INDUSTRY HEAVYWEIGHTS ROUND OUT POWERHOUSE BOARD OF VETERANS IN EDUCATION TO GUIDE JOHN KATZMAN’S LATEST VENTURE, A MARKETPLACE DESIGNED TO REVOLUTIONIZE AND STREAMLINE THE K-12 PROCUREMENT PROCESS.
Michael Best, former General Counsel of the New York City Department of Education, and Will Ethridge, who served as CEO of Pearson North America from 2008-2014, have joined the board of Noodle Markets, a new provider of purchasing solutions to K-12 schools and districts that will streamline the K-12 procurement process. As industry experts, Ethridge and Best will help provide guidance to a growing team of all-star education veterans building a platform that will revolutionize the way schools and vendors connect.
The marketplace at noodlemarkets.com will be a one-stop source of comprehensive information about the vast array of paid and free educational tools, making the discovery and selection process easier and more transparent for educators while leveling the playing field for vendors. Noodle Markets will also provide district purchasers with free, easy-to-use digital workflow tools (supporting the creation of RFIs, RFPs, etc.) to simplify the buying process. This tailor-built procurement platform will help educators with all forms of K-12 purchasing: from discretionary spending to selections made through competitive bidding.
Ethridge, a leader in the education sector as both a strategist and investor, is now a Principal at Ethridge Advisors, which provides advisory services to education companies, educational institutions, policy makers, and private equity companies.
A former member of Pearson’s Board of Directors, Ethridge was previously CEO of Pearson North American Education and President of Pearson’s U.S. Higher Education, International, and Professional Publishing Groups. Ethridge also served as the Chairman of the Association of American Publishers. He is also a former board member of Interactive Data Corporation and CourseSmart, the latter of which he also served as Chairman.
“The work that Noodle Markets is doing will simplify the way schools and vendors connect, increase competition, and make a way for the best K-12 products to rise to the top. I am thrilled to lend my support to this effort,” said Ethridge.
Michael Best is a veteran of New York City government with a long history in education policy and procurement. Among other key government positions, he was General Counsel of the New York City Department of Education for eight years, Counselor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Best also served as New York City’s Chief Procurement Officer and a member of its Procurement Policy Board. He is a Harvard Law School graduate and a Trustee of the Brooklyn Public Library.
“I know first-hand just how burdensome the procurement process for K-12 schools can be, even for the country’s largest school districts. Noodle Markets will streamline this complicated process and empower teachers and principals to have more of a voice in choosing the tools for their classroom. I am excited to help make purchasing easier for every school everywhere,” Best said.
Noodle Markets CEO and co-founder Nicole Neal said, “We’re incredibly excited to have leaders like Will and Michael join our team. They join an already phenomenal board and will provide invaluable counsel to our experienced leadership team as we simplify purchasing for K-12 schools and create better avenues for vendors to connect with potential clients.”
The Noodle Markets Board currently includes education industry powerhouses: John Katzman, Founder of The Noodle Companies, Rick Segal, Rethink Education Founder and Managing Partner and Nicole Neal, Noodle Markets CEO.
About Noodle Markets
Noodle Markets is dramatically transforming the way K-12 educational institutions buy products and services. As education companies add products and services to the marketplace and school officials discover new tools, Noodle Markets levels the playing field for vendors so the most innovative and effective tools gain traction. Its online marketplace and procurement platform help education institutions and vendors increase transparency, enhance communication, and enjoy more efficient purchasing in education. Learn more at www.noodlemarkets.com.