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AIS Announces Addition of New Sales Representatives for Midwest: Select Design Group

Hudson, MA – February 3, 2015 – AIS is excited to announce the hiring of Select Design Group for the Midwest territory. Select Design Group, owned by Jim Perry and Brad Wuecher, will expand market leadership in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jim and Brad have over 40 years of experience in the contract furniture industry. Jim started his career delivering office supplies and furniture for a small family-owned company. He has worked in a variety of capacities in the industry, from OFUSA dealer operation management to Haworth dealership sales. Prior to starting the partnership with Jim, Brad worked as a Vice President of Sales for a Cincinnati dealership as well as a Business Development Executive, which allowed him to gain vast experience in the growth of new and existing businesses.

“We are extremely excited about the addition of Brad and Jim to the AIS family. This rep group brings excitement that AIS has always needed in this market. They are fun, lively and hardworking guys who think just like us. This is a recipe for tremendous success,” said Ben Maxwell, Senior Vice President of Sales for AIS.

AIS Hires Kees Breeuwsma as Vice President of Seating Products

HUDSON, Massachusetts – January 26, 2015 - AIS announces Kees Breeuwsma as Vice President of Seating Products. In this role, Breeuwsma will be working alongside Bill Stewich, Executive Vice President of Product Development, and the executive team to create a strategic seating portfolio demanding industry recognition.

Breeuwsma’s past work experience is notable and extensive, most recently holding the position of Vice President of Premium Marketing, International Office Seating Consultant and MMQB Contributing Freelance Writer. Breeuwsma held numerous executive roles both nationally and internationally at Teknion, Kimball and Steelcase. Breeuwsma is a graduate of Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and received in MBA from Michigan State University.

“I cannot explain how excited we are to have Kees on our team. Kees is one of the most respected voices in seating development and product line management in the industry. AIS is an award-winning mid-market systems and casegoods company and we couldn’t be happier to extend this success to our seating department. His extensive traveling and strong networking skills, business management, strategic planning, brand development and seating product development will drive AIS as an international force. We look forward to the great accomplishments Kees will encounter while here at AIS,” states Bruce Platzman, CEO/President of AIS.

AIS Promotes Bill Stewich to Executive Vice President of Product Development

HUDSON, Massachusetts – January 26, 2015 - AIS announces the promotion of Bill Stewich to Executive Vice President of Product Development. In his new role, Bill will continue to design and develop AIS products, with a focus on broadening product offerings, and developing the AIS’s vision, implementation and profitability.

With AIS for 23 years, Stewich began his career at 1992 as Installations Manager. Stewich’s work at AIS spanned multiple disciplines, from installation to space design, sales and marketing. In 2003, Stewich was promoted to Vice President of Product Development and Engineering. Stewich flourished in this role, serving as a creative force behind AIS’ product design, including Matrix, Divi, Calibrate and Oxygen, which earned the ‘Best of NeoCon – Silver’ award for benching.

“From creating our first product catalog to designing award-winning products, Bill has played a vital role in the success of AIS. His forward-thinking abilities and creative nature has propelled him to this well-deserved executive role. In his new role, he will further develop the company’s vision, implementation, profitability, and strength of the expanding product offering, with the ultimate goal of driving AIS to reach its highest potential. We congratulate Bill on his past successes and look forward to his future accomplishments,” said Bruce Platzman, CEO/President of AIS.

AIS Promotes Mike Sofos to Design Engineering Manager

HUDSON, Massachusetts – January 26, 2015 – AIS announces the promotion of Mikes Sofos to Design Engineering Manager. For the past eight years, Sofos has been an AIS design engineer and worked as a project manager for the Divi product line since its inception. Sofos will report directly to Bill Stewich, Executive Vice President of Product Development and oversee the responsibilities of the Design Engineering team.

Sofos began his career at AIS in 2005. Prior to AIS, Sofos worked as a mechanical engineer, product process engineer and mechanical designer. Sofos is a graduate of University of Massachusetts – Lowell and Technological Educational Institute of Athens (Gr).

“Mike has been an integral part of the AIS Engineering department for 8 years,” states Bill Stewich. “He is an excellent engineer and skillful project manager. Navigating product programs through the fast paced AIS process is not an easy task. These skills will serve him well in his new role.”

AIS Hires Casey Drake as Midwest Territory Manager

Hudson, MA - AIS announced that Casey Drake is the new Territory Manager for the Midwest territory, which includes Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Drake will be responsible for implementing selling strategies, generating opportunities, and leading business development activities within this market effective immediately. Drake has spent the last decade within the commercial interior industry as a sales manager for both Knoll and Shaw Contract Group. As Shaw’s Territory Sales Manager, Drake proved her business to business skills which earned her Shaw Industries’ most prestigious award for sales, the Circle of Distinction Award. While employed as Territory Sales Manager at Knoll, Drake was a top performer, focusing on securing the vertical healthcare and higher education market through A&D relationships. Drake helped to further support her sales team by leading and delivering presentations, factory tours and teaching CEU courses. Drake is involved with a number of professional group including SCUP, IIDA, and USGBC. She earned her Bachelors of Science from Washburn University and currently resides in Prairie Village, KS. “We are thrilled for Casey to join our sales team,” said Ben Maxwell, Senior Vice President of Sales. “She has already demonstrated that her work will be a tremendous asset; and she is receiving a very warm welcome from the AIS dealer community. Her experience and commitment to her work will bring AIS tremendous success in the Midwest and we are excited to have her on the AIS team.”

AIS Awarded 2014 Best Booth at Annual OFUSA Tradeshow

Hudson, MA – AIS receives the Best Booth award at the 2014 OFUSA tradeshow. This award is presented by OFUSA and voted on by dealers attending the OFUSA tradeshow. AIS was one of 35 exhibitors striving for the Best Booth award. This year, OFUSA’s theme for their Nashville-based tradeshow was Country music. In true AIS fashion, the office furniture manufacturer went above and beyond to bring true country to their 20x30 space. AIS outfitted their booth with synthetic cowhide ottoman, accented by apple red finishes. In addition to the show-stopping furniture, AIS gave away a guitar signed by 2014 CMA winner Kacey Musgraves. “We’re excited to be recognized by this key dealer group! We enjoy being part of this program and participating in this event,” says Sid Meadows, Senior Vice President of AIS. About AIS AIS is a leading manufacturer of commercial office furniture and boasts one of the most impressive stories of growth and success in the systems furniture market. The company is known for offering feature-rich product lines that entice designers and meet immediate and future needs of end-users while offering exceptional value. AIS is an innovator that leads the industry in sustainable, lean manufacturing, lead-time and manufacturing flexibility. For more information, visit the website at www.ais-inc.com.

A Party in the Clouds… at the Willis Tower!

Hudson, MA – May 16, 2014 – How do you top two incredible NeoCon showroom parties, so incredible that your showroom has been threatened to be SHUT DOWN for the past two years?

Easy. You throw a kick a%$ party in the clouds, 99 floors above the city at the Willis Tower overlooking all of Chicago!

Join AIS from 7 to 10pm at the Willis Tower, Chicago for an unforgettable party like none other. What can you expect? Music, drinks, dinner, dancing, live performances, the ability to dance on top of clouds (for real), a photo of you and your friends overhanging the city on the Skydeck, and more!

Come join us for an epic party only AIS could throw!

Oxygen Product. Oxygen Bar. Oxygen Showroom.

Hudson, MA – May 16, 2014 – After two wildly successful NeoCon showrooms and a Best of NeoCon award in 2013, AIS is proud to present its theme for 2014 (drumroll please)…. OXYGEN.

Think bubbles – an ombré color spectrum of blue. An entirely new showroom, revamped from the floor up, creating a high-end modern feel, showcasing AIS’ new Oxygen benching line. And just to add an element of fun, let’s also add in an Oxygen Bar! AIS guests can select the flavor of their choosing, unwind, and de-stress. After five minutes, you’ll feel invigorated, the pain in your feet goes away and you’ll be ready to navigate the halls of the largest commercial building once again!

Be sure to stop by showroom 1086 June 9-10 from 9am to 5pm to learn more about Oxygen!

AIS Work Lab!

Hudson, MA – May 16, 2014 – AIS is showcasing their workstations, seating and casegoods in action at NeoCon at the “AIS Work Lab” in suite 1086! Workers are outfitted throughout the space bringing the showroom to life. Ask them where they stow their sneakers; how they plug in their devices or ask about their favorite features at their station. Discover the uniqueness of each workspace, witnessing real-life working teams in action.

Work hours are June 9-10, 9am to 5pm.

AIS Hires Brett Stortz, Associate Territory Manager of Sales - Midwest

Hudson, MA – April 24, 2014 – Brett Stortz has joined the AIS sales team as Associate Territory Manager for the Mid-West Region. Stortz comes to AIS from Global, where he served as a Showroom Manager and Product Specification Specialist.

Stortz will be working out of the AIS Chicago showroom and will be responsible for the continued development and support of the Midwestern market as well as supporting continued sales efforts within that region.

“Brett is an excellent addition to the Mid-West sales team. His experience in design will lend itself to his success in this position. I look forward to working with him and helping him build his career as a salesperson for AIS,” said Courtney Pirosko, Vice President of Sales - Midwest, AIS.

Stortz holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design.

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