2016-2017 Affiliates


Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) delivers experiences that enrich and nourish people’s lives through innovative services in food, facilities management, and uniforms. Aramark Higher Education is dedicated to excellence in dining, facility and stadium and arena services. Aramark enhances the living and learning experience and environment for more than 600 colleges and universities throughout North America. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees make a meaningful difference each day for millions of people in 22 countries around the world. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE and World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Connect with Aramark on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: Wayne Barnett, Director of Business Development, 267-314-4672

Baker Tilly

More than 300 higher education and research institutions across the United States rely on Baker Tilly to address strategic and tactical concerns. We deliver customized solutions for auditing, tax, and consulting needs from a dedicated higher education practice. Our industry focus in higher education assures clients that their engagements with Baker Tilly will always be staffed with qualified and experienced personnel. Our team’s knowledge of the unique higher education culture allows us to effectively collaborate with management, internal audit functions, boards, and audit committees.

Contact: Dave Capitano, National Practice Leader Higher Education, 610-927-4512; Ellen Labita, Partner - New York Higher Education Services, 631-719-3432

Bogdan, Lasky & Frazier LLC

Bogdan, Lasky & Frazier is a full-service lobbying firm, committed to meeting the needs of their clients, that include college and universities, Fortune 500 corporations, trade organizations and not-for-profit organizations, through the utilization of a team approach, that better captures the depth of Bogdan's experience and expertise.

Contact: James A. Lasky, Partner, 518-434-9000

Constellation, an Exelon Company

Constellation, an Exelon Company, is among the best equipped to manage energy market volatility. Let Constellation help you understand energy market risks and structure electric purchase arrangements to minimize these risks for your institution. Click here to download a promotional brochure.

Contact: David Villa, Sr., Association Manager, 866-818-0115

Couch White, LLP

Couch White, LLP is a full service law firm in Albany, New York dedicated to the cost-effective resolution of legal problems encountered by an extensive business and professional clientele. Click here to download a promotional brochure.

Contact: Robert M. Loughney, Managing Partner, 518-426-4600

CSArch Architecture | Engineering | Construction Management

CSArch offers integrated architecture, engineering, and planning services to colleges and universities in New York State. CSArch are experts in campus planning and the design of science and technology buildings, administrative offices, classrooms, athletic, and other college facilities. Click here to download a promotional brochure.

Contact: Randolph J. Collins, President, 518-463-8068

Cullen and Dykman LLP

Cullen and Dykman LLP, established in 1850, provides quality, cost-effective general counsel and project specific legal services to colleges and universities in the upstate and downstate regions. The firm offers free training on hot legal topics including Title IX and The Non-Profit Revitalization Act. Click here to download a promotional brochure.

Contact: Brian FitzGerald, Albany Partner-in-Charge, 518-788-9401


Ecosystem is an award-winning, independent design-build firm offering turnkey construction and retrofit projects in Canada and the U.S.  Projects are focused on meeting client-specific goals: improved energy efficiency in buildings, increased productivity for industrial processes, value-added asset renewal, and green energy production. 

EcoSystem designs and delivers high-performance infrastructures for clients in the institutional, commercial, municipal, industrial, and real estate sectors.  Each project is contractually guaranteed. To learn more about EcoSystem and its energy efficient offerings, please click to view "A Frank Discussion of the Merits and Limitations of Cogeneration." 

Contact: Katherine Kluefer, Business Development Manager or Laziza Rakhimova, Market Intelligence


Inceptia, a division of National Student Loan Program (NSLP), is a nonprofit organization providing premier expertise in higher education access, student loan repayment, analytics, default prevention and financial education. Its mission is to support schools as they arm students with the knowledge needed to become financially responsible adults. Since 1986, Inceptia has helped more than two million students achieve their higher education dreams at 5,500 schools nationwide. Annually, Inceptia helps more than 120,000 students borrow wisely, resolve their delinquency issues and successfully repay their student loan obligations. Inceptia educates students on how to pay for college, guides borrowers through loan repayment counseling, and provides default prevention strategies and services to schools. Click here to download a promotional brochure.

Contact: Tami Gilbeaux, Strategic Business Director, 315-200-3200


The KeyBank Public Sector group encompasses a team of professionals dedicated to delivering value-added capital markets and banking solutions to governments, higher education institutions and national non-profit organizations. Click here to download a promotional brochure.

Contact: Mitchell Miller, Senior Vice President, 518-257-8665

National Management Resources Corporation

National Management Resources Corporation offers facility management services exclusively to private institutions of higher education. National's services encompass plant maintenance and repair, custodial, landscape maintenance, events planning and management and Security services. The corporation partners with institutions from coast to coast. National tailors its services to fit each client’s special situation providing them with a picture perfect campus every day. National's services assist with recruiting, retention and fundraising because its staff knows the institution only has one chance to make a good first impression.  

Contact: Steve Vitale, Business Development Executive, 706-302-3103

New | Ed

NewEd is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider focused on serving higher education and training providers. NewEd offers a suite of interactive modules that education providers can easily integrate into existing websites to deliver intuitive, personalized, and informative enrollment exploration experience.  NewEd tools include program modules, career modules, and transfer modules to connect prospective and current students with matched opportunities to pursue their program of study, degree, or career.

Contact: Craig Maslowsky, 518-527-2490


NYSERNet is a private, not-for-profit corporation created to foster research and education in New York State. For 30 years, its mission has been to advance network technology, research, data center services and technical education in support of the state’s research and education community, which includes leading universities, colleges, museums, healthcare facilities, primary and secondary schools, and research institutions.

Contact: Christopher Sedore, President and CEO

Parkhurst Dining

Parkhurst Dining delivers authentic culinary experiences to private colleges and universities. Founded in 1996 on the premise of choosing “imperfection over standardization” - hamburgers that are hand-pressed and not cooked from uniform frozen patties; soup that is prepared daily from fresh stock and not poured out of a can; or fresh-cut vegetables for your salad bar that are cleaned, peeled, sliced, diced, and chopped by hand – never shaken out of a bag.  Parkhurst has held fast to these culinary values and know that made-from-scratch food delivers greater student satisfaction and engagement leading to stronger financial outcomes for our clients. Parkhurst is also known for our commitment to sustainable practices and local sourcing; their dedication to client partnerships and seamlessly integrating into your campus culture; their people-first approach to team management, training and development; and their investment back in the community.

Contact: Suzie Lachut, Director of Partnership Development and Aaron Weaver, Director of Partnership Development

Relph Benefit Advisors

Relph Benefit Advisors is an Alera Group Company, the 7th largest employee benefits company in the nation. We invite you to EXPERIENCE RELIEF as we resolve the challenges you face in providing and administering employee benefits.

We assist our Independent College and University Clients in controlling their medical plan costs, providing paperless and pain-free benefits administration, audit-proof compliance, comprehensive wellness programs, employee education and claims support. Ask us about the performance of the Health4EDU Captive for members of the New York Six.

Call Tom Burgess at 1.800.836.0026, or visit relphbenefitadvisors.com.

Risk Strategies Company

Risk Strategies Company is a leading, nationally recognized insurance and benefits broker, specializing in the needs of colleges and universities. Risk Strategies works with nearly 100 higher ed institutions, offering sophisticated risk management advice and insurance placement for property and casualty and employee benefits for the full spectrum of exposures. Risk Stratgies has a passion for finding creative, cost-effective solutions that meet the specific needs and circumstances each client and are a leader in helping firms navigate health care reform. Click here for an overview of benefits.

Contact: David J. Singer, 212-826-9744; 201-837-1100


Siemens BT is a leading partner to Higher Education (HE) throughout North America, with over 780 customers.  They offer turnkey, guaranteed-performance solutions to address the challenges of reduced funding for infrastructure, growing deferred maintenance, and unfunded sustainability goals.  Since 2005, Siemens has successfully completed over $600 million performance-based projects at many of the top U.S. public and private institutions, offering innovative solutions in building energy management, lab ventilation, chiller optimization, distributed energy, energy storage, micro-grid controls and much more.  

Siemens higher education partnerships compliment their affinity programs, which are focused on sustainability education, workforce development, and public relations. These often translate into student engagement, enhanced curriculum, sustainability showcases, living labs, multi-pronged publicity campaigns, internships, and other value-added activities.

Contact: John Drzymkowski, 973-396-4071 or john.drzymkowski@siemens.com


Sightlines provides colleges, universities, and other institutions with the independent data and insights they need to make critical decisions about their facilities. Sightlines brings concepts of portfolio management to facilities so that our members can make the most of their finite resources.

Contact: James Kadamus, 203-682-4955

Starfish Student Retention by Hobson's

Starfish Retention Solutions was founded in 2007 by David Yaskin, a former Blackboard executive who believed that higher education technology companies were not doing enough to help students complete their academic goals.  In February 2015, Hobsons announced the acquisition of Starfish Retention Solutions. The Starfish Enterprise Success Platform will augment Hobsons’ existing advising and admissions tools, creating a unique portfolio of student support from grade school through graduate school.

They remain devoted to the research and practice of engaging students in their progress, removing obstacles to their success, and assessing the effectiveness of an institution’s efforts to help students succeed. Today, millions of students, thousands of advisors, and hundreds of academic institutions use the patented Starfish® Enterprise Success Platform™ to power their strategic retention and completion initiatives.

Contact: Theresa Chastain, Account Executive 


Zone 5 is an award-winning, integrated marketing, branding and public relations agency based in Albany, NY, with a satellite office in San Jose, CA. Zone 5 has extensive higher education experience. Our team has crafted communication programs and built websites for dozens of colleges and universities across the US and in Canada. Zone 5 is accessible, responsive, and fluent in digital and social media tactics. We know that engaging your audience starts with building consensus with your team and your stakeholders. Discover how we can help you stand apart from your competition.

Contact: Todd Mosher, President, 518-242-7000, info@zone5.com