Metro Bureau Business Partners

The Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies pursues relationships with organizations that work with public school systems in a variety of capacities.  Our belief is that through our business partnerships, the Metro Bureau can enhance the expertise that we provide to our member school districts.  Our business partners continue to support public education through their continued generosity and by providing the highest level of service to our members.

Metro Bureau Business Partners are a valuable asset. Not only do they support the Metro Bureau financially, but each Metro Bureau business partner:

  • Has expertise within their field that school district leaders need and want
  • Enjoys a superior reputation in providing high quality service to school districts in our region
  • Is willing to consult with any Metro Bureau member for little or no cost
  • Supports public education in Michigan


We believe your district’s resources should benefit education first. With multiple strategies for saving energy and controlling operational costs, ABM finds ways for schools to meet needs for learning spaces proactively, while reducing spending and supporting achievement with measurable results. Our services include custodial, electrical & lighting, energy performance contracting, HVAC & mechanical, integrated facilities management, landscaping, and parking.

William Vaillancourt

CenterPoint Energy's primary businesses include: electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, and natural gas sales and services.

Our natural gas marketing business, CenterPoint Energy Services (CES), sells non rate-regulated natural gas and related services to approximately 100,000 commercial, industrial and wholesale customers in 32 states.

We maintain the wires, poles and electric infrastructure serving our 5,000-square-mile electric service territory in the Houston metropolitan area. While our employees ensure the reliable delivery of power from power plants to homes and businesses, we neither generate power nor sell it to customers.

John Holdsworth
231-237-9640 ext 21

French Associates offers unparalleled educational facility planning services in order to create schools that respond to the changing needs of 21st century learners.  French Associates also believes that educators and students offer the best perspective on shaping their facilities. Our collaborative approach to the programming and design of educational facilities helps make flexible and innovative learning environments a reality.

Dale Jerome

McCarthy & Smith, Inc. is a highly energetic, value-minded construction firm, serving Michigan communities with personalized consulting, general contracting and construction management services since 1965.  We specialize in the construction and remodeling of academic/educational facilities, having successfully completed over 400 building projects within the last 25 years.  

Deborah McCarthy

Now more than ever, investment in your facilities must be financially sound, help lower operational costs, and promote a safe learning environment for 21st century learning for the future success of your students.  Our goal is to provide clear and concise information to allow you to make the best facility decisions possible.

Paul Wills

Recon Management Group, LLC provides local, national, and international security consulting services to virtually every type of organization, public and private, throughout the United States and abroad.  Utilizing a "one call - one solution" approach, our professional experienced practitioners provide customized, cost effective solutions to clients through our various service groups worldwide.  Over the last 20 years, we have developed a strong Michigan staff and international strategic partnership network with more than 500 security firms that provide "on the ground" knowledge, experience, and contacts that are necessary to ensure results delivered are accurate, fact-based, and complete.

Mark Pliszewski
248-540-0160, ext 207

Siemens Industry Inc. is proud to partner with Metro Bureau Group Services to provide natural gas and electricity procurement services to consortium members.

Siemens utilizes its extensive market knowledge, advanced technological platform, national  and  international  market  presence  and dedicated team to offer additional savings opportunities through large volume competitive supply pricing, utility invoice analysis, historical data review, tax and tariff optimization, supplier contract review and recommendations, constant market review and analysis of supply options. 

Issac Howthorne

We're in the Business of Keeping you in Business.

Signal Restoration Services is a General Contractor specializing in fire, wind and water damage repairs.

Established in 1972, Signal has become a leading disaster restoration contractor.  Our growth has been achieved by maintaining high quality standards, solid business ethics and a prompt, comprehensive response to the needs of our customers.

Duane Perry

For nearly 50 years Curriculum Associates has been on a mission to make classrooms better places for teachers and students through our world-class products and customer-acclaimed service. As a pioneer in the edtech industry, we’re also on a mission to prove that an ethical, long-term, focused company is the one that will drive the best results. Curriculum Associates believes the role of an education company is to help students and teachers succeed, and this dedication has defined our vision and driven our company growth.

Jeffrey Tompkins

Edgenuity, a leading provider of online and blended learning solutions, offers a comprehensive suite of digital curriculum solutions for students and teachers of grades K-12. We partner with elementary, middle, and high schools to deliver core and credit recovery courses, intervention, test readiness, and supplemental learning resources. Edgenuity also offers state-certified, highly qualified virtual teachers who can serve as the teacher of record, as well as on-site and online professional development and job-embedded coaching.  Our goal: to ensure students and teachers have access to engaging resources that foster academic success today and in the future.

Amy Jarvis/Lisa Rupert
248-388-9026/616-826-0556 /

"The Effective Urban Educator: Reflective, Innovative and Committed to Diversity,"

Dr. R. Douglas Whitman, Dean


Collins & Blaha, P.C. is one of a few full service law firms in Southeastern Michigan practicing primarily in education law and representing public school districts, public school academies, intermediate school districts and community colleges.  We currently represent some of the largest school districts in the state, and some of the smallest. Whatever the size, the issue, or the challenge, our clients are confident that Collins & Blaha, P.C. will represent their interests competently and with the hands-on approach that a specialized firm can provide.

Gary Collins
Phone: 248-406-1140

Dickinson Wright, PLLC is a, full-service law firm of experienced, creative, diverse and dedicated legal professionals.

Schools and other educational institutions often have to contend with diverse legal issues that encompass policies and compliance; student matters; employment and labor issues; employment benefits; immigration; and real estate and corporate finance.

Dickinson Wright has a longstanding tradition of providing   superior legal services to schools, colleges and universities throughout the Great Lakes region.

George P. Butler, III

Munetrix is a data science, analytics, and advisory services company for the public sector.

Recognizing the need for public sector institutions to anticipate, study, predict and report on fiscal results, our web-based management tool helps public institutions better understand and communicate their financials with stakeholders, and plan using predictive analysis.

Bob Kittle


The national Public Sector Practice of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. is dedicated to public entities—schools, municipalities, state and local governments.  We are active members of the public sector community, so we know the market, the players, the legislation and the cost  factors.

With Gallagher you have access to a broad range of public sector focused employee benefits solutions and expertise, such as collective purchasing, benchmarking data and healthcare utilization review and analysis. Our team aligns and integrates with your team, so no matter what challenge you face, we’re committed to providing the guidance you need.

Risk Management

Additionally, Gallagher’s dedication to risk management in this sector has been unwavering for 30 years. Gallagher has a vast array of knowledge of the educational insurance environment with the ability to provide districts with access to collective purchasing, benchmarking data and policy audits.

Gallagher can assist your team with risk management strategies in addition to insurance purchasing decisions ranging from cyber risk, student accident, traditional property and liability coverage, workers compensation and more.

Chadd Hodkinson

Because of the changes in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ACA, employers are looking to their brokers to do more than simply provide a health insurance quote. Employers want Advisors that have been in business a relatively long time; Advisors that can see the bigger picture; have vision; can build on their current benefit package, add in wellness programs for example, and communicate complex issues in simple terms.

Nancy Papet


Supporting public education since 1969


We founded the GLP Family of Companies with one purpose: to provide educators with the knowledge and resources they need to work toward achieving their financial goals. We currently manage over $1.5 billion in retirement assets for more than 50,000 public sector employees across the country.

We help districts and individual investors reach their financial goals by offering a broad array of custom-tailored investment products and services in the areas of individual investment planning, individual retirement planning, estate planning and retirement plan design and consulting.

Mike McEvilly

HilltopSecurities strives to help municipal issuers advance their communities. With informed access tothe capital markets, our underwriting professionals collaborate with clients to understand theirfinancing goals. Then, we identify and target the market for their bonds, leveraging our broad investornetwork. A deep commitment to service underlies our resources. We cultivate strong relationships bytrying to anticipate our clients’ needs and remaining responsive well after the sale.  MEMBER: NYSE/FINRA/SIPC

Craig Kahler

Max Hotchkin


M3 financial advisers have over 65 years of cumulative experience in the industry working with some of the largest investment and insurance firms in the business.      

We specialize in Retirement Planning for employees of 501(c)3 organizations. We track financial products and opportunities that may fulfill the specific needs and conditions of these employee benefit plans.

Michael Pesendorfer
Robert Bernhardt


PFM is the nation’s largest and most active financial advisor to public agencies, including k-12 schools, according to Refinitiv, in terms of par amount and number of issues as of December 31, 2018.  Our Ann Arbor office experienced professionals include 9 registered municipal advisory representatives that have over 170 years of combined Michigan municipal advisory expertise.

Kari L. Blanchett, Managing Director

Paul R. Stauder, Managing Director

We believe the strategic combination of Umbaugh and Baker Tilly has created one of the largest, most experienced independent municipal advisory teams available to governmental units. Together, we bring more capabilities and resources, and will continue providing the same level of service you’ve come to expect with a purpose to enhance and protect our client’s value, now and for tomorrow.

Mark Rochford

Jesse Nelson