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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 www.intrepidmuseum.org.

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.

AIS recognized as one of the Worcester Business Journal's Top Growth private companies for 2008.

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AIS to Exhibit at NeoCon East

AIS will exhibit this year at NeoCon East, the premier design exposition and conference for Commercial Interiors on the East coast, held October 29-30, 2008 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. AIS will showcase products in a 20’x30’ space configuration, booth #2123.

Products to be featured at this year’s show include Matrix and DiVi segmented, as well as our new free-standing desking system, Synergy. This year’s design features a cobalt blue theme with electric blue and ocean type hues, highlighting the diversity of AIS products.

For additional information on NeoCon East, please visit the NeoCon East website at www.merchandisemart.com/neoconeast/.

AIS Receives Manufacturer of the Year, Bronze – OFDA Dealer’s Choice Award

The Office Furniture Dealer Alliance (OFDA) presented AIS with the prestigious Bronze, Non-Aligned Manufacturer of the Year award at NeoCon 2008. AIS is the only systems manufacturer to receive recognition. The award comes after another record breaking year for AIS, reaching over 26% revenue growth in fiscal 2008.

"AIS is honored to receive this award from the OFDA organization and dealer community. We sincerely value our dealer relationships and make every effort to provide the best possible product, service, price, and marketing resources to make our dealer’s selling experience as easy and profitable as possible. AIS’ philosophy is to demonstrate continuous improvement, and winning this award confirms our enhancements are on the right track," said Michelle Warren, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for AIS.

In the last year AIS has paid special attention to better supporting its dealer distribution channels by adding additional sales, marketing and customer service staff, restructuring its organization to better meet company-defined goals, as well as introducing its newest product line, DiVi. With these initiatives, AIS continues to outperform the industry.

"We are coming off of a phenomenal year. Winning this award shows that we are paying attention to what matters. AIS has become a strong force in the industry, and we will continue to stay true to who we are and what we do best, which is manufacturing a value-based product that delivers the highest quality and service," said Bruce Platzman, CEO/President of AIS.

Catherine Daler Joins AIS Sales Team

AIS is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Daler as Territory Manager, supporting select dealers in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware region. Daler will be responsible for overseeing existing projects, generating new business opportunities and increasing the company's brand awareness in this market. The addition of Daler is the next phase in the expansion of this region and AIS’ overall presence in the NJ, PA, and DE markets.

"As AIS continues to expand its sales team, our focus remains on bringing in top-talent, experienced individuals," said Michelle Warren, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, AIS. "Our focus is on the future, and Catherine’s strong work ethic and industry reputation make her a perfect fit for the AIS team."

Daler brings to AIS 12 years of industry related experience from A&D, space planning, project management, and contract furniture sales, as well as her proven record of achievement, generating significant new business opportunities and established strong relationships with key clients.

AIS Announces Addition of New Manufacturer’s Sales Representative: Company hires Jeff Leist & Associates

Jeff Leist & Associates has teamed with AIS to expand market leadership in Montana, Idaho, eastern Washington state and western North Dakota.

"AIS’s theme for 2008 has been all about enhancements – from the products we sell, the tools we offer dealers and end-users, to the strong sales team we continue to build. Our alignment with Jeff Leist & Associates is just another example of how we (AIS) continue to grow our business and penetrate new market opportunities," said Michelle Warren, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "Jeff and his team share the same vision and values as AIS: to offer exceptional levels of customer service and satisfaction, partnered with providing a superior product at an exceptional value."

Jeff Leist & Associates is well regarded in the business and A&D communities, and has established a record of solid performance in the systems furniture industry. Working with his wife, Cindy, and sales representative Doug Flament, who covers eastern Montana & western North Dakota, Jeff brings over 25 years of contract furniture experience, managing his own rep firm since 1994.

AIS Announces Promotion of 3 Regional VP’s to Senior Vice President Roles

AIS announces the promotion of Ben Maxwell, David Morales, and Jeff Bohn to Senior Vice President roles as part of the company’s executive management team realignment.

In this role, Maxwell, Morales and Bohn will be responsible for the daily business operations in their assigned regions, serving as the primary contact for Regional VP’s and the Sales team. Each will be working in the field with the AIS Rep community developing strategy to facilitate future growth in the systems furniture market, reporting directly to Michelle Warren, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

"At AIS, we are continually looking for ways to make organizational improvements that will ultimately benefit our growth so AIS can continue to remain an aggressive and competitive player in the systems furniture market," said Michelle Warren, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "These individuals will be leading the strongest team AIS has ever comprised as we continue our robust growth in the upcoming fiscal year."

With AIS for the past 8 ½ years, Maxwell held the position of Regional VP of Sales for the Northeast. During this time, he helped grow AIS sales and distribution by developing and managing new business channels while building and nurturing key customer relationships. Maxwell will now be responsible for the New England/New Jersey/Upper Mid-Atlantic and International regions.

For the past year, Morales has worked in the capacity of Regional VP of GSA Sales- Mid Atlantic, responsible for sales coverage in the South Virginia market and helping to fuel AIS’s strong growth in the GSA sector. Morales will now oversee the Mid-Atlantic/Southeast/South Central US markets.

Prior to the promotion, Bohn worked in the capacity of Regional VP of Sales for the Mid-West where he was responsible for the development of new business opportunities and expanding AIS visibility in the Midwest market. In this new role, Bohn will be responsible for the Midwest/West region as identified by AIS.

Kathy Maslowska Joins AIS New York Team

Kathy Maslowska has joined AIS as Sales Representative and New York City Showroom Manager. Previously, Kathy worked with AIS Rep Firm, Bill Gross & Associates. Kathy will work in the AIS Showroom at 257 Park Avenue South, 6th Floor.

Kathy joined AIS in October and represents the first piece of a new sales team formulated to work along with Bill Gross’ organization. Over the coming months you will see additional AIS hires in New York, as we continue to invest in the marketplace.

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