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We service schools with social media management, coaching, and graphic design. Celebrate your students and engage your community using the power of social media!

Andrea Gribble, Owner
(715) 205-0429

Heidi Feller, CIO
(608) 393-0471

ABM Education

A leading provider of facility services.  ABM partners with districts to customize and create safe, clean, healthy and energy efficient environments through our capabilities that include: custodial services, maintenance, groundskeeping, facilities management, and energy solutions.

Trisha Didion, Business Development Manager
(262) 408-7527

Michelle Jones, Regional Operations Manager
(847) 894-5971

American Fidelity

Employee Benefit Solutions

Kaitlin Economon, Account Development Coordinator
(618) 589-3914

Caleb Wilson, Regional Manager
(618) 589-3914


Technology to build a strong digital brand, without adding work for administrators. Custom apps, websites, alerts, ADA compliance, and marketing for K12 schools.

David Allan, Director of Research and Content
(713) 584-5604

Mark Lienhart, Sales Rep
(501) 944-0599

Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting

Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting (ABRC) is a multi-line insurance and Midwest-based consulting firm with 400 employees. We are the 47th largest broker of U.S. business1 providing employee benefits, retirement plans, compliance, business insurance, risk management and individual insurance solutions.

Al Jaeger, Sr. Vice President
(608) 259-3666

Andrew O'HalekEmployee Benefits Consultand
(608) 259-3686


Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a global nonprofit organization that operates with one guiding principle: Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge. AVID’s kindergarten through higher education system brings research-based curriculum and strategies to students each day that develop critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas.

Carolyn Denny, Partner Engagement Manager
(817) 980-6111

Rachel HenleyMidwest Region State Director
(915) 252-8523


Wisconsin schools count on Baird for financial advice and services that consider both their students’ needs and the bottom line. That’s because Baird has the proven understanding, breadth of experience and clients-first philosophy to create financial solutions that address schools’ unique needs. It’s why Baird has advised and underwritten more Wisconsin school issues than any other firm.

Brian Brewer, Managing Director
(800) 792-2473

Debby Schufletowski, School Business Specialistt
(414) 765-3815

CG Schmidt, Inc

CG Schmidt is a values-based construction management and general contracting firm driven by our core value of caring. Through this value, we offer a great building experience - from world-class pre-construction services to craftspeople who know the meaning of excellence. Our emphasis on accountability, innovation and integrity makes us unique.

Our education group understands the unique demands of school construction. We work closely with you to identify creative, cost-effective ways to meet educational and community needs, maximize efficiency, explore sustainability, support the 21st century learning environment and better prepare your students for the future. We even offer a full suite of referendum services.

Dan Davis, Senior VP
(414) 577-1033

Kristin Schmidt, Business Development
(608) 577-4111

Delta Dental of Wisconsin

Dental insurance

Joan Berlin, Senior Account Manager
(715) 579-4457

Jenny Wydeven, Account Manager
(715) 572-4462

Eppstein Uhen Architects

Our mission is to provide our clients with architectural design and service that go far beyond the norm - with our unique complement of design skills, knowledge depth and client-centered attitude. We partner with our clients throughout the design and building process, forging relationships that guarantee the success of your project long after it has become a reality.

Kit Dailey, Engagement Specialist
(414) 232-0246

Andy Lyons, Engagement Specialist
(608) 294-0129


ESS is a leading educational management firm specializing in full service, cost effective management of substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, and support personnel for school districts.

Fred Clark, Regional VP of Sales
(913) 609-0060

Focus on Energy

Wisconsin’s statewide program promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy. We provide expertise, educational opportunities, and financial incentives to help residents and businesses implement energy saving and renewable energy projects.

Tom Dragotta, Lead Energy Advisor
(715) 720-2151

Melissa Rickert, Energy Engineer, Program Design, QA/QC, Outreach
(715) 720-2123

Forecast5 Analytics

Forecast5™ Analytics provides decision support systems and applications for school business leaders.  Our state-of-the-art analytics technology helps you identify strategic and financial opportunities with highly visual output in the areas of financial performance, compensation, enrollment/demographics, and student performance.  More than 1,200 school districts across the country are using Forecast5 tools to maximize their data insights.

Jeff Carew, Managing Director
(414) 640-8534

Pete Grender, Senior Analytics Advisor
(630) 955-7657

Hayes Companies

As employee benefits consultants, we develop strategies and fuse technology and superior service to create the best benefits programs.

Ryan JacksonVP of Benefits
(414) 290-3608

Amy Kohl, Education Practice Leader
(414) 290-3645

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc.

Planning, Design & Construction, Inc.

Jody Andres, K12 Market Leader/Senior Project Architect
(920) 380-9180


Blended learning for reading, math, and spanish.

Julie Ellis, Sales Account Executive - IL, MO, WI
(314) 614-9111

J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

Findorff's education team serves the K-12 market by partnering with schools to help them identify facility goals and construct quality buildings that enhance the learning experience.

Matt Breunig, Director of Project Management
(608) 257-5321

Erika Duelge, Market Sector Specialist
(608) 257-5321

J.P. Cullen

JP Cullen is a Wisconsin-based $350 million, 126 year-old, 5th generation family-owned, Building and Construction Management Services firm that has been a part of many iconic projects throughout the State of Wisconsin and even the country.

Becky Backhaus, Creative Director
(608) 754-6601

Kevin Hickman, VP of Business Development
(608) 754-6601

Kraemer Brothers, LLC

General Contractor/Construction Manager

Greg Callin, Vice President - Client Services
(608) 546-2411

Kyle Kraemer, Asst. Vice President
(608) 546-2411


One of the top 50 contractors in America, Kraus-Anderson is an integrated construction and real estate development enterprise dedicated to building enduring relationships and strong communities.

Brad Ayer, Education Consultant
(715) 491-1465

Tony Sjolander, Director of Project Planning & Development
(608) 838-5419

Lifetouch National School Studios Inc.

Lifetouch school photography

Paul Gandrud, Territory Manager
(715) 307-4973

Miron Construction Co., Inc.

Miron Construction Co., Inc. is a leader in the education market, completing over $1 billion in K-12 construction.  As construction manager, some of our services include design/build, facilities master planning, comprehensive pre-construction services and referendum planning.

Megan Prestebak, Business Development Specialist, Education
(920) 969-7363

Craig Uhlenbrauck, Vice President, Education
(920) 969-7030

National Insurance Services

National Insurance Services is a leading provider of group insurance and retiree benefits for schools and other governmental employers.

Stephanie Laudon, Regional Vice President
(262) 732-9889

Ken Zastrow, Employee Benefit Consultant
(262) 780-1220

NaviGate Prepared

We offer a cloud based suite of school safety solutions, including an interactive map of each school; safety plans, drill logs, flip charts, and training scenarios for staff.

Catherine Finger, Business Development Manager
(847) 204-0998

Nexus Solutions

Nexus Solutions is a professional services firm offering unparalleled experience and expertise in the development of comprehensive, client-focused facility improvement projects; including capital planning, consensus building, project development, engineering, construction management, and commissioning.

Jeff Mangan, Account Executive
(608) 515-2632

Steve Schonert, Account Executive
(262) 672-4773


NWEA delivers the insights that help students learn, teachers teach, and leaders lead.

Our proven assessment solutions, customized professional learning, and industry-leading research keep you ahead of the curve as times and standards change.

Megan McCall, Account Manager
(262) 989-7294

Performance Services, Inc.

Design-Build | Turnkey Referendum Support | Solar Power Solutions

Matt Gibson, Education Consultant
(317) 713-1750

Jeff Zaspel, Education Consultant
(414) 367-5066

Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP

PRA provides the people, process and product to set you on the perfect path to proven performance.

Devin Kack, Architect - Associate
(414) 410-2953

Nicholas Kent, Partner
(414) 410-2968

PMA Financial Network, Inc.

PMA provides comprehensive financial services to Wisconsin school districts including cash flow analysis, bond proceeds management and investing, and financial advisory services.

Josh BarbianSenior Portfolio Advisor
(414) 225-0099

Michele Wiberg, Senior VP/Director WI Office
(414) 225-0099 Ext 1505

Renaissance Learning

Renaissance® applies its proven, data-driven educational technology to amplify the effectiveness of classroom teachers so that students of all levels can achieve their full potentials. By giving teachers the right insight, tools, and resources, Renaissance helps teachers teach better, students learn better, and school administrators lead better.

Ellen Kaye, Field Account Executive
(800) 656-6785

Christine Oris, Regional Vice President of Midwest
(866) 846-0756

Scholastic Education

Scholastic has been delivering literacy resources for kids and outstanding children's books to schools, teachers, and families for more than 90 years.

David Hartman, Regional Director
(630) 219-8595

Tracey Schulze, Account Executive
(847) 877-9803

Security Health Plan

Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., part of the Marshfield Clinic Health System, is helping more than 200,000 members in Wisconsin and beyond reach their best health. Accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), Security Health Plan offers health insurance coverage for employees of large and small businesses, individuals and families. Security Administrative Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary

of Security Health Plan, provides full service third party administration for self-funded employers in Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan.

Jody Kohl, Account Manager

Tammy Szekeress, Manager, Business Enrichment
(715) 650-1335

Skyward, Inc.

Delivering a better SIS and ERP experience for more than 2,000 school districts and municipalities.

Tom Nikowitz, Account Manager
(800) 236-7274

Tara Theis, Account Manager
(800) 236-7274

Somerville Architects & Engineers

Somerville is an employee-owned, integrated provider of architectural, engineering, and interior design services. We are best known for providing innovative, sustainable and value-added solutions to our clients, utilizing the latest technology in our profession.

Cathy Hendricks, Business Development
(920) 437-8136

Melanie Parma, Education Studio Leader
(920) 437-8136

von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

We combine our industry leading expertise with innovative technology and a creative approach to problem-solving to generate game-changing advantages for our clients.

Christine V. Hamiel, Attorney/Shareholder
(414) 287-1266

Andrew Phillips, Attorney/Shareholder
(414) 287-1266

WEA Member Benefits

WEA Member Benefits provides personal insurance, retirement/investment, and financial planning services to Wisconsin public school employees. We also provide financial education and employee benefit solutions to help districts recruit/retain staff.

Paul Rushmann, Worksite Benefit Consultant
(608) 709-4590

Sharon Schmidt, Worksite Benefit Consultant
(608) 709-4567

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