Executive Team

E&I Executive Team 

Tom Fitzgerald

Chief Executive Officer

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Tom is a vocal advocate for cooperative action in the educational community, and is committed to positioning E&I as education’s premier group purchasing organization. He is a regular speaker at many higher education events and an on-going contributor to the Federal Reserve of NY Regional Economic Report, as well as an active long-standing member of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).

Tom is a voracious reader and a self-admitted life-long learner. When he’s not strategizing new ways to advance E&I’s mission, you can find him aggregating goals on the soccer field.


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Gary D. Link

Chief Business Development Officer

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Gary specializes in assisting higher education institutions and K-12 school districts to achieve their financial goals by realizing greater efficiencies and Return on Investment, as well as in ensuring the Cooperative continues to build a best-in-class contract portfolio.

Gary is passionate about college sports, travel, and exercise. He’s a former private pilot whose commitment to E&I’s membership is rivaled only by his love for the beach.


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John D. Orlando, CPA

Chief Operating Officer & Assistant Treasurer

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John’s focus at E&I is on transforming the financial, information technology and human resource areas into a more strategic function that supports and provides organizational leadership to the Cooperative.

In the rare moments John manages to escape his office, he enjoys spending time outdoors, working on home improvement projects, and most importantly, watching his two beautiful grandchildren grow up. Mantra: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” -Michelangelo


E&I Executive Team