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AIS and ANEW Team Up for an Impactful CEU

Hudson, MA – March 26, 2015 – AIS was proud to host two CEUs featuring ANEW’s Founder and CEO Rose Tourje in their brand new showroom in Washington D.C. AIS has been a sponsor of ANEW for the past three years.

Rose Tourje lead two CEU courses tailored to designers and buyers from the commercial office furniture industry. Her class titled “W.A.S.T.E.” is an acronym for We Are Stewards of the Earth. She started both sessions by saying, “we want to educate and raise awareness about the severity of our waste stream within our industry alone. This is not a doomsday presentation.” The underlying message of the class was to see office furniture through a different lens and take into consideration the “afterlife” of a product through responsible design.

Following the 45 minute presentations were engaging question-and-answer sessions. Some attendees stayed nearly an hour after the class sharing ideas on reducing waste, their experience donating or repurposing excess furniture and the challenges still left to overcome.

During the question-and-answer session, Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President at AIS, provided input to AIS’ involvement with ANEW’s mission. “AIS has done some really nice projects that were based around simply donating product to places in need. There is a good feeling that comes along with charities that come out and say ‘thank you.’ It is really rewarding and the right thing to do.”

Rose Tourje began ANEW after a successful career in the commercial interior design industry. After witnessing mass destruction of perfectly reusable furniture when a large company relocated to new space Rose found a bigger purpose for herself. She started ANEW on a mission to educate people and industries in their disposal practices and how these practices impact the world.

ANEW (Asset Network for Education Worldwide, Inc.) is a public, non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, organizing and repurposing surplus furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) for donation to the underserved. For more information, visit www.anewfound.org.

AIS Hosts Showroom Grand Opening Event in D.C.

Hudson, MA – March 26, 2015 – AIS hosted a well-received Grand Opening event on Thursday, March 19th. The spring-themed soirée attracted over 150 guests from Washington D.C. and surrounding areas. The brand new showroom is located at 1400 I (Eye) Street NW in D.C.’s historic East End, steps from the White House. AIS has had a presence in DC however the lavish affair allowed AIS to officially introduce the brand to members of the DC office furniture community.

Upon entering the space, guests were immediately greeted by the sultry sounds of Karla Chisholm’s three-piece jazz band. Servers tempted guests with a variety of hors d’oeuvre while the guests socialized around AIS’ Oxygen, Matrix, Divi, Calibrate, Compete, and Compete Plus. The space showcased a large countertop near the center of the showroom featuring a sushi bar where guests could order rolls of their choice. The AIS Compete conference room sat next to the band and displayed Spanish tapas and an array of sweet treats. In addition to local wine and beer, the cocktails for the evening included a Spring-Tini and the AIS Mojito. Also, walking through the crowd was a speed-caricaturist who provided a humorous portrait to every guest upon request.

“This event was a great start to our long-term commitment to the DC Market. There was a lot of work put into this space and our grand opening. From the impressive wall decal built into the space to the event signage our great team at AIS that thought of every detail. Guests were very impressed with the space and left with a better understanding of the AIS brand,” stated Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President at AIS.

Interested in Visiting? Touring the showroom is by appointment only. The showroom is located at 1400 I (Eye) St NW, Suite 750 Washington DC 20005. For more information regarding the showroom contact David Morales, Vice President of Sales by phone 202-216-0200 or cell 703-307-0955.

AIS Showroom Opening in Washington D.C.

Hudson, MA – March 5, 2015 – AIS announces the grand opening of their new showroom in Washington D.C., located at 1400 I (Eye) Street NW.

“AIS is pleased to have a presence in downtown DC. There were many reasons to open a showroom in Washington DC but the one that seemed to be most important was that our dealer community wanted us to. We are looking forward to providing a dynamic, high caliber solution to our Nation’s Capital,” said David Morales, Vice President of Sales at AIS.

Upon entering the 4000ft2 space, guests will be impressed by the bold, vibrant and inviting signage as seen through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The clean lines and light splashes of color give the space a cool corporate feel. From Matrix, Calibrate, Oxygen, Divi, Compete and Compete Plus, to the wide array of seating options available in task, conference and side seating, AIS’ latest products are featured throughout the newly constructed space.

On Thursday March 19th 2015, in true AIS fashion, the office manufacturer will host a spring-themed grand opening event. The guests will be greeted by the local sounds of Karla Chisholm and her three-piece band and amazed by the talents of Adam Pate, speed caricaturist. In addition, the event will be catered by a certified Green Restaurant®. Guests will enjoy a spring-themed spread including DC’s best sushi and specialty cocktails including a signature Spring-Tini.

Interested in Visiting? Touring the showroom is by appointment only. The showroom is located at 1400 I (Eye) St NW, Suite 750 Washington DC 20005. For more information regarding the showroom contact David Morales, Vice President of Sales by phone 202-216-0200 or cell 703-307-0955.

AIS Hosts ANEW for Waste Management CEU

Hudson, MA – March 5, 2015 – On March 19th AIS will host a CEU at their new showroom in Washington D.C. presented by ANEW’s founder Rose Tourje. The training sessions will kick off the AIS DC Showroom Grand Opening event which will run from 6 – 9pm.

Rose Tourje, founder of ANEW, will lead the CEU course in the new DC showroom. This course, titled "W.A.S.T.E.: Seeing the World Through a Different Lens" will cover lean and green office furniture manufacturing, it's effects on the environment, and what we can do to keep furniture out of landfills. To accommodate the high interest for this CEU course, Tourje will host two sessions: a 12pm "Lunch and Learn" and a 4:30pm "After Work" session.

ANEW (Asset Network for Education Worldwide, Inc.) is a public, non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, organizing and repurposing surplus furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) for donation to the underserved. For more information, visit www.anewfound.org.

To register for the CEU or for more information, please contact Jules Pearson at jpearson@ais-inc.com.

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.

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