ECE started because of the promise one person made to James S. Frey when he left his former employer as a credential evaluator. One of his customers told him that if he started his own company, they’d switch to him. With that promise ECE began.
Jim’s goal was to develop evaluation standards based upon factual information obtained from official sources, without any outside influence. Jim’s commitment to the ethical practice of the profession of credential evaluation, based on facts and for the benefit and wellbeing of our global community, has provided the foundation on which we have built ECE.
ECE has grown from a one-man operation working out of a basement with one client and a handful of evaluations to a staff that now numbers 94, occupying a modern office in Milwaukee (though most are working from home nowadays). More than 600,000 evaluations completed is quite an accomplishment in that 40-year span of time.
We honor Jim (pictured right) for making our world a safer and better place by ensuring appropriate assessment of educational credentials for people around the world who are using their education to improve their own lives, those of their families, and their communities.
And we still live the promise that ECE is built on.
Sometimes all it takes is one person to believe in you – one person to change the entire trajectory of your life, which ends up touching the lives of so many.
We believe in you and can’t wait to feel the impact of your contribution in the world.
To our current and former employees, applicants, partners, and friends, we thank you for a wonderful and rewarding first 40 years.
-- Margit Schatzman, ECE President
ECE's founder, Jim Frey loved his puns. Here's a favorite:
The pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it.
And here's one from a staff member:
I have a bachelor's and a master's, but my parents keep criticizing me for not getting a doctorate - they won't stop with the third degree.
The Cat's Meow
ECE's first employee was Jim Frey's cat Taro.
◄— That's Taro in the video. In Japanese, taro means "eldest son."
Did someone say pie?
ECE’s second office was across the street from an outlet of a now defunct national restaurant chain that specialized in pies. Back in the day when there were about 12 employees, we looked for any possible excuse to celebrate with a pie or two.
Why have all of ECE’s logos included the color blue?
Easy, that is Jim Frey’s favorite color.
Jim Frey had a massive turtle knickknack collection. The strange thing was, he did not particularly like turtles. A former colleague gave him one upon returning from a trip. Someone else saw the turtle on his desk and gave him another one. The collection reproduced from there to over 100 of the creatures.