Exhibitors and Sponsors

Thank you to the following companies that are generously supporting the 2020 Annual Leadership Conference.


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Confidence comes with every card.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. We’re the largest health insurer in Michigan, serving 4.5 million people here and 1.6 million more in other states. And we have the largest network of doctors and hospitals in Michigan: 152 hospitals and more than 33,000 doctors. 

We’re here for your business with great solutions at a great value. Our improved plans give flexibility to employees and affordability to you where it’s needed most.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network have the award-winning member satisfaction you want with the innovation options you need. 

For over 80 years, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has been here for business and here for our members, now more than ever.

Contact: Dick Forton, [email protected]
Dean Transportation

Connecting People With Purpose
Dean’s student transportation operations serve school districts and intermediate school districts throughout Michigan, providing access to public education for general education and special education students. Dean twice has been named the top school bus company in North America and is devoted to advocacy, good corporate citizenship and partnering with parents and the community.

Established in the early 1950s by Eric Christianson, Dean was born out of a recognized need to transport students affected by polio in Lansing area schools. In 1969, the company was officially named Special Transportation by Lyle L. Stephens, a former Michigan State Police motor carrier lieutenant and a leader in passenger safety, with a focus on providing services to special education students and those with disabilities. In 1991, Special Transportation changed its name to Dean Transportation Inc.

Contact: Patrick Dean, [email protected]


Insurance I Risk Management I Consulting
A global leader in insurance, risk management and consulting, Gallagher consults to over 130 public K-12 school district benefit programs throughout Michigan making us the most experienced public K-12 benefits consultant in the state.  Gallagher has developed a comprehensive suite of business and benefits solutions for public employers. Our industry specialization provides our consultants with access to industry benchmarks, leading technology and compliance resources to better address the intricacies of Michigan public school districts.  We consistently drive program and cost stability for Michigan public school health insurance and other benefit programs.

Contact: Kelly Bacalja, [email protected]
McCarthy & Smith, Inc.

Plan the Work. Work the Plan
McCarthy & Smith, Inc. is a highly energetic, value-minded construction firm, serving Michigan communities with personalized consulting, construction management and general contracting services since 1965. We specialize in the construction and remodeling of PK-12 educational facilities.

Contact: Deb McCarthy, [email protected]

Exceptional health benefits. Unmatched personal service.
MESSA is a nonprofit organization that provides health, dental, vision, life and disability benefits to public education employees. MESSA believes the hardworking people who care for our kids and our schools deserve exceptional health benefits and unmatched personal service, helping districts attract and retain high-quality employees.

Contact: [email protected]
Partners in Architecture, PLC

We Listen. We Lead. We Implement. Simple words to describe a complex process which requires dedication, experience, expertise and heart.
PARTNERS in Architecture, PLC is a full-service architecture, planning and sustainable design firm committed to delivering high-level, professional architectural services to a diverse clientele. We regularly provide services to local, state and federal governments, schools, colleges and universities.  PARTNERS is built on ingenuity, integrity, technical precision and unparalleled service standards.

Our mission is to lead our clients to their goals. This is achieved through strong leadership, effective collaboration and clear communication. We offer distinctive and appropriate solutions as well as personalized service to each client based on an in-depth understanding of their overall needs and objectives.

Our expert team provides complete architecture and engineering services ranging from programming and project definition through construction contract administration and owner occupancy. Our comprehensive solutions and ability to listen ensure that our clients' defined visions become a reality."

Contact: [email protected]


For nearly 50 years, SET SEG has partnered with Michigan’s education community, offering property/casualty, workers’ compensation, and employee benefit solutions tailored to meet the needs of more than 500 public school organizations across the state.

Contact: Moranda Gowell, [email protected]

SFE: Southwest Foodservice Excellence

“Putting Child Nutrition First” by building custom, financially healthy K-12 foodservice partnerships
SFE is a high-growth, culinary-based foodservice management company dedicated exclusively to K-12 nutrition. Focused on nourishing students to reach their highest potential, SFE provides superior food with a focus on “fresh-from-scratch”, more menu options, and more onsite support than any other K-12 provider. SFE partners with 10 Districts in Michigan serving over 10 million meals per year.

  • Superior food, with more fresh-from-scratch entrée options than any other provider: We seek out premium ingredients, dial up the flavor with herbs and seasonings, and then pay special attention to presenting every meal so it looks and smells as delicious as it tastes.
  • More menu choices: We offer over 3,000 recipes, with more entrées and restaurant-style concepts than any other K-12 provider—to keep menus fresh and exciting.  Every SFE menu is customized and student-selected for your district and approved by Registered Dietitians to meet all federal program requirements.
  • 5-Star Onsite Support:  We are committed to working together as one collaborative team to ensure program success; this is your Child Nutrition program. We also support your district with a wide variety of culinary/nutrition classes and events, as well as custom catering and community-building programs.

Contact: Chris Vinson, [email protected]

TMP Architecture, Inc.

Life. Long. Learning.
TMP Architecture is a professional Midwest architecture firm of creatively focused individuals who specialize in the planning and design of educational facilities for all stages of life. Expertise in learning environments for the arts, sciences, sports and recreation, health and wellness, and media is reinforced by a commitment to client service, project value, and innovative solutions. We commit ourselves to practice rooted in design and technical quality, sustainability, professional ethics, and collaboration.

At TMP our vision is Life. Long. Learning. This vision aids us to continue to learn professionally and personally from each other’s valued experiences. We are passionate about developing work that represents the communities and businesses we serve.

Contact: Nicollette Cardwell, [email protected]

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

Leading K-12 Education Auditors in Michigan
Yeo & Yeo performs the highest number of public school district audits in Michigan. Our experienced CPAs provide valuable insights, stay ahead of financial and compliance issues, help you through the complexities of reporting and recommend effective internal controls. The firm serves more than 80 school districts, academies and charter schools.

Contact: Jennifer Watkins, CPA, [email protected]


Chartwells K-12

Making the cafeteria the happiest place in school
We’re passionate about creating delicious, kid-approved food that nourishes bodies and minds. We transform cafes into joyful spaces where students want to be, bringing a sense of happiness to each meal as they connect with their friends and refuel for the day ahead. Healthy choices are happy choices and our menus offer both!

Contact: Troy Ruger, [email protected]

Connecting educators to students, and students to success.
ESS is the largest dedicated provider of substitute and permanent staffing and management to the K-12 education market. Since 1995, our team has been fully committed to supporting Michigan school districts by recruiting, hiring, training, placing, and managing daily, long-term, virtual and permanent personnel. 
We provide each of our partners an innovative, all-inclusive talent management program designed to eliminate administrative burdens while providing transparent reporting of performance and supporting the local community.
ESS is the most successful and experienced education staffing partner in Michigan. We have a strong regional presence with over 165 successful partnerships in 47 counties and more than 9,000 substitutes in the state. ESS has considerable resources invested in Michigan. 
There’s a reason why Michigan school districts choose the ESS solution.

Contact: Jessica Johnson, [email protected]
Great Lakes Ozone & Related Technologies

Providing solutions to your disinfecting and sanitizing challenges
Great Lakes Ozone and Related Technologies provides world class ozone technology to help create a comprehensive disinfecting and sanitizing program for schools, athletic facilities, public safety and institutions. When it comes to safely killing common viruses, common bacteria and removing odors from the workplace, Great Lakes Ozone and Related Technologies can provide solutions for an effective disinfecting and sanitizing program.

Contact: Tom O'Brien, [email protected]
Michigan Virtual

Lead • Collaborate • Build
Michigan Virtual™ has been working hard to provide a path to the future for students and educators since 1998. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation focused on education, we believe that brilliance resides in all of us, ready to change the world with the next big idea. In 1999, under the directive of Public Act 230, we launched the Michigan Virtual School. Today, the Michigan Virtual School provides online courses for students and professional development.

Contact: Thomas Soria, [email protected]
Neola, Inc.

MASB Policy Services Provided by Neola 

Effective policies are at the core of successful school district governance. Maintaining policies that reflect both local oversight and ever-changing state and federal laws is an enormous task. School board members can rely on the MASB-Neola Partnership to keep their policy manuals up-to-date.  Under this partnership, Neola provides comprehensive policy services for MASB members on behalf of MASB. Working together, MASB and Neola produce uniform school policies and guidelines to better serve all Michigan school districts. 

With nearly 40 years of hands-on experience developing Board bylaws and policies, as well as administrative guidelines and forms, Neola provides comprehensive materials and personalized assistance to address the challenges our clients face.

Our materials reflect the best thinking of our diverse team, which serves 1,500-plus clients in six states. More than 400 policy templates cover a vast array of topics common to K-12 schools, with Neola associates assisting with customization. Neola also tracks hot topics in other districts and states, and proactively provides policy language before it becomes an issue for your district.

Contact: Scott Westhoven, [email protected]m
The Nutrition Group

Caring people. Great food.
The Nutrition Group has been providing quality Food Service Management since 1975. We would appreciate the opportunity to help resolve what is challenging your Food Service Program. We can help you be successful with innovative menus and marketing that showcase a variety of fresh, nutritious, tasty food. We are here to support your school/district, as well as staff and operations, with our on-site Food Service Director(s) and the entire Nutrition Group team. We will partner with you to offer, specific to your program, solutions that will increase participation and control costs. Employees may remain on your payroll, multi staffing, and other options available. No account is too big or too small for The Nutrition Group.

Contact: Kevin Rindock, [email protected]
Raymond James
The Skillman Corporation

Building Success Stories
The Skillman Corporation, founded in 1972, is an employee-owned and operated Construction Management firm that prides itself on building relationships, not just buildings. Skillman partners with you to make the project process less daunting. We work side-by-side to develop plans so the project runs efficiently. You get an unbiased viewpoint to help you choose the right plans and solutions for your project.

We have over 48 years of experience working with public clients and have completed numerous K-12 projects of varying types, sizes, and complexities. With Skillman, you can be assured your building project is guided by an experienced, professional construction team.

Contact: Mike Kenney, [email protected]
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.

#1 K-12 Underwriter in Michigan since 2009
Nationally, Stifel ranks as the top bond underwriter for K-12 public school districts. Our banking professionals serve school districts of diverse size and location, ranging from rural districts composed of a single school facility to some of the nation’s largest school districts in major metropolitan areas. Stifel provides market-driven guidance through every step of a transaction, with the awareness of a school district’s legal framework, policy objectives, and financing constraints. Our experience includes underwriting as sole, senior, or co-senior underwriter on district transactions for K-12 public school districts. Proceeds are typically raised for construction and/or modernization of capital facilities. Stifel has three public finance offices to serve Michigan school districts: Okemos, Grand Rapids and Southfield.

Contact: Annette Jones, [email protected]
VitalSigns Wall of Fame

Bring Your School's Legacy to Life
We bring to life your school’s rich history and proudest moments from athletic to academic to artistic achievements. Boost your existing high school hall of fame with the digital Wall of Fame. Do more with less and WOW your community by transforming your trophy case into a touchscreen display that highlights everything your students achieve, past and present. With our expansive list of features and sign options, you can increase engagement by enhancing your current tribute or building a new one.

Contact: John Townsend, [email protected]



Huntington Capital Markets

Huntington Capital Markets, your Bond Underwriting Partner
Huntington Capital Markets is a Midwest-based Public Finance institution serving K-12 bond issuers as Underwriter. We provide capital markets access for new money or refunding bond issues working with district Administrators, the Financial Advisor and Bond Counsel.

Contact: Craig Kahler, [email protected]
Kingscott Associates

We work to help solve problems, build communities and empower people.
Kingscott Associates was founded in 1929. We’re an employee-owned, local Michigan firm with four offices throughout the state. We’ve been designing educational spaces in Michigan for 80+ years and the secret to our longevity is simple. 

We believe in people working together to create the extraordinary.  

We work to help solve problems, build communities and empower people. If we approach the process as an exercise in listening, the projects will be an affirmation of the community’s support. We aim to build long-term relationships with our clients to propel our mutual success.

Contact: Kelsey Betts, [email protected]
Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators

Invest in Your Superintendent
The Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators provides “just-in-time” technical, personal and legal services to our members, in addition to government relations services, print and digital publications, and professional development opportunities targeted especially for Michigan’s top-level school leaders. MASA serves public school leaders in nearly 600 public school districts and intermediate school districts across the state, helping the leaders of Michigan’s most important public institutions get better results for our more than 1.5 million students.

Contact: Carrie Platner, [email protected]
Musco Sports Lighting

Musco has shaped the history of sports lighting since 1976, designing systems for everything from neighborhood fields, to major stadiums and arenas, to the Olympic Games. Musco’s TLC for LED™ technology delivers a level of light quality, control, and glare reduction that can’t be matched, backed by a long-term parts and labor warranty.

Contact: Jefferson Barber, [email protected]


Clark Construction
Midwest Transit Equipment, Inc.
Public Financial Management/MILAF+
United Dairy Industry of Michigan