Master Builders of Iowa strives to be the essential resource for Iowa’s construction industry and a valuable component of that effort are the companies who support MBI’s programs and events. Through the exclusive Essential Partners recognition program, MBI strives to recognize our industry supporters, while adding value to those companies’ sponsorship dollars who take leadership roles in sponsoring MBI events and educational opportunities. Companies that are considered MBI’s Essential Partners have contributed over $3,000 in sponsorships to the Master Builders of Iowa in the past year. These companies are an important part of MBI’s success and we couldn’t do it without them!

MBI’s Essential Partners are profiled on the MBI website, with direct access to their listings from the homepage. They also receive a full-page company profile in an edition of InsideMBI, the association’s quarterly news magazine. These profiles are very exclusive offerings since MBI does not offer advertising on the website, nor in the magazine.

  • Architectural Wall Systems / Seedorff Masonry Inc.
  • Autodesk Construction Cloud
  • Bangert Computer Systems, Inc.
  • BrownWinick Law Firm
  • Community State Bank
  • ConstructConnect
  • Forrest & Associate Inc.
  • Heartland Companies
  • Hilti Inc.
  • Holmes Murphy & Associates, LLC
  • LMC Insurance & Risk Management
  • Merchants Bonding Company
  • North Risk Partners, Bearence Division
  • Procore Technologies, Inc.
  • Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC
  • Skold Construction Services, Inc.
  • Star Equipment, Ltd.
  • Stetson Building Products
  • Tri-City Electric Co.
  • Trilix
  • TrueNorth Companies
  • UFG Insurance
  • Whitfield & Eddy Law

Architectural Wall Systems / Seedorff Masonry Inc.

Clive / Strawberry Point, IA

Seedorff Masonry (SMI) and Architectural Wall Systems (AWS) have combined over 90 years of experience to create an intentional approach to the delivery of the building envelope. Success or failure of the exterior envelope is often determined very early in the design and construction process, and now Owners, Designers and Contractors have access to a single source solution.

With early involvement as a member of the design and construction team, every detail from engineering through construction receives the attention it deserves to maximize quality, economy, and performance. Systems analysis, including thermal modeling, ensures that the air barrier, insulation and cladding systems are designed, coordinated and executed to create high-performing vertical exterior envelopes. The AWS/SMI team utilizes their financial stability, operational efficiency, state of the art technology, global supply chain, and project-centric philosophy to provide unique value to all members of the project team.

SMI and AWS have longstanding traditions of excellence based on a commitment to Safety, Quality, and Performance. Join them in their mission to “Push the Envelope” and pursuit of a vision to “Build Better.”

Proud sponsor of the 2020 Annual Winter Conference and the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

Autodesk Construction Cloud

San Francisco, CA

Autodesk Construction Cloud combines advanced technology, a unique builders network and predictive insights to connect people and data across the entire building lifecycle, from design through operations.

At the center are best-of-breed construction solutions Assemble, BuildingConnected, BIM 360 and PlanGrid. Autodesk Construction Cloud with Autodesk’s established design authoring tools, connects headquarters, office and field teams to increase collaboration and productivity.

Autodesk Construction Cloud ensures the whole team is collaborating on an integrated record set and encompasses the industry’s largest ecosystem of owners, designers, builders and trades, and powerful artificial intelligence that helps construction teams identify and mitigate risks.

Proud Sponsor of the 2020 Annual Winter Conference!

Bangert Computer Systems, Inc.

Des Moines, IA

Construction Software That Works As Hard As You Do
Accounting ERP | Estimating | Project Management | Human Resources & Workforce Development

Bangert was founded on the premise that technology can profoundly transform business processes. Over the last 35 years, we have partnered with construction companies like yours to generate over $253,000,000 in additional earnings through applied technology. Build your business with the only company that cares about your growth as much as you do.


Be sure to follow Bangert, Inc. on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram via @bangertinc
Want something to listen to? Check out Bangert, Inc.'s podcast, Builtcast. The Construction Podcast You’ve Been Waiting For. Go to to learn more and listen!

Proud Sponsor of The EOS® Experience and the 2019 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders' Classic!

BrownWinick Law Firm

Des Moines, IA

Leaders in Construction Law

The BrownWinick team has been recognized as a leader in Construction Law by U.S. News “Best Law Firms.”

BrownWinick’s Construction team provides legal representation and advice to clients of all sizes and across a wide range of industries. We have extensive experience in both public and private construction projects representing owners, developers, contractors/subcontractors, design professionals, suppliers, lenders, insurance and bonding companies.

We provide comprehensive legal services, including those listed below and much more.

  • Construction Law
  • Business / Corporate Law
  • Employment Law
  • Government Relations / Lobbying
  • Liens / 573 Claims / Bonds
  • Litigation / Arbitration
  • Real Estate
  • Safety / OSHA
  • Succession Planning
  • Workers' Compensation

No matter what you are building or developing, we understand your business and can help you position your projects for success.

Proud Sponsor of The EOS® Experience and the 2020 Annual Winter Conference!

Community State Bank

Ankeny, IA

Community State Bank has been a local community bank for over 115 years. Established in 1902, the bank opened its first branch in Ankeny, IA. CSB says they separate themselves from other financial institutions through their customer service and allowing employees to be empowered to do what’s right for their customers. They set exceptional standards for how they do business and treat their customers. In a quickly changing, highly-regulated industry, Community State Bank’s top priority is to engage in meaningful interaction with customers, clearly communicate with them, and offer services that make managing their finances simple.

CSB sees investing in the community through local decision-making as a solid business model for success. Their employees live, work and play, side by side with their customers and business partners in the communities they serve.

Community State Bank has local branches in Johnston, Ankeny, Altoona, Des Moines, Pleasant Hill and Waukee. They provide Personal and Commercial Banking, Financial Planning, Insurance, Mortgage Financing and Treasury Management. Contact Mark Rathbun, Senior Vice President, at (515) 249-4236.

Proud sponsor of the 2019 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!


Cincinnati, OH

The powerful combination of the Construction Industry's leading technology companies, ConstructConnect is the industry’s go-to source for commercial construction project leads, the largest industry network and the most comprehensive estimating and bidding software available.

ConstructConnect started with a simple vision: to transform the way the construction industry does business. No more cumbersome blueprints. No more fax machines. No more rulers and calculators. No more cold calling. Just a single solution that simplifies your preconstruction process into a few easily navigable steps. Saving you time, money and frustration.

ConstructConnect gives you access to more project data, more connections and more tools than ever before. Learn how we help you grow your business and your profits. 

Learn more at

Proud Sponsor of the 2020 Annual Winter Conference!

Forrest & Associate Inc.

Des Moines, IA

It is the mission of Forrest & Associate to provide the highest standard of total quality masonry construction and service to it’s customers, and to meet its customer’s expectations 100 percent of the time by employing the highest degree of quality, skilled, and professional people. Forrest & Associate will accept no less than a total quality commitment to it’s customers, enabling Forrest & Associate to remain the premier mason contracting firm in Iowa.

Proud sponsor of the 2019 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

Heartland Companies

Des Moines, IA

When it comes to subcontracting commercial construction projects in interior and exterior finishes, our clients choose The Heartland Companies because we care about quality, reliability, safety, and service. We also believe in supporting our community. Pride in our work drives us to be successful for our customers.

Quality: At The Heartland Companies, we believe that quality is essential to a successful project.
Materials, workmanship, and documentation must meet a high standard that guarantees the
integrity of the finished project.

Reliability: We know that reliability and honestly in communications, accounting, scheduling, and
relationships is the standard. Our ethics don’t bend because of situational changes.

Service: Excellent service is core to The Heartland Companies’ beliefs. We adhere to professional
standards in all of our dealings with clients, suppliers, subcontractors, and employees. We believe in working smart, maintaining personal commitment, and delivering what we promise.

We create peace of mind by providing construction excellence for quality minded customers who
share our values.

Proud sponsor of the 2019 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, the 2019 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic, Cornerstone Academy, The Leadership Experience, and the 2021 Leadership Summit!

Hilti Inc.

West Des Moines, IA

Hilti makes and designs leading-edge technology, software and services, which power the professional construction industry. Globally based in over 120 countries with more than 23,000 employees. Everyday Hilti technologies support awe-inspiring feats of engineering around the world and offer a holistic service for your build – from software for design, products and tools for work onsite to training, repairs, testing and consultancy.

Hilti does things differently. As a direct sales manufacturer, They create technologies, software and services, which clearly stand out from the rest. They run their own research and design labs, working with top technical universities and partners, all over the world. Hilti makes their own products in Hilti factories and with external partners, making sure all products match the same high quality and standards. They are a privately owned company, founded in 1941 by Martin Hilti and still held by the Hilti family today.

Proud Sponsor of Cornerstone Academy, Project Managers and Project Supervisors, and The Leadership Experience!

Holmes Murphy & Associates, LLC

Des Moines, IA

Who is Holmes Murphy? If we could sum this up in one sentence, it’d be this: We’re crazy about what we do, obsessed with creating the customer experience, and focused on our clients’ needs by solving their problems and accelerating our collective success. We’re always Thinking Ahead to bring a fresh perspective on your unique Property Casualty and Surety challenges to achieve superior results that increase your peace of mind and bottom line.

Property Casualty: Since 1932, we’ve been building confidence in construction workers with our specialized risk management programs to help control costs with injury prevention, claims management, and experience mod improvement strategies. With Holmes Murphy as your mediators, the claims process, no matter how complex, moves quickly so you can get back to work sooner.

Surety Bonds: When your reputation needs accreditation, Holmes Murphy will be in your corner as your biggest advocate. We lead the nation by always staying on top of the latest issues facing the surety and construction industries. With our long-standing relationships and earned respect among national and regional surety companies along with major construction associations, you can trust our word as bond.

Proud Sponsor of the 2020 Annual Winter Conference and the 2019 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

LMC Insurance & Risk Management

West Des Moines, IA

LMC Insurance & Risk Management combines years of experience with leading-edge products to provide exceptional service and value to our customers. Established in 1865, LMC is one of the oldest and most respected insurance brokers operating in the Midwest. Today the organization ranks in the Top 100 agencies in the country on the Business Insurance annual list. With 260 employees, we provide a wide range of insurance and risk management services including: Employee Benefits, Property & Casualty, Surety Bonds and Financial Services. We will work in conjunction with you to develop an insurance program that meets your needs. For more information, call 1-800-677-1529 or visit our website at

Proud sponsor of the 2019 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, the 2019 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic, and MB EYE on the Future!

Merchants Bonding Company

West Des Moines, IA

With an 86-year reputation for consistency, common sense underwriting and first class service, Merchants Bonding Company has grown to be among the top 15 surety writers in the United States and the largest provider in Iowa (SFAA, 2018).

Merchants is unique because our focus is almost exclusively on surety bonds. Unlike other insurance companies with multiple lines of business, Merchants has honed its expertise in contract and commercial surety bonding. We are recognized among the industry’s finest, achieving an A.M. Best Rating of “A” Excellent or better for 62 consecutive years (A.M. Best, 2019).

Merchants is licensed in all 50 states, maintaining offices in 16 states including our home office in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Proud sponsor of the 2020 Annual Winter Conference and the 2019 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

North Risk Partners, Bearence Division

West Des Moines, IA

North Risk Partners – Bearence Division specializes in strategic insurance solutions for businesses and individuals. Our advisors are committed to helping clients face risk head-on with right-fit insurance coverage and attention to opportunities for preventing avoidable losses. For businesses, we offer programming and compliance support in the areas of HR, safety, worksite wellness and more.

Proud Sponsor of The EOS® Experience and the 2020 Annual Winter Conference!

Procore Technologies, Inc.

Carpinteria, CA

Procore manages your projects, resources and financials from project planning to closeout. Our platform connects every project contributor to solutions we've built specifically for this industry—for the owner, for the GC, and for the specialty contractor. The Procore App Marketplace has over 150 partner solutions that integrate seamlessly with our platform, giving you the freedom to connect with what works best for you, even if we don't build it. The ability to easily communicate across disparate teams makes it easier to work together by eliminating silos and establishing a single source of truth. It's how Procore gives your team access to everything they need to know to get their job done.  

Proud Sponsor of the 2020 Annual Winter Conference!


Des Moines, IA

RSM US LLP is a leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services to middle market construction companies. We serve more than 3,500 construction and real estate clients nationwide, so we understand your industry. Our team asks the right questions, actively listens and thinks deeply about your business, which enables us to provide you with the insights you need to make critical business decisions.

Our professionals are members of and regularly address the industry's leading trade associations, including Associated General Contractors, Construction Financial Management Association and Associated Builders and Contractors.

We provide a wide range of services to the following diverse construction industry segments:

  • Commercial contractors
  • Specialty contractors (electrical, structural, HVAC, plumbing, concrete)
  • Architectural and engineering firms
  • Highway and street construction
  • Residential contractors

For the latest industry trends and updates, visit and sign up for our Construction Quarterly Update newsletter.

Proud Sponsor of the 2020 Annual Winter Conference!

Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC

Cedar Rapids, IA

The Construction Practice Group is committed to predictable outcomes. This is accomplished through dedicated client service, communication, and results. Clients have recently had successful outcomes. Recent examples include:

Claims: The firm handled two disputes arising out of the construction of the Stead Family Children’s Hospital. The mechanical contractor recovered 100% the amount demanded. The interior construction contractor recovered 98% the amount demanded and successfully defended $13 million in counterclaims.

Mechanic’s liens and bonds: The firm routinely handles mechanic’s liens on private projects and payment and performance bond claims on public projects.

Insurance Coverage: The firm submitted a friend of the court brief in favor of insurance coverage for contractors in the Westlake case. In the Westlake case, the Iowa Supreme Court adopted the position followed by a majority of other states and expanded insurance coverage available to contractors. The firm often represents contractors in negotiations with insurance companies about available insurance coverage.

Contract Negotiations: The firm can provide contractual terms and conditions that are appropriate for the specific project and project risks.

The Construction Practice Group can help contractors achieve predictable outcomes even when disputes arise.

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. These materials have been prepared by Simmons Perrine PLC for informational purposes only and are not legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

Proud Sponsor of the 2020 Annual Winter Conference!

Skold Construction Services, Inc.

Des Moines, IA

Since 1992, Skold Companies has been providing commercial construction products and services to owners and general contractors across the Midwest. We have offices in Iowa, Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Minnesota. Skold Companies is comprised of the following entities:

Skold Construction Services – established in 1992
Skold Construction Services has garnered the reputation as the floor underlayment expert. We have poured millions of square feet of gypcrete and other self-leveling floor products. Floor underlayments and concrete polishing are our specialties.

Skold Door Company – established in 1994
Skold Door Company specializes in coiling doors & grilles, fire door products, operable walls and dock equipment. In addition, we offer trash and linen chutes. Skold Door Company also offers a full service department available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Skold Commercial Contracting – established in 1997
Skold Commercial Contracting is your one stop shop for commercial floor coatings - From resinous floor coatings to hardeners and sealers. In addition, we offer structural grouting, caulking and joint sealants. We pride ourselves on having extensive knowledge and expertise on fluid applied floor coatings.

Proud sponsor of the 2019 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker and the 2019 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic!

Star Equipment, Ltd.

Multiple Locations, IA

Star Equipment, Ltd. is Iowa’s number one source for high-quality construction equipment.  Family-owned by the Bowman’s since 1968, Star Equipment offers expert service and unsurpassed product knowledge for contractors across Iowa and parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, and Missouri.  Star specializes in light to general construction equipment, as well as specialty products to fill the needs of our customers.

When asked what Star sells, the answer is PRODUCTIVITY.  We bring you cutting edge technology and the know how to tailor it to your specific needs.  We provide you with the most uptime of any rental company in Iowa.  When knowledgeable people help you make informed decisions and provide you high quality equipment with unsurpassed service, you get PRODUCTIVITY.

Star Equipment has four locations providing sales, service, and rentals of construction equipment in Iowa. They feature brands such as: Takeuchi, Mustang, Gehl, Manitou, Multiquip, Allen Engineering, Sullivan Palatek, Husqvarna, Wacker Neuson, IMT, Schwing, Elliott, Topcon, and many others. – Contact us today!

Proud sponsor of the 2019 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, the 2019 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic, the 2019 Regional Membership Meetings, and the 2020 Annual Winter Conference!

Stetson Building Products

Des Moines, IA

Stetson Building Products was founded in 1955 as a distributor of construction products for the state of Iowa. Throughout the years, we've expanded to eleven locations in Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois.

In January 2017, Stetson Building Products was acquired by The Sterling Group, a Houston based middle private equity firm.

Under our Construction Supply Group platform of companies, we are a leader in construction materials distribution, accessories and tools. We have access in our overall footprint to over 87 branches with 2,000 employees and offer over 70,000 skus.

Stetson represents many prominent product manufacturers throughout the United States, providing a single-source supply of construction materials. Our long-term goal is to establish and maintain relationships within our market. Our approach is to share our years of expertise with our customers and generate successful results in all phases of construction projects (Erosion Control/Geotextile, Rebar Fabrication, Concrete Forming and General Commercial Products including waterproofing, air barriers, exterior finishes, restoration products, and so much more).

Stetson handles only top quality product lines, working with manufacturers who stand behind their products and offer technical assistance whenever needed. Architects, engineers, contractors, and owners rely on us to deliver customer satisfaction and quality materials necessary in today's service-oriented world.

We will ensure that we continue offering the finest quality products and the service and support our customers have come to expect. We are dedicated to supporting the needs of the commercial and industrial construction industries for years to come with those main objectives in mind.

Thank you for making us a valued part of your construction project.

Proud sponsor of the 2019 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, the 2019 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic, the 2019 Regional Membership Meetings, and Project Managers and Project Supervisors!

Tri-City Electric Co.

Davenport, IA

Tri-City Electric Co. was established in 1895 as an electrical contractor and supplier. Today ranked 40th among the top electrical contractors in the country, as well as a top-rated specialty contractor. Among areas of expertise, Tri-City Electric Co. provides 24-hour services in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction, renewable energy, power testing and preventative maintenance, engineering & integration, low voltage structured cabling, security cameras & card access, audio/visual, business telecommunications, IT services and drone services. Throughout history, Tri-City Electric Co. has served customers in thirty-five (35) states, two (2) US Territories and six (6) Countries. To best serve clients, Tri-City Electric Co. is headquartered at 6225 North Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa. The staff on average, consists of 1,200 management staff and field personnel.

Proud sponsor of the 2020 Annual Winter Conference, the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, and The EOS Experience!


Des Moines, IA

Trilix is a full-service marketing agency with locations in Des Moines, Iowa, and Birmingham, Alabama. Our staff is focused on delivering the best advice, strongest executions and greatest impacts. For more than 15 years, Trilix has represented great brands around the country by understanding their markets, customers and goals. We bridge the gap between our clients’ needs and their audiences’ wants, and focus on creating and implementing solutions that keep their brands relevant.

At Trilix, we create and maintain great relationships with our clients, their customers, our employees and vendors. Without the communication and base understanding of these audiences, it’s impossible to achieve the insights and trust that move an audience to action. Just as important, all our work is built on a solid strategic foundation. We start by learning our clients’ goals and what they are trying to accomplish. And when we take those insights, marry them to a sound strategy and communicate it creatively, we can impact society. This is what our marketing professionals strive for and what Trilix is all about.

Our full list of services includes strategic planning, brand development, content marketing, digital marketing, website development, media placement, interactive marketing, video production, public relations, social engagement and app development. We’re a proud sponsor of MBI for 2019–2020. For more information about Trilix, visit

Proud sponsor of the 2020 Annual Winter Conference!

TrueNorth Companies

Cedar Rapids, IA

As a contractor, you recognize the importance of being a specialist – and so do we. If you’re going to spend your hard-earned dollars on insurance, why not get the specialist you deserve?

Now, more than ever, the challenges facing construction companies extend far beyond the job site. As TrueNorth’s Construction Specialty Group, our commitment to working exclusively with contractors combined with our industry experience, makes an engagement with us unlike any other firm.

Founded in 2005, our team is one of the few true construction risk specialists in the country. Our goal is to create value for our clients by providing measurable, impactful, real-world risk management solutions in the areas of insurance, bonds, contractual risk transfer, and loss control services. Our process is designed to take work off your desk while simultaneously reducing risk.

Proud Sponsor of the 2020 Annual Winter Conference and MB EYE on the Future!

UFG Insurance

Cedar Rapids, IA

UFG Insurance is a publicly traded, multibillion-dollar company, with more than 70 years of knowledge and experience, providing commercial (including surety bonds) and personal insurance for individuals, families, homes and businesses. UFG’s local network of professionals provides national expertise. UFG sells through more than 1,100 independent agencies in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia. UFG has been named a Super Regional Property/Casualty Insurer™ every year since 2006 by Insurance Journal magazine and, in 2019, was named a Five-Star Carrier by Insurance Business America for the third consecutive year and placed on Business Insurance’s Annual Best Places to Work in Insurance list.

View information about UFG Insurance, available coverages and products, or find an independent agent at

Proud sponsor of the 2020 Annual Winter Conference, the 2019 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, and the 2019 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic!

Whitfield & Eddy Law

Des Moines, IA

The Whitfield & Eddy Law construction industry group is a single source provider for your business delivering comprehensive legal solutions based on your needs and budget. We are a cross-functional team with a wide range of expertise to provide continuity in analysis, support, and decision-making across your organization. We carefully planned our approach to assist, nurture, and grow your business with a trusted advisor providing the support of a full-service law firm.

We represent most of Iowa’s top general contractors doing business in Iowa and other states and many out-of-state contractors with Iowa projects. We are active in construction industry trade associations and represent them in legislative matters. We regularly present about about hot topics facing the construction industry for both public and private events.  Clients seek our counsel in construction law matters including, but not limited to, contract drafting and interpretation, fidelity and surety claims, mechanics liens, arbitration, mediation, and litigation. We provide additional legal services including real estate, business and corporate, labor & employment, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, and succession planning. The firm is a proud sponsor of the 25th Annual Iowa State University Construction Engineering (ConE) Reunion in October, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa.


  • Marso, Steve - Attorney
  • Templer, John - Attorney
  • Stone, Jeff - Attorney  
  • Tyler, Steve – Attorney
  • Sullivan, Justin – Attorney
  • Craven, Luke – Attorney
  • Fatino, John – Attorney
  • Gentsch, Drew - Attorney

Proud Sponsor of the 2020 Annual Winter Conference, MB EYE on the Future, and 2019 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!