AICUO Affiliate Members

Affiliate member businesses have been endorsed by at least one of our member institutions, affirming their best practices in business and service provision. Their applications are reviewed and must be approved by the AICUOAffiliate Member Advisory Panel, composed of university business leaders and business ethics faculty. Affiliate members must secure annual endorsement by a member school to renew Affiliate member standing.

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A Relationship company that builds world class software: This phrase perfectly describes our unique business approach to selling our housing, conference, conduct and parking management solutions as well as how much emphasis we place upon getting to know prospective and current clients. Welcome to the family!

Affiliate Member Newsletter Article - May 2015

Air Force One

Air Force One Inc. is a Dublin-based commercial HVAC & facilities services provider specializing in preventive maintenance, energy conservation and total facility automation. From holistic, design-build projects to mechanical systems installations to proactive maintenance plans, Air Force One partners with clients to get and keep buildings performing at optimal levels. Allison Haas Marketing & Communications Manager:


Alegria Technologies provides violence prevention and recovery solutions to higher education. The flagship product is Keys to Copingâ„¢ a web-based, multi-modular platform that allows sexual assault reporting, coping exercises for victims and administrative reports to be generated as a campus safety solution. For more information about Alegria and Keys to Copingâ„¢ please go to:


The Albert M. Higley Co. is a Cleveland based construction management and general contracting firm founded in 1925. For nearly a century, we have helped our clients realize their visions, always while adhering to our principles of honesty, integrity, and mutual respect. To date, we have completed more than 10,000 projects totaling in excess of $8 billion of construction for many of the region’s leading corporations and institutions. Contact us at

Bricker & Eckler

Bricker & Eckler delivers highly personalized legal services. Our skilled attorneys regularly serve as general counsel to colleges and universities, effectively handling both common and unique legal challenges. In addition to having an entire practice group dedicated to education law, we also provide advice related to taxation, financing, employment and more.


CAEL’s LearningCounts program allows your adult students to earn college credit for the knowledge they’ve acquired outside of the classroom. The most widely used prior learning portfolio assessment service in the U.S., LearningCounts is used by more than 100 colleges and universities.

California Casualty

Auto and home insurance from California Casualty is now available to employees of AICUO member institutions. California Casualty has been serving education professionals for over 60 years. This exclusive program - not available to the general public - offers special AICUO member rates, generous discounts, superior service and unique Higher Ed policy features. There is no cost to the member institution and implementation is easy.

Here are a few of the unique policy benefits that AICUO member institution employees can enjoy:

  • Deductible waived for vandalism or collision to your vehicle while parked at campus or at a school-sponsored event
  • $500 personal property coverage for any personal belongings stolen from your vehicle - whether it's locked or not!
  • Flexible payment plans, including Summer or Holiday Skip options
  • ID Defense protection - at no additional cost
  • Local Ohio representative dedicated to serve your college or university

For more information:

Affiliate Member Newsletter Article - November 2016


Carnegie Communications has been at the forefront of integrated, response-driven enrollment marketing and recruitment for over 30 years. Through customized, cutting-edge digital solutions and a multi-channel lead generation platform, Carnegie connects higher education institutions with the target audience they seek. To learn more, contact Jennifer Lonchar at (847)217-7997


As a National retirement plan consultant headquartered in Cleveland, we have the knowledge and expertise to help improve the retirement plan outcomes of Ohio higher education institutions.
Developing and maintaining a retirement plan that is in compliance with changing regulatory and financial requirements is a challenging task for any school. Our comprehensive service model assists institutions by managing and mitigating the risks associated with fiduciary governance, investments, fees, compliance and participant education procedures.

Affiliate Member Newsletter Article - July 2015


Collegis Education utilizes an integrated enrollment growth system to help institutions achieve quick, measurable results, and long-term sustainability. Through technology-driven, student-centric solutions spanning the entire student lifecycle, Collegis Education helps institutions more effectively attract, enroll, and retain students to grow their core student enrollment. In Fall 2016, 75% of their higher education partners experienced double-digit new enrollment growth. Contact: Drew Melendres | | 512-784-6926


Commons Energy combines a full complement of energy services with access to patient capital to help clients improve the efficiency, safety, and comfort of public-purpose buildings by lowering overhead costs and creating positive cash flow. Established as a low-profit, limited liability company (L3C), a form of LLC that balances social and financial returns, Commons Energy is a for-profit subsidiary of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the economic and environmental costs of energy use for all economic groups.


Constellation, an Exelon company, is a leading competitive supplier of power, natural gas, renewable energy and energy management products and services for homes and businesses across the continental US. We provide integrated energy solutions that help customers strategically buy, manage and use their energy. Our customers, including two-thirds of the Fortune 100, rely on our commitment to innovation, reliability, transparency and service. Contact Blaire Miller at 855-836-2658 or visit for more information.


Energy Management Solutions, Inc. (EMS), is an independent provider of energy management services, uniquely qualified to help your company identify, prioritize, and implement strategies that will conserve energy, lower utility bills, and improve your bottom line. Our expert team of energy auditors, analysts, engineers, and specialists know how to optimize your energy usage. We work with businesses of all types and sizes in the United States and beyond, sharing proven energy-saving methods and tactics. We'll help you identify conservation opportunities, maximize utility rebates and grant programs, access free or low-cost energy auditing services, and even procure carbon credits. EMS is skilled at negotiating the best utility rates available so you don't pay more for energy than necessary. We also analyze and recommend alternative energy solutions to hedge against rising energy costs and market volatility. For more information please contact Kelly Rodgers or visit


GeoStar Professionals is made up of specific Best in Class partners who work together to identify categorical awareness, billing errors and overcharges, missed opportunities for savings, and outside opportunities for services that organizations currently use to educate and help put cost savings back into the pockets of their clients. We review electric, natural gas, water/sewer, propane, solid waste, biohazard waste, telecom/internet/cellular, fuel, HR benefits, insurances, and more. Our team gets the right services for the right price to see that the bottom line of the client is increased. More than a mission statement, it is our philosophy, our commitment, our guiding principal and our guarantee.

Hahn Loeser

Hahn Loeser is a full-service law firm that, for 95 years, has provided sophisticated and creative counsel to Fortune 500 corporations, privately-held businesses, non-profit institutions, governmental entities and individuals. We have a dominant presence in Ohio, with offices in Cleveland, Columbus, and Akron, and a growing practice in Southwest Florida, with teams located in Naples and Fort Myers. We also have offices in Indianapolis, Indiana; San Diego, California; and Chicago, Illinois. Our firm routinely serves as regional and Ohio counsel on litigation and commercial transactions for a wide variety of matters, but the true scope of our practice is national.

Hahn Loeser has been recognized four times as a Go-To Law Firm for Top 500 Companies by American Lawyer Media (ALM), based on surveys of in-house counsel at the top 500 companies in the United States, for our commercial litigation and intellectual property practice areas. In 2014, Hahn Loeser was added to the BTI Client Service A-Team, which recognizes the U.S. law firms with the best customer service, as identified by corporate counsel. And for the past 12 years in a row, Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business ranked the firm in one or more of the following practice areas: commercial litigation, bankruptcy/restructuring, construction, and intellectual property.

Hill International

Hill International offers Owner Agent Services to Higher Education clients throughout Ohio and across the Country for construction programs of all sizes and complexities. As an Ohio firm, Hill has three offices located in Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo. Our staff of over 70 professionals are credentialed, licensed and experienced construction management personnel and engineers that provide an unparalleled level of Higher Education knowledge that allows for an immediate ROI. Hill’s staff consist of Project Managers, Project Engineers, Project Coordinators, Preconstruction Managers, Program Managers and Executives to serve in any capacity. Hill is very sensitive to budgets and works with each of our clients to find unique solutions to engage our flexible services to meet their specific needs. This integrated approach saves our clients time and money through our scheduling techniques, coordination, procurement, delivery modal selection, communication and effective construction administration skills. Hill ONLY provides Owner Agent Services, as we will not engage in General Contracting or Construction Manager at Risk agreements, so our interest is always with our clients. Please call Mark E. Welling, PE at 614.496.1387

Knowble Media

Knowble Media was established in 2010 as a digital communications partner for higher education. We're a creative agency who knows how to leverage interactive media, video and technology to make a big impact. Our work represents the intersection between collaboration and innovation. We've seen time and time again that when the right people are aligned in the right way, great things happen. We believe smaller is better, and that the right blend of strategy, technology and creativity leads to successful outcomes.


Logicalis is an international multi-skilled solution provider providing digital enablement services to help customers harness digital technology and innovative services to deliver powerful business outcomes.

Our customers cross industries and geographical regions; and our focus is to engage in the dynamics of our customers vertical markets; including financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, and apply the skills of our 4,000 employees in modernizing key digital pillars; data center and cloud services, security and network infrastructure, workspace communications and collaboration, data and information strategies, and IT operation modernization.

Maloney Novotney

National firm expertise. Boutique firm attention. Our team of professionals is dedicated to serving the higher education industry with specific expertise working with private liberal arts colleges and universities. Our commitment to total client satisfaction, outstanding service, and the high caliber of our personnel is what sets us apart from other accounting firms.

Affiliate Member Newsletter Article - September 2015

Marsh McLennan

Founded in 1871, Marsh has provided thought leadership and innovation for clients and the insurance industry by introducing and promoting the concept and practice of client representation through brokerage, the discipline of risk management, the globalization of insurance and risk management services and many other innovative tools and service platforms, including industry specialization such as our Education Practice.

We combine consulting expertise with insurance placement tactics, providing a holistic solution for assessing risks, accessing proper, cost-effective insurance, and managing claims.

Affiliate Member Newsletter Article - April 2015


MJW is a leading supplier of print, promotions, signage and apparel to many college and university in the state of Ohio. No job is too small or too large for our dedicated and qualified staff to handle. We look forward to partnering with AICUO members and providing them extremely competitive prices and great service.

Ohio State Parks/Xanterra

Discover the natural beauty and simple pleasures of Ohio State Park Lodges and Conference Centers. Our five scenic lakeside properties give your family or group the chance to share wonderful moments together while you encounter Ohio’s fascinating flora and fauna and relax in comfortable full-service lodges or cozy cabins. Each Lodge harbors its own surprises, too – from bunk bed accommodations your kids will love to secret spots to go fishing and birding. You’ll find our attractive rates and value-added packages among the nicest surprises of all! For more information call or email Kerri Kaderly-Joseph, Regional Sales Manager,, P: 614 818 4447


Provider of marketing solutions to help you promote your brand with staff, students, alumni and others connected with your institution. Our products include promotional items, t-shirts, embroidered apparel and print collateral. Our services include graphic and website design. Our philosophy is to provide creative solutions, responsive service and ensure that we are making a positive impact in the community.


Parkhurst Dining delivers authentic culinary experiences to private colleges and universities. We were founded in 1996 on the premise of choosing imperfection over standardization and we've held fast to these culinary values, knowing that made-from-scratch food delivers greater student satisfaction and engagement leadeing to stronger financial outcomes for our clients. We are also known for our commitment to sustainable practices and local outsourcing; our dedication to client partnerships and seamlessly integrating into your campus culture; our people-first approach to team management, training and development; and our investment back in to communities in which we live and work. For more informatio, reach out to Suzie Lachut, Director of Partnership Development, at: 412-327-4501.


Working together with institutional leaders, faculty, and bookstores, Pearson's putting innovative digital delivery models in place that simplify getting students access to the materials they need from the very first day of class while improving overall affordability. Additionally, Pearson offers hybrid and online curriculum development services, online tutoring, data analytics and a rich library of engaging educational technology resources. To learn more about Pearson's student textbook affordability model contact Brian McGarry, Executive Director at


As a multidiscipline engineering, science, planning, and design-consulting firm, our breadth of services include civil/site design, construction services, design-build, geotechnical, environmental, energy and sustainability, landscape architecture, planning, MEP, structural, survey & geomatics, transportation, water resources, and wastewater. An employee–owned firm, Pennoni has received numerous awards for its work as well as its corporate culture, including national rankings by the Zweig Group and Engineering News-Record. Visit for more information.


Plug Smart is an energy services company that helps university, K-12, hospital, commercial/industrial, and municipality clients implement a broad range of energy solutions. Our core capabilities include engineering, developing and implementing turnkey energy efficiency projects that have the ability to finance themselves through the utility, operations and maintenance savings they create.


RF-Works was founded in 2004 out of a need for unbiased wireless and network consulting. With a rich history of providing consulting and professional services for both RF-Works Managed and Customer Managed Wireless & Mobility solutions, RF-Works has consulted with the most prominent Healthcare, Government, & Educational institutions across the country. RF-Works remains focused on superior customer service and engineering of wireless and networking technology.


ScholarBuys is a value-added reseller of software, hardware, and peripherals; ScholarBuys works exclusively in education. Our niche focus is Group Purchasing. ScholarBuys has a strong track record of maximizing the buying power of Independent College and University Associations with technology companies including; Microsoft, Adobe, DropBox, Lenovo, Symantec, and others. For more information, contact Bob Smith


Siemens offers a comprehensive portfolio of customizable solutions for higher education that can meet your needs today while preparing you for tomorrow’s challenges. Backed by global depth and expertise, our solutions are implemented and supported by Siemens offices in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati that are dedicated to helping keep students, faculty and staff safe, secure and comfortable, while helping address your energy efficiency and sustainability goals.


Sightlines, a Gordian Company, is a leader in helping colleges and universities better manage their facilities operations and capital investments. Sightlines provides tools for strategic planning, analyzing, and benchmarking that generate an independent, reliable comparison of campus performance in these areas against peer institutions.

Our clients tell us better analytics drives better planning and decisions ultimately driving better outcomes for business and facilities officers responsible for campus stewardship.

Working with over 450 institutions and equipped with data from over 25,000 buildings across the U.S. and Canada, Sightlines provides the context and validation institutions need to make sound, informed, and financially credible decisions about their campus facilities. As a result, campuses can optimize capital investments, address backlog of deferred maintenance projects, develop a strategy to steward physical assets, improve the effectiveness of facility operations, reduce energy consumption, and better serve students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

AICUO's agreement with Sightlines provides a discount of up to 10% off the cost of the first-year service agreement.  In addition, by signing up through AICUO, Sightlines will be providing your institution with annual sector analysis of how well AICUO members are addressing physical asset needs compared to independent and public institutions across the country.
For more information, please contact one of the following people:

Affiliate Member Newsletter Article - February 2015

Affiliate Member Newsletter Article - November 2015


With more than six decades of growth and experience in general contracting, design/build and construction management, Smoot Construction has created a legacy of excellence and a reputation for hard work and high standards. Now entering the third generation of family leadership, the Smoot Construction team is known for professionalism, quality of work and honesty—forging employee and client relationships that span decades. Higher education projects completed by Smoot Construction include: residence halls, parking structures, campus centers, football stadiums and athletic complexes. For more information please visit or email

SoundCom Systems

For over 40 years, SoundCom Systems has been providing cutting-edge sound, video, and communications solutions for businesses and institutions of nearly every size. Headquartered in Northeast Ohio, SoundCom is ranked among the top 25 systems integration firms in the U.S. by Systems Contractor News, and has ranked among the top 50 since 2004. With offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Grand Rapids, Flint, and Lansing, SoundCom has the knowledge, experience, and scalability to meet virtually any project scope and deadline with an attention to detail and focus on quality that is unrivaled in the industry. From initial project conception through turn-key installation, SoundCom provides a comprehensive suite of services with on-going, post installation support and training helping our customers reach higher...everything else is just noise. For more information, click here.

Starfish Hobso

For the past eight years, the Starfish platform has been an integral part of the student retention and completion efforts at more than 250 institutions. Now, as part of the Hobsons portfolio of higher education solutions, the Starfish platform can engage an even broader range of college and university staff in student success. See more at or contact Annamarie Rice at

Affiliate Member Newsletter Article - October 2015

Steptoe Johnson

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a U.S. law firm with core strengths in energy, labor & employment, litigation and transactional law, with special expertise for educational institutions in negotiation of terms of loans and refinancings.

Affiliate Member Newsletter Article - February 2015

Affiliate Member Newsletter Article - November 2015

Sudden Impact

We are a a direct marketing agency that partners with clients to achieve measureable success through phone, digital, database, and traditional marketing. We combine savvy storytelling, cutting-edge technology, time-tested database marketing, and a roll-up-your-sleeves, sweat-the-details approach to help ensure our success for our clients. You can see our work demonstrated in the AICUO Awards for Excellence in the Visual Arts website. Talk to us today at 614-942-0906 or visit

Affiliate Member Newsletter Article - March 2015


Since the firm was founded in 1909, we have grown from four attorneys with offices on the third floor of a small office building in downtown Columbus, Ohio to a nationally recognized firm of approximately 375 attorneys with offices throughout Ohio and in Washington, D.C., Houston, Texas and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During that period of tremendous expansion, our firm has created, cultivated, and celebrated a unique culture that is highly collegial, supportive, and inclusive, while at the same time unerringly focused on providing our clients with exceptional legal representation in compliance with the highest standards of professionalism. We believe that our culture has contributed mightily to our position as an acknowledged leader in diversity, to the honors that have been bestowed upon the firm and our attorneys, and to our continuing growth and success in the practice of law.

Affiliate Member Newsletter Article - June 2015

Affiliate Member Newsletter Article - December 2015


Wisr partners with select universities by providing a software platform helping students to explore and discover their ideal career destination. We simplify connecting alumni, students, and staff with automated advisor matching. Wisr was developed in partnership with AICUO members Case Western Reserve University, Denison University, Oberlin College, and Cedarville University. For more info on Wisr please contact us at or visit our site here.

Zenith Systems

Zenith Systems is an award winning, total building solutions provider having decades of experience fulfilling electrical, technological, and contracting needs of integrated systems from design-build services through project deployment. We provide the highest level of experienced partnerships to our clients regardless of the scope of the job. From installing the world’s largest outdoor chandelier to providing and powering the digital displays and software solutions that deliver information to hundreds and thousands at top universities, museums, hospitals, healthcare centers, law firms and sports/entertainment venues; to designing and installing solutions in the form of solar panels, complex alarm systems, and interactive custom display walls. Zenith Systems includes a team of Audio/Video professionals with decades of experience designing, installing, and servicing integrated communication solutions. Technicians go through rigorous training and certifications by industry organizations and are CTS, NICET Certified, EST Certified among many others. Zenith Systems has also excelled in Healthcare, Video Conferencing, Conference Centers, Interactive Auditoriums, Interactive Classrooms, Private Satellite Communication Systems and Campus-Wide Master Plan Deployment of AV systems.