Ernest (Ernie) Dianastasis is Managing Director of CAI's Delaware Valley Operation and is one of the four principals of the company. CAI is an Information Technology consulting and outsourcing services organization that focuses on IT productivity and has over 2,300 associates world-wide.
In his role, Ernie is responsible for all CAI's start up and continuing operations in the Delaware Valley including Sales and Marketing, Consulting, Delivery and Quality. This operation, headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, has grown under Ernie's leadership from 1 to 700 associates, making CAI the largest IT consulting company in the Delaware Valley. CAI's Delaware Valley operations include offices in Lancaster and New Hope, Pennsylvania. The Ohio, Michigan and Texas operations also report into Ernie. CAI is currently evaluating expansion locations in both Wilmington and the City of Philadelphia. In addition to regional expansion in the Delaware Valley, Ernie also oversees CAI's operation in Shanghai, China, which opened in the third quarter of 2005.
Ernie, in addition to being a successful business leader and entrepreneur, has a passion for community involvement and is extremely active within the region. He has been a member of The Delaware Business Roundtable since 2001 and is currently serving as the Chairman. He is also a member of the Delaware State Chamber Board of Directors and serves on the MAREL Board (Mid-Atlantic Regional Education Lab). Ernie also serves on the executive committee of the State of Delaware Vision 2015 effort. This initiative focuses on the future of Delaware's public education model.
He is also on the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Innovation Philadelphia, and served as a Trust Team Board Member of the Greater Philly Roadmap 2010 Economic Development Initiative.
Ernie is also chairing a federal initiative for the Council on Competitiveness, based in Washington, DC. He is leading a 20-person advisory board made up of public, private and academic sectors in developing and implementing a plan to foster a more entrepreneurial environment in Delaware. The group is called First State Innovation.
Ernie and CAI are also involved in a number of local charitable causes that help the less fortunate. He is an active member of the Board for Easter Seals of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. In addition, CAI continues to be the title sponsor for the CAI/ Easter Seals Volleyball Challenge, Easter Seal's major annual fundraising event.
Prior to joining CAI, Ernie was with the IBM Corporation. He earned a B.S. degree in Finance and an M.B.A. in Management from Lehigh University, and remains active in supporting numerous university initiatives. Ernie and his wife Jennifer reside in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, with their two children, Jack and Paisley.