Affiliates (A-G)

Ad Astra
Ad Astra

6900 W. 80th Street, Overland Park, KS 66204
www.aais.com

Ad Astra is more than just a software and professional services company. We are a dedicated team on a mission to help transform the higher education industry. Our passion is helping colleges and universities effectively manage finite space and faculty resources.

Brian Messer, Regional Vice President
913.638.4361 | bmesser@aais.com

AffinityLTC, LLC
AffinityLTC, LLC

1023 Mumma Road, Suite 202, Lemoyne, PA 17043
www.affinityltc.com

AffinityLTC has successfully implemented more than 140+ Group LTCi enrollments for Private Colleges and Universities. AffinityLTC has been able to offer a best-in-class Group Long Term Care Insurance benefit, through Genworth Life Insurance Company, affording employees the opportunity to protect a portion of their assets with group rates and streamlined underwriting. A one-time open enrollment; featuring a co-branded website for each member institution, enabling all employees and family members to educate themselves and enroll directly online.
The Genworth 2017 Cost of Care survey found the median cost in KS for a year of nursing home care to be $74,004 for a private room. The percentage of LTC provided by unpaid caregivers at home is now at 80%. 70% of people over 65 will need long term care services at some point.

Including this benefit to your portfolio can assist in retaining employees and is an attractive hiring incentive.

Michael S. VanGavree, Founder
717.737.3060 ext. 300 | mike@affinityltc.com

Apogee Telecom, Inc.
Apogee Telecom, Inc.

1905 A Kramer Lane, Austin, Texas 78758
www.apogee.us

Apogee is the premier provider of Residential Network (ResNet) services - practically pioneering the space in higher education nearly 20 years ago. In order to attract, retain, and keep students on campus, we provide a high performing wall-to-wall network capable of not only handling connected devices, but also a spectrum of bandwidth-hungry applications.

Apogee provides guaranteed services levels, helping university leaders offload the costly risk of infrastructure upgrades to keep up with ever-changing technology demands. With a proven track record, Apogee provides high-speed managed Wi-FI to a range of residential halls, old and new, exceeding the at-home experience.

Apogee is also one of the nation's largest providers of cable programming, both traditional RF and IPTV. Exclusive to higher education, our solutions are customized to fit the needs of your university.

Laurie Panu, Midwest Director of Business Development
314.650.0062 | lpanu@apogee.us

Arco & Associates
Arco & Associates

817 Castle Forest Court, Ballwin, MO 63021
www.arcoandassociates.com

Arco & Associates is a St. Louis-based, full service marketing communications firm serving clients in dozens of industries throughout the nation. Since 2005, Arco has helped organizations and universities ranging in size from 10 to 1000 employees focus their marketing investments and increase their bottom lines. Specializing in strategic planning, copy-writing and content creation, branding and visual identity, social media advertising, and public relations, our firm is known for our results-driven approach and dedication to process and timelines. Our clients appreciate - and benefit from - the team's knack for cutting through the creative noise and tying marketing strategy to business goals.

Andrea Arco, Founder & CEO
636.527.9254 | aarco@arcoandassociates.com

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

6300 South Syracuse, Suite 700, Centennial, CO 80111
www.ajg.com/industries/higher-education

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. specializes in providing risk management products, services and resources to the Higher Education community. Representing over 600 colleges and universities, they bring a depth of experience and capabilities unmatched in the insurance brokerage and consulting industry. Their practice includes insurance-related services for Property & Casualty, Group Health, Athletic Accident, Student Health, and International Travel - as well as retirement services and compensation studies.

Bob Barnes, Executive Vice President
303.889.2522 | bob_barnes@ajg.com

BankMobile
BankMobile

115 Munson Street, New Haven, CT 0651
www.bankmobiledisbursements.com

BankMobile’s Refund Management® Service processes and disburses financial aid refunds to students on behalf of college and university administrators. This fast, compliant service streamlines operations and removes the burdens of activities such as writing checks, answering student phone calls and maintaining confidential information on your servers. With Refund Management, students access their refunds in secure, timely and electronic ways at no cost.

Ray Parris, Vice President, Sales
661.599.4978 | rparris@bankmobile.com

BKD
BKD

1551 N. Waterfront Pky, Ste. 300, Wichita, KS 67206
bkd.com

BKD is a national CPA and advisory firm that assists individuals and businesses realize their goals. BKD understands that Higher Education institutions have unique needs, from financial and resource management to endowment performance and capital expenditures. Trying to balance the costs of delivering quality education with the reality of tight budget can be a daunting task. Our advisors can provide strategic planning solutions that demonstrate fiscal responsibility, foresight and accountability. Everyone needs a trusted advisor. Who’s Yours?

Michael Gerber, CPA
316-265-2811 | mgerber@bkd.com

California Casualty
California Casualty

4000 W 114th St, Ste 300, Leawood, KS 66211
calcas.com/KICA

California Casualty insurance products are available to all KICA member institution employees – at no cost to your institution and simple to implement. For over 60 years, California Casualty has been specializing in auto and home insurance for those serving in the education profession. They offer special KICA group rates, generous discounts, top-notch service and exclusive policy features for higher education employees. In addition, they have local Kansas field marketing reps who are available to attend benefits fairs, handle quote requests and provide information about this exclusive employee voluntary benefits program.

Debbie Harris, CIC
800-800-9410 | dharris@calcas.com

Caylor Solutions
Caylor Solutions

11650 Olio Road #100-204, Fishers, IN 46037
www.caylor-solutions.com

We are a different kind of agency. With a network of high-end professionals who have worked together on turn-key websites to complex printed collateral, Caylor Solutions puts together specialized teams to create custom answers to your education marketing and communication challenges. Experience in brand, enrollment, and development, we can work with you to create everything from a new website, view books, to capital campaign marketing and communication plans.

Bart Caylor, President & Founder
317.985.7375 | caylor@caylor-solutions.com

Cobbs Allen
Cobbs Allen

7300 College Blvd Suite 300 , Overland Park, KS 66210
cobbsallen.com

Cobbs Allen is a boutique risk management and insurance brokerage firm providing market-leading service in traditional commercial insurance, employee benefits, alternative risk financing and structured solutions. Founded in 1887 and headquartered in Birmingham, AL, with offices in Columbus, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Kansas City and Tulsa, the firm is one of few remaining that is still owned and led by its employees.

Daniel Kusmin, Risk Consultant
(913) 832-8878 | dkusmin@cobbsallen.com

College Consortium
College Consortium

University Park, 3300 North Interstate HWY 35, Austin, Texas 78705
www.collegeconsortium.org

The College Consortium builds technology that helps higher education improve revenue, retention, and completion through collaboration. The first version of our platform (academic sharing) allows colleges to share online courses and tuition revenue. Through the consortium, enrolling members access discounted online courses for their students from teaching members members who generate new revenue by filling their empty seats. The enrolling member charges their student directly, creating a revenue share between the institutions. Schools can improve student outcomes or their seat economics without investing to build-out new programs, course, or enrollment marketing services.

Nathan Green, Co-Founder
917.309.1877 | nathan@collegeconsortium.org

Dissinger Reed
Dissinger Reed

8700 Indian Creek Pky, Suite 320, Overland Park, KS 66210
dissingerreed.com

Dissinger Reed focuses on one thing and we do it better than anyone else: athletic insurance! We are a niche athletic insurance and special risk agency headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas. Dissinger Reed currently provides customized insurance solutions for over 180 colleges and universities as well as 17 state high school associations across the country.

Chuck Howze, Collegiate Insurance Consultant
913-491-6385 | chowze@dissingerreed.com

Eleos Services, Inc.
Eleos Services, Inc.

8080 East Central Avenue Suite 320, Wichita, Kansas 67206
www.eleos-si.com

Eleos means compassion, or mercy, in Greek. This defines the way we go about collecting debt owed to colleges and universities. We use every method of contact available, phone, text, email, etc., to find the students and help resolved the unpaid debt.

Trey Hall, President
316.648.0864 | trey@eleos-si.com

EMPOWER Student Information System
EMPOWER Student Information System

30800 Telegraph Rd., Ste. 2775, Bingham Farms, MI 48025
empowersis.com

EMPOWER Student Information System is an award-winning, fully integrated student information system . Its modular design gives you the flexibility to choose the modules that suit your needs and your budget now, while connecting to a single, integrated database. As your needs change, EMPOWER will change with you. EMPOWER modules are: Recruiting & Admissions, Records & Registration, Financial Aid, Billing & Receivables, Degree Audit, Alumni & Donor Development, Higher Education Payroll, Residence Halls, Campus Security and Web Self-Service. With EMPOWER, there are no surprises in cost, time or effort. Our proven implementation services will migrate your system quickly and professionally.

Gail Waldrup, Director of Client Relations
248-647-8841 | gwaldrup@empowersis.com

Energy Solutions Professionals
Energy Solutions Professionals

9218 Metcalf, Ste. 274 , Overland Park, KS 66212
energyesp.com

Energy Solutions Professionals is a privately owned, Kansas based, energy services company that helps clients address energy saving opportunities and critical infrastructure needs in a budget-neutral manner through the Energy Efficiency Triad--an approach that encompasses energy supply, facilities/systems and human behavior. ESP is product, vendor and commodity independent, enabling unbiased solution development. We maintain streamlined operations in order to provided exceptional value-oriented services through a process we call energy efficiency|simply.

Jeff Flathman, President
913-381-2800 | jeff@energyesp.com

Fee Insurance
Fee Insurance

1 North Main Street, Suite 700, Hutchinson, KS 67501
www.feeinsurance.com

At Fee Insurance Group, we're passionate about helping individuals, organizations, and communities think ahead to manage risks, avoiding the financial stress of unforeseen surprises. Our experienced team provides proactive guidance for insurance, risk management, and benefits, giving our clients a robust set of resources and tools to ensure they have the coverage they want, keeping them informed about industry trends and risks.

Our company was founded in 1883 on the premise that families and businesses deserve a trusted partner to navigate a risk-laden world. And because we’ve been an independent, family owned company for over 130 years, we give our clients access to more options through our long-standing relationships with insurance companies, as well as legendary local responsiveness when a surprise strikes.

It’s our intention to uphold these traditions for another 130 years. We are Fee Insurance Group: Proud to move forward, together.

Layne Frick, Risk Advisor
620.259.8871 | layne@feeinsurance.com

First American Education Finance
First American Education Finance

255 Woodcliff Dr, Fairport, NY 14450
faef.com/education

First American Education Finance provides customized leasing and financing solutions that help schools budget smarter. We're a direct lender with a personal concierge-style service model and specialize in education. Call us today to learn about asset management strategies, KICA member benefits, and First American's student focused approach.

Todd Benson, Vice President
510-857-5912 | todd.benson@faef.com

First Nonprofit Group
First Nonprofit Group

1 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2180, Chicago, IL 60606
firstnonprofitcompanies.com

First Nonprofit Group of Amtrust Financial Services (rated "A" Excellent) provides state compliant, individually insured, cost-saving options to satisy SUTA (State Unemployment Insurance Tax) requirements for nonprofit and government entities. Nationally, nearly 2,000 organizations rely on us to reduce, manage, and safeguard their budget from uncertain unemployment insurance expenses.

Marshall Whittey, Regional Sales Director
312.728.9963 | mwhittey@firstnonprofit.com

First Risk Advisors
First Risk Advisors

67 West Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901
http://www.firstriskadvisors.com/

When it comes to insurance and employee benefits, every organization is different with its own unique set of needs, goals and objectives. FIRSTRISK ADVISORS understands this fact and is there to help.

We are not just an insurance broker, we are your “Partner in Solutions.” Our team works closely with you, taking the time to listen and fully understand your circumstances. We then develop a series of recommendations tailored to your specific needs. It doesn’t stop there, we stand behind every aspect of our work from our first meeting on.

Our goal is to build a long-standing partnership that will last for years to come. That is why we are committed to providing you with ongoing support and exceptional customer service long after the start of our relationship. We never lose sight of our commitment to you.

David Opperman, President, First Risk Advisors
267-880-2300 | dopper@firstriskadvisors.com

Fresh Ideas
Fresh Ideas

1000 W Nifong Blvd, Bldg 3, Ste 220, Columbia, MO 65203
freshideasfood.com

Fresh Ideas Food Service Management actively partners with select colleges and universities in designing and implementing dining services programs unique to each institution. We believe it is our responsibility to assist the client in branding and refining their dining programs to meet the needs, goals and budget of their campus. What sets us apart from our competitors is our ability to create a unique program that meshes seamlessly with your organization.
Fresh Ideas is more than great fresh food – we inspire students to be educated eaters. We believe in providing high quality, nutritious, fresh foods combined with education about the importance of living a healthy and balanced life. Our registered dietitians and chefs provide a wealth of knowledge for your students. We encourage your students to feed their minds and fuel their bodies with an integrated approach to wellness. Your students are important to Fresh Ideas.

Kris Lensmeyer, Director of Business Development
573-268-4448 | klensmeyer@freshideasfood.com

George K. Baum & Company
George K. Baum & Company

4800 Main St., Ste 500, Kansas City, MO 64112
gkbaum.com

George K. Baum & Company is one of the nation's leading underwriters of municipal bonds for private colleges and universities. Our experience includes general improvements, student housing, student union and auxiliary systems, athletic facilities and virtually every other typed of improvement projects. We also have considerable experience with refinancing of existing bonds. Our team of higher education finance professionals are available to discuss your institutional financing needs.

Roger Edgar, Executive Vice President
816-283-5135 | edgar@gkbaum.com