Executive Team

E&I Executive Team 

Eric Frank

Chief Executive Officer

E&I Executive Team
Eric is an entrepreneurial leader with a passion for education and a strong belief in the power of collaboration and cooperation. Eric is firmly focused on advancing E&I’s mission of helping members save time and money while contributing to the greater goal of making education affordable for all.

When he’s not busy strategizing innovative ways to break the iron triangle of cost, access, and quality in education, Eric enjoys the martial arts, paddle-boarding on the Hudson River, and embarking on outdoor adventures with his family.


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Gary D. Link

Chief Business Development Officer

E&I Executive Team
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