2018 - 2019 Sponsors

If you'd like information about becoming a corporate sponsor, please email [email protected].
CAIS thanks the following corporate sponsors for their generous support!
Joseph Cichowski 203-572-0200 X303 Ash Creek Enterprises specializes in a wide range of services, including tailored IT services and solutions for small and medium sized businesses, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations in Stratford, Fairfield County and throughout Connecticut. We are committed to providing each and every one of our clients with high quality service and support. Our unparalleled IT team is incredibly friendly and will help you every step of the way in supporting your organization.
Mark Almeida


Office Technology including print, document management, managed services, and cloud solutions.
John Zinno


BlumShapiro is the largest regional accounting, tax and business consulting firm based in New England with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  We have grown to nearly 400 accounting, consulting and administrative professionals, making us the one largest public accounting firms in the U.S.  Drawing upon our breadth and depth of experience in our primary service areas — educational institutions, privately held businesses, non-profit organizations and government entities —  we strategically tailor and consistently deliver tested solutions for unlocking the full potential of your organization.
Luis F. Gavilanes 203-944-8506 Focus on Education: With Financial Solutions for K-12 Independent Schools
Chase has served the unique banking needs of Independent Schools for decades, Our Education & Not-For-Profit Banking Team continues to provide specialized support and solutions for this important community, so that the focus can remain on enriching the lives of students.
Our dedicated experts can provide customized banking and cash management solutions to help you reduce expenses, improve operating efficiency and provide students, faculty, staff and vendors with greater convenience. Additionally, we can provide specialized financing solutions to help streamline cash flow and maximize the current and future plans for your school.
By working with our team of specialized professionals, you gain access to decades of real-world experience and proven solutions built upon efficient, secure, and reliable technology. As your needs change, our products and services adapt to an evolving technological, legal and financial environment so you can take advantage of tomorrow’s opportunities.
John Toscano 959-200-7211 CohnReznick LLP is a leading accounting, tax and advisory firm serving the specific needs of independent schools throughout the Northeast.  Because of our year-round focus, our professionals advise our clients with the insight gained from maintaining an in-depth understanding of the independent school environment.  In addition to high quality assurance and tax services, we regularly advise on such matters as risk management, best practices, benchmarking and process improvement. 
  Jim Guiliano  860-306-7134 Project/Program Management, Owner's Representative Services.


Sandy Rice 203-316-5433 ELM provides award winning, comprehensive landscape maintenance, landscape installation and water management services to several of Connecticut's independent schools, colleges and universities.  Celebrating our 40th year, the expertise and accountability of our seasoned staff improves a campus landscape presentation, while reducing strain on your fiscal and human resources.
Elsie LaCourt 508-208-1594 Flik Independent Schools is a dedicated dining service specialist committed to providing freshly prepared nutritious foods. We customize dining service solutions for the academic communities that embrace a lifestyle that includes sustainability and social responsibility.
Chris Duble 978-322-7225 Insurance broker and risk management adviser specializing in educational institutions - property/casualty insurance broker for the Nutmeg Group.

George Howe 203-929-5750 Gregory & Howe is a Professional Management Company whose expertise is compliance with Federal and State Safety Regulations inclusive of drug and alcohol testing and student transportation vehicle (STV) drivers requirements as outlined in the Connecticut General Statutes. 

Miguel Adorno   A longtime leader in the industry, Juniper has earned the trust of schools and institutions to deliver networks with ample performance, reliability, resiliency, and security to meet digital learning and business goals.
Michael LeBlanc 203-852-8800 Founded in 1993, LeBlanc Communications Group provides telecommunications infrastructure for independent schools, non-profits and corporations in Connecticut. We install state of the art and easy to manage network-based phone systems. We also work closely with school IT staff to fully manage these systems and proactively manage the telecom carriers (both billing and technical matters). We often provide switching and wireless infrastructure, fiber between buildings or wireless on rooftops as needed to connect remote locations. Our focus is on simplicity, redundancy and cost savings, which is often significant! We offer at least a 15% discount for CAIS member schools.

Edward B. Whittemore, Esq. 860-240-6075 With more than 100 attorneys in six offices throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York, Murtha Cullina LLP offers a full range of legal services to meet the local, regional and national needs of our clients. Our practice encompasses litigation, regulatory and transactional representation of businesses, governmental units, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and individuals. Core practice areas include litigation, insurance recovery, labor and employment, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, construction, energy, health care, immigration, trusts and estates, real estate, land use and retail and hospitality.

Chris Cappello, AIF 617-535-6946 X333 New England Retirement Consultants is an SEC Registered Investment Advisory firm specializing in investment advisory services & consulting to 403(b), 457(b) plans and Endowments. New England Retirement Consultants provides prudent due diligence on school retirement plans, fiduciary education for staff and trustee roles & responsibilities and tailored education to 403(b) & 457(b) participants. New England Retirement Consultants helps your school create effective fiduciary oversight by becoming your Investment Fiduciary Partner. We will act as a fiduciary to your plan as your choose — partial or discretionary. Improving Plans for Tomorrow is our motto; we help to make good plans event better!


Catherine Longwell 978-264-0160 At OMR Architects, we believe in a collaborative approach to architecture in which every building study and design is a unique response to our client's goals, concerns and needs. Our vision is to transform the day-to-day experience of the people who learn, play, work and live within the spaces we create. Our projects are varied and include an extensive list of independent schools as well as public schools, municipal, religious and residential projects.


Jerry Joseph 412-901-9271

P&D is not your typical school software and website design company.  Our “High Tech, High Touch Services” means that we maintain almost daily contact with the schools we work with so that managing data from birth to bequest is an ongoing collaboration. This solution–a combination of our software and our services–has been in development since 2008 and is now comprised of over 15 totally integrated apps with customizable components, mobile flexibility and seamless integration with a school’s website, as well as the likes of SchoolMessenger, DiamondMind, Google and more.

Denise Suggs 203-330-2106

Pullman & Comley has earned a reputation as one of the preeminent providers of legal services, serving clients throughout Connecticut, the Northeast, and internationally.

We are close and trusted partners to our clients, committed to providing the highest levels of service and value through hard work, innovative thinking and delivering real results.  We believe that when our clients are successful, we are successful. 

Since 1919, our firm has continued to grow and adapt to meet our clients’ changing needs, helping them to address the challenges and opportunities of every economy.  We serve major financial institutions, public and private companies of all sizes, health care providers, service businesses, trade associations, manufacturers and emerging growth businesses in the alternative energy and information technology industries, as well as government entities, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and individuals.

With offices in Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury, Connecticut and White Plains, New York, our firm is organized into practice sections that offer clients both depth of experience and the flexibility to team across disciplines for customized, solution-oriented service.  In addition, because of our strong roots in Connecticut, we often collaborate with out-of-state law firms, serving as local counsel in corporate transactions and litigation matters.  Our membership in the Law Firm Alliance, an international affiliation of law firms, gives our local clients the benefit of global reach.

Our reputation has been built by every member of our firm.  We take great pride in working together to produce excellent results for our clients, and in contributing to the communities in which we live and work.  Our culture of pulling together with our clients, through good times and bad, sets us apart from others in the profession.

Rich Bartlett  860-409-7520 X107 The Schuster Group, headquartered in Connecticut and with offices in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, strives to forge long term relationships with its independent school clients, by upholding industry standards of excellence in the areas of Employee Benefits, Risk Management, HR & Compliance support and consulting and Retirement Plan fiduciary and educational services.  This is done by implementing innovative strategies and developing proprietary, school-specific programs that represent both financial savvy and innovative plan offerings that support our school clients and their faculty and staff
Julie Fay 860-251-5000 Shipman & Goodwin LLP is a full-service law firm with over 170 attorneys in offices in Connecticut, New York and Washington D.C.

Jeff Granoe 203-876-9607 Connecticut Based professional information technology consulting firm specializing in custom network design, security implementation, managed support, and project deployment solutions for organizations looking for best of breed hardware and the highest quality of service.
Kathleen Backenson 518-817-9892 Trane offers energy-efficient, comprehensive facility solutions, and is a single-source provider of equipment, controls, service, parts, energy procurement, energy management systems and performance contracting for high-performance buildings.