NCAIS is fortunate to have a strong base of sponsors that bring our schools valuable products and services and help to underwrite the cost of our events.  We are most appreciative of the financial support these sponsors have generously provided and are proud to have them as a part of our Association community.

With a history of 50 years in the industry, Brown Edwards has grown into one of the largest locally owned regional firms in the U.S. The firm offers the traditional accounting services but the size and diversity of our practice allows us to have specialists with extensive experience in specific industries such as education services. Education is a core focus of our firm and the experience and knowledge of these specialists, we are able to provide a wide range of services.

For more information, please contact:
Melissa Stanley, Partner, 540-345-0936
Jim Fries, Partner, 540-434-6736

With more than 4,000 dedicated employees, eight regional centers, numerous satellite offices and site-based locations, The Budd Group delivers facility solutions to customers in all types of facilities and industries throughout the Southeast.  We have extensive experience providing solutions for all types of facilities, from educational institutions and government facilities to corporate offices and manufacturing.

The Budd Group has been awarded CIMS Certification with Honors as well as CIMS Green Building Certification with Honors by ISSA. The Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) is designed to assist organizations in establishing a management system that ensures quality, efficiency and overall customer satisfaction.

For more information, please contact:
Katherine Martin, Senior Business Development Manager
Katie McConnell, Vice-President of Business Development

The consulting team at Carney, Sandoe & Associates has been providing consulting support and delivering results for independent schools for over 40 years. Our work is outcomes-driven and focuses on achieving results that meet your school’s needs and exceed your expectations.

For more information, please contact:
Julie Landis, Director of Marketing and Communications, 617-542-0260

Collaborative Classroom is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that all students become readers, writers, and thinkers who learn from, care for, and respect one another. Collaborative Classroom’s evidence-based programs help children develop as proficient readers and writers, appreciate the ideas and opinions of others, learn to agree and disagree respectfully, think critically about big ideas, and become responsible citizens of the world. In addition to providing high quality curricula, our commitment to continuous, embedded professional learning empowers educators to grow their teaching practices, build school community, and create the conditions for authentic, student-centered learning.

For more information, please contact: 
Katharine Bonasera, Manager of Educational Partnerships, Carolinas and Georgia, 980-322-9031

A. W. G. Dewar provides schools and families with a proven means of protecting tuition against losses caused by student withdrawals and dismissals.  The Tuition Refund Plan has given schools vital protection of budgeted tuition income while offering parents security of their tuition investment.

As the originators of the Tuition Refund Plan, Dewar’s primary goal is to serve schools and parents with the most comprehensive coverage and exceptional customer service.  Please contact us today to learn how the Tuition Refund Plan can provide the next step towards a stable financial future. 

For more information, please contact:
Andrew Martinson, Vice President, 617-774-1555

Dominion Payroll was started 20+ years ago with the vision of providing an alternative to the competition by putting the customers’ needs first. Today we are the nation’s most innovative, customer-focused, workforce management firm located right here in Charlotte, NC. Our single sign-on platform integrates Applicant Tracking, Employee Onboarding & Offboarding, Time & Attendance, HRIS, Payroll, Benefits Administration, and more into a proven and scalable solution for your business.

With Dominion Payroll you gain the power of a robust platform backed by industry leading customer care with a no-voicemail policy, freeing you to focus on your core business. We have clients in all industries but have had great success working in the education arena. Dominion understands the unique needs of K-12 private schools, Charter schools, and colleges and provides them with a customized solution to streamline their entire payroll and human capital management process.

For more information, please contact:
Kevin Allen, Director of Sales of the Carolinas

Edifice, LLCa North Carolina-based general contractor, is proud to help plan and build the structures that train our future generations.

Though we boast a diverse portfolio in all major construction markets, we have completed over six (6) million square feet of educational buildings serving kindergarten classrooms to college campuses. Since 1978, Edifice has built its reputation on a simple philosophy: to attend to the needs of our clients, express concern for our employees’ wellbeing, take care of our business partners, and give back to the community by helping those in need. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Edifice is consistently ranked as one of North Carolina’s Top 100 privately owned companies by Grant Thornton, LLP. Along with past awards for our philanthropic involvement in the community, Edifice is also listed as a top contractor in publications including ENR Southeast, Business North Carolina, and the Charlotte Business Journal.

For more information, please contact:
Danielle Kuhn, Business Development, (704) 579-8578 

 Leadership Circle Sponsor

FACTS, a Nelnet company (NYSE: NNI), is located in Lincoln, Neb., and is committed to making educational dreams possible through service and technology. FACTS serves more than three million students and families at over 11,500 schools, and manages $9 billion in tuition funds annually. FACTS offers a comprehensive suite of services including tuition management, a student information system, payment administration and processing, financial needs assessment, and online admissions/enrollment solutions.

For more information, please contact: 
Jana Kane, Regional Vice President, Tuition Management and Financial Aid Assessment, 404-433-0911

First Tryon Advisors* is a full service financial advisory practice based in Charlotte that serves the needs of independent K-12 schools with a focus on the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.  Our job is to help NC independent schools determine the amount of debt they can afford and implement the best financing solution for their construction project needs. 

Our practice recently welcomed Wye River Group, a Maryland-based financial advisory practice with a strong presence in the independent school space, to our team.  Much like First Tryon, Wye River’s growth and success have been built upon the principles of integrity, expertise, innovation, and outstanding client service. Together, our combined group consists of 24 motivated professionals who can offer our clients a wide range of expertise and services that includes Financial Advisory Services, Capital Planning Models, Operational Consulting and Swap Advisory Services.

Our mission is to give our clients peace of mind by delivering expert advice, innovative planning strategies and tailored financing solutions.

For more information, please contact: Robert Hobson, Managing Director, 704-926-2982
Christopher Wienk, Managing Director, 410-267-8811 ext. 302

*The practice known as “First Tryon Advisors” includes two SEC-registered Municipal Advisors: First Tryon Securities, LLC d/b/a First Tryon Advisors (“FTSLLC”) and First Tryon Advisors, LLC d/b/a Wye River Group (“FTALLC”). FTSLLC is a member FINRA and SIPC and an MSRB Registrant; FTALLC is an MSRB Registrant.

Leadership Circle Sponsor

At Flik Independent School Dining, we're always cooking something up.  We thrive on innovation and collaboration!

With FLIK Independent School Dining, the quality of life is enhanced across the entire school community. Through wholesome meals, nutrition education, and environmentally conscious programming, the whole campus is better equipped to live a happy, healthy life.

For more information, please contact:
Christine McGoldrick, 561-350-5429

Leadership Circle Sponsor


GreerWalker LLP is a CPA firm providing tax, assurance, accounting, and advisory services focused on the needs of privately held middle market companies, owners and individuals. 

While we are a Carolinas-based firm, our reach is global. We provide assurance, accounting, tax, and business advisory services to a diverse client base of privately held middle market companies with operations throughout North and South Carolina and the world. We also provide individual tax services to many of the principals of the organizations we serve. Our firm is committed to specialization in various key industries and services areas, which allows us to provide our clients with value-added services addressing a wide range of business and tax related issues.

Our client relationships, based on teamwork and proactive communication throughout the year, help us provide clients with strategic and comprehensive solutions to their business and individual needs.

For more information, please contact: 
Beth Allen, 704-377-0239

Leadership Circle Sponsor

Independent School Management is dedicated to advancing school leadership to enrich the student experience. Rely on 45+ years of research and insights to strengthen your school and deliver your mission with excellence. From Consultant-led professional development to student and staff insurance coverages, our services and resources ensure you’re doing what’s best for your faculty, staff, and students. Join a community of 900+ private schools to explore research-based approaches, provide proven coverages, and feel confident in your role as a private school leader. Learn more at

For more information, please contact:
Aimee Gibison, 303-656-4944

Leadership Circle Sponsor 

Marsh & McLennan Agency has access to broad resources and solutions across all of its sister companies under the Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) banner.  Mid-size companies need a partner they can trust and that can provide additional tools for opportunity and growth. We strive every day to service those needs. We successfully bridge the gap between what the “big firms” offer and the advice, solutions, and programs that smaller businesses require.

For more information, please contact:
Ryan Wilcox, Employee Benefits Consultant
Murphy Holderness, Business Insurance Consultant

At McGriff, we understand your unique challenges and responsibilities, and we have the expertise to develop a risk management program to keep your educational institution protected. Whether you need liability coverage for directors and officers, protection against discrimination lawsuits, or coverage for abuse allegations, we’ll make sure your school is fully protected against financial harm.

For more information, please contact: 
McKenzie Bele, Business Consutant | Assistant Vice President

Paymerang provides a streamlined invoice and payment automation platform that brings Accounts Payable (AP) departments into the modern age. Paymerang's platform saves AP departments thousands of hours annually, enhances visibility, increases accuracy, improves efficiency, and earns rebates while reducing paper, fraud risks, and operating costs.

For more information, please contact:
Kenan Korfez, Account Executive

Leadership Circle Sponsor

Founded in 1902, Southern Teachers is the oldest educational recruitment agency in America.  Southern Teachers is also proud to be the longest-running sponsor of NCAIS.  We help schools with teacher recruitment, administrative placement, and head-of-school search services.  In 2020, we’ve also launched a line of consulting services, the first of which is our School Operations AssessmentRod Chamberlain, formerly the Associate Head of School at Charlotte Latin and currently our Director of Consulting Services, will soon begin offering executive coaching services.  And in 2021, we added an Athletic Department Assessment.  You may learn more about the ST Search & Consulting Team here.  Your NC Agent here at Southern Teachers is Colin Manning, but Carey Goodman is always happy to chat, as well.

For more information, please contact: 
Carey Goodman, Director (434) 295-9122
Colin Manning, NC Agent  (404) 736-6058

Verkada brings the ease of use that consumer security solutions provide, to the levels of scale and protection that businesses and organizations require.  By building high-end hardware on an intuitive, cloud-based software platform, modern enterprises are able to run safer, smarter buildings across all of their locations.

For more information, please contact:
Eric Kurasz, Account Executive

Checkwriters is a comprehensive Payroll and HR services company focused on optimizing every step of the customer experience.  For independent schools, that means specialized features that make the whole school happy, and one-on-one customer support to ensure it all runs smoothly from day one.  Our features for schools include: 

  • Online applicant tracking and onboarding
  • Custom attendance solutions
  • Fiscal reporting and tracking
  • General ledger and retirement integrations

For more information, please contact:
Dakota Hebert, Chief Marketing Officer, 888-243-2555, ext. 158.

Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, a national architecture and design firm, is recognized for developing exceptional design solutions that elevate your performance and deliver results beyond architecture. Having designed over $3 billion in school construction, our passion is aimed at designing learning environments that inspire students and teachers to perform at their highest potential and that enhance the entire community.

For more information on our independent schools experience, checkout our brochure or contact:
Tom Balke, [email protected], 704-561-3414.

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete represents employers only, including many public and independent schools and colleges, in all aspects of labor and employment law, employee benefits and organizational matters. 

For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Yarbrough, Partner, 828-277-5137

Welcome to Proactive Chiropractic and Rehab Center located in Charlotte, NC. At Proactive Chiropractic and Rehab Center, we do our best to provide non surgical solutions to your everyday pain. As a top provider of chiropractic care in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Alec Khlebopros delivers the most effective chiropractic techniques that help to return you to your optimal health.

For more information, please visit us at

Soil³ products are specifically designed for school use. Let’s Grow Together™ and AG IN THE BAG™ introduce the benefits of gardening to a new audience.  We address hot topics like recycling (the root pouch is made from recycled plastic water bottles) as well as foodscaping, food sourcing, organic gardens, sustainability, farm to table, etc.
Our products can be used in many areas of curriculum:
Language Arts – Research, Descriptive
Science – Observations, Process, Experiments, Lifecycles, Botany, Earth Science
Math – Cooking Skills, Fractions, Measurements
Health and Wellness – Food Knowledge, Healthy Eating, and Food Sources.

All of the Soil³ product options support current curriculum standards. We realize that while teachers are creative and intuitive, it is sometimes helpful to have resource information. To that end, we also have a Resource Guide with these products. This guide includes online resource tips, curriculum information and information on age appropriate gardening books. We also offer a weekly blog ( for teachers and students as a way to interact and share ideas and information.

We look forward to speaking with you and sharing more about Soil³ and Let’s Grow Together!  I get such delight in making connections and sharing with educators, students, parents, and fellow gardening enthusiasts.

For more information, please contact:
Teresa L. Wilson, Soil³ Community Coordinator, 919-608-6575.  websites: &