WASA Corporate 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
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
Hill is a leading international construction consulting firm that provides program and project management, construction management, cost engineering and estimating, quality assurance, inspection, scheduling, claims analysis, innovative dispute resolution, and staff augmentation services. Since 1986, Hill has successfully maintained offices in Seattle, Spokane, and Portland to provide those services and others, such as pre-bond/capital levy program/project planning, long-range facility planning, fixtures, furnishings and equipment (FF&E) planning and procurement, commissioning, and retro commissioning services to our valued Washington State K-12 school districts.
CONTACT: David Zeitlin
Inspirus is a not-for-profit credit union that is proud to support local schools and educational programs across Washington. It all started in 1936, when math and journalism teacher Robert J. Handy, along with a few others, founded the credit union to serve teachers. Today, we continue the traditions of the credit unions' founding principles by offering more free services, lower loan rates, and better return on deposits than most big banks, and now we serve all of those who are passionate about education. Together, we're donating our time, talents, and dollars to make a difference in the education community.
CONTACT: Pamela C Shelp | www.inspiruscu.org
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
PEMCO Insurance is proud to be an official partner of WASA, providing support for superintendents at every stage of their professional development and serving as the title sponsor of the WASA Administrator of the Year awards. PEMCO was founded by a teacher in 1949 and is committed to supporting the education community.
All school employees receive a special discount on their personal home and auto insurance. PEMCO also offers umbrella and boat coverage.
CONTACT: 1.800.GO.PEMCO | www.pemco.com
Piper Jaffray assists local school districts with the implementation of bond sales and management of debt service funds. Piper Jaffray 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 Jaffray 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 Jaffray’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 Jaffray 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
VEBA Trust was created in 1984 to provide school districts in Washington with a method of providing supplemental benefits, particularly post-employment (retiree) medical reimbursement plans. VEBA Trust is a non-profit Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association (VEBA) authorized under Internal Revenue Code § 501(c)(9).
VEBA Trust is operated for the benefit of public employees in the state of Washington and is managed by a board of trustees appointed by the plan sponsors: Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), WASA, and Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO).
CONTACT: Mark Wilkerson