Joseph Mahaz, PLSM, founded Electronic Data Incorporated (EDI) in 1999. Since starting EDI, Joe, along with a dedicated and talented team, has worked very hard to deliver quality consulting and implementation services while holding himself and the firm to a very high standard of integrity and respect. The overall mission statement of EDI is to deliver quality products and services by empowered and experienced team members. Learn more about Joe below:
1. How did you come to do what you do?
Although my degree is in Accounting and Business once I got out of the Marine Corps and finished school, I took a job at an engineering company in Troy, Michigan. After working as an accounting clerk and ultimately the accountant and office manager, I became interested in sales and marketing. I had a friend who worked for the US Navy, NAVFAC, and I moved from the front office into business development for our Federal Computer Graphics Group who provided CAD Facilities Management Consulting and Services. Eventually I became our Federal Government Program Manager. I worked for that engineering company for 28 years and in 1999, I left and started at Electric Data, Inc. (EDI).
2. Was this a lifelong goal?
When I got out of the Marine Corps in 1970, I had no clue what I really wanted to do but wanted to use my VA School benefits. From there I decided to start with a degree in accounting and business and figure it out as I went.
3. What do you enjoy most about your job?
People!!! I enjoy building trust and relationships with our clients and the people I work with.
4. What motivates you every day?
My family motivates me every day.
5. What makes you unique and different?
I do not feel I am that unique from others who care about family first and overall loyalty and devotion to their job/employer.
6. What are your favorite types of projects to work on?
My favorite types of projects to work on are the ones where our team delivers on our commitment to provide our client’s true return on investment and overall project success.
7. What are your future career goals?
After working now for over 50 years, my goal is at some point over the next few years to retire.
8. What is the best career lesson you’ve learned so far?
Treat everyone with respect and relative to clients say what you are going to deliver and deliver on your promise, over- deliver!
9. What do you like most about working at EDI?
The thing I enjoy most about working at EDI are the new challenges that pop up almost daily. I also enjoy working in business development, attending conferences, working with existing clients, and meeting potential new clients.
10. What has been your favorite memory while working at EDI?
My favorite memory while working at EDI was the day, we opened our first office back in May of 2000.
11. Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun?
Used to be playing golf as much as possible, but nowadays its being with my grandchildren and boating.