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Vendor Spotlight

Vendor Spotlight: NWEA

Posted on March 28, 2022

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NWEA is a non-profit, researched-based company with a mission – a commitment – to help all kids learn. Having been partnered with schools and districts in Texas and the Gulf Central region, NWEA supports educators both in Texas and around the globe by creating assessments and learning solutions.

According to Dave Irby, Senior Director, the company’s motivation is guided by the commitment to empower teachers and improve outcomes for students. That commitment became their goal and is echoed in all the company’s efforts: their research, advocacy, products, and services.

Choice Partners has made it possible for NWEA to partner with hundreds of schools in Texas, providing trustworthy data to help educators make decisions with confidence. This data includes instructional planning, projecting proficiency on the STAAR, measuring student growth, tracking college readiness, and more.

The company’s products are a testament to the collection of the above data, as Irby places specific highlights on how students find help with NWEA. “Our award-winning products and tools—including MAP® Growth™, MAP® Reading Fluency™, and MAP® Accelerator™—along with dozens of instructional content providers help educators meet students where they are to address unfinished learning, provide scaffolding, and deliver targeted interventions,” Irby said.

Irby is committed to improving the lives of students and empowering educators. He spoke of the benefits Choice provided to NWEA with their services.

 

“As two organizations founded on partnership, we are honored to work alongside Choice Partners—a team that supports our work by making sure districts are compliant with federal and state purchasing requirements,” Irby said. “Their support brings us one step closer to achieving our mission here in Texas.”

 

For more information on NWEA, go to www.nwea.org. You may contact Rachelle Moore at 503-548-5250 or send an email to rachelle.moore@nwea.org..

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Vendor Spotlight: Hunton Services

Posted on December 13, 2021

Hunton Services is a company with a mission to customize a solution that delivers the lowest total life-cycle cost of ownership for the operation, ownership and maintenance of a facility. A proud member of the Hunton Group family of companies, and as Houston’s Trane OEM since 1981, Hunton is ready to assist CP members with any phase of their energy project in any market—from engineering and design to maintenance and continual commissioning.

According to Scott Schomburg, commercial sales manager, Hunton speaks "the language of buildings" and understands "that every building has a purpose.” Hunton assists their clients with a multitude of needs: HVAC systems, rental equipment of all kinds, plumbing projects and repairs, building automation/technology platforms, fire life safety, and energy reduction projects.

For at least 15 years, Hunton has served more than 100 CP members keeping the company motto: high performance buildings for life. With a customer first focus, their purpose is to radically improve the environments in which people live, work, and play.

“Our ultimate goal throughout the family of Hunton Group companies is seamless service and 100% customer satisfaction," said R.O. Hunton, president and CEO. "We have structured our organization to better coordinate our considerable knowledge and resources to help make our customers' jobs easier and to bring real added value to the table."

Schomburg focused on that particular goal and spoke of the benefits that Choice brought with his sales efforts.

“Choice Partners has allowed Hunton to deliver best ‘value’ projects to our customers. When owners are allowed to pick the best value option, they receive the best project for their facility. We have all experienced the pain often associated with being forced to award the lowest price. When our customers utilize the co-op, it allows us to work with them on developing the best solution and, in turn, deliver the best value project they could ask for. We value CP and appreciate the partnership they provide,” Schomburg said.

For more information on Hunton Services, go to www.huntonservices.com.   You may contact Scott Schomburg at 713-256-5079 or send an email to sschomburg@huntongroup.com.

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Vendor Spotlight: PASCO Brokerage Inc.

Posted on September 21, 2021

PASCO Brokerage Inc., founded in 1961, primarily focuses on sales to the K-12, college and university markets. From food service supplies, to complete turnkey kitchen installations, Pasco’s ultimate goal is customer satisfaction. What began in 1961 with Harlan Paschal, has grown into a 3rd generation family company, with a growing team. We are thrilled to celebrate 60 years this year, and look forward to what the future holds!  

“Customer service, communication, and coordination are what we live by,” stated Kathryn Hollon, Pasco Director. “While we don’t have an official motto, we have always aimed to be a solution-driven company. Pasco is here to help solve your food service equipment and supply needs… no job is too small or too large.” 

Since 2017, they have provided equipment to 138 Choice Partners members. Most recently they have completed projects including: the new UNT dining hall, Collin College-Wylie Campus, UTSW Oncology and Radiation, Dallas ISD projects – E.D. Walker and Eduado Mata campuses, Denton ISD – Braswell renovation. These projects involved renovations and replacement equipment and smallwares. Pasco utilizes installers in geographic areas that we service, including nationwide factory authorized install teams.

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Hollon shared that, “Pasco’s success is measured by customer satisfaction. Long after the sale, the customer will remember how Pasco met the needs, solved the problems, and gained their trust. Pasco’s reputation is on the line every time a quote is given, a purchase order is turned over, and a job is completed.”

Pasco’s CP contract allows them to confidently assure their customers that they are receiving the “best pricing” in the industry resulting in customer satisfaction. CP’s online quote requesting process has facilitated customers in receiving quick responses. Pasco enjoys the ease of using their CP contract. “The organization does a great job of continually improving procedures and methods so both vendors and end-users feel the support,” said Hollon. For more information, go to www.pasco8inc.net. You may contact Kathryn Hollon at 469-395-0221 or send an email to kathollon@pascoinc.net .

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Vendor Spotlight: Budget Restaurant Supply

Posted on June 21, 2021

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If you are responsible for procuring food equipment and small wares such as, pots and pans, table top items and food preparation utensils, it would be great to be able to find it all under one roof. You can do that with Budget Restaurant Supply. They are a family-owned, full-service food service and supply company. They started in 1982, in Houston, Texas. Their large showroom with more than 50,000 square feet stocks 75,000 products including COVID-19 personal protection equipment supplies.

The company is able to offer catalog equipment by representing the top tiers of manufacturers in the food service industry including, but not limited to, Hobart, Vulcan, True, Manitowoc and Cambro Rubbermaid. These manufacturers are consistently voted “Best In Class” by food service consultants and end users.

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Budget Restaurant Supply has an in-house custom stainless steel fabrication shop that builds to NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) standards. They recently installed a custom stainless steel counter for a snack bar at Westfield High School for Spring ISD in Texas. Having worked with the district in the past, they moved quickly when called to meet the need for a custom piece. From start to finish, the project was completed during a two week break in the school’s schedule. David Chan, Budget Restaurant Supply president, said, “. . . with our trusted business partners and team of experts on staff, we can do any type of project big or small.”

Budget Restaurant Supply is built on the motto, “Quality and service you can depend on. Experience and knowledge you trust.” They have served multiple CP members since receiving an awarded CP contract. Chan stated, “As we have all faced a challenging year in 2020, we are appreciative and blessed to be able to continue providing quality and service to all of our customers.” 

See Budget Restaurant Supply for more information or contact Fawn Griffin at 713-779-1818 or fawn.griffin@budgetrs.com.

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Vendor Spotlight: Labatt Food Service

Posted on January 25, 2021

Labatt Food Service (Labatt) is a 111-year-old, family-owned business headquartered in San Antonio. The fourth generation is helping lead the way into 2021 with service and remedies that meet customers’ new demands. Labattserves 60 Choice Partners members at 380 different sites and is the 10th largest food distributor in the United States serving Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and Colorado. They offer 100 percent national brands across the board – no private labels.

 

Labatt’s focus is being the best: in people, products and service. Their broadline of products including food, chemicals and small wares allows them to meet the varied demands of their customers including school districts, healthcare, restaurants and non-profits. 

 

“Being an awarded vendor with Choice Partners has allowed Labatt to open doors for small school districts to participate with better buying power and pricing to help sustain their school lunch program,” said Chad McGee, Labatt national account sales representative.

 

Due to COVID-19, the USDA put new requirements on entities serving “food away from home.” This in turn caused Labatt’s customers to serve their clientele in a new way. Labatt stepped up by finding products that fit the new demands including curbside meals and individually wrapped products. They were able to source 90 percent of the new products in large quantities. Despite the change in demand for new products in great quantities, Labatt never had to lay off any staff. They continue today adjusting to the new norm with their full fleet of trucks.  

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Labatt has served Choice Partners members through their two contracts, 20/036TP-02 and 20/048TP-16, since 2012. The trust and values offered by this independent company is a strong draw to their customers. For more information, contact Chad McGee at 713-681-3820, ext. 6722 or send an email to cmcgee@labattfood.com

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Vendor Spotlight: Vaughn Construction

Posted on October 27, 2020

Vaughn Construction was awarded its first contract with Choice Partners in October 2010 and this year marks the 10th anniversary as a CP vendor. With a motto of Do it Once, Do it Right, Vaughn solidified its relationship with the co-op. As a full-service general contractor, Vaughn Construction offers a wealth of resources to successfully deliver your construction projects. Specializing in projects for higher education and healthcare, Vaughn has served all of the CP membership base using their CP contract. 

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Vaughn Construction is a Texas-based, commercial general contractor with more than 1,000 employees in 10 offices across the state. Founded by Joe Vaughn in 1988, the firm was born out of the Vaughn family’s long history and trusted reputation in the construction industry. Today, Vaughn is a second generation, family-owned general contractor and construction management firm. They are one of the largest contractors in Texas, and a leading builder of healthcare, research and higher education facilities throughout the state. Vaughn has a project management team and employs 400 craft construction workers to execute projects efficiently with the high-quality demand from clients. In-house resources allow Vaughn to serve all of a client’s commercial construction projects, no matter the size. 

The company philosophy is based on the key principle of respect, which permeates all levels of their business operations. A core philosophy of Vaughn is to WOW Clients. A hands-on approach and attention to detail on every project, no matter how large or small, ensures consistent, successful results for clients who appreciate how Vaughn brings solutions to construction challenges. They figure out ways to deliver the project on time and in budget. 

“This was a fast-tracked project, having to be completed during the summer break,” said Joujou Zebdaoui, University of Houston director for campus construction services. “All work was completed and the fountains were in full operation two weeks early for our original completion date."

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With a strong working relationship, Vaughn has forged alliances with several large universities in Texas. The $2.2 million renovation of an existing Air Force barracks at Texas A&M University’s RELLIS Campus required relocating the existing building users, completely gutting the building and removing the roof and facade to build back the building interior. The existing wood truss and frame system were left exposed to emphasize the unique, historic features of the facility. 

The University of North Texas Health Science Center Job Order Contract (JOC) project included renovating an existing building into a modern office suite to deliver health services to the university’s student body. 

A great benefit to Vaughn, the CP contract already includes a completed procurement process allowing for an immediate response to clients’ construction needs without delay. One of Vaughn’s core values is a sense of urgency. 

“Our clients have come to rely on us as problem solvers and trusted advisors. If they’re having an issue and need immediate resolution, they can count on us to service them quickly and efficiently. The CP contract helps us to do that, which in turn helps us maintain our 95% client retention rate,” said Rodney Moore, Vaughn construction director. 



To find out more about the company and the benefits of using your Choice Partners membership, go to Vaughn Construction.  

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