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Sid Meadows Rejoins AIS as Regional Vice President of Sales

AIS announces the addition of Sid Meadows to the AIS sales team. Meadows will resume the role of Regional Vice President of Sales responsible for sales activity in the South Central, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida markets. Meadows was a previous employee at AIS for nearly 2 years responsible for the South Central market. During his employment he grew this developing region to unprecedented levels for AIS. To continue this trend, Meadows was rehired to further expand AIS’ presence and success.

“Sid is the kind of sales person we need to bring these emerging markets to new heights. His perseverance and hands-on work ethic will produce positive growth for AIS. We are happy to have him back and a part of the AIS team once again,” said Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President of Sales, AIS.

Meadows holds over 16 years experience having worked for Haworth, Eisys and Innovative Office Solutions. His official start date is January 4, 2010.

AIS Promotes Rob Lazarus to Executive Vice President of Sales

AIS announces the promotion of Rob Lazarus to Executive Vice President of Sales. In his new role, Lazarus will be responsible for implementing sales strategies and working closely with AIS Senior Sales VPs, Regional Sales VPs, Territory Managers and Independent Sales Representatives to create growth centric marketing distribution plans and goals for each region.

With AIS for over 8 years, Lazarus previously worked in the roles of Senior Vice President of Sales and Regional Vice President of Sales for the Western Region of the United States. Offering over 20 years of experience at both the dealership and manufacturing levels, Lazarus excels at building a strong distribution network working with both direct and independent sales representatives. “Rob’s knowledge, passion and positive energy make him a valuable asset to the Executive Management team,” said Bruce Platzman, President/CEO, AIS.

“Over the years, Rob’s hard-work, perseverance and the passion to ‘make-it-happen’ have fueled AIS to strive and better ourselves as a company overall. His dedication to AIS and forward-thinking abilities make him the perfect fit for this role. We look forward to Rob leading the sales team into the future and expect great things from him”, said Platzman.

AIS to Exhibit at NeoCon East October 28-29 - Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD

AIS will exhibit at NeoCon East, the premier design exposition for commercial interiors with a focus on the Federal Government, October 28-29th at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD. The company will display its newest commercial office furniture system enhancements in booth #2123.

This year AIS will feature its Matrix product line with integrated benching components for an updated modern look that addresses the need for enhanced storage and guest seating space in a modest footprint. AIS’ most cost-efficient product line, DiVi, will also be present illustrating the system’s strengths and aesthetic options.

Making its debut at NeoCon East, the AIS Technical Table will available for demonstration and customer feedback. The Technical Table features enhanced electrical and data capacity and is offered at an attractive price point; it is ideal for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity applications.

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AIS to Exhibit at OFDA 2009 Dealer Strategies Conference October 4-6 - Austin, TX

AIS will exhibit at the OFDA (The Office Furniture Dealer Alliance) 2009 Dealer Strategies Conference October 4-6 at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Austin, TX. The company will display its Matrix frame and tile panel system enhancements in booth # 13.

AIS has been a long-time supporter of OFDA. Earlier this year, OFDA presented AIS with the prestigious Silver, Non-Aligned Manufacturer of the Year award at NeoCon 2009. This marked the second consecutive year the company received recognition. AIS is the only systems manufacturer recognized in 2008 and 2009.

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AIS Provides Office Furniture for the Largest Build in ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition History

AIS, has partnered with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to provide office furniture to a newly rebuilt school in Washington D.C. The Emmy Award-winning reality TV series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE) stormed the nation’s capital this week to begin filming its upcoming seventh season. The build benefits The Fishing School which offers after school programs to children ages 6-13, empowering the youth to dream big and provides the tools to make those dreams a reality. AIS’ donation includes the office furniture for 3 floors and installation services, provided by Maryland Office Interiors. Interior Architects (IA) of Washington, DC provided the design and planning resources.

AIS’ donation includes over 24 Matrix Workstations, 3 Private Offices, 4 Teacher’s stations, 1 Conference Room Table, 43 Element Chairs, and 80 Storage units, valued at over $275,000.

“This is the second time AIS has contributed to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. AIS is passionate about supporting its community. The Extreme build in Hawaii was such a success and inspiration for both the Keiki O Ka Aina Family and AIS, it was a simple decision to supply the requested donation of product and effort again to another encouraging project,” said Michael Dugally, Chief Strategic Officer, AIS. “We also could not have done this without the teams at Interior Architects and Maryland Office Interiors who provided ground level support to ensure this is a perfect build from start to finish,” continues DuGally.

In the 5th season premiere, AIS furnished over 20 office spaces in the rebuild of the Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Center located in Honolulu, Hawaii. This assignment represented the most traveled distance and largest build in the history of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. AIS manufactured, delivered and installed 22 workstations from Boston to Honolulu, HI in a week. The current build in Washington D.C. with the Fishing School now represents the largest build to date.

AIS Featured in Economic Recovery Segment on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams

AIS executive and corporate manufacturing facility were featured in an economic recovery segment on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams Friday, July 31, 2009. The story spoke of the positive turnaround being seen in the economy after the optimistic GDP (Gross Domestic Product) numbers just released.

AIS was represented by Michael Dugally, Chief Strategic Officer. Dugally spoke of optimism as being the key ingredient for turning this current economic climate around. The segment was filmed in the AIS New York Showroom.

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AIS Receives OFDA Manufacturer of the Year Award for 2nd Consecutive Year

The Office Furniture Dealer Alliance (OFDA) presented AIS with the prestigious Silver, Non-Aligned Manufacturer of the Year award at NeoCon 2009. AIS is the only systems manufacturer to receive recognition in 2008 and 2009.

Winning manufacturers are determined by the results of the Association’s annual OFDA Dealer Manufacturer Satisfaction Index Survey, a dealer poll designed to recognize best of class performance and topics of concern for the dealer community. This award represents excellence in six areas of performance including Training, Product Lines, Service and Support, Sales and Marketing, Management, and Technology, as voted on anonymously by dealers, given to both aligned and nonaligned companies.

“AIS is honored and delighted to receive this prestigious award for the 2nd year in a row. Leaving NeoCon with the Silver, Non-Aligned Manufacturer of the Year means everything to AIS. It’s a verification that we are doing exactly what we’ve set out to do; taking great care of our dealer community and providing the most effective and innovative marketing tools, support and product solutions possible. We’re committed to continuing down this successful path and providing our dealers with even more,” said Bruce Platzman, CEO/President of AIS.

AIS USS Intrepid project featured in OFDealer eZine from OFDA

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AIS Systems Aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum - 70 Stations of AIS Synergy on Historic WWII Aircraft Carrier

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum has selected AIS systems for employee workspaces aboard the historic World War II aircraft carrier, turned museum. The Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum closed in 2006 to undergo extensive repairs and improvements. Among the improvements, Intrepid chose AIS’ newest product, Synergy for the majority of workspaces to create an open, light environment within the confined space.

Working with AIS dealer, Charley Loughery from Total Office Interiors, PA, AIS was able to produce and deliver the project mock-up within a 5-day turnaround time, from the date of request. In comparison to competitive products, AIS’ freestanding desking solution was increasingly cost-efficient and could easily meet the strict project deadlines. AIS DiVi was also incorporated to create private spaces, where seclusion was important.

“We are honored to be able to assist with this remarkable project. When the Intrepid Museum contacted us, we were confident our new desking system would be the perfect fit,” said Michelle Warren, Executive VP of Sales and Marketing for AIS. “Utilizing furniture within a ship can be complicated. With Synergy we are able to create low, freestanding modular spaces that allowed light to filter throughout the workspace and fit perfectly within the confined areas.”

“The AIS team provided not only a quality product, but accomplished the job in an unusually tight time frame,” said Susan Marenoff, Executive Director of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. “The architecture of an aircraft carrier is so entirely unique and can pose challenges for mainstream projects, however it was seamlessly executed and the result is beautiful office space within the framework of the ship.”

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will reopen to the public on Saturday, November 8th. Tickets can be purchased online at

AIS Offers GSA Disaster Relief Special Pricing Program for Hurricanes Ike & Gustav

In order to respond to the needs of those affected, AIS has prepared a Special Disaster Relief Program, to provide immediate systems furniture solutions to help re-develop those businesses displaced in the aftermath of Gustav and Ike. Click here for details.