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Ed Phelps

Edwin L. Phelps


Ed Phelps enjoyed a long and successful career as a leader in the management training industry. In 1979 he founded ESI International, an Arlington, Virginia–based company that grew to offer comprehensive educational professional development programs in contracting, logistics, project management, and business analysis throughout the world. The company was presenting 2,500 courses a year throughout the world. Mr. Phelps developed a ground-breaking relationship between ESI and The George Washington University to develop and deliver programs sponsored by the Law School and the School of Business. These programs grew exponentially, offering highly regarded courses worldwide to thousands of attendees annually. Mr. Phelps was also the owner of IPS Associates, a Bay Area enterprise offering advanced project management and strategic execution curricula in association with the Stanford University School of Engineering. In addition, Mr. Phelps was a director of Paradigm Learning of Tampa, Florida, a leader in discovery learning methodology for business applications, and Project Connections of Redwood City, California, an online project management resource provider.

Mr. Phelps’ career began with the federal government when he joined the Department of Defense, where he was responsible for procurement and logistic support for large-scale defense systems such as nuclear submarines, aircraft carriers, destroyers, and airborne radar systems. Transitioning to the private sector, he became vice president of Sterling Institute, where he co-founded the company’s Defense and Aerospace Center which developed and presented seminars for DoD executives throughout the world.

Mr. Phelps earned a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and is a member of the school’s board of advisors. He was a member of the board of trustees of The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, a group consisting of 1,100 doctors. He is a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). A patron of the performing arts and has served on the International Committee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In Palm Beach Mr. Phelps and his wife, Linda, are supporters of United Way, Kravis Center, The Palm Beach Police Foundation, and the Palm Beach Civic Association.

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