutions to close workforce skills gaps around the country

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 2007, he assumed the role of CEO, or as he refers to it, the “”Chief Servant Leader,”” and the company has tripled in revenue and number of locations, added 400 new employees and increased profitability since Kevin made this transition. This success can be attributed to putting others first, listening closely to their insights and needs, and helping them understand their unique strengths. Kevin says, “”I had the 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.””

Outside of EDSI, Kevin mentors a high school student for Building Bridges, a charity that inspires children to believe in themselves by connecting them with caring adults. He has also been a partner to a grade-school student at Cornerstone Schools since 2007, and he serves as a board member for the Rainbow Connection, an organization that helps dreams come true for Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses and provides support to their families.

He over-achieved when he married his wife, Wendy, and is the annoyingly proud father of two exceptional girls, Lauren and Riley. Kevin is a lifelong resident of Michigan. He completed his undergraduate degree at Albion College, and graduated with a Masters of Science in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University.

*E – explicit language may be used in this podcast.