Corporate Sponsor Program

The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) has introduced a new Corporate Sponsor program that will help the 27 CICV member colleges connect with those businesses that provide goods and services to the higher education community in Virginia.

Benefits of being a CICV Corporate Sponsor are:
  • Exposure to CICV member schools through this listing
  • Listing in CICV's conference publications
  • Recognition in CICV's Annual Report
To become a CICV Corporate Sponsor, a company must:
  • Apply and be approved by CICV's president
  • Provide a current client reference. This could be a CICV member college, a college or consortium in another state, or a local business
  • Be committed to supporting independent higher education in Virginia
For complete information about becoming a CICV Corporate Sponsor, please contact Jan Smyth at or call (540)586-0606.

CICV Colleges and Universities are encouraged to contact these businesses when there is a need for the products and services they provide. Each Corporate Sponsor can be located below along with a short description of their products, services, contact information and website.

Corporate Sponsors
Check back often as this list grows in the coming weeks!

AffinityLTC, LLC (website)
Insurance & Benefits

AffinityLTC, LLC specializes in the marketing and administration of association-sponsored Long-Term Care Insurance. AffinityLTC is recognized as one of the top firms in the LTC marketplace. Currently endorsed by the Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS) as an exclusive provider for LTCI to its member associations and more than 767 institutions of private higher learning.

Michael S. VanGavree, President & CEO
(717) 737-3060 x300
(877) 777-3512 x300

Akadémos (website)
Student Services

Akademos provides higher education institutions with a full-service online platform to manage course materials, from monitoring adoptions and compliance to purchasing textbooks to measuring utilization . More than just an online bookstore, we give school administrators a single platform to streamline course adoptions and meet compliance regulations. For students, the platform simplifies the purchasing and access of materials through a personalized portal that connects with school SIS, LMS, and payment systems. Akademos gives colleges and universities  a more transparent , convenient, and cost-effective solution to manage how course materials are used and measured, helping to improve textbook affordability and student success. Learn more at

Andy Watts, Director of Business Development
(404) 538-3539

Amazon Web Services (website)
Information Technology, Consultants

AWS allows universities, primary education, and the companies that serve them, to build efficient, cost-effective, and secure environments that improve teaching and learning, research, and operations. The on-demand, pay-as-you-go compute and storage services allow the education industry to shift capital infrastructure to an operational expense , while accelerating innovation by reducing the time to deliver services to students. These ultimately improve student retention and learning outcomes, create new opportunities for innovation, and provide opportunities to train the next-generation technology workforce.

Courtney Ritch, AWS Account Manager
(540) 904-3313

Apogee Telecom, Inc. (website)
Information Technology

As higher education's largest provider of managed technology services, Apogee helps colleges and universities transition to and excel in today's digital era. Its comprehensive Managed Campus Suite includes ResNet services that connect the campus to enhance learning outcomes, video that transforms the way students learn, and new digital engagement technologies that captivate students. Partnering with Apogee enables schools to derive greater return on their IT investments and increases student satisfaction while achieving budget stability and predictability. Find out why nine out of 10 schools that choose to outsource ResNet and video choose to partner with Apogee at

John O'Brien, Regional Vice President
(512) 717-0935 (office) (919) 423-5623 (mobile)

Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP (website)
Auditing and Compliance

Brown Edwards is among the top 100 CPA firms in the nation and recently Inside Public Accounting  recognized us as one of the fastest growing firms in the US. Our firm provides traditional accounting and specialized services to many areas of industry including private higher education. With a 40-year history working with private colleges and universities, we have gained a reputation for an unyielding commitment to excellence with our "hands-on style" as well as our professionals' depth of knowledge of the unique accounting and reporting requirements of our clients. We are genuinely interested in our clients, and strive to help them achieve their strategic goals.

John Hash, Partner
(540) 345-0936

Collegiate Clean Energy LLP (website)
Energy Supplier

Collegiate Clean Energy provides universities, colleges, and businesses with unique, customized, and sustainable energy solutions while delivering financial, reputational, and competitive benefits. Choosing a sustainable energy product from Collegiate Clean Energy is a sound choice you can make to reduce your institution's environmental impact.

Collegiate Clean Energy's team of energy experts are ready to tailor competitively-priced renewable energy products to meet your specific needs, while making it easy to do what is right for the environment and your bottom line. The benefits of utilizing electricity generated from renewable resources are broad, ranging from environmental to economic. By choosing Collegiate Clean Energy, your institution can do something positive for the environment today that also creates benefits for the generations of tomorrow.

Tom Loehr

Data Network Solutions (website)
Information Technology

Data Network Solutions has more than 20 years of experience helping higher education institutions solve their most complex IT challenges. Our dedicated team consists of highly trained and certified engineers - both presale and implementation - to ensure your project will be successful. We focus on 3 main technology pillars - Networks (wired and wireless - Aruba, Juniper, Extreme, Aerohive); Security (Palo Alto, Barracuda, CheckPoint); and Datacenter (NetApp, Nutanix, HPE, Lenovo, VMware). We are local - working with schools across Virginia and the Carolinas.

Chris Opitz, Account Manager
(757) 270-6190

Direct Energy Business (website)
Energy Supplier

Direct Energy Business (DEB) is a leading supplier of energy and related services focusing on bottom line savings. DEB supplies approximately 240,000 customers of various size and verticals across North America. DEB offers a customer supply and energy solution that address reliability, cost, revenue generation and energy consumption reductions with a holistic approach. Partnering with small businesses to large enterprises and universities, DEB focuses on unique ways to meet each customers specific need. DEB works to deliver a result that captures savings at your bottom line. Let Direct Energy Business help you buy less of what we sell.

Keith Korin, Business Development Manager
(703) 673-6969


EDC (website)
Construction & Supplies, Consultants, Dining & Facilities

EDC provides Owner's Representation and Project Management services to institutional owners for the design and construction of their new and renovated facilities. Established in 1991 and based in Midlothian, Virginia, EDC has delivered over four million square feet totaling over $600 million of higher education and research and development projects. EDC manages the entire project from preliminary programming and budgeting through construction and occupancy. Our clients include the Virginia Tech Foundation, Hollins University, Bridgewater College, Randolph-Macon College, the American Hebrew Academy and the UNCG Capital Facilities Foundation.

Raymond Hunt, AIA LEED ap BD+C, Executive Vice President
(804) 396-5578

First American Education Finance (website)
Financial Services

First American supports over 800 schools across the country, developing alternative financing solutions for campus initiatives that include : Building Renovations/Deferred Maintenance/Athletic Facility Improvements; Energy and Solar Initiatives/Technology and ERP Software Upgrades . First American has the unique position of operating as an innovative and independent organization that is backed by the financial strength and stability of City National Bank and Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) . Our mission is to help schools succeed by passionately and professionally earning long-term relationships.

Bob Murrer, Vice President
(585) 643-3304

Johnson Controls (website)
Infrastructure Improvements

Johnson Controls is a national leader in the higher education market, with more than $1 billion in outstanding savings guarantees with colleges and universities nationwide among our $6 billion+ performance contracting portfolio. As a part of our commitment, we recognize that students today expect comfortable, safe, sustainable environments that complement their academic achievements. Johnson Controls works with each customer to create quality campus environments and green buildings, lower energy and operating costs, and reduce the environmental impact of buildings to deliver sustainable campuses that will attract and engage students and inspire them to be better stewards of our natural resources.

John Poggi, Account Executive
(410) 382-4882

Long-Term Care Planning Plus
Insurance and Benefits

Lewis Ingles
(717) 364-5861

Lowe, Brockenbrough & Co. (website)
Financial Services

Lowe, Brockenbrough & Co. is an independent, employee owned investment advisory firm serving endowments, foundations, high net worth individuals and families since 1970. We are dedicated to providing high quality investment advice as a fiduciary with an exceptional focus on providing our clients excellent service. We pride ourselves on the principles of trust, collaboration, innovation and successful outcomes.

Walter S. Robertson, III, Managing Director
(804) 288-0404

MBP  (website
Professional Services

Established in 1989, MBP is a multi-disciplined construction consulting firm assisting clients with a broad range of professional services to help them manage their construction project or program from  initial budget, through design and construction, to successful project closeout. The firm's professionals help owners complete construction jobs on time, within budget, and to the standards of quality the owner expects. MBP has emerged as a national player in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, standing apart from our competitors in our diverse range of services, our attention to client service, our values-based leadership and culture, and our people. Our team includes some of the most experienced and qualified professionals you will find in the industry. We have worked hard to establish a reputation in the industry as a firm that offers owners custom solutions to any and all construction challenges.

Scott Higgins, National Program Manager
(703) 641-9088

McGuireWoods LLP (website)
Legal Services

MGuireWoods has one of the largest and most accomplished education teams of any full-service law firm in the nation. The team is composed of more than 70 lawyers located in 13 offices and represents more than 100 higher education institutions and their affiliated entities. We represent our clients on a broad array of matters, including corporate governance, student and data privacy, tax-exempt financing, athletic conference affiliation, development and enforcement of student policies (such as Honor Codes), appeals of tenure denial or revocation, and student sexual misconduct. As a firm, McGuireWoods has more than 900 lawyers in 20 offices, and our lawyers and staff speak 35 languages. We cross borders, practices and industries in the U.S., UK, Belgium and around the world, collaborating with colleagues and managing resources in 128 countries.

Gilbert E. Schill, Partner
(804) 775-4345

Millennium Advisory Services, Inc . (website)
403(b) Consulting Services

Millennium Advisory Services is a registered investment advisory firm that provides 403(b) services for institutions of higher education throughout the southeast. Our offerings include plan level communication and education services as well as fiduciary advice and asset management services for plan participants. Millennium works with plan level fiduciary partners to offer a turn-key solution, known as "403(b) Complete" designed to help 403(b) plan sponsors meet their fiduciary obligations on both the plan level and the participant level.

Paul B. Hunt, President
(804) 346-1040
(877) 435-2489

Moseley Architects (website)

Moseley Architects has provided professional architecture and engineering services for over 100 collegiate projects. Clients can rely on the firm's extensive campus planning, programming, and design experience in a broad portfolio of college and university facilities, including academic, research, recreation, athletic, arts, and student life. Additionally, our campus master planning experience includes preserving green spaces and promoting sustainability initiatives. Our success with colleges and universities is based in large part to an inclusive and participatory design process stemming from the belief that the active involvement of our clients and facility users leads to better design solutions.

Lisa Demmel, Vice President
(804) 794-7555


National Management Resources (website)
Physical Plant Management/Facilities

National Management Resources was founded in 1978. National provides physical plant maintenance & repair, custodial, landscape maintenance, events planning & setups and security services. National tailors its services to meet the needs and goals of the partners we serve. National provides these services exclusively to private, independent institutions of higher learning. National currently has 40 campus partners across the country. Southern Virginia University is one of our Virginia partners and we provide all of our services for the institution.

Barron Wood, Business Development Executive
(678) 232-8716

Othot (website)
Enrollment Management Solutions

Othot is redefining how advanced analytics improves student outcomes that accelerate growth and profitability for higher education institutions through the power of machine learning. Our predictive and prescriptive analytic platform empowers schools to enroll the "right fit" students to meet institutional goals; understand if they need support along their path to graduation and a successful career with a manageable amount of debt to then ultimately help the school through the access to the time, talents, and treasure of its alum.

David Babst, VP Marketing + Customer Success
(412) 780-4402

PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (website)
Financial Services

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) is one of the largest diversified financial services companies in the United States, with assets of $361 billion as of June 30, 2016. Operating in 19 states and the District of Columbia, PNC is organized around its customers and communities to ensure strong relationships and local delivery of a wide range of financial products and services.

PNC provides industry-leading treasury management to hundreds of colleges and universities across our footprint. Our offerings include purchasing cards, ePayables programs, lockbox, and remote deposit. PNC also support our higher education clients with planned giving programs, equipment leasing, loans, lines of credit, letters of credit, and bond underwriting.

Keri D. Wheeler, Vice President, Public Finance Treasury Management
(202) 835-4986

Quinn Evans Architects (website)
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Campus Planning

Quinn Evans Architects provides full-service architectural, campus planning, interior design, and landscape architecture services in a practice committed to creating enriching and inspiring places with and for our clients. The firm has a 27- year legacy of service to educational institutions with a focus on independent colleges and universities. Our vision is to collaborate closely with our clients to enhance the campus environment as a holistic place for learning.

Charles Piper, Principal
(804) 533-4728

SageView Advisory Group (website)
Retirement Plan Consulting, Financial Services, Insurance & Benefits

SageView is an independent SEC Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm whose focus is providing retirement plan consulting and investment advisory services. Our goal is to innovate, inspire and navigate the fiduciary responsibilities for higher education organizations that want to deliver solutions for their most valued commodity, their employees.

Nichole Labott, Retirement Plan Consultant
(804) 523-1681

SFCS Architects (website)
Consultants/Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design

SFCS is a full-service architectural, engineering, planning, and interior design firm that specializes in the design of residential living, education, health care, and government facilities nationwide.

Christina Jennings, Marketing Manager
(540) 344-6664

Shentel (website)

Shentel has been in the telecommunications industry for over 100 years (NASDAQ: SHEN). Today we provide advanced internet, data, voice and video solutions to businesses via our fiber optic network. Our focus has always been Virginia's rural markets with a goal to provide the same high quality network services found anywhere else in the United States. Shentel is proud to have been rated by Forbes as one of America's Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies.

Debbie Jones, Account Representative, Fiber Sales
(540) 984-5171

SyCom Technologies (website)
Consultants/Information Technology

Connecting more than technology by delivering transformative solutions for your business

At SyCom our business is about technology. But, it's also about building lasting relationships with our clients. We are committed to connecting with you as a partner to solve your business challenges.

We pride ourselves in being the first choice for infrastructure technology solutions in the Mid-Atlantic region. In over 20 years of business, SyCom has earned trust by doing right by our customers, vendors and employees. That is the reason why Fortune 1000's universities, hospitals and governments have relied on us to design, implement, manage and secure their IT environments .

Sarah Virgin, Director of Marketing and Partner Programs
(804) 474-5297

Trane (website)
Energy as a Service

Recent trends of campus building growth mask some school concerns of significant deferred maintenance in existing buildings since the Recession and concern with projected lower high school graduation rates. Competition between schools will increase and not all will survive. To help CFOs and VP of Facilities, Trane has completed over $250M in self-funded energy projects in Virginia to improve our clients' existing building infrastructure. We can do this with traditional financing approach or, as many of our clients are requesting, off credit approach approved by Financial Advisors and Rating Agencies.

Larry Cummings, Marketing Leader, Strategic Partnerships
(804) 836-7513

USI (website)
Insurance and Benefits

USI is one of the largest insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the world, delivering property and casualty, employee benefits, personal risk and retirement solutions to the middle market. Headquartered in New York, USI has over 6,000 industry leading professionals across more than 150 offices to serve clients' local, national and international needs. USI has become a premier insurance brokerage and consulting firm by leveraging the USI One Advantage, an interactive platform that integrates proprietary and innovative client solutions , networked local resources and expertise, and enterprise-wide collaboration to deliver customized results with positive, bottom line impact.

Dan Gore, Vice President--Employee Benefits
(804) 200-5246

VEMO Education (website)
Financial Services

Vemo Education is an education finance company that helps colleges and universities design and deploy student-centric, income-based financial aid solutions. Vemo's full-service approach to income-based student financing solutions can help CICV members: 1) Improve student enrollment mix; 2) Increase graduation rates; 3) Boost competitiveness in recruiting; 4) Generate a new revenue stream; 5) Diversify institutional discounting strategies.

Tim Egan, Director of Sales Operations
(703) 587-4026

Winthrop Resources Corporation (website)
Financial Services/Information Technology

Winthrop has been delivering economically compelling, long-term financial solutions to the educational community for over 30 years. As experts in higher education technology finance, Winthrop understands client needs as well as constraints, is fully versed in the latest higher education technology innovations, is dedicated to technology financing with no ancillary or hidden agendas, and provides award-winning lifecycle management and administrative support.

Kyle Fredette, General Manager
(804) 380-7802

Woods Rogers (website)
Legal Services

With over 80 attorneys in four locations across the Commonwealth--Roanoke, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, and Richmond--Woods Rogers has demonstrated its commitment to Virginia for more than 125 years. When combining our experience with our historical commitment to taking an active and meaningful leadership role in our communities, Woods Rogers is unique among Virginia firms.

Our size--more than 80 attorneys who represent 19 practice areas and 100-plus related services--gives us resources that allow us to be strategic, yet flexible in our problem-solving approach. We provide counsel to an array of industries throughout Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Our experience in the higher education sector includes human resources counseling, First Amendment issues, intellectual property protection, tax credit and bond work, and cybersecurity/data privacy matters.

King F. Tower, Of Counsel
(540) 983-7541

Victor Cardwell, Principal
(540) 983-7529

Wordsprint Marketing Services (website)
Advertising and Promotion


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