TransACT Acquires Leonis Client App-Garden
SEATTLE, Washington and HICKORY, North Carolina – February 16, 2021 – TransACT Communications, LLC (“TransACT”), a leading SaaS provider of engagement, compliance, and payment solutions for the education market, has acquired App-Garden, a leader in K-12 transportation and operations administrative software.
The App-Garden team has over 27 years of experience in developing easy-to-use administrative software to support school bus routing, field trip management, event scheduling and facilities management, volunteer operations, virtual substitute teacher training, and more. Working together, TransACT and App-Garden are proud to offer K12 administrators cost effective software and outstanding customer service to help improve operations and service delivery in school district operations.
“Ever since starting Cook Consulting (which became The App-Garden) back in 1992, we have focused on putting our customers first always and providing excellent products paired with outstanding service. Several years ago, we decided that to maintain our growth without compromising our commitment to providing exceptional service, we needed to find a larger and seasoned company to merge with who held the same values and commitment to customer service and excellence. It took some time, but the search was well worth the waiting for as we believe TransACT is the perfect match to lead The App-Garden to increased service offerings in Tracking and Routing, truly outstanding security, and support and functionality for State Departments of Education” said Tammy Cook, Founder and President, The App-Garden.
“We are excited to welcome The App-Garden team and to be able to partner in providing customers with industry-leading software for Routing, Transportation, Facilities Management and more. Tammy, Stewart and the App-Garden team have been providing outstanding software services to schools for over 27 years, and we found a strong alignment between our respective missions to provide K-12 administrators at the local and state level with cost-effective software that reduces bureaucratic burden on education agencies. In our work together, TransACT and App-Garden customers will see increased capabilities within their products and a continued focus on exceptional consultative support and service”, commented Alex Jarzebowicz, CEO, TransACT.
Led by Robert Koven, Leonis Partners acted as the exclusive financial advisor to The App-Garden. “We chose to work with Leonis because their highly honed knowledge of the EdTech and K12 software strategic and private equity investor landscape, their nuanced understanding of our business model, and their ability to create a process that allowed us to quickly close a successful deal,” said Tammy Cook. “Because of their attention to our needs and understanding of the sector we found a deal and a partner in TransACT that will continue to build on our nearly three decades of legacy at The App-Garden.”
Headquartered in Hickory, North Carolina, The App-Garden “Travel Tracker – Routing” and “Travel Tracker – Field Trips” solutions provide SaaS based school bus route planning, mapping, field trip planning, and proprietary driver bidding as well as a tablet-based GPS option that provides driver time tracking and student ridership tracking. This comprehensive school transportation solution makes managing and merging routes, tracking student ridership, communicating with parents, and assigning drivers significantly less time-consuming than other providers.
Headquartered in Lynnwood, Washington, TransACT Communications provides parent engagement, compliance reporting services, and payment solutions for North American K-12 and HigherEd institutions. TransACT’s employees and unique technology provides solutions in over 50 states and provinces that collectively reach over 1.2 million teachers and over 15 million parents and students.
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