January 20, 2019

MBI Essential Partners

Master Builders of Iowa strives to be the essential resource for Iowa’s construction industry and a valuable component of that effort are those 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/advertisement 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.

For more information on opportunities to become an MBI Essential Partner, please contact Chad Kleppe, President/CEO, at (515) 657-4382 /

MBI appreciates our Essential Partners’ gracious and continued support!

Holmes MurphyBrownWinick Law Firm

Des Moines, Iowa •

BrownWinick Knows Construction


LEADERS. The BrownWinick Construction Team has been recognized with a Tier 1 ranking in U.S. News “Best Law Firms” list in Construction Law, as well as by their peers in being individual leaders in the construction arena.

ADVISORS. The team advises on all phases of construction projects including design and planning, contract drafting and negotiation, bidding, construction, insurance and surety/bond issues, and handling of claims and disputes.

“BrownWinick has an exceptionally high level of expertise of the local construction market.”

Our team works on public and private projects with clients in multiple industries, including:

  • agriculture
  • bridges/highways/infrastructure
  • commercial and industrial buildings
  • consumer products
  • energy
  • environmental
  • education
  • financial services
  • government
  • health care
  • manufacturing
  • technology
  • transportation
  • wholesale & retail

No matter what you are building or developing, the BrownWinick Construction Team can help you with your project.

Proud Sponsor of the Annual Winter Conference!

Holmes MurphyHolmes Murphy & Associates, LLC

Des Moines, Iowa •

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, Employee Benefits, 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.

Employee Benefits: What we know about wellness is making our competition sick. Through our innovation and complete suite of benefits consulting services, our expertise ranges from plan design and compliance to employee engagement and the latest benefit delivery technology. We also help employees get healthier, which in turn reduces cost for everyone. Simply put, we’ve made preserving birthdays our business.

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 Annual Winter Conference!


Cincinnati, Ohio •

iSqFt, a ConstructConnect company, serves the commercial construction industry with information that empowers and tools that help its customers work more efficiently.
But the real difference lies in the Network. The iSqFt Network connects general contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and architects. It’s these connections that open the lines of communication, streamlines processes and help everyone work more efficiently.

And, in a marketplace filled with imitators, no other company has managed to duplicate our industry-leading information and online tools.

  • Information: iSqFt offers its subscribers more planning phase projects with plans and specs than its competitors.
  • Tools: Whether it’s finding the most qualified talent, finding the handful of projects that merit a closer look, or creating relationships, iSqFt’s interface comes complete with integrated tools that help you work more efficiently. 

No matter what part you play in the construction process, iSqFt gives you what you need to succeed.

Proud Sponsor of the Annual Winter Conference!


Merchants Bonding Company

West Des Moines, Iowa •

For more than 80 years, Merchants Bonding Company™ has honed its expertise in surety, offering first-class service and a common sense underwriting approach. Unlike its competitors with multiple lines of business, agents and contractor clients of Merchants are given an edge. Merchants’ unique underwriting philosophy evaluates all accounts on their own merit, and places a high value on business and personal net worth. Merchants offers program assistance ranging from Rapid Access Program (RAP) for small and infrequent bond needs to large programs of up to $150 million.

Merchants is among the top 15 surety writers in the nation and continues to be the largest provider in Iowa; achieving an A.M. Best Rating of “A” Excellent or better for 59 consecutive years (Best’s Review, July 2017).

Merchants is licensed in all 50 states, maintaining 11 staffed offices across the United States and its home office in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Proud Sponsor of the Annual Winter Conference!


Des Moines, Iowa •

Experience The Power of Being Understood. ®

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 Annual Winter Conference!

TrueNorth Companies

Cedar Rapids, Iowa •

Now, more than ever, the challenges facing construction contractors extend far beyond the job site.  As TrueNorth’s Construction Specialty Group (CSG), our commitment to working only with contractors combined with our decades of construction industry experience, make an engagement with us unlike one with any other firm.

Founded in 2005, CSG is one of the few true construction risk specialists in the country, with a passion and commitment to the construction industry built deep into our culture. Our services are designed to take work off the contractor’s desks while simultaneously reducing risk. CSG’s goal is to create value for our clients by providing impactful, real-world risk management solutions in the areas of insurance services, contract management, risk control and business management services.  

As a contractor, we know 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 most out of that money and get the specialist you deserve?

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

UFG Insurance

Cedar Rapids, Iowa •

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 expertise in both the contracting and insurance industries. We sell through more than 1,100 independent agencies in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia. UFG has been named one of “America’s 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies” by Forbes every year since 2014 and was named a Five-Star Carrier by Insurance Business America in 2017 for the second year in a row.

View information about our company, available coverages and products, or find an independent agent at

Proud Sponsor of the Annual Winter Conference!

Whitfield & Eddy Law

Des Moines, Iowa •

Whitfield & Eddy Law is excited to introduce you to our new construction industry group. We are a single-source provider for your business delivering comprehensive legal solutions based on your needs and budget. The industry group is 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 serve our client base from our offices in Des Moines and Mount Pleasant, Iowa and are committed to meeting the diverse, challenging, and changing needs of our clients through a proactive problem solving approach. Our forty attorneys along with their staff have developed a team-based approach to serve and leverage a wealth of experience to address the legal needs of Iowa businesses, families and individuals. Construction industry group attorneys have earned national peer and client recognition from The Best Lawyers in America, Great Plains Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA.

Additionally, we provide construction association representation including the drafting of and consultation regarding legislation affecting the construction industry.

Contact Whitfield & Eddy Law for business services including:

  • Contract Drafting and Interpretation
  • Insurance Issues
  • Fidelity Claims
  • Insurance Associations Service
  • Suretyship and Bond Claims
  • Mechanics Liens
  • Public Project Claims
  • Construction Defects
  • Contract Claims
  • Delay  Claims
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Business and Corporate
  • Labor & Employment
  • Mergers and Acquisition
  • Estate Planning
  • Succession Planning

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

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