Ed Meell is the founder and chairman of MMS Education. Before he founded the company as Media Management Services, Inc. in 1977, Ed held a variety of publishing positions, including editorial director of McGraw-Hill Films, a division of McGraw-Hill Book Company, and vice president of Learning Resources Company. Ed taught and coached at Baldwin-Whitehall High School and was a teacher and administrator at Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh. He received a B.A. in history from the University of Notre Dame and earned a Master’s degree in education from Duquesne University. As the founder and chairman of MMS Education, Ed was responsible for developing the business into what it is today, starting with the introduction of innovative systems, breakthrough concepts and sales strategies for selling directly to the school market using an inside sales force. Through the years, MMS has been an industry leader in helping clients explore market opportunities, promote outreach programs, and market and sell products to the education market.
Ed has served on the board of trustees of Cedar Crest College and on the board of directors of the DaVinci Science Center, both in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He has also served on numerous corporate boards as well as advisory groups at the local, state and national levels in education, business and telecommunications. Ed was the founding president of the Association of Media Producers, the industry group that represented companies producing, acquiring and distributing educational media. Some of the other boards and advisory groups he served on include: Foundation for Free Enterprise Education Board; National History Day Board of Trustees; Dirksen Congressional Library (IL); Congress Link Advisory Board; Fairless Hills (PA) Salvation Army unit; Pennsylvania Small Business Conference; Bucks County Economic Development Task Force; White House Conference on Small Business; Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Committee, Transportation Committee and Education Committee; and the U.S. Small Business Administration Task Force on Government Competition with Small Business. In addition, he was an active member of the Carl F. Ewig/Martec International Advisory Board in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Ed has always been active in the telecommunications field and has served on the Joint Cable/Telecommunications Advisory Board for Bucks County and as vice chair for the Upper Makefield (PA) Cable Television Advisory Board. He has participated in the Pennsylvania State Senate Distance Learning Task Force. While Ed is now retired from MMS Education, he continues to be an avid supporter of lifelong learning and believes that one should never stop acquiring knowledge.