Reporter Rachel Dubrovin brings us highlights from his presentation and explains why Schweitzer decided to establish his business on the Palouse.
Community leaders and business owners filled the Schweitzer Event Center Tuesday afternoon for the Pullman Chamber of Commerce General Membership Luncheon.
"For his leadership in revolutionizing the performance of electrical power systems…" said Pullman Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marie Dymkoski.
The featured speaker was none other than Doctor Ed Schweitzer, who started Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in Pullman nearly 30 years ago.
"I came here as a graduate student in 1974 and I fell in love with the Palouse," said Schweitzer. "I really, really like it here."
"Today, SEL is an employee owned company that serves the electric power industry worldwide," said Dymkoski.
"Worldwide, we're about 3,700 employees," said Schweitzer. "Roughly half of us live and work in the Pullman-Moscow area."
As one of Pullman's largest employers, Schweitzer spoke about the importance of free enterprise.
"It's trying something new, it's having an idea, seeing if it's going to work," said Schweitzer. "And that's what free enterprise is all about.
When we live in a country where that's not only embraced, but defended, we've got a bright future."
And about the importance of doing business the way your mother would want you to.
"There's no difference between business ethics, and ethics," said Schweitzer.
The Pullman Chamber of Commerce hosts a General Membership Luncheon every month to give community leaders and business owners a chance to network. They welcome both members of the chamber and the general public.