A-ka-de-mos

The leader in online and hybrid bookstore solutions for colleges and universities

The Vision Behind Akademos

We believe that every student has a right to affordable educational materials. We also believe that in order to support your institution's educational mission and accommodate student preferences, colleges and universities should have new choices in delivering those materials. That's why we've created a full-service online solution that delivers huge savings on textbooks and other course materials while providing administrators and faculty with critical control over the entire process.

The History of Akademos

Akademos was founded in 1999 by a university professor that saw first-hand how the exorbitant costs and complexity of textbook distribution weakened classroom learning. Many students were unable to afford the books they needed, often coming unprepared to class without their required materials. Twenty years later, our vision of a full-service online bookstore and course materials platform has become the model for efficient, cost-effective purchasing and distribution of new, used, rental and digital course materials. To date, the company has saved students over $130 million on course materials.

Meet Our Leadership

Our highly experienced executive team is dedicated to driving positive outcomes for institutions and their students.

  • Raj Kaji

    Chief Executive Officer

    Raj Kaji was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Akademos in July 2018. Raj is responsible for leading and executing company strategy and building upon best-in-class customer support to more positively impact academic success and further lower costs for students. Among other roles, Raj previously served as a Vice President at Walden University where he was responsible for approximately 6,000 students and 225 employees.  He was also a strategy and finance professional for Laureate Education working in Europe and the United States.  He currently serves on the board of directors or advisory boards of several education and edtech related companies.

    Raj holds a BS from New York University and MBA from Harvard Business School

  • Joseph Daly

    Chief Financial Officer

    Joseph Daly, Chief Financial Officer, joined Akademos in 2015. Prior to Akademos, Daly was the Senior Vice President of Finance at Innovairre, Inc., a leading provider and distributor of direct mail marketing materials primarily servicing nonprofits and agencies. Daly also has extensive diverse experience including serving as the Executive Director of Global Accounting for Morgan Stanley Fund Services, Vice President in charge of overseeing US operations and investor services for Bank of New York Fund Services and serving as CFO for two hedge fund managers. He also held the position of Controller/CFO of a large regional trucking company. In addition, Daly spent approximately eight years in public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co. and Ernst & Young.

    Daly holds a BS from Rutgers University and an MBA and MS in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island.

  • Geoffrey Katz

    Vice President, Operations

    Geoffrey Katz, Vice President, Operations, joined the company in 2001 and oversees all product and program management, inventory planning and management, modeling, fulfillment and customer service at the company. Geoffrey has worked in numerous capacities at Akademos, including serving as its director of operations before transitioning to his current role. Since joining the company, he has become proficient with the technologies that power the Akademos platform and has been an integral part of its ongoing development. Geoffrey took a leading role in the launch and development of the Textbookx.com Marketplace and has overseen its growth to millions of books and hundreds of thousands of sellers. Geoffrey leads the Operations Department and ensures that Akademos’ system remains an industry leader and an innovator.

    Geoffrey holds a BA degree from Cornell University.

  • Dаniеl Rubin

    Vice President, Technology

    Dаniеl Rubin, Vice President, Technology joined Akademos in 2002 and is responsible for overseeing the technology development and management of the programming team. Dаniеl architects, plans and manages both the front-end and back-end of our technology platform, including the institutional program and national marketplace.

    Dаniеl studied Computer Science at Polytechnic Institute of New York University where he was awarded the institution’s Principal's Scholarship.

  • Kathy Boothby Sestak

    Director, Account Development

    Kathy Sestak, Account Development Director, oversees partner Account Development and Management for Akademos. Kathy has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education. Prior to joining Akademos, she served as District Sales Manager for Cengage Learning for 3 years, responsible for a team of 9 Learning Consultants covering all disciplines across higher education. Kathy also worked at Pearson North America focusing on Math and Sciences for 2 and 4-year colleges and universities. While at Pearson, she also served as an Editor for the Math and Stats lists.

    Kathy holds an MS in Education from LIU Post and a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland.

  • Chris Boyster

    Vice President, Sales

    Boyster joined Akademos at the end of 2018, and oversees all sales and business development. Chris has led sales at several technology companies, most recently at CampusLogic, where he led the company from 3, to over 500 customers in 4 years. He is passionate about the mission behind higher ed, building and developing leaders, and making a difference in the community.

    Chris holds a BS in Marketing and a MBA from the University of Phoenix.

  • Eric Choi

    Director, Marketing

    Eric Choi, Director of Marketing, leads the marketing strategy and demand generation efforts for Akademos. With nearly 20 years of experience in high-tech ranging from startup to Fortune 1000 companies, Eric, with his team, is responsible for building the customer journey for university administration, faculty, and students and ensuring that customers clearly understand the Akademos mission and the value the company delivers.

    Eric holds a BA in Economics from U.C. Berkeley.

  • Luca Paindelli

    Director, Strategy and Corporate Development

    Luca joined Akademos in early 2019 and is responsible of supporting and executing the growth and expansion of Akademos through partnerships and strategic alliances. He brings 10+ years of experience in strategy and corporate development across multiple industries including IT distribution, software development, and education and has led various deals from conception through diligence, signing, and integration.

    Luca graduated summa-cum-laude in Economy and Business Administration from Universita` Bocconi