About Us

Committed to education for
over 25 years.

About Us

Committed to education for over 25 years.

Our Purpose and Our Promise

ESM is transforming the way people connect with the resources they trust to power education.

And we do it by personalizing the path to buy.

Our Story

We know that in education, purchasing is more than just a series of transactions and approvals. Cost is a consideration. But so, too, is the awareness that supplier and purchasing decisions must align with institutional values, promote brand safety, and provide the transparency needed for policy compliance.

That’s why ESM exists. As the first company to deliver procurement solutions built specifically for the education sector, ESM has enabled hundreds of institutions to personalize buying pathways, curate trusted suppliers that uphold institutional integrity, and transform the ways in which they connect people with the resources they need to advance education.

ESM… the numbers

Billions of dollars

Spent annually in education



Hundreds of customers

Across K-12 and higher education


First to provide Ethos-certified integration

[Ellucian Purchase by ESM] will be one of the biggest changes the college will see. It will change their lives and will give much time back to the purchase team and to the faculty staff.”

Patricia Saldivar, Director of Purchasing, Texas Southmost College

Our Leaders

Driven by a shared commitment to excellence, integrity, and collaboration, our leadership team combines decades of technology experience, a wealth of K-12 and higher education expertise, and a dedication to innovation and growth to empower our customers to personalize the path to buy.

Joshua Faith

Joshua is passionate about exploring the ways in which technology can create new markets, improve lives, and bring about positive change—particularly in today’s dynamic education environment. Using his years of experience working with emerging technologies, Joshua guides ESM’s overall strategic direction by uniting people to solve problems and delivering new capabilities that help our customers thrive today and into the future.

“I’ve learned to appreciate the power of people. When people are passionate about what they do, they can achieve anything.”

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Forrest

Richard leads and mentors the team responsible for developing ESM’s vision, driving product innovation, and creating solutions that deliver value to both our education and supplier communities. With more than 20 years of EdTech product strategy experience, Richard held senior roles at market-leading organizations including Cayuse, Ellucian, and Oracle.

“In education, innovation is about more than creating products; it’s about crafting solutions that empower students, educators, and administrators to thrive in today’s dynamic educational environment.”

Chief Product Officer

Steve Cammegh

Steve puts his decades of global experience to work optimizing ESM’s finance operations and strategies. Through the development of a transparent financial infrastructure, Steve and his team are improving business analysis, budgeting, and forecasting to deliver better business results.

“I get great satisfaction from driving business transformation. When we understand what drives performance, we can pass those efficiency gains on to our customers and be more effective together.”

Chief Financial Officer

Matthew Boice

Mathew drives ESM’s strategic, commercial, and competitive positioning, evolving ESM as a market leader serving education, as well as providing coaching and mentorship for customer-facing roles. Mathew brings with him 25+ years of EdTech experience where he held both advisory and senior executive roles with leading education technology providers including Ellucian and Tribal Group.

“ESM is helping institutions to curate what is uniquely important to them in an increasingly complex educational supply-chain. That’s a mission attracting a talented team who are committed to making a difference for each and every customer.”

Board Advisor

Harry Athey

Harry brings 30+ years of experience building and leading agile and hybrid teams globally to ESM where he takes a customer-focused approach to developing software solutions. With responsibility for both new and existing solutions, Harry leads the teams who manage cloud operations, software development, software deployment, and engineering support.

“Software has the power to change everything. And great teams have the power to create great software.”

Chief Technology Officer

Norris Garrison

Norris leads a professional services team who are passionate about helping institutions to transform and to overcome the limitations of legacy and manual procurement processes. Norris has spent the majority of his career working in education, holding roles within institutions and with Ellucian.

“I’m passionate about empowering institutions to achieve their goals, not just by delivering technology solutions, but also by supporting them through every step of their journey with us.”

Director of Professional Services

Source with agility and insight

Build a sustainable and diverse sourcing strategy

Optimize supplier performance

Manage supplier relationships to drive value

Procurement transformation

Scalable cloud solutions that connect communities

Create, manage, and monitor contracts

Improve compliance with better visibility

Ready to deliver the personalized pathways your users need to make confident buying decisions?

ESM Customers

“People are familiar with online shopping, and because the new Ellucian Purchase solution
is similar, it was also easy to learn.”
“Integration enables the schools to streamline processes, eliminate paper forms, and reduce manual effort, whilst still maintaining the necessary compliance.”
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