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Allied Van Lines
Alpha Building Corporation
America To Go, L.L.C.
American Express
American Hotel Register
American Seating Co
B&H Photo Video
The Baker Company
Beckman Coulter
Bentley Mills, Inc.
Bourdons Institutional Sales, Inc.
Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
Claridge Products & Equipment, Inc
Complete Book and Media Supply
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
ESM Solutions Corporation
FedEx Corporation
Ferguson Enterprises
Filtration Concepts
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Getinge USA INC
Global Industries
GovConnection, Inc.
The Graebel Companies
Grainger - Scientific Safety Supplies
Grainger, Inc.
Hamilton Scientific
Henry Schein Dental, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc.
Hertz Corporation
HighTower Group, L.L.C.
HireRight, Inc.
Irwin Seating Company
Juniper Networks, Inc
Matheson Tri-Gas
Matrix Fitness Systems
Mayflower Transit
McGladrey LLP
Micro Video Instruments, Inc.
MityLite Inc.
Mobile Modular
National Car Rental
NCSPlus Incorporated
Neta Scientific
North American Van Lines
Nouveau Construction & Technology - Energy Conservation
Nouveau Construction & Technology - JOC
Nurture By Steelcase
OReilly Auto Parts
PanAm, Inc.
PPG Architectural Finishes Inc. (Formerly Glidden Professional)
Procurex, Inc.
SatCom Global Inc
Schindler Elevator Corporation, U.S.A.
School Health Corporation
SciQuest, Inc.
Shaw Sports Turf
Shelby Williams
Sherwin-Williams Company
SKC Communication Products, LLC
Southwest Contract
Specialty Underwriters
Spikes Cavell Analytic Inc.
Sprint Solutions, Inc
SSC Service Solutions
Steelcase Inc.
Steris Corporation
Tandus Flooring US, L.L.C.
Technology Integration Group (TIG)
Transformations Furniture, Inc.
Transportation Logistics Management, Inc
Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance/WTI
United Van Lines
University Sleep Products, Inc.
Vantage Point Logistics, Inc.
VWR International
Waynes Roofing, Inc.
Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC
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E&I Report

: APRIL 2014




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  Quote of the Month

    NEW AT E&I

E&I Board Approves Patronage Refunds!
Michael Rangos Joins E&I as New VP of Contracts
Top Ten Notable Achievements in 2013
Countdown to Louisville
Maximizing Your Purchasing Power


  More than 95 Percent of the World’s Bourbon is Distilled and Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Country


  Save the Date - Upcoming Events You Won't Want to Miss!















E&I Board Approves Patronage Refunds!


E&I is your Cooperative, and your participation in member contracts offers many benefits. Not only can you take advantage of considerable cost-saving opportunities, you can also share in the Cooperative’s overall financial success.

We are excited to announce that based on 2013’s net income, E&I’s Board of Directors voted to return approximately $2.6 million to the membership in the form of patronage refunds!

About the patronage program
At the end of each calendar year, E&I’s Board of Directors declares a patronage refund based on the Cooperative’s net income. The amount distributed to each member is based upon each institution’s relative contributions to the Cooperative’s gross income. If you are eligible to receive a refund, your check should arrive in the coming months.

At a time when higher ed institutions are facing continued budgetary constraints, we are proud to be able to provide this refund to our members.

For a detailed explanation of how patronage is calculated for each institution, please read our patronage brochure. If you have any further questions, please contact Anita Lipsky, E&I’s Associate Director of Contract Accounting, at alipsky@eandi.org.


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Michael Rangos Joins E&I as New VP of Contracts


We are excited to announce that Michael Rangos has joined the Cooperative as our new Vice President of Contracts.

Michael will report directly to Gary D. Link, Senior Vice President of Consulting and Contracts, and will be responsible for the overall process of developing and negotiating contracts for products and services that meet the needs of our membership.

Michael possesses more than 25 years of professional procurement experience in the private and public sectors, as well as in K-12. He began his career in the federal arena where he held numerous procurement positions within the U.S Department of Justice Facilities. Following that, he worked for 15 years with the Oakland Schools in Michigan. There, he was responsible for the development and oversight of cost savings initiatives, which included cooperative purchasing programs as well as consortiums. He served as the Chief Contracting Officer with regard to day-to-day procurement and contracting operations, in addition to developing and directing the implementation of strategic business plans.

Michael also served as a state representative for the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA) and worked closely with other national purchasing cooperatives that serve K-12 and higher education institutions.

In his most recent position, he managed lead generation and business development opportunities at Tremco Incorporated, and served as the liaison between the company and its various partnered cooperative purchasing organizations.

Michael brings with him an excellent understanding of supply chain principles and best practices, including supplier relations and management. He also understands the need to balance these relationships to achieve success. Please join us in welcoming him to the Cooperative’s Contracts team.


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Top Ten Notable Achievements in 2013


2013 was a year of many incredible accomplishments. We are so proud of what we have achieved, and even more proud to share this success with our members. Here’s a snapshot of our Top Ten notable achievements:

2013 at a Glance

  • Member purchases exceeded $1.9 billion

  • Members received over $14 million in rebates and/or growth incentives

  • Our Board of Directors voted to return approximately $2.6 million to the membership in the form of patronage refunds

  • Over $200 million in savings realized

  • Members recaptured and redeployed thousands of RFP resource hours

  • Membership increased 13% to 3,014

  • We conducted 70 annual, regional and local events, e.g. NACUBO, APPA, NAEP, NIGP, ASBO, AACC

  • Our consulting division completed several key strategic engagements including the University of Kansas, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Broward College, Howard University, SUNY and Ithaca College

  • Procurement surveys were completed on behalf of a number of institutions including Yeshiva and George Washington University

  • Successful reverse auctions were completed for clients such as MIT and Yale University, with additional auction events planned for the future. Additionally, we conducted a nationwide survey on reverse auctions and hosted a highly successful reverse auction webinar

As we reflect upon these accomplishments, it is only fitting that we take a moment to thank you, our members, for making all of this possible. Your support is extremely appreciated, and we look forward to building upon these achievements in the year to come.


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Countdown to Louisville


NAEP’s 93rd Annual Meeting is right around the corner…we can’t wait to catch up in Louisville. We’ve put together a brief list of important dates and times to keep in mind for your trip.

Sunday, May 18

New Attendee Orientation
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Procurement in the Winner’s Circle
NAEP Host Event in partnership with E&I
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Monday, May 19

NAEP Opening General Session & Keynote
TED-style Talks
9:15 am – 10:15 am

E&I Member Update and Stockholders' Meeting & Luncheon
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Don’t forget to visit E&I in booth #113 – you’ll really enjoy our booth this year!

Tuesday, May 20

NAEP Keynote Presentation
Nice Bike
9:00 am – 10:45 am

Exhibit Hall Open
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

E&I Member/Supplier Mixer
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Wednesday, May 21

Closing General Session & Keynote
9:15 – 10:45 am

Workshop: EDUCAUSE Top Ten IT Issues
Speaker: Joanne Grama, Educause
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop: A Competitive RFP Process Can Put You in the Winner’s Circle
Speaker: Mike Durica, University of Pittsburgh
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Workshop: Procurement Transformation: Maximizing the Potential of Procure-to-Pay Technology
Speakers: Jack Zencheck, Yeshiva University; E&I Consulting Group
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm


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Maximizing Your Purchasing Power


Maximizing Your Purchasing Power
Recent Contract Adoptions

Your E&I agreements continue to gain acceptance and support from members like you. These contract adoptions are a true testament to the power and value of cooperative purchasing.

Take a look below to see a sampling of the contracts that your colleagues have recently adopted. For more information on any of the Cooperative’s competitively awarded contracts, please contact your E&I Member Relations Executive.

               Albany Area Primary Health Care, Inc.
               Arcadia Unified School District
               Coker College
               Crawfordsville Community School Corp
               Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
               First Presbyterian Day School, Inc.

               Birmingham Southern College
               Brigham Young University
               Hockaday School
               Max Planck Florida Institute
               Northeastern State University
               Palm Beach Atlantic University

               Ohio University
               University of Detroit Mercy

               Baylor University
               Portland State University
               Winston Salem State University

               Catawba College
               Collin County Community College District
               Crawfordsville Community School Corp
               Cumberland County College
               Dallas School District
               Devereux Glenholme School
               Genesee Community College
               Georgetown College
               Jefferson Rehabilitation Center
               Johnson County Community College
               Johnson University
               Kalama School District No. 502
               Mohave Community College
               Northwestern Michigan College
               Spring Hill College
               St. John's Episcopal School
               University of Kansas
               Vancouver School District #37
               Whitworth University

               Baylor University
               Portland State University
               Winston Salem State University

               California State University – Long Beach
               Hinds Community College
               Texas Women’s University

               Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College
               University of Mississippi
               Western New Mexico University

               A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
               Bellarmine University
               Bellingham Technical College
               Biola University
               Birmingham Southern College
               Bunker Hill Community College
               Community College of Baltimore County
               Cumberland County College
               DeVry Education Group
               Eastern Gateway Community College
               Fairfield University
               Fargo Public Schools
               Florida Keys Community College
               Indiana Wesleyan University
               Lawrence Technological University
               Lincoln Land Community College
               Little Rock Christian Academy

               Bellingham Technical College
               Grand Island Public Schools
               Tarleton State University
               University of Akron
               University of Puget Sound


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Did You Know?


More than 95 Percent of the World’s Bourbon is Distilled and Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Country

Known as ‘America’s Native Spirit,’ Bourbon is the only alcohol that is a distinctive product of the United States. Nearly 5 million barrels of bourbon are aging in Kentucky warehouses found throughout Bourbon Country.

Many people don’t realize that the method of making bourbon is actually mandated by law. Bourbon must be made with at least 51 percent corn and aged in new, white oak barrels. The inside of the barrels is charred, creating a caramelized layer of wood that mellows the flavors and gives bourbon its amber hue. The spirit must be aged at least two years in order to become ‘straight’ bourbon whiskey, although most bourbon is aged longer than that. Temperature changes cause some of the liquid to evaporate, so there’s less in the barrels when they are opened. This is commonly called the ‘angel’s share.’

We are looking forward to enjoying the many sites of Kentucky – and maybe a little bourbon– with you at this year’s Annual Meeting in Louisville.


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Calendar of Events

Save the Date - Upcoming Events You Won't Want to Miss!


April 5 - 8
AACC- American Association of Community Colleges
Washington, DC

April 30 - May 2
EDUCAUSE Connect: Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland


May 18 - 21
NAEP Annual Meeting
Louisville, Kentucky


June 14 - 20
Las Vegas, Nevada

June 16 - 18
UBTech 2014
Las Vegas, NV
UBTech 2014 Conference

July - 2014

July 19 - 22
Seattle, Washington


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