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.


  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
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
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
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
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 Assessment.  Rod 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



TIAA was founded in 1918 to help teachers retire with confidence. 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 be the change—for our clients, associates and communities—has never wavered and it’s what motivates us to deliver lifetime income for all with investments that build a better world.

Amaka Nsonwu Farmer
Director, Multiple Employer Plans | Retirement Solutions
P 704 988 6916
[email protected]



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


DAST Consulting is unlocking the financial resources so that every single child in America can have access to a Christ-centered education. We do this by helping secure funding from various federal and state programs as well as launching work-based learning programs that draw funding from local businesses. The money can be used to pay for educating students in traditional PK-12, microschool, and home education environments.

For more information, please contact:
David Sexauer, 317-455-3278

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 

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.

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

Safe Haven Defense manufactures and installs protective laminates that transform your glass into a shield.  With three levels of protection to choose from, our laminates protect against bullets from handguns, shotguns, and AR-15 rifles, as well as forced entry, riots, blasts, and hurricanes. Safe Haven Defense laminates fortify your structure with unparalleled strength, safeguarding the people and property inside, while allowing time to seek assistance. 

Ideal for educational facilities, corporations, retail establishments, government buildings, police and military, places of worship and financial institutions, Safe Haven Defense laminates are applied on-site, over your existing windows without the need for modifications or retrofitting.  Please visit to view demonstration videos and obtain additional information about our products.

To speak with a Safe Haven Defense representative, please contact Tony Pustizzi at (954) 743-7199 or [email protected]

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

Yay provides an end-to-end dining service that is free for schools, easy for parents and deliciously nutritious for students and faculty. We develop custom programs with a focus on providing real food, made fresh daily from local food partners.

For more information, please contact our Customer Experience Team



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

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, 704-561-3414.

At School Insurance Advisors we can meet all of your insurance needs, providing business insurance and employee benefits under one roof. As an educational institution nowadays, your school faces many unique risks and exposures. We will help you develop a complete insurance strategy and risk management program to keep both your staff and school protected.  Our organization handles the insurance for many North Carolina schools, so our statewide experience runs deep.  Our agency partners serve on multiple school boards, so we understand the unique day-to-day organizational challenges you face, and the benefits teachers in North Carolina expect. Insurance can be complicated in today’s ever-changing environment. We make it simple by providing insurance packages tailored specifically to your school and providing the hands-on support you need.  Our school clients are given an onboarding platform, HR portals with free 800 numbers to SHRM credentialed professionals and Safe Schools all for free. We have two locations in Charlotte to serve you and our school clients stretch from Wilmington to Boone.  Our parent company is Van Popering Insurance.

For more information, please contact Tom Van Popering, Agency Principal, (704) 543-1544 x 405

True IP Solutions was founded to provide a fresh, flexible approach and future-proof Unified Communications solutions that are affordable by all sizes of organizations. Our team has been providing innovative solutions for over 20 years to enable our customers' business priorities in the most cost-effective ways possible. Our UC SaaS solutions are less expensive than an on-premise system by removing expensive hardware, maintenance contracts, and support personnel to manage the solution.  True IP Solutions (TIPS) is a hosted VoIP provider based in Hampstead, NC with a focus on schools and municipalities. We currently provide service in 26 states.  Our customer base includes K-12, charter schools, community colleges, and local government municipalities within North Carolina. We also have a sister company, Security IP Solutions, that offers security, access control, and camera solutions.

For more information, please contact:
Sally Clark, Business Development Manager, 910-249-4255 x2023




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:
Missy Spainhour, Partner, 828-575-5818

IMA is a national risk management and commercial insurance advisor firm committed to providing comprehensive, high-quality risk management, insurance and employee benefits consulting services that ensure the long-term well-being and future of educational client base. IMA believes that to offer superior service to schools and their associations, we must be dedicated to understanding their diverse needs and to develop innovative and specialized programs that serve their unique qualities. IMA also believes it must emulate the same values of the clients we serve by offering ethical service with integrity, professionalism, and creativity.

To learn more about IMA’s complimentary preliminary risk assessment please contact Kevin Melvin (Certified School Risk Manager), 704-207-5239

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

STITCH Design Shop is an award-winning architectural and interior design firm located in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Boone, NC. Born in 2013 from a desire to fearlessly pursue creative ideas that reflect the individuality of our clients’ culture, identity and values, we pride ourselves on the premise of “there has got to be a better way.” With Clarity, Creativity, and Confidence through every stage of every project, our process is built to breed progress.

For more information, please contact Nikki Moore,  Ph.D, S.M.Arch.S., 617.233.3345