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ChairmanArthur Maxwell is Founder and Chairman of AIS, founded in 1989. In October of 2007, Audax Group, a top-tier Private Equity Firm, purchased a majority interest in AIS and Maxwell remains a significant shareholder and a company advisor. Mr. Maxwell was formerly the managing General Partner of AIS Venture Fund LP, a multi-faceted investment vehicle. He holds positions with Harwich One LLC, AIS Funding LLC, and AIS Equity Holdings LLC. In 1998, Maxwell completed the successful sale of Sovereign Capital Corporation, which focused on real estate development and mortgage-backed securities. Mr. Maxwell has served on the Board of Directors of publicly traded US Technologies, an incubator of early stage technology ventures, as well as Krueger Brent, S. A., a multi-national holding company headquartered in Luxembourg with executive offices in Switzerland. In 2004, Mr. Maxwell led the buy out of Pearl Street Capital Group (PSCG, www.pearlcap.com), which utilizes proprietary tools and methodologies to understand behaviors of private equity and venture debt portfolios. Pearl Street projects performance, simulates cash flows, assesses risk, and structures rated and non-rated leveraged transactions. From early 2004 until August of 2006, Maxwell served as the CEO of WhiteFence (www.whitefence.com), where he continues to sit as Chairman of WhiteFence. In late 2007, Mr. Maxwell took control of NewMarket Impressions, LLC, a company who pioneered its patent pending technology for freshness dating, traceability and advertising on Eggshells. When Yucaipa purchased controlling interest in August of 2010, Mr. Maxwell made significant investments in Noram Partners, Inc., the exclusive distribution partner for Amazon in the rapidly growing video game industry, as well as Charity Partners, LLC, a for-profit platform seeking to establish a middle ground between commerce and philanthropy in a series of vertical markets. He currently serves as an active investor, advisor and Board member to a handful of enterprises at different stages of development, as well as sitting on the financial advisory Board of the Culinary Institute of America. Maxwell attended Boston College from 1976-1979, where he majored in Political Science and Economics. He resides in Sudbury, MA with his wife and three firstname.lastname@example.org
CEO/PresidentAn industry veteran for 25 years, Bruce first worked in the furniture industry as a salesperson for Steelcase, later becoming general manager of that same dealership. As co-founder of AIS in 1989, Bruce has led the company in a successful transition from a leading re-manufacturer, to a premier new manufacturer. From cost control, to production, to product development, to sales and marketing, Bruce’s hands on management exemplifies AIS’s team approach to email@example.com
Chief Operating OfficerWith an extensive background in manufacturing strategic planning, Steve Savage joined AIS in 1995 to build a factory capable of handling 40 percent-plus annual growth. Since then, Steve and his team have implemented a total reengineering of AIS’s manufacturing processes by converting a long lead-time, batch and queue manufacturer into a world-class company. Steve's efforts resulted in AIS winning the prestigious Shingo Prize for excellence in Manufacturing awarded in April 2003. This lean transformation is a never-ending journey. Steve believes that any manufacturer today must implement lean practices to survive the competition from Asia and afar. Steve holds a BSME and MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Vice President of Sales & Distributionnharitos@ais-inc.com
Chief Financial OfficerBryan joined AIS in the Spring of 2001. Prior to joining AIS, Bryan was CFO for a furniture manufacturer, managing all aspects of the financial dealings for the $35M company from 1995-2001. He also was responsible for initiatives to streamline production processes and implemented cost controls throughout the organization. Previously Bryan had 15 years of experience at the CFO level in real estate and travel email@example.com
Executive Vice President of Product DevelopmentWith AIS since 1992, Bill Stewich has led the product development efforts that have built AIS’s reputation for exceptional product quality and innovation. Since 1997, Bill has overseen design and development of such products as AIS MWall, Z-panel, and most recently, AIS Matrix. Prior to his engineering role, Bill held management positions at AIS in the Marketing and Design departments, where he developed the standards for all AIS product literature and electronic Design and Specification firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Vice Presidentbmaxwell@ais-inc.com
Vice President of OperationsWith a solid lean and continuous improvement background, Greg Scher joined the AIS Management team in 2004 as VP of Operations. His diverse responsibilities include the Purchasing, Customer Service, Receiving, Warehousing, Inventory Control, and Field Support departments of AIS. In his career, Greg has received accreditation from GE’s Manufacturing Management Program and certification in APICS and CPM. He holds a BSEE from Suny, Buffalo, as well as an MBA from Boston University, and currently resides in North Reading, MA.email@example.com
Vice President of MarketingTracy joined AIS in January 2017 as Marketing Vice President and brings over 20 years of vast industry experience to the role. Her strong understanding of dealer sales, product line management, marketing communications, and new product introductions ideally suit her as she leads the AIS brand forward. Prior to joining the office furniture industry, she held various agency roles with Biggs-Gilmore Communications and led international product launches for Amway Corporation. Tracy holds a BBA and a BAS from Western Michigan University, and an MBA from Grand Valley State Universitytreed@ais-inc.com
Director of Human ResourcesDiane Encarnacao has been with AIS from the start. Originally hired as an account and office manager, she flourished and transitioned into her current role as Director of Human Resources. In her humble beginnings, she oversaw payroll, recruiting, benefits, employee relations and safety for ten employees- and that number has since exploded into 450 employees. Diane’s credentials include membership in numerous HR related organizations, including CMEA, AIM, SHRM and NEHRA.firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President of Strategic AccountsWith AIS since 2005, Meaghan has served in multiple customer service roles. She has received several awards from AIS, including the Rising Star Award in 2006, the Shining Star Award in 2007, and the Superstar Award in 2008. Meaghan obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. In 2017, Meaghan was promoted to Vice President of Strategic Accounts.email@example.com
Director of Marketing & Strategic ResourcesAmy began her career with AIS in April of 2005. Amy’s strong work ethic and dedication to AIS led to her most recent position as Director of Marketing & Strategic Resources. She now manages marketing, sustainability, bid opportunities, competitive strategies and forecasting. Additionally, Amy leads the Sales Team with special projects and training. Amy’s positive attitude and focus have made her an invaluable asset to the company. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Fitchburg State College.firstname.lastname@example.org
IT DirectorWith 40 years of IT experience under his belt, Dave Champagne has been an integral part of the process improvements of AIS' manufacturing operations. Dave has worked in a range of manufacturing establishments, from commercial to Aerospace and Defense. On a daily basis, Dave leads and manages his talented IT team in supporting all computer hardware and infrastructure, as well as developing and maintaining all financial and manufacturing business applications. In his eight years as AIS’ Director of IT, Dave designed and implemented many new business systems for the reengineering of manufacturing operations, which transformed AIS into a world-class company. Dave received his AS in Computer Science from NH Technical Institute, his BS in Business Management from Franklin Piece University, and his MBA from Southern NH University.email@example.com