ACI Corporate Partners support ACI and our member colleges and universities in two important ways: First, they make an annual commitment of $5,000 that helps defray ACI’s operating costs and focus philanthropic dollars on mission-critical programs. Second, each Corporate Partner offers products and services designed to meet the specific challenges of higher education. Many ACI member institutions already do business with these partners, and we encourage all ACI members to make our Corporate Partners their first call when they require the products or services these businesses provide.

For additional information about ACI Corporate Partnerships, contact Mick Weltman, executive director, 312-263-2391, ext. 1, or

Sikich is a dynamic professional services firm specializing in accounting, technology, investment banking* and advisory services.** Founded in 1982, Sikich now ranks as one of the country’s Top 35 Certified Public Accounting firms and is among the top 1 percent of all enterprise resource planning solution partners in the world. From corporations and not-for-profits to state and local governments, Sikich clients can use a broad spectrum of services and products that help them reach long-term, strategic goals.

Sikich’s not-for-profit and higher education professionals have dedicated their careers to serving a wide variety of not-for-profit and higher education organizations. Whether your challenges lie in managing and tracking the generosity of your supporters or implementing regulatory changes, our team of experts is here to help you accomplish your goals, realize your mission and strengthen your organization.

*Securities are offered through Sikich Corporate Finance LLC, a registered broker/dealer with the Securities and Exchange Commission and a member of FINRA and SIPC.

**Advisory services offered through Sikich Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor. Securities offered through Triad Advisors, Member FINRA and SIPC. Triad Advisors and Sikich Financial are not affiliated.

For more information contact:
Scott Wegner, Partner
Phone: 630.566.8417
Fax: 630.375.8817

Paycor helps companies manage their people better with intuitive, cloud-based HR, payroll and timekeeping software. More than 35,000 small and mid-sized organizations across America have chosen Paycor for personalized customer service and easy-to-use solutions that improve efficiency and enable them to focus on their strengths. Colleges and universities across the country depend on Paycor’s modern and intuitive HR and payroll solutions. Paycor’s personalized support and intelligent technology ensure that key business processes, including payroll, timekeeping, reporting, onboarding and recruiting, run smoothly across your organization. Partner with Paycor for easy-to-use Payroll & HR solutions that will cut out hours of administrative, transactional work and enable your staff to focus more on recruiting, engaging and supporting your people. Learn how Paycor can transform your organization by starting a conversation at or visit our Higher Education site at

For more information, contact:
Dean Bishop, Sales Executive Higher Education – Strategic Industries

PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations. PNC provides retail and institutional services for corporate and nonprofit organizations including credit, treasury and investment management services.

For more information contact:
Simon Reeves, Director PNC Capital Advisors

Michael Best is a full-service law firm providing legal services to clients on a local, regional, national, and global basis. With more than 230 attorneys in 12 offices nationwide, Michael Best counsels higher education institutions on a full range of legal issues, including intellectual property protection and labor and employment matters, such as Title IX, employee benefits, student affairs and immigration. We help universities commercialize their technologies and resolve technology-related disputes. In our work as outside counsel to many university leaders, our lawyers take calls on whatever campus exigencies occur, from cybersecurity and real estate transactions, to campus safety, public finance and governance issues.

For more information, contact:
Daniel Kaufman, Partner


For over 25 years, Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) has helped educational institutions reduce costs without compromising quality or service. Our higher education group focuses on finding savings in cost or profit centers in areas such as food service, telecommunications, janitorial supplies & service, printing & production services, office supplies, facility maintenance, payroll processing & credit card fees, and many more. Operating on a contingency fee model, ERA delivers savings before earning a fee for the value delivered. 

Expense Reduction Analysts is one of the world’s leading consultancy organizations. Specializing in cost optimization and supplier relation management, ERA delivers Value through Insightᵀᴹ to clients in both the private and public sectors. Through in-depth industry knowledge and insight across a variety of expense categories, ERA adds value to organizations by advising on industry-specific best practices, reducing costs, and ultimately delivering tailored solutions to benefit organization health and growth. ​

For more information, contact:
Marty Leiter, Senior Principal Consultant

Bon Appétit Management Company is an on-site restaurant company offering full food-service management to corporations, universities, museums, and specialty venues. Based in Palo Alto, California, we operate more than 1,000 cafés in 33 states for dozens of marquee clients.

Our food is cooked from scratch, including sauces, stocks, and soups. (Salsa, too!) A pioneer in environmentally sound sourcing policies, we’ve developed programs addressing local purchasing, overuse of antibioticssustainable seafoodthe food–climate change connectionhumanely raised meat and eggs, and farmworkers’ rights. We’re grateful to have been recognized by many leading foundations, nonprofits, and industry associations for our work.

This mission statement, called The Dream and written by our CEO and cofounder Fedele Bauccio, has been Bon Appétit’s guiding philosophy since we were founded in 1987:

Our Dream is to be the premier onsite restaurant company known for its culinary expertise and commitment to socially responsible practices. We are a culture driven to create food that is alive with flavor and nutrition, prepared from scratch using authentic ingredients. We do this in a socially responsible manner for the well-being of our guests, communities, and the environment.

Baker Tilly is a full-service accounting and advisory firm with a specialized focus on serving higher education and research institutions across the country. In addition to providing financial statement audit, tax, and internal audit services, we work with audit committees, boards, management, and internal audit functions to collaboratively address strategic areas such as risk management, research compliance, construction, sustainable energy, cost reduction, fraud, and information technology. We are adept at navigating the complex culture found in college and university settings and frequently provide thought leadership and advice on emerging issues. We emphasize this industry specialization across a range of services, helping our clients to:

  • Manage risk and ensure compliance
  • Gain assurance
  • Optimize resources
  • Expand reach and responsiveness

For more information contact:
Christine Smith, Principal


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