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AIS Announces the Addition of Mid-Atlantic Territory Manager, Amy O’Brien

Leominster, MA – August 18, 2017. Amy O’Brien joins AIS as a Mid-Atlantic Territory Manager. O’Brien brings with her almost 20 years in the contract furniture market. Throughout O’Brien’s career, she’s held multiple senior level and executive positions with dealers in the DC and Virginia regions. Her strong ability to plan and present solutions for her customers has contributed to continual sales growth year after year. O’Brien’s expertise of account and sales strategy with dealers, along with building relationships with A&D and industry contacts, will continue to strengthen AIS’ presence in the region. “Amy’s expertise in customer relationships and business development, along with her experience working with the dealers in the Mid-Atlantic, will be a winning combination. We look forward to Amy’s leadership in this market as AIS grows,” commented Mark Facciani, Vice President of Sales – Mid-Atlantic.

AIS Hires Dennis Jackson at Northern California Territory Manager

Leominster, MA – August 17, 2017. AIS is excited to announce the hiring of Dennis Jackson as Northern California Territory Manager. Jackson joins AIS with a vast amount of experience in the contract furniture industry throughout the Northern California region. “Dennis has a proven track record for performance in Northern California. His broad knowledge and strong relationships with dealers, architects and designers will contribute to AIS growth in this area. We’re excited to have him on board,” commented Brian Gerdes, Western Regional Vice President. Jackson has held account management and leadership positions with a variety of dealers in Northern California. Specifically he has driven areas of new business development and global account opportunities. Jackson will work with dealers in the region to continue to strengthen and build relationships with end-users and the A&D community.

The Scranton Group, Now Representing AIS

Leominster, MA – July 7, 2017 – AIS is pleased to announce The Scranton Group will now be representing AIS in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. Brian Scranton, Principal of The Scranton Group, has over 20 years of experience in the contract furniture industry. The goal of The Scranton Group is to simply represent a limited number of quality and value driven manufacturers. “We’re excited to have The Scranton Group representing AIS in the Rocky Mountain Region. Brian Scranton’s knowledge of AIS, commercial design and his relationships with our dealers and industry partners will continue to boost market share throughout the territory,” commented Brian Gerdes, Vice President, AIS.

AIS Announces Addition of New Sales Representation for Michigan, Workplace Resources, Inc.

Leominster, MA – June 26, 2017 – AIS is excited to announce the hiring of Workplace Resources, Inc. to represent AIS in Michigan. Principal of Workplace Resource, Inc., Lisa Hulbert has 29 years of experience in the commercial design and contract furniture industry. Her knowledge of owning a dealership and working for CBRE and Dow Chemical give her a breadth of knowledge in the industry that will help in maintaining and developing a customer base for AIS. “Workplace Resource, Inc. is an outstanding addition to the AIS representative team. Lisa Hulbert’s knowledge and relationships within the state of Michigan will provide additional strength in the market,” commented Ben Maxwell, Senior Vice President, AIS.

Kamran Nafissi hired as Manager of Business Development of the New England Territory for AIS

Leominster, MA – June 26, 2017. AIS announces the addition of Kamran Nafissi as Manager of Business Development for the New England Territory. Kamran has had an extensive career in the contract furniture industry with 30+ years of experience, including Account Management for major corporations and education organizations throughout New England. Prior to joining AIS, Kamran was principal owner of his dealership for 17 years. Most recently his previous position was business development director for a large dealership in Boston. Kamran has his Master’s degree from Columbia University. “Kamran’s experience and knowledge of not only the contract furniture industry, but also strong relationships with various New England organizations make him ideal for this new position as Manager of Business Development,” commented Courtney Pirosko, Vice President of Sales – New England & Mid-West.

AIS Announces the Addition of Northern New England Territory Manager, Jackie DesLauriers

Leominster, MA – June 16, 2017. AIS is excited to announce the hiring of Jackie DesLauriers as Northern New England Territory Manager. DesLauriers joins AIS to contribute her fourteen years of experience in the industry and to help grow awareness of AIS and build growth in the Norther New England territories. “Her education in art, graphic design, and business; combined with and her significant experience designing, specifying and procuring many aspects of interior environments makes her an invaluable part of the team,” explained Courtney Pirosko, Vice President of Sales – New England & Mid-West. Over the years Jackie has completed many successful projects in the k-12, higher education, commercial, residential and healthcare sectors. She specializes in bringing manufacturers, architects, general contractors and installers together into highly effective teams while always keeping the client's design, schedule and budget in clear focus.

AIS Announces the Return of Mark Facciani as Vice President of Sales, Mid-Atlantic

Hudson, MA – January 19, 2016 – AIS is excited to announce the return of Mark Facciani to the sales team. Mark was instrumental during his previous eight years at AIS, and will continue to be a key sales leader in the DC Market. As Vice President of Sales, Mark will lead dealer and A&D development for the Mid-Atlantic, along with supporting the sales representatives in the market and overseeing the D.C. showroom. “Mark has a history of success with AIS. He was a key leader during a high growth period and we are thrilled to have him back. We expect a great deal from the D.C. market,” said Ben Maxwell, Senior Vice President of Sales, AIS. Mark brings 16 years of sales experience, previously working for National Office Group and Global Office Furniture. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University.

AIS Hires Tracy Reed as Vice President of Marketing

Hudson, MA – January 19, 2016 – AIS is pleased to announce the hiring of Tracy Reed as Vice President of Marketing. In this role, Tracy will work with our executive team to lead the AIS’ marketing strategy on all fronts. Tracy Reed has over 20 years of experience in Marketing, Sales and Product Line Management. She brings to AIS notable industry experience including leadership roles at Haworth, Trendway and Herman Miller where she was influential in the design, development and launch of new products as well as other marketing and brand initiatives. Tracy graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing and received her MBA from Grand Valley State University. "Tracy is a trailblazer; she is our first VP of Marketing and will be tasked with overcoming some of the company's biggest challenges. She has the knowledge and capabilities to take on these tasks and have a huge impact at AIS. We look forward to her future accomplishments," stated Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President, AIS. As the Vice President of Marketing, Tracy will oversee AIS’ marketing and communication strategy, sales support and all product launches. Tracy will jump right into 2017 NeoCon planning.

AIS Receives Two OFDA Dealer Choice Awards for Workstations/Systems and Casegoods

Hudson, MA – June 15, 2016 – AIS is the proud recipient of the Office Furniture Dealer Alliance (OFDA) 2015 Dealers’ Choice Survey for two categories; Workstations/Systems and Casegoods. This marks AIS’s ninth consecutive year being recognized by OFDA for excellence.

The Dealers’ Choice Manufacturer of the Year Awards were presented to AIS CEO/President, Bruce Platzman and Executive Vice President, Rob Lazarus on June 14th in the AIS Chicago Showroom during the NeoCon show. Over 1,100 Dealers responded to the Manufacurer of the Year survey. AIS received awards in two of six categories.

“The OFDA Dealers’ Choice Survey Award is so important to AIS because it comes from the voice of our dealer community. The feedback we receive keeps us focused on providing our dealers with what matters the most to them; superior customer service, high-quality products with fast lead-times and competitive pricing. The award for Casegoods was especially important to us as it recognized our expanding product line with our full range of systems, seating, desking and casegoods,” said Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President, AIS.

About the Dealer Manufacturer Satisfaction Index Survey Introduced in 2012 as an upgrade to the Dealer Manufacturer Satisfaction Index Survey (DMSI), the revamped survey aims to provide product-category-level feedback from dealers of all sizes on the full range of support they receive from their primary non-aligned suppliers, including more specialized furniture manufacturers. Dealers were asked to rate their top-volume non-aligned suppliers in each of six product categories recognized by the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA).

The award is based on a carefully structured, an anonymous dealer poll that measures six functional areas of manufacturer performance that are of greatest importance to a diverse cross-section of dealers throughout North America. The award program recognizes those manufacturers that deliver the most consistent and effective overall support to dealers in all of those areas in each of size product categories.

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. AIS has over 600,000 sq. ft of manufacturing space and operates at three locations. For more information, visit the website at www.ais-inc.com.

AIS Supports Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island with Office Furniture Donation Valued at $155K

Hudson, MA – January 22, 2016 – AIS donates office furniture valued at $155,000 to the recently renovated Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island office in downtown Boston.

AIS provided design, project management and installation services for workstations, chairs, tables, storage and a private office in December 2015. This donation helped offset remodeling costs, providing the organization with the ability to grant approximately 20 more wishes in 2016.

“We are sincerely grateful to AIS for the remarkable donation of office furniture. This generous donation has created such a positive change to our work environment in the Boston office, while allowing us to maintain low overhead costs and keep our focus on granting wishes for children with serious illnesses,” said Charlotte Beattie, Chief Executive Officer, Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

In January, Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island hosted an open house at their renovated office. The event allowed AIS employees involved with the project to meet the Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island team. At the event Bruce Platzman, AIS President and CEO, commented, “We’re thrilled to assist Make-A-Wish in any way we can to help bring positive energy to the lives of children one wish at a time. We will always cherish the great work that Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island does and we’re honored to contribute.”

About Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island grants wishes for children between the ages of 2½ and 18 years of age with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. For a child with a life-threatening illness, a wish fulfilled provides profound joy and lasting hope to keep fighting and dreaming for the future. In its 28-year history, the organization has granted more than 7,000 wishes for children in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Visit Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island at www.massri.wish.org for more information, to make a donation, or to learn about volunteer opportunities. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/MassRIWish, Twitter at Twitter.com/MakeAWishMassRI and Instagram at Instagram.com/MakeAWishMARI.

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, with over 588,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and operations at two locations. For more information, visit the website at www.ais-inc.com.

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