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
  • Baker Group
  • BrownWinick Law Firm
  • Community State Bank
  • ConstructConnect
  • Forrest & Associate Inc.
  • Heartland Companies
  • Holmes Murphy & Associates, LLC
  • Merchants Bonding Company
  • Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC
  • Skold Construction Services, Inc.
  • Star Equipment, Ltd.
  • Stetson Building Products
  • 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!

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 and 2021 VisionX Conference!

Baker Group

Ankeny, IA

Baker Group is the Midwest’s leading full-service commercial and industrial specialty contractor. We design and install mechanical, sheet metal, electrical, building automation, process automation, security, and fire alarm systems for corporate offices, data centers, research laboratories, educational, industrial, medical, and governmental facilities. Clients choose Baker Group for cost-effective new construction, additions, and renovations using delivery methods from fast-track design-build, to traditional plan and spec methods.  Baker Group supports clients for the life of their building, offering professional maintenance and operational services 24/7/365.

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


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 2020 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 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, 

2020 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders' Classic, MB EYE on the Future, Cornerstone Academy, The Leadership Experience, and the 2021 Leadership Summit! 

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 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

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 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!


Des Moines, IA

RSM US LLP’s audit, tax and business consulting professionals are committed to serving and advising construction companies as they pursue their business objectives and improve their performance through the most challenging business cycles in whatever capacity we are asked to serve. We have significant experience working with construction companies of all sizes and in various stages of their life cycle, whether as a full-service provider or on a project basis.

By serving as audit, tax and consulting service providers to more than 3,850 construction companies nationally, RSM has a strong understanding of the industry. Our clients are general building contractors, specialty contractors, industrial contractors, sub-contractors, architectural and engineering firms, highway and street construction, suppliers and residential contractors. Our clients include privately held and private equity-backed companies. In addition to traditional full-service relationships, we are experienced in performing consulting projects for companies and working with their other providers so that services are delivered timely and in coordinated fashion, as necessary.

Our national practice of professionals focus specifically on construction by spending the majority of their time serving construction clients and by attending regular training on industry issues. 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.

Our experienced professionals implement standard industry practices and provide strategic support. We offer knowledge that helps our contractor clients improve their bonding capacity, state qualification capacity and income, as well as minimize federal and state income taxes.

For the latest industry trends and updates, visit RSM’s Construction Industry page 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 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, and the 2020 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 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, the 2020 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic, the 2020 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 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, the 2020 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic, the 2020 Regional Membership Meetings, and the 2020 Project Managers and Project Supervisors Leadership Series!


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 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, and the 2020 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 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 26th Annual Iowa State University Construction Engineering (ConE) Reunion in October, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa.


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