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Vendor Spotlight

Gaumard enriches opportunities with CP contracts

Posted on June 27, 2022

Gaumard Scientific is recognized worldwide by healthcare educators and students for its commitment to innovation with the development of the most advanced patient simulation technology. Gaumard designs and manufactures simulators at its global headquarters in Miami and markets them directly in the U.S. as well as through distributors in 70 countries. The company's customer base includes militaries, emergency medical services, major teaching hospitals and nursing schools.

According to James Arvetto, vice president of domestic sales, Gaumard emphasizes quality of work for its customers through direct feedback.

"We continually solicit input from our customers which is incorporated into updates to existing products and provides valuable information for development of products," he said.

Gaumard’s product launch timeline reflects the company’s unwavering commitment to innovation. In 2000, Gaumard launched the revolutionary family of NOELLE® maternal and neonatal care simulators that changed the way training is conducted.

By 2004, Gaumard pioneered the use of fully tetherless technology with the introduction of the family of HAL® simulators. In 2014, the company introduced VICTORIA®, its most advanced maternal and neonatal care simulator as part of the NOELLE family. Gaumard introduced the first newborn simulator, Super Tory®, in 2017, developed to meet the challenges of neonatal care specialists training in real environments. Pediatric HAL®, the world's most advanced pediatric patient simulator and the first capable of simulating lifelike emotions through dynamic facial expressions, movement and speech was launched in 2018.

According to Arvetto, Choice Partners provides ease of mind to Gaumard when getting its products into the hands of its customers due to Choice’s purchasing process model.


"Many of our customers are municipal organizations with significant administrative hurdles,” he said. “Choice Partners overcomes the barriers to entry and makes the purchasing process significantly easier for the end user. This speeds (up) order placement, and therefore delivery to the end user.”


For more information on Gaumard Scientific, visit or contact James Arvetto at 800-882-6655 or

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Filing your disaster procurement flight plan

Posted on May 23, 2022

With hurricane season just around the corner, Choice Partners recently hosted a workshop with Disaster Recovery Services (DRS) covering procurement for disaster recovery.

Shelley Vineyard, director of procurement specialty, opened the event with the intent to support and inform Choice Partner members with a strategic plan for disasters, as well as optimizing federal funding.

“Responding to disasters is a continuous improvement scenario,” Vineyard said. “It’s always good after a disaster to think about what went well, what didn’t go well, and what we can do to remedy that and do a better job next time.”

More than 40 members from school districts, counties, cities and universities attended the in-person workshop at Kemah Boardwalk in the greater Houston area. The workshop was also offered via Zoom to members who could not attend in person.

Over the course of the presentation, members gained insight to numerous aspects of how procurement should be practiced. They also received various tips for their own disaster plan, which included how to avoid costly missteps, developing a pre-fight checklist, and multiple workbook activities that focused on real-life scenarios.

One activity that was highlighted entailed federal funding with FEMA. Members wrote down key people in their organization who would be ready for the disaster recovery process with FEMA. Whether one person or a strategic team, the goal was to prepare a disaster recovery flight crew that was prepared to respond when disaster strikes, specifically for fiscal and financial recovery.

Brad Boullion, director of project management, commented on what he listed as “pre-position (already in place) contracts.”

“(When you're trying to rebuild) there’s a big chance that you’re not going to get everything on that list procured correctly,” he said. “The answer to that is with pre-position contracts. Whether through a cooperative like Choice Partners or you bid them, get them done correct, compliant, pre-storm.”

For more information on Disaster Recovery Services, visit or contact Shelley Vineyard, director of procurement specialty, at 832-603-2251 or

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Borden provides dependable dairy service to millions

Posted on April 25, 2022

Borden Dairy Company (Borden) has always strived to be the undisputed service leader in the dairy business. For more than 150 years, the Borden brand has been synonymous with quality, freshness, great taste, and of course, Elsie the Cow. Headquartered in Dallas, Borden operates 12 plants and nearly 100 distribution centers that produce and distribute nearly 500 million gallons of milk annually for customers in the grocery, mass market, club, food service, hospitality, school, and convenience store channels. 

Borden maintains staying committed to its customers and promises to deliver quality products with exceptional customer service. In turn, generations of Americans have overwhelmingly recognized Borden and the beloved Elsie, as the most trusted and recognizable name in dairy for fresh, quality products. 

Borden offers more than 35 products to its millions of devoted customers in communities all across Texas as well as Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky.

As one of the initial Choice Partners awarded vendors, Borden has served numerous customers throughout the years, currently serving upwards of 90 customers with multiple locations. Borden offers Choice Partners members quality products with a “full-service” delivery experience.

According to Michael Francis, Spring ISD's director of Child Nutrition Services and Borden customer, communication and familiarity are the keys to success with David Wood and the entire Borden team.

"[They] continue to demonstrate the importance of the customer’s experience. They are interested in our feedback and want to know how they can continue to make their products valuable to us. Our students recognize the brand. The value of the partnership with the contract is important and we are happy with the service as a district," Francis said.


For more information on Borden Dairy Company, visit or contact David Wood, general sales manager, at 713-724-5872 or

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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 You may contact Rachelle Moore at 503-548-5250 or send an email to

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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   You may contact Scott Schomburg at 713-256-5079 or send an email to

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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 You may contact Kathryn Hollon at 469-395-0221 or send an email to .

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