Meet Our Partners
WASA thanks our corporate partners. Their support of our organization enables us to provide valuable professional development opportunities. Many of our corporate partners engage in local community and school activities and programs. Their commitment to youth is appreciated.
Servicing and supplying floor coverings to over 180 Washington schools and districts for the past 50 years, Beresford considers their advocacy for public education a stewardship responsibility. Offering full customer service and no-risk carpet plans with single-source responsibility, The Beresford Company not only measures and supplies the necessary materials and labor, they take responsibility for installation and wearability. Leaving every transaction with a satisfied customer is something for which The Beresford Company strives.
The Beresford Company consistently supports various activities and keynote speakers at WASA conferences and workshops. In addition to their generous sponsorship of WASA events, the company also advocates for other education associations statewide and annually sponsors the "Washington State Teacher of the Year." The Beresford Company is a long-time supporter of WASA.
: James McDowall
BLRB Architects has specialized in K–12 facility planning and design for nearly six decades. With offices in Tacoma, Spokane, Portland, and Bend, the firm has served more than 70 distinct school district clients throughout the Pacific Northwest on projects worth more than $3.6 billion in construction value. Committed to collaborative and inclusive planning and highly personalized facility design, BLRB works with its educational clients to maximize capital funding investment in pursuit of high performance learning environments that foster achievement, inspire creativity, and enhance excellence in both students and staff.
CONTACT: Greg McCracken
Clear Risk Solutions is more than just a standard insurance provider, we are an industry leader in both insurance and risk management services and solutions. Our mission is to make our services your asset by delivering customizable results that you can trust and will better equip you to succeed in an unpredictable future.
: Rich Moore
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
CONTACT: Roxane Pirayesh | www.collegeboard.org
The D.A. Davidson name is synonymous with education funding throughout the Pacific Northwest. They are proud to serve school districts large and small, and offer a full range of services including bond-issue planning, tax-rate management, and bond-rating assistance. D.A. Davidson’s niche lies in expertise and exceptional client service.
D.A. Davidson, founded in 1935, is the largest full-service investment firm based in the Northwest. D.A. Davidson has built a solid reputation of integrity and professionalism with their full-service banking capabilities, broad distribution, experienced professionals, and a long-term approach to business. They maintain an independent, employee-owned-and-operated business environment, placing client needs at the forefront of their business decisions.
CONTACT: Jon Gores
or Dave Trageser
or Cory Plager
Forecast5 Analytics provides state-of-the-art decision support applications that enable school district leaders to harness the power of their data to make more informed decisions. Our analytics technology helps you identify strategic and financial opportunities, providing you with highly visual output in the areas of student performance, financial performance, compensation, staffing, and enrollment/demographics. More than 2,000 public sector clients across the country are using Forecast5 tools to maximize their data insights and enhance their decision making.
: Bob Manikas
Since 1984, the VEBA Plan has given Washington school districts a means of providing employees with a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA), primarily for post-employment (retiree) medical premiums. The plan covers 72,000 public employees and retirees from more than 400 school districts, community and technical colleges, higher education institutions, and state agencies in Washington.
CONTACT: Charlie Isaacs
The program was founded and is governed by: WASA, AWSP, and WASBO. Plan consulting, local service, and customer care are provided by Gallagher.
View the Gallagher and WASA 36-Year Partnership video.
Gesa Credit Union is Washington State’s second largest credit union with over $3.8 billion in assets and nearly 250,000 members. Gesa is a full service financial institution that offers a complete array of consumer, mortgage and business products and services. Headquartered in Richland, Washington, Gesa operates 18 branches in the Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, West Richland, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, Moses Lake, Yakima and Spokane communities. Gesa also does business as Inspirus Credit Union, a Division of Gesa Credit Union, headquartered in Tukwila, Washington. Gesa also supports 12 student-operated high school branches. Gesa’s commitment to local communities includes support for Junior Achievement, the American Red Cross, annual youth scholarships, and free financial seminars open to members and the general public.
View the Gesa Educational Impact video.
CONTACT: Brandon Allison | www.gesa.com
McKinstry is a privately held, full-service, design-build-operate-and maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facility services. The firm's innovative, integrated delivery methodology provides clients with a single point of accountability that drives waste and redundancy out of the design/build process. With over 1,900 professional staff and trades people throughout the United States and operations in more than 15 states, McKinstry advocates collaborative, sustainable solutions designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs and optimize profitability "For The Life of Your Building."
CONTACT: Melissa Pendleton
OAC EDU is the region’s premier education program and project management firm. OAC EDU partners with school districts by offering a full range of services, from pre-bond planning through project closeout and warranty management. OAC EDU’s sole focus is school projects. We understand the dynamics of school design and construction, from the complexities of funding to the critical need to minimize disruptions to teaching and learning as your district journeys through construction projects. Since 2002, our dedicated staff has managed the planning, design, and construction of more than $2 billion in K–12 facilities changing the educational lives of over 500,000 students. We understand how important schools are to our communities and focus on providing optimal delivery methodologies that enhance teaching and learning while providing state-of-the-art, energy efficient, safe, and healthy schools.
CONTACT: Jeff Jurgensen | www.oacsvcs.com
Helping you worry less and live more is what PEMCO’s all about. That tradition started in 1949 when a teacher, Robert J. Handy, founded PEMCO to provide affordable car insurance for teachers. Today, PEMCO helps people across the Northwest protect what matters most to them with auto, home, renter, umbrella, and boat insurance. PEMCO’s still owned by its customers—not stockholders—so it serves you, not Wall Street. Get award-winning differences like a real person answering when you call, 12-month rate protection, and competitive prices made even more affordable with discounts for your home and auto.
View the Pemco Brand Defender video.
CONTACT: your local PEMCO agent | 1.800.GO.PEMCO | www.pemco.com
Piper Sandler assists local school districts with the implementation of bond sales and management of debt service funds. Piper Sandler demonstrates how districts can manage their tax rates to stabilize the impact of taxes for levies and bonds, and helps many districts improve bond ratings.
Piper Sandler is a leading full-service investment bank and asset management firm serving clients in the U.S. and internationally. Our proven advisory teams combine deep product and sector expertise with ready access to global capital. We are a leading underwriter and market maker of fixed-income securities in the Northwest, and a leading financial advisor to Northwest bond issuers. Piper Sandler's expertise reaches from the smallest public finance clients to the largest institutional investors in the country. We support our public finance platform with a strong primary and secondary trading effort. Through our regional trading desks, clients have access to our underwriting, sales and trading experts who work with bond issuers to structure both taxable and tax-exempt fixed-income securities.
Piper Sandler takes great pride in its reputation; it is the reason investors and issuers have trusted us since 1895.
CONTACT: Trevor L. Carlson
or Ryan Swanson
The Washington Schools Risk Management Pool (WSRMP) is a self-funded non-profit risk pool composed solely of 93 public schools, seven ESDs, and their inter-local cooperatives. WSRMP exists in partnership with its members to provide their staff and student communities a safe and protected educational environment, while protecting member resources.
The founding of WSRMP was driven by a need for stable and strong risk management leadership, controlled by its members and able to constructively meet the unique needs for coverage and risk management services. Together, we keep over 500,000 students safe.
: Deborah Callahan