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E&I helps members save more then $200 million annually.

SSB’s proven track record in helping higher ed institutions enhance constituent relationships, stimulate fan engagement, and increase revenue will greatly empower our membership to reach their financial goals.” Tom Fitzgerald, CEO of E&I.

As part of an evolved and focused approach to helping education institutions manage and structure data from all sources to address the important issues of constituent and internal engagement, full lifecycle management, and consistency in communications, SSB today announced it has been awarded a contract with E&I Cooperative Services (E&I). The contract is the result of a competitive process and will offer E&I member institutions standardized contracting, pricing, efficiency, and the opportunity to secure the leading partner for foundational data management in education.

“This is a wonderful relationship for SSB, and a tremendous opportunity for our current and future clients in K-12 and higher education,” said SSB Senior Partner Steve Hank. “E&I thoroughly vets all of their contracted providers throughout the competitive bidding process and ensures their members have not only the best deal, but the best solution. We’re proud to be in that category as it relates to the foundational data platform SSB has created and optimized for education.”

E&I helps members maximize supply chain efficiencies through improved business processes. They deliver the deep expertise, solutions, and services that help institutions excel in business performance – sourcing effectively, driving down costs, and promoting operational efficiencies. E&I is the only member-owned cooperative focused on the educational community and related institutions. Their members save more than $200 million annually by utilizing their contracts and value-added services.

“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to bring our members the unparalleled services offered by an industry leader such as SSB,” said Tom Fitzgerald, CEO of E&I. “Their proven track record in helping higher ed institutions enhance constituent relationships, stimulate fan engagement, and increase revenue will greatly empower our membership to reach their financial goals.”

SSB helps higher education institutions achieve a higher level of engagement with their varied audiences by capturing, standardizing, cleaning, integrating, and reporting on data that is combined from any number of disparate sources and structured for use by any number of outputs, such as automated marketing, email management, operational evaluations, and much more. This creates active and actionable business intelligence that allows the institution to ensure that it is delivering the right message, at the right time, to the right person, while also improving the speed and quality of decision making, eliminating communication silos, and aligning goals and metrics.

About SSB
SSB applies unparalleled expertise to create and implement innovative solutions to complex business problems faced by our clients. SSB’s unique products and services deliver a clear picture of a client’s business – comprised of any number of data and information inputs – in an elegant and simplified manner. The result is the empowerment that comes with transformative knowledge of all audiences, as well as ongoing access to relevant, real-time data in an easy to understand format. Ultimately, SSB enables 50+ clients in Professional and Collegiate Sports, more than 15 leading Higher Education institutions, as well as those in many other industries – to make the educated, actionable, and profitable decisions that take businesses to new levels. SSB was named the Microsoft US Education Partner of the Year for 2017 and is a contracted provider through E&I Cooperative Services. SSB has offices in Denver, Nashville, and Austin. Learn more at

About E&I
E&I Cooperative Services (E&I) is the member-owned, not-for-profit sourcing cooperative delivering expertise, solutions and services to higher education and related institutions. E&I provides members with access to a diverse portfolio of competitively awarded contracts, electronic procurement solutions and consulting services to help them source effectively. By leveraging the knowledge and expertise of more than 4,300 member institutions, E&I helps members reduce costs and optimize supply chain efficiencies. The Cooperative’s member‐driven competitive solicitation process has been validated by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) as being in compliance with generally accepted public procurement standards. For more information, please visit:

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