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. 523,

Baker Tilley November 2018

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


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


Why do we do what we do?  To improve the human experience. To transform growing minds.  To enhance our surroundings. To improve our world with every opportunity. To bring passions into focus, art to life, and people together. To experience the joy of creating with purpose.


At BLDD Architects, great things don’t happen by accident. They happen by design. That’s why we take an intentional approach to every aspect of your project and every facet of our work.  The result?  A personalized and empowering process that leads to transformative architecture, leaving you free to build dreams within your mission. The talented and dedicated personnel within our five Midwestern offices bring unique skill sets tailored to you and are committed to bringing your mission to life.

We believe that a well-designed life is a life well lived. And here’s where it all begins.

For more information, contact:
John Whitlock, AIA, LEED AP
Principal, Director of Higher Education Design


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

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Risk Strategies Company proudly offers an array of insurance brokerage and consulting services.  With over 30 offices across the country, and ranked among the largest brokerage firms in the USA, Risk Strategies is a partner to consider for your college’s employee benefits, student health/accident, or Property and Casualty Insurance needs.

Whether grappling with changing regulations and enrollment trends, new financial challenges or increased scrutiny of an athletics program, as risk profiles evolve, Risk Strategies Higher Education Practice Team understands the complexities today’s institutions face. A wide range of services and capabilities, experienced business perspective and specialized industry knowledge that makes it easy for Risk Strategies to address unique challenges in a holistic manner that saves money while improving coverage.

The Risk Strategies Higher Education Team proudly represents over 100 colleges across the country, including multiple ACI members.

For more information, contact:
John Cerasani
Managing Director, National Higher Education Practice Team


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


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