The EDiS Institute was established in 1998 in gratitude for the company’s 90 years in the construction industry. The event was designed as a biennial half-day forum to examine important industry topics, increase communication between the industry and vocational education institutions and to encourage high school students to choose a construction-related career. Because of the generosity of EDiS Institute sponsors and significant turnout at each Institute, EDiS has been able to make generous contributions to the three vocational education school districts in Delaware and to establish an endowment, making it possible for Delaware students to attend the three-year, post high school Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades in Media, PA.
EDiS Institute 2012
At the 2012 EDiS Institute in April, speaker, John R. Patterson, author of Wired and Dangerous, discussed how the customer experience can ultimately effect customer loyalty.
EDiS Institute 2008
Pat Croce addressed daily responsibilities, after Greg and Michael Church gave an overview of our economy’s path to March 18, 2008. Lastly, Scott Horst spoke on key ways construction can help the environment.
EDiS Institute 2006
Marc Morial discussed challenges the youth will face in the future, while Dr. Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, presented a regional economy outlook. Dr. Chip Bell explained how to create devoted customers.
EDiS Institute 2004
Hank Harris, President of FMI, provided an economic forecast. Mark Schweiker touched on the emerging regional economic outlook and Dr. Kevin Freiberg addressed how to create a business culture to inspire employees.
EDiS Institute 2002
Charlie Silver explored the economy, while Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist talked about revitalizing cities instead of sprawl and Les Brown helped excite the audience to unwrap their greatness.
EDiS Institute 2000
Keynote speaker was Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who gave an impassioned talk about our need to take responsibility for the environment entitled “A Contract with Our Future."
EDiS Institute 1998
The inaugural Institute was held on May 27, 1998. The keynote speaker was internationally respected architect, Andres Duany, who spoke on new urbanism and how to end suburban sprawl.