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We’re changing cooperative buying for the better

CompareCoOps is the smart way to access cooperative contracts. Our secure technology platform is independent of the cooperatives, public agencies and suppliers that we serve in the world of cooperative public procurement.

We are part of VendorPanel, an award-winning SaaS Platform that has helped transform public procurement for hundreds of state and local agencies over the past ten years.

Our roots are in Australia, but our business now includes the US and Canada - three markets with very similar public procurement landscapes.

CompareCoOps is hosted on the trusted VendorPanel platform:

64,000 Users

99.8% uptime guarantee

Secure Microsoft Azure cloud

Onshore US data hosting

Leadership Team

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James Leathem

Founder & CEO

James drives strategy and growth for CompareCoOps and parent organization VendorPanel. His background prior to founding the business was in procurement consulting and leadership development.

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Matt Clyne

SVP of Growth

Matt graduated Haverford College, PA, and has experience of cloud platforms in procurement, banking, and HR. He has called cities including San Francisco home, and leads or Growth and Account Management teams.

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Jennifer Sulentic

Vice President

Jennifer leads CompareCoOps in the US. With over 8 years of experience at U.S. Communities and ProcureSource, she is well known and widely respected in the world of public procurement cooperative contracting.

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Simon Parkinson-Bates

Head of Engineering

Simon leads our engineering team, scaling the platform and delivering on our integration strategy. He has gained 20 years of experience with leaders including Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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Frank Carron

Chief Marketing Officer

Following an earlier career sales, Frank has built marketing teams and functions in the B2B technology space in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is a two-time California resident and long-time Lakers fan!

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David Bubner

Chief Operating Officer

A Masters in Management led David to senior roles in global energy, water, and renewables businesses. Resulting experience in leadership and process improvement helps inform his decision-making as COO.


We're backed by Equity Venture Partners who identify exceptional founders with the vision, talent and tenacity to build outstanding companies. EVP have been early investors in US tech successes such as Hotel Club (now part of Expedia), Deputy, Biteable and SiteMinder. Our investors also include the founders of Aconex, a SaaS business acquired by Oracle for $1.3bn in 2018.


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