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2020 Virtual Annual Conference Swag Bag




ATOMS Placement Services is a boutique recruitment firm specializing in the placement of science, technology, engineering, and math educators in independent schools. They work with hundreds of leading day and boarding schools in 39 states and are the fastest growing educational placement firm in the United States. More info at

Contact: Joe Paul, Director of School Services,



The COVID pandemic has had profound and far-reaching effects on mental health, as we at Authentic Connections witnessed in resilience assessments of over 70 schools between April and June of 2020. To support SAIS schools in the months ahead, we continue to offer the first administration of our Student Resilience Survey (SRS) at no charge to all interested schools. The SRS is a targeted survey, specifically assessing measures of student mental health and modifiable aspects of school climate. Participating schools will receive an interactive report of the findings and a one-hour phone call with AC team leaders to review the results. (A parallel version for school adults that we administered in the spring, the Faculty Resilience Survey, will also be available for a limited number of schools at no charge, on a first-come first-served basis).

Sign up here. If you school is already working with AC, please sign up to receive our latest findings on how best to support mental health in school communities.

Contact: Nina Kumar, CEO,


Big Back Pack offers specialized leadership searches in the following departments: finance & operations, communications & marketing, development & advancement. More info at

Contact: Steve Mandell, Founder & Principal Consultant,

With four decades of experience, Carney Sandoe brings together great educators and leaders with great independent schools. They are an educational recruitment, executive search, strategic consulting, and certified executive coaching firm that places teachers and senior administrators in independent schools and educational organizations worldwide. With national hiring conferences, professional development, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion, Carney Sandoe's mission is to ensure that schools - and the people who shape them - continue to thrive and serve the wider world in a time of increasingly rapid change. More info at

Contact: Jonathan Ball, Marketing Associate, Director of External Relations,


Since 1992, Clifford Allen Associates, Ltd. (CAA) has been solely dedicated to meeting the fast changing needs of the private secondary school student insurance market and has established itself as the market leader, offering comprehensive policies catered to its premium customer base. They pride themselves in setting the standard for product design and school service. More info at

Contact: Sue Herlihy, Partner,


DENNIS has earned the right to call themselves the uniform experts! They’ve spent nearly a century designing uniforms and uniform programs in Portland, OR. Proudly serving more than 2,000 top schools across the nation, they are much more than an outfitter – they forge lasting partnerships that benefit schools and families. They offer a full range of traditional and contemporary uniforms including PE, spirit, assembly, mass, formal, and outdoor wear and accessories, with custom logos, for preschool through 12th grade. More info at

Contact: Ivonne Larose, VP of New Business Development,


Designed for private and independent K-12 schools, Edvance is an online school management system offering online admissions, gradebook, timetabling, report cards, portals, and more. Your school is uniquely and continuously changing. Learn more about how our software can help your school be future-ready at

Contact: Carolina Hernandez, Business Development Manager,

FACTS is the leading provider of tuition management, financial aid assessment, and student information system solutions. More info at

Contact: Jana Kane, Regional Vice President,

Finalsite is the preferred website, communications, and marketing platform of 5,000+ schools worldwide. Their people, products, and services transform how schools connect and engage with their community, recruit students and staff, and fundraise; while managing the complex requirements around data privacy, accessibility, hosting, and security. More info at

SPECIAL OFFER: 10% off a website redesign if contract is signed by December 15, 2020. Includes new and current clients. More info here.

Contact: Lorrie Jackson, Educational Consultant,

As the only dining services company specializing exclusively in private and independent school education, Flik Independent School Dining understands your community's needs and what it takes to meet them. They work closely with each community to implement responsible, environmentally-sound programs that engage students, staff, and faculty. More info at

Contact: Christine McGoldrick, Business Development,

ISM is dedicated to advancing school leadership to enrich the student experience. Rely on their 45 years of research, knowledge, and experience to move your school forward through consultations, surveys, professional learning events, insurance offerings, and software products. They build creative strategies using extensive research, proven management techniques, and personalized service. More info at

SPECIAL OFFER: Win a seat to the ISM virtual workshop of your choice this fall! Learn mission-critical strategies to improve your school's approach to inbound marketing, financial aid, enrollment management, and more. Enter for your chance to win!

Contact: Katie Pisano, Client Relationship Manager,


Paymerang’s award-winning electronic payables solution provides a simple, secure, and profitable way to pay your vendors-saving clients hundreds of hours each year and reducing the risk of payment fraud. Paymerang processes billions in payments annually for clients from coast to coast in all verticals and includes over 400,000 suppliers who receive payments electronically.

Learn more about Paymerang's Invoice Automation. To schedule a demo, please visit

Contact: Christian Olanowski, Account Executive,



PhotoShelter for Brands helps independent schools unlock the possibilities of their most powerful moments - to engage with audiences effortlessly, instantly, and without compromises. With PhotoShelter, your team can easily store, organize, and share content. Move creative files from point A to point B instantly, connect to the tools you use every day, and empower your visual heritage to engage former, current, and prospective students. More info at

SPECIAL OFFER: Unlock your school's PhotoShelter for Independent Schools account! This includes 3 TB of file storage, our collaboration tool - Workspaces, digitization and archival services, ecommerce, and easy-to-share secure galleries. Every SAIS member will be part of a 30-day guided trial and onboarding, unlocking your account and workflow while partnering with our digital content advisors. Sign up and get started!

Contact: Yoav Guttman, Marketing Manager,




Revolution Prep is an academic tutoring and college readiness company that helps students improve their grades and increase standardized test scores by providing personalized academic and test preparation tutoring services for students K-12 through a variety of programs and a unique set of teaching strategies based on experience, research, and cutting edge technology. More info at

SPECIAL OFFER: Revolution Prep would like to offer you the opportunity to share a $200 gift card with your families. This offer is for every student, grades K-12, and can be put towards any Revolution Prep tutoring program. If you'd like more information about this offer or to learn other ways Revolution Prep can support your school, please schedule a meeting with our School Relations Manager, Genelle Truelson, by visiting this link.

Contact: Ryan Baroff, Regional Director,

RG175 is a team of former long-term heads of school who specialize in head of school and senior administrative searches, governance, strategic planning and executive mentoring. More info at

Consultant Tom Olverson
will offer an hour of free consulting to any head of school on any topic related to the administration of the school. Tom mentors eight heads of school presently and has written many of the posts for the RG175 blog. Tom is a veteran of 28 years in independent schools, serving as a head for 27 of those years. Contact Tom directly at or (617) 599-3111.

Consultant Hamilton Clark will offer an hour of advice to a head of school on any subject of interest. Hamilton recently joined RG175 after 32 years as a head of school. Contact Hamilton directly at or (484) 576-0727.

Contact: John Farber, Managing Director,



For 30 years, SAGE Dining Services has been defining the standard in food service for independent schools and private colleges throughout North America. By cooking meals from scratch, sourcing local ingredients, providing attentive service, introducing communities to new cuisines, accommodating food allergies, and being financially transparent, SAGE creates exceptional dining experiences that delight the senses, inspire minds, and foster community. More info at

Contact: James Leachman, Sales Account Executive,

SchoolAdmin provides best of breed software for independent school admissions and enrollment management. More info at

SPECIAL OFFER: Upward: A Step-by-Step Guide to Refreshing Your Enrollment Journey: This step-by-step guide covers all of the information, tips, and advice you need to refresh your inquiries, application, interviews, admissions events, marketing, communications, ambassador programs, website, and find more students. You'll also find worksheets and checklists in each section to help guide you through your assessments. Download the guide here.

Contact: Marla Leung, Account Executive,


Soundcheck Prevention Network applies student-centered and insight-driven methods to reduce unhealthy attitudes and decisions about substance use. Our sustainable, flexible approach is designed to empower students, parents, and schools to engage in ongoing communication. Contact us to learn more about our online and in-person services for students, parents, teachers, and school administrators. More info at

Contact: Will Straughan, Founder & CEO,


Sycamore School is an all-in-one school management system that contains over 300 features including distance learning capabilities, admissions, attendance, grade book, report cards, transcripts, classroom management, student and parent portals, scheduler, financial/accounting capabilities, cafeteria management, Google integration, and much more!. More info at

Contact: Jim Knoepfel, Sales Director,


Veracross is a leading provider of school information system (SIS) platform for independent schools. Designed specifically to meet the unique needs of independent schools, Veracross combines the power of a truly integrated database with personalized, data-driven communication tools. To date, they have configured and deployed their system at nearly 250 leading private K-12 schools in over 20 countries through a powerful, leveraged, and elegant architecture unique in their industry. More info at

Contact: Keith Krass, Director of Marketing,

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