The NCICU Business Affiliate Program provides a mutually beneficial link between North Carolina’s business community and the state’s 36 private colleges and universities.

Our Business Affiliates are companies or individuals whose work with NCICU colleges and universities has earned NCICU’s endorsement.

To become a Business Affiliate, businesses must have the following:

• Affirmation from at least one North Carolina independent college or university that the applicant is successfully doing business within the State’s private higher education community
• Commitment from a responsible representative of the applying business that the business will endeavor to support North Carolina private higher education
• Annual financial support of $1,000
• Approval from Director of the Independent College Fund

NCICU Colleges and Universities are encouraged to contact these business partners when there is a need for the products and services they provide. Each Business Affiliate can be located through the Campus Buyers Guide, along with a short description of their products, services, contact information and website.

Please check this page often, as we will be continually adding new Affiliates. The list of our current Business Affiliates is shown alphabetically below.

Business Affiliates

Adirondack Solutions is the worldwide leader in providing innovative software primarily for the college student life market. We offer solutions for campus housing management, conference and event services, parking/vehicle registration, conduct management, and much more. Most of our staff have worked in higher education and we collaborate with our clients to deliver products and services that meet the needs of an ever-changing and dynamic field. Couple that with the best customer service in the industry, and you’ll have a combination that can’t lose.

Contact: Jason Gross

Phone: 908.725.8869 x217

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.adirondacksolutions.com

Since 2008, AffinityLTC, LLC has been a Coalition for College Cost Savings (The Coalition) endorsed program provider, specializing in the marketing and administration of employer and association sponsored Long Term Care (LTC) Insurance programs. AffinityLTC has always been exclusively focused in the LTC insurance marketplace. AffinityLTC has over 100 private Higher Ed clients across the country.

Contact: Michael S. VanGavree

Phone: 717.737.3060 x300

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.affinityltc.com

For more than 20 years, Apogee has been redefining the student campus life experience. As the only managed technology services provider with a sole focus on higher education, Apogee has become the trusted partner to more than 400 schools and 1 million students and administrators who rely on the company’s innate understanding of how superior Wi-Fi powers student vitality. Apogee’s comprehensive portfolio includes unmatched residential networks (ResNet) and Managed Campus networks that drive student and administrator success; video services that provide “like home” rich media experiences; and digital campus engagement services that act as an extension of the university’s staff. Partnering with Apogee enables schools to derive greater return on their IT investments and increase student satisfaction while achieving budget stability and predictability.

Contact: Liz Gow

Phone: 570-575-3588

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.apogee.us

Aramark is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms. We create experiences that engage and inspire, we deliver an impact wherever people work, learn, recover and play.

Contact: Mary Thornton

Phone: 984.204.8373

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.aramark.com

BDO delivers customized accounting, consulting and financial advisory services to clients of all sizes – across industries, throughout the country, and around the world. We understand the changes and challenges facing institutions of higher education, from rising tuition and fees to reduced government funding, and our clients rest assured that their dedicated BDO industry leaders are at the forefront of the higher education conversation. What truly sets BDO apart is our commitment to higher education and our dedication to delivering exceptional client service, without exception. We understand that at its core, our job is about helping – in thousands of different ways, for thousands of different clients – and that we measure success one relationship at a time.

Contact: Stathis Poulos

Phone: 919.278.1925

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.bdo.com

The challenges of higher education will continue at an extraordinary pace. As the industry continues to face these challenges, you will need an exceptional relationship with, and commitment from, a group of accounting professionals who advise you and support your efforts. For over 40 years, Brown Edwards has been dedicated to providing exceptional service and expertise to our higher education clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region. By partnering with our clients and understanding their needs and concerns, Brown Edwards is a true alternative to the “business as usual” approach. And, as a Top 100 firm, you can be sure you have access to industry-leading resources while receiving the personalized service our clients deserve and expect.

Contact: John Hash, CPA; Mark Woolwine, CPA

Phone: 540.345.0936; 540.443.3606

Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

Website: http://www.becpas.com

As a national full-service CPA and consulting firm devoted to serving nonprofit organizations, CapinCrouse provides professional solutions to organizations whose outcomes are measured in lives changed. Since 1972, the firm has served universities, seminaries, and other organizations by providing support in the key areas of financial integrity and security.

Contact: Taborah Miley

Phone: 505.50.CAPIN

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://capincrouse.com

CAPTRUST is an independently owned and operated retirement planning and investment advisory firm headquartered in Raleigh, NC with $600 billion in assets under advisory, we serve as fiduciary consultants for 169 educational institutions, representing approximately 735 retirement plans and totaling over $198 billion in assets under advisement in the education sector. As a firm, we work with 40 providers for 403(b), 457, and 401(a) plans — counting TIAA, Fidelity, and Vanguard as our top provider relationships. CAPTRUST has developed the specialized expertise required to help plan sponsors optimize their retirement plans while effectively managing fiduciary risk in a constantly changing environment. We are committed to the independence required for complete objectivity.

Contact: Erica Blomgren

Phone: 919.870.6822

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.captrustadvisors.com

As a nationally recognized firm, Cherry Bekaert has the resources to take your institution to the next level. Our higher education industry specialists understand the current operating environment and challenges facing independent colleges and universities, so we can help you make the most of emerging opportunities while minimizing compliance headaches. Our capabilities go far beyond audit and regulatory compliance, and include customized solutions in the areas of risk advisory, cybersecurity, data analytics, technology consulting and solutions, compensation and benefits, and international tax services.  Ranked among the largest accounting firms in the country, Cherry Bekaert specializes in offering solutions that impact our clients ability to succeed and grow.

Contact: Matthew Socha

Phone: 704.940.2680

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.cbh.com

Cintas leads the industry in supplying corporate identity uniforms, providing entrance and logo mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety and fire protection products and services. We operate nearly 500 facilities in North America, (11 locations in the State of NC), 5 manufacturing facilities and 11 distribution centers.

Contact: Amanda Rowe

Phone: 843.324.4956

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.cintas.com

Corporate Risk Management Inc. is an independent insurance consulting firm providing outsourced risk management services to clients on a fee-for-services basis. As we do not sell insurance, our firm is able to provide objective program review and expert advice in order to help our clients obtain the most comprehensive and competitively priced insurance programs available. Our client services include on-going full service agreements, managed marketing projects and program analysis reports.

Contact: Eric Little

Phone: 704.335.0185

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.crm1978.com

With over 50 years of furniture management experience and a dedicated team of Higher Education specialists, CORT offers a wide array of furniture solutions for your campus. Our service varies from full furniture management to temporary project needs. Visit cort.com/highered for more information.

Contact: Vanida Zdanowicz

Phone: 704.705.6368

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.cort.com/highered

Coursedog is a next-generation operating system for Higher Education. Our mission is to empower Higher Education to innovate and drive student success. Today we support more than 70 institutions, many of which reside in North Carolina like Methodist University, Blue Ridge Community College, and North Carolina Wesleyan College, to streamline course scheduling, curriculum, catalog and event management in a single integrated platform. Our modern system helps colleges build schedules that increase degree velocity, optimize resources, eliminate consuming, error-prone manual data entry, and provides actionable insights to improve student outcomes.

Contact: Zach Drollinger

Phone: 913.565.2513

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.coursedog.com

CPL provides architectural and engineering services to higher education clients in the eastern US and in NC through our offices in Raleigh, Greensboro, and Charlotte.  Our practice includes unique specialty services:  space utilization/planning; building condition/system surveys; energy audits/planning; and capital/maintenance project planning.   Dining, athletics, residence life, science & technology, renovation of historic campus buildings, and engineering of MEP systems are areas of expertise.

Contact: Kenneth C. Mayer, Jr.

Phone: 336.373.9800

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.cplteam.com

For 50 years, Delta Dental of North Carolina has championed healthy smiles across the state. As North Carolina’s leading dental insurer, we provide dental insurance to businesses as part of their employee benefits, and directly to individuals and families. As a member of the Delta Dental Plans Association, we are part of the largest dental insurance network in the nation, covering more than 80 million Americans. Our mission is to improve the oral health and the overall well-being of the communities we serve. One way we do that is by making it a priority to give back. Through funding, education and in-kind donations, we provide oral health education and dental services to those who need it most, from the mountains to the coast. Because we believe that everyone – and we mean everyone – deserves a healthy smile.

Contact: Elaine Loyack

Phone: 800.662.8856

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.deltadentalnc.com

Your ambitious goals call for creative solutions. Forward-thinking ideas designed to help your business operate more reliably, more economically and more sustainably. That’s where Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions comes in. As a nationwide leader in renewable and sustainable energy, we know how to connect you to the energy infrastructure that your business needs today – and for decades to come. All you need to do is take the first step today. Let’s reach for something better, together.

Contact: Wayne Johnson

Phone: 704.344.5614

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://sustainablesolutions.duke-energy.com

EDC provides Owner’s Representation and Project Management services to institutional owners for the design and construction of their new and renovated facilities. Established in 1990 and based in Midlothian Virginia, EDC has delivered over four million square feet totaling over $600 million of higher education and research and development projects. EDC manages the entire project from preliminary programming and budgeting through construction and occupancy.

Contact: Raymund Hunt

Phone: 804.897.0900

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.edcweb.com/

Elinvar is an executive search firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina, that has a track record of success serving NC higher education institutions. The firm is also a long-time supporter of North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities, serving on the ICFNC board and supporting the scholarship program as well as the Ethics Bowl. The Elinvar team includes a group of consultants with experience working in higher education as well as serving higher education clients.  Elinvar provides its executive search services to NCICU campuses with the added benefit of providing a discount of 10% for each search engagement conducted with the firm.

Contact: Patti Gillenwater

Phone: 919.622.5141

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.elinvar.com

First American Education Finance provides NCICU institutions with customized financing solutions at preferred rates. For more than 20 years, First American has served the needs of the education community helping more than 800 schools deliver the best education possible to their students. ​Their unique financing solutions solve school challenges ranging from complex campus projects to technology management – all through a simple and transparent experience.

Examples of First American Programs Include::

  • Technology Renewal Program
  • Software  Program
  • Campus Maintenance  Program
  • Energy  Program
  • Athletic Equipment Program
  • Purchasing Card Program

Contact: Phil Palermo

Phone: 786.475.7234

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.faef.com/education

Driven by our food-first philosophy, Harvest Table Culinary Group brings innovative, authentic and personalized food experiences to life for each unique college and university we serve.

We believe everyone should experience the timeless camaraderie of mealtime, the delicious moments that a hand-crafted meal brings. Our world-class chefs and food enthusiasts create dishes to satisfy every nutritional need and evolving appetites for something new, exciting, and enriching.

Contact: Mary Thornton

Phone: 804.229.4941

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://harvesttableculinary.com/

School security, indoor air quality, energy costs and aging buildings can impact a learning environment. Honeywell offers Sustainability services including Energy Performance Contracting which allows Higher Education Facilities to turn utility inefficiencies into new efficient and sustainable infrastructure and pay for this program within their existing operating budgets – with a financial and performance guarantee from Honeywell International Inc. versus an LLC. Honeywell and its Building Automation System partners have over 50 field offices scanning the state from Manteo to Murphy with 1,000’s of certified Niagara technicians to support our customers located throughout the state of North Carolina.

Contact: Dan Powell

Phone: 980.315.9767

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.honeywell.com

HRP Associates, Inc. is an environmental health & safety risk management consulting engineering firm that specializes in the fields of environmental and OSHA health and safety compliance, lab safety, industrial hygiene, asbestos, mold, and lead paint consulting, and property acquisition due diligence.. To date, we have helped over 300 college and university campuses across the United States resolve their environmental, health and safety risk management challenges. HRP’s professional environmental engineers have been helping private and public organizations meet complex regulatory compliance obligations for over 35 years. Example services include compliance auditing, technical EPA and OSHA compliance training, permitting, and industrial hygiene testing. HRP works diligently to keep you up-to-date with changes in federal, state, and local EH&S regulatory requirements and provide you with sound and practical solutions that you can realistically implement.

Contact: Tad A. Goetcheus

Address: 1327-D Miller Road Greenville SC 29607

Phone: 00.752.3922 or 864.289.0311

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.hrpassociates.com

IMA is a national risk management and commercial insurance broker.  IMA has a property & casualty insurance program that is endorsed by The Coalition for College Cost Savings and is designed specifically for private institutions.  IMA also specializes in employee benefits and student and athletic insurance.  IMA has clients in all fifty states and has offices throughout the country. IMA has a 100% success rate in driving down net costs for private colleges.  To learn more about IMA’s complimentary preliminary assessment, please contact Nick via the contact information provided below.

Contact: Nick White

Phone: 913.802.6979

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://imacorp.com/higher-education-program/

Jenzabar’s mission is to support education by enabling institutions of higher education to thrive, grow, and achieve student success. We help our clients align their technology solutions with their unique missions and goals—to generate the maximum return on their technology investments. Across the entire institution, our software and services enable our clients to deliver on the promise of higher education.

Contact: Dale Hess

Address: 101 Huntington Ave., Suite 2200, Boston, MA 02199

Phone: 617.492.9099

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.Jenzabar.com

Kognito is a health simulation company that believes in the power of conversation to change lives. We are pioneers in developing research-proven, role-play simulations that prepare individuals to lead real-life conversations that result in measurable changes in social, emotional, and physical health. We offer a subscription to online, evidence-based role-play simulations augmented by services that support implementation, program usage, and evaluation. Our portfolio includes simulations designed for students, faculty, and staff. Topics in the portfolio address mental health, suicide prevention, sexual misconduct prevention, alcohol and other drug prevention, and military cultural competency.

Contact: Darren Jones

Phone: 504.914.1975

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.kognito.com

The Higher Ed Studio of McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture provides master planning, architectural and interior design services to college and university clients throughout the Southeast and has 6 office locations including one in Asheville and one in Charlotte.  Past experience includes academic, athletic and student life facilities on over 75 college campuses. We work with institutions to identify strategies for smart growth and fiscal responsibility through understanding our clients’ culture and mission, creating spaces to enhance the social and educational experience specific to each.

Contact: Ron Smith or Karen Calhoun

Phone: 864.585.5678

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Website: http://www.mcmillanpazdansmith.com

Millennium Advisory Services, Inc. is a SEC registered investment advisory firm that provides 403(b) retirement plan services for private institutions of higher education throughout the eastern and mid-western United States. We work with other professional fiduciary partners offering a turn-key retirement plan solution to individual educational institutions as well as Multiple Employer Plans.  Our solutions are designed to help plan sponsors meet their fiduciary obligations on both the participant level and the plan level. We provide communication and education services for plan sponsors as well as financial planning, fiduciary advice and professional asset management for plan participants and high net worth individuals. Millennium’s mission is to help plan sponsors deliver a retirement plan to their employees that truly changes participant behavior and drives meaningful retirement outcomes, helping participants and their families achieve their personal and financial life goals.

Contact: Paul Hunt

Phone: 804.346.1044

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.mas-edu.com

neteffect technologies, established in 1991, is based in Charlotte, NC and provides premiere IT support throughout the Carolinas and beyond.  As a trusted IT advisor, we specialize in offering an array of IT solutions, services, and support to our clients.  To include: managed services, security, virtualization, cloud computing, system design and integration, telecom, and more. With neteffect technologies, you’ll enjoy reliable, cutting-edge IT services whenever the need arises. Please consider neteffect technologies to be your valued partner:  to augment your staff with scalable, ongoing support.  Our team of support professionals is available to assist you promptly and efficiently.

Contact: Scott Miller

Phone: 704.688.7162 o; 704.641.5704

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.ne-t.com

Path is the most innovative student portal for higher ed. We’re not just obsessed with making great technology, we’re completely obsessed with student experience. Delivering cloud-based, integration friendly technology designed to drive student engagement, Path pushes personalized information, content and resources to the right people on any device. With a team of former university executives and technologists, we know what we’re doing — and our recent incredible 84 net promoter score from customers proves it. Path has offices in Denver (headquarters), New York and Melbourne.

Contact: Melanie Watson

Phone: 860.559.9074

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.pathhq.com/

Pharos Resources provides a comprehensive approach to improve student outcomes. Our unique software and approach will strengthen early alert, student care, and retention on your campus. Through Relational Retention engagement, our relationship-focused perspective, you will identify at-risk students, eliminate campus silos, increase student engagement, and enrich your culture of student success.

Contact: Bradon Owens

Phone: 800.704.6043 x304

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.pharosresources.com

Regions Financial Corporation, with $126 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the 16th largest full-service bank in the nation, with products and services that offer customers convenience and the ability to bank the way they choose. Regions’ franchise spans across the South, Midwest and Texas.

Contact: Charlie DiGiacomo

Phone: 404.279.7560 (o); 678.325.8744 (c)

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.regions.com

Rodgers is headquartered in the Carolinas and ranks among the nations’ top construction managers. Rodgers offers full-service preconstruction and construction management services, with focused expertise in markets including healthcare, education, commercial/mixed use, cultural and community, senior living and concrete services.

Contact: Jason Moore

Phone: 704.537.6044

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.rodgersbuilders.com

Security Marketing Group is excited to partner with NCICU to serve the great Colleges and Universities here in NC.  We provide innovative strategies around Student Loan Financial Planning, Long Term Care, Communication, and Specialty Rx for self-funded groups.  Our clients see positive outcomes on Staff & Faculty retention & improved financial, physical, and mental health for their team.  Our average forgiveness on student loans is $1M per 100 employees & average savings on Rx is $250 annually per employee.

Contact: Matt Knox

Phone: 919.460.4676 office; 919.623-6288 cell

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.SecurityMarketingGroup.com

 Truist is a purpose-driven company dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being for the people, businesses, and communities it serves. Truist leads a national movement inspiring Americans to build financial confidence. Headquartered in Charlotte NC, the Company has two business segments: Consumer and Wholesale. It operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states, along with 24-hour digital access. Certain business lines serve consumer, commercial, corporate, and institutional clients nationally.

Contact: Jeff Stoddard

Phone: 919.381.3286

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.suntrust.com

Transact Campus Inc. provides NCICU campuses with an enabling agreement (pre-negotiated master terms) and aggressive year-one discounts on hardware and software for: securing campuses with access control and video surveillance; giving campuses the convenience of a true cashless environment; tracking attendance in the classroom; facilitating the delivery of financial aid and campus tuition and payments; and offering students a secure and easy way to make purchases on and off-campus using just their ID card or mobile credential. Our unified credential methodology includes using the ID card, mobile phone, and biometrics. Over 65% of all NCICU campuses use Blackboard Transact.

Contact: Jared Marber

Phone: 404.872.7121

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.transactcampus.com

United Bank, founded in 1839, is a community bank with dual headquarters in the DC Metro Region and Charleston, WV. With a history of safe, sound and secure banking practices, we pride ourselves on our ability to develop and nurture relationships, and we are committed to providing each relationship with an unmatched level of service. Our network spans across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, offering over 200 full-service banking locations and loan production offices, with 47 full-service banking locations in North Carolina.

Contact: Kim Asby

Phone: 252.940.4909

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.bankwithunited.com/

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP’s multi-disciplinary Education Team has served institutions of higher education for 30+ years, helping them meet business, legal and regulatory challenges. We support the full range of legal needs in the education industry and are active with a number of organizations, including the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), Colleges and University Personnel Association (CUPA) and the North Carolina Bar Association Education Law Section.

Contact: Beth Jones

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.womblebonddickinson.com/us/sectors/public-sector/education

Helping secure the future for millions

TIAA was founded in 1918 to help teachers retire with dignity. That mission grew to include those in healthcare and more, creating reliable income for their futures while they work to make a difference today.  Our commitment to doing the right thing—for our customers, employees and communities—has never wavered, and is why today, we’re an industry leader in building financially sound futures.

Contact: Liz Morse

Phone: 704.988.3621

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.tiaa.org