Monday, December 13, 2004

bfi Completes Custom Furniture Procurement Project for AQR Capital in Greenwich, CT

GREENWICH, CT, DECEMBER 13, 2004 – Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, recently completed a major office relocation and custom furniture procurement assignment for AQR Capital for its relocation from New York City to Greenwich, Connecticut. Ted Zakowski, sales manager from the New York City office of bfi, led the project.

“AQR wanted to create a high-end statement so that an ambiance of prestige would permeate the space immediately upon entry,” said Zakowski. “As such, bfi worked with architect, The Phillips Group, and The Whalen Berez Group to design and fabricate all of the custom furniture.”

AQR Capital’s new space, totaling 20,000 square feet, began with a vision to create an office that would reflect the aptitude of the company and build confidence for its clients through this unique environment. Zakowski worked with the client to propose and create several mock-ups of space and furniture options for the leading hedge fund. The end result is a fully customized solution, satisfying the high-end feel and needs of AQR, comprised of 58 workstations, 23 private offices, four managing partner offices, three conference rooms and a boardroom.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi) has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management markets. With offices in New York City, Melville, Long Island and Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany, New Jersey, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact Ted Zakowski at bfi’s New York, New York branch at 646-825-6285 or visit www.bfionline.com.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Welcome to Our New standards-compliant Web Site!

We take our social responsibilities very seriously and have ensure that our web site is designed with accessibility in mind.

Web accessibility and standards

Web accessibility

We have tried our very best to make this web site usable by as many people as possible. Some people with disabilities find using the web difficult and many sites do not accommodate those with visual or other disabilities. While we know that it is impossible to design a site that everyone can use, designing this site with accessibility in mind means that more people can access its content.

We do not display any badges or certifications relating to accessibility as some of our pages incorporate Flash technology which is currently not in compliance to web standards. We feel the use of Flash does not inhibit people with disabilities from reading our content and adds visually to our user experience.

Keyboard Control

This site uses access keys. Access Keys are keyboard shortcuts that help users who have difficulty using pointing devices such as a mouse.

Some web browsers (not all) offer an alternative way to the mouse in following navigation links by using keyboard access keys. To use an access key, hold down the ALT key and press the appropriate letter or number. Internet Explorer users will need to press RETURN or ENTER to go to the desired page. Mac users should use Ctrl and appropriate key instead of Alt and appropriate key.

Access keys on this website are used only with the primary navbar (the top navigation system) and are numbered 1-8
  • Home: Access Key 1
  • Company: Access Key 2
  • Furniture: Access Key 3
  • Services: Access Key 4
  • Customer Service: Access Key 5
  • Resources: Access Key 6
  • Contact Us: Access Key 7
  • Client Log-In: Access Key 8
Note: You can also use the [Tab key] on the left side of your keyboard to activate links on each page. Once a link is active press the [Enter Key] to move to the page.

More information about web accessibility:

Web standards

In designing this site, we have used technologies that form a common standard. By designing to what are known as 'web standards', the content of this web site is made available to a wider range of people and technologies. You may have noticed that it downloaded quicker too. Perhaps one day, all web sites will be made this way, but until then this site is still quite special. In fact, we are the first Herman Miller dealer (to our knowledge) to provide a standards-compliant web site.

More information about web standards:



Benefits that you can gain by switching to a standards-compliant Web site.

Accessibility - Because Web standards incorporate and support accessibility compliance, a standards-compliant Web site is one step closer to accessibility compliance. By making your site accessible to the millions of people affected by disabilities, you can increase your customer base. In many jurisdictions, accessible sites are mandated by law.

Device independence - By employing the most recent standards for CSS, you can make it possible for your Web page content to be accessed by different browsers and devices — for example, the same Web site can be usable on both a cellphone and a fancy new computer.

Faster page loads - The brevity and clarity of standards-compliant code lowers the file size of Web pages, resulting in pages that load faster, giving your users a better experience.

Lower bandwidth usage - You pay for the bandwidth to deliver your information. You can lower bandwidth costs by reducing any unnecessary information your Web site sends to your audience. Studies have shown that using modern, standards-based design methods can reduce the weight of a site by 25% to 50%.

Ease of maintenance - The separation of structure and presentation encouraged by standards allows site-wide changes to be made by editing a single style sheet. Without standards, the same change would have to be made on every page of the site.

Improved User Experience - Non-standard code can make it impossible for people using less common platforms, devices or user agents to access your site's content. If your Web site conforms to standards then your content is available to all Web users (your potential customers).

More compatibility and less lock-in - A site that is written to a standard uses a well-defined technology and can be easily checked for compatibility with other products. Applications developed using non-standard or proprietary code can lock companies into using the application's technology because of the cost and difficulty of finding compatible products and technologies.



Our new web site was created in-house by our Creative Director, Eric Acevedo. For fifteen years, Eric has been the creative force in developing our corporate identity and marketing materials. Eric can be reached at eacevedo@bfifurniture.com or 609-619-6347.

Monday, November 01, 2004

bfi Names Susan S. Luss A&D Business Development Manager of Its New York City Office

NEW YORK, NY, NOVEMBER 1, 2004 – Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, recently named Susan S. Luss the A&D business development manager of its New York office. Previously, Ms. Luss was with the Company at its Long Island office. In her new capacity within the New York office, she will continue to direct marketing and business development for bfi in the region. Additionally, she will be responsible for working with internal sales and business teams, as well as establishing relationships within the architecture and design communities to increase sales at bfi.

“Susan has been an invaluable member of the bfi team since joining our company over four years ago,” said Daniel F. Morley, president and principal of bfi. “We are looking forward to her continued success at our New York office and are confident that she will bring an unparalleled level of professionalism and leadership to our clients and to bfi.”

Susan S. Luss brings an array of New York City experience to the bfi team. She joined bfi in 2000 from Stone Fashion, Inc. where she served as general manager and was responsible for managing all major accounts, attending national and regional trade shows and creating public relations and contacts with fashion press. Ms. Luss previously worked at J.L. Colebrook and was responsible for national accounts for the women’s outerwear and sportswear manufacturer, where she doubled the company’s sales volume within two years. Additionally, she has served as an account manager of Andy John’s Fashions, Inc.

A graduate of Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California, Ms. Luss serves as a board member for the Coalition on Child Abuse and Neglect and has volunteered at Child Help USA. She currently resides in New York City.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi) has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management markets. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany, New Jersey, New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s New York, New York office at 212-685-9344 or visit www.bfionline.com.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Herman Miller Creates Fabric Made From Corn

Kira is a durable, high-performance fabric that is made entirely from corn, a 100 percent renewable source. Kira can be composted, and it contains no petroleum products. A proprietary Herman Miller fabric, Kira is available in six colors and can be used on systems panels and Ethospace tiles, as well as flipper doors, tackboards, and screens.


Made from corn, Kira fabric, winner of a NeoCon Gold Award, is 100 percent compostable.



Because it can be turned into compost that can help grow crops, Kira fabric has a "closed loop" life cycle, as depicted in this graphic.

Herman Miller's new Kira textile line not only provides superior performance, it also represents another milestone on Herman Miller's journey to sustainability.

"Kira has a great environmental story to tell," says Barb Tasker, senior product manager, CMF. "The short version is that Kira is made entirely from corn, and it's 100% compostable. It's attention-getting, especially for customers who are committed to environmental responsibility."

The story certainly got the attention of the judges at NeoCon 2004, who gave it a Gold Award in the Textiles: Panel category.

Kira, in Price Category 3, can be used on Herman Miller systems panels and Ethospace® tiles, as well as flipper doors, tackboards, and screens.

It will be available for order entry starting October 4.

Back to the earth

The Kira story begins in the corn field. For years, sugar from crops like corn has been converted into plastic for wide-ranging applications, from healthcare to gardening. Kira is one of the first bio-based fabrics for systems furniture, and Herman Miller is the only manufacturer to offer the fabric as a proprietary line.

Bio-based products are composed of a 100% annually renewable source. With Kira, the renewable source is corn, because corn is abundant and can be renewed every year.

To make Kira, Herman Miller works in conjunction with Interface Fabrics Group, a division of Interface, Inc., and Cargill Dow.

First, Cargill Dow converts corn sugar into a high-performance polymer called polylactide (PLA). Cargill Dow spins the PLA into Ingeo® Fiber.

Interface weaves the Ingeo fiber into the yarn it uses to manufacture Kira. Unlike polyester, Kira has no petroleum content, which is significant as oil prices keep rising. Also, there is no petroleum to extract before composting or recycling.

Interface has thoroughly analyzed every dye and chemical in Kira. It uses sustainable manufacturing process driven primarily by hydroelectric power, so the production of Kira results in significantly less greenhouse gases.

Like all Herman Miller fabrics, Kira can be used on Herman Miller GREENGUARD-certified products, ensuring it's safe to use indoors. Kira can also help in achieving LEED CI and ISO 14001 certification.

"And here's the most intriguing part of the story," says Tasker. "Kira's life cycle is a neatly closed loop, because the fabric can be turned into compost that goes back to the earth to help grow crops."

To make compost, Kira is mixed with sawdust and organic material and then heated to 140 degrees. The process takes just three days.

Performance attributes

Along with its environmental benefits, Kira functions exactly like traditional petroleum-based polyester fabric. In its appearance, feel, and durability, there's no sacrifice in quality. Plus, it's naturally stain resistant. And Kira carries Herman Miller's 12-year warranty.

"We're excited about Kira," says Tasker. "It demonstrates how Herman Miller's CMF program continues to bring innovative products to market. It also demonstrates Herman Miller's commitment to the environment. That's critical, because more and more customers say 'green' issues are major factors when they make their buying decisions."

Monday, August 02, 2004

Gloria Deodato Spearheads Innovative Employee Assistance Program at bfi

ELIZABETH, NJ, AUGUST 2, 2004 – Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area's largest office furniture dealerships, has set a precedent in the industry with its progressive Employee Assistance Program, led by Gloria Deodato, a certified communications consultant. Brought onboard by Dan Morley, president, and Paul Gold, chief executive officer, over 15 years ago, Deodato, who owns Corporate Care Center, a communications business that focuses on employee relations, has implemented a number of innovative programs within bfi. bfi is passionate about building an exceptional working environment for its employees.

"With the cooperation and support of Dan and Paul, we have been able to do so many positive things for employees at bfi," said Gloria Deodato. "By implementing programs that incorporate a humanistic, family-oriented environment, Dan and Paul have truly built an extraordinary culture at bfi. I cannot stress enough how forward-thinking and receptive bfi has been, which is evident by the loyalty and contentment of bfi's employees and customers."

Since Deodato's appointment as employee assistance director, bfi has undertaken a number of unique steps and programs.

For example, bfi employees participated, under Ms. Deodato's suggestion, in the writing of the Company's mission statement. Usually drawn up by executives and company leaders, Deodato realized the importance of employees' voices, and as such, drew upon them for their input in its formation.

Ms. Deodato also was instrumental in setting up Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® personality testing as part of the hiring process.

"The test does not dictate who is hired by bfi," said Deodato. "Rather, it gives the Company an ability to know each person's tendencies, a greater understanding of what they need and how they work, which allows the Company to tailor programs, seminars and projects to specific needs."

Additional programs and incentives consummated by Deodato include the "Extra Step" program, which, each month, anonymously recognizes professionals who have exceeded expectations. Individuals earn $100 per month mentioned and at the end of each year, the professional who has been recognized most frequently receives one week of vacation time in addition to the standard vacation policy in place.

Ms. Deodato also initiated the implementation of a Human Resources department, which offers confidential, short-term counseling; a yearly management training seminar, focusing on stress and management techniques; and "Lunch and Learn" programs where professionals are treated to experts speaking on a number of topics, including single parenting, assertiveness, dealing with difficult people, etc.

"Gloria has an interest in architecture, which brought her to bfi initially," said Paul Gold, "but because she has a communications background, co-workers quickly recognized her obvious gifts and talents and she became an in-house communications expert to bfi. We are very proud to offer her services to our growing team and to continue to build bfi as an employee and family-oriented business."

Gloria Deodato founded Corporate Career Center, a full-service, in-house employee assistance company aimed at enhancing internal communication and productivity, in 1989. Clients of the successful company include the State of New Jersey, JPMorgan Chase and American Re-Insurance, in addition to bfi.

Ms. Deodato has also developed Divorce Consultation Service and has served as adjunct teaching faculty for Rutgers University, Kean College, County College of Morris and Westfield Adult Education. Having extensive educational experience, Gloria Deodato earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Montclair State College and her Master of Arts degree from Rutgers University. She currently resides in Westfield, New Jersey.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi) has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management markets. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany, New Jersey, New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America's largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi's Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

bfi Welcomes Marjorie S. Dorin as Business Development Manager for NY Region

ELIZABETH, NJ, JULY 6, 2004— Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, announced Marjorie S. Dorin has joined the company as business development manager, NY Markets-Real Estate. Marjorie will be based at the company’s Manhattan office.

“We are pleased to welcome Marjorie S. Dorin to our talented team of professionals at bfi,” stated Dan Morley, president, bfi. “Her expertise and experience in the business facilities sector will be a tremendous asset to our company as we continue to grow in the marketplace.”

A former vice president of Citigroup Corporate Realty Services, Marjorie S. Dorin is a business development professional with over 20 years of experience serving the New York marketplace. Most recently she represented NYU’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies in the opening of a 93,000-square-foot facility at the Woolworth building in New York City. Ms. Dorin is an adjunct assistant professor at NYU Real Estate Institute where she teaches facilities management courses.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management market. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany NJ; New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.

bfi Assists with Redesign of BP Castrol's 55,000-Square-Foot Wayne, NJ Location

WAYNE, NJ, JULY 6, 2004 – As a final component to BP Castrol’s corporate rebranding initiative, bfi has provided the leading oil, gas and energy company its expertise in office furniture procurement, furnishing the redesigned, open work environment with Herman Miller Ethospace systems furniture. bfi provided a smart furniture solution which also included 36 group and conference/huddle areas within the Wayne, New Jersey location.

“BP Castrol’s corporate culture of an open-space collaborative environment eliminates the need for private offices for its 280 employees. As a result, the company needed new furniture to complete the redesign,” said Dan Morley, president, bfi. “We are proud to have worked closely with BP Castrol to provide a furniture solution of Herman Miller Ethospace, which reflects their new work space strategy and supports the aesthetics and flexibility of their design and branding culture.”

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi) has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management markets. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany, New Jersey, New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Today’s Tenants Benefit from Bringing Furniture Providers into the Planning Mix

By Dan Morley, president/principal, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi)

In Corporate America today large and small companies alike are using the design of their offices to communicate a positive image to employees, stockholders, customers and peers - making the design process a critical component in effectively and efficiently conveying this key message.

In the office space planning stages, more often than not, architects and tenants overlook furniture procurement, which can lead to serious blunders in the process and can considerably delay completion and occupancy dates. Due to an absence of conversation between architect and the furniture provider during the design phase, offices can be designed in a non-standard size requiring custom sized furniture when standard furniture sizes have already been agreed upon. The lack of coordination can cost the client time and money, adding to unnecessary stress.

As such, it is imperative to secure a smart, experienced furniture provider at the beginning of the design process. Furniture providers are proactive and work side-by-side with the architects, tenants and brokers to meet construction document requirements, the desired corporate image and time constraints. This role in the design process is so unique that we can suggest specific furniture materials, sizes and functions to reflect the needs and specifications of customers. Additionally, furniture providers can get the best bids on furniture and even suggest remanufactured furniture lines, both of which dramatically drive down costs for clients.

As an example, in a recent assignment for CB Richard Ellis, when bfi was called upon during the Company’s early relocation planning stages, we put an experienced team together to create the ideal furniture solution. This approach included the utilization of a rather distinctive remanufactured product line in addition to a combination of several new furniture solutions. Files, chairs and tables were selected by bfi from other manufacturers to fulfill CBRE’s space and performance needs. CBRE’s first-class image was achieved through several innovative product solutions, enabling the Company to save between 20-25% over the original budget and was completed in an extremely tight, two-week time frame. Our furniture choices also fostered its desired open communication between the Company’s over 120 employees at this location.

In Corporate America, companies are more frequently adopting rebranding initiatives, as in the instance of BP Castrol. bfi was called in to provide the leading oil, gas and energy company a furniture solution that reflected its new work space strategy and supported the aesthetics and flexibility of its design and branding culture. From the start of the assignment, bfi offered its expertise in office furniture procurement, furnishing the redesigned, open work environment with Herman Miller Ethospace Systems furniture. bfi also provided a smart furniture solution that also included 36 group and conference/huddle areas within the Wayne, New Jersey location.

Whatever image your company is striving to attain, bfi is able to access a myriad of furniture lines for clients, fitting every budget and every design preference and need, retaining the best possible bids. By adding a furniture advisor to your design team at the commencement of your project, your redesigned, rebranded or upgraded office space furnishings will be delivered on time, without worry and with complete aesthetic satisfaction, as well as increasingly cost effective.

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For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management market. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany NJ; New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.

Monday, June 14, 2004

bfi Welcomes Lisa S. Barbarosh As Senior Designer

ELIZABETH, NJ, JUNE 14, 2004— Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, announced that Lisa S. Barbarosh has joined the company as a senior designer. Lisa will be reporting to bfi’s Parsippany design director and will be responsible for all aspects of projects including AutoCAD drawings, field survey, programming, space planning and client presentations, furniture selections, layout and specifications.

“We are very proud to welcome Lisa to our team and to bring the scope of her knowledge and expertise to our clients,” stated Dan Morley, president, bfi. “She is a proven leader in our field and has extraordinary talent, as well as excellent client relations and professionalism.” Ms. Barbarosh brings 18 years of design experience to bfi from W.B. Wood Company in New Providence, New Jersey, where she was a senior designer and account manager. During her career, Lisa Barbarosh has carried out numerous projects from start to finish, including working with large corporate headquarters, total design of office space and several design assignments for unique venues. She has managed many different types of projects from single office renovations to large corporate relocations.

Lisa Barbarosh received a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental design from Syracuse University, and currently resides in Morristown, New Jersey.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management market. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany NJ; New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.

Friday, June 04, 2004

bfi Lends Expertise To Bollinger Insurance At Its Prestigious, New Short Hills, NJ Location

SHORT HILLS, NJ, JUNE 4, 2004 – Bollinger Insurance, one of the country’s largest privately owned insurance companies, recently utilized the services of Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, to streamline its relocation to Reckson Office Center at 101 JFK Parkway in Short Hills, New Jersey. bfi provided the leading insurance agency with furniture planning and procurement for its new, 60,000-square-foot headquarters space, which included an outstanding collection of Herman Miller, Geiger and Harter furniture.

“We are proud to have been selected by Bollinger Insurance to service its furniture needs at its new headquarters location,” said Dan Morley, president, bfi. “The company occupies the top two floors at the first-class building and sought a furniture solution that reflected its new, high-end, elegant space and would also accommodate its 250 employees. bfi created a customized furniture solution that reflects Bollinger’s unique culture, philosophy and business operation needs.”

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi) has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management markets. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany, New Jersey, New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.



bfi provided Bollinger Insurance, leading insurance agency, with furniture planning and procurement for its new, 60,000-square-foot headquarters space Reckson Office Center at 101 JFK Parkway in Short Hills, New Jersey.

Friday, May 07, 2004

bfi Provides Furniture Solutions For CB Richard Ellis’ New Saddle Brook, NJ Office

SADDLE BROOK, NJ, MAY 7, 2004-- Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, recently furnished CB Richard Ellis’ (CBRE) new office in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. CBRE had consolidated its two offices in northern New Jersey into one, 26,777-square-foot space at the Park 80 West, Plaza II, office campus.

The bfi team of Dan Morley, president; Bill Zieler, senior vice president; and Linda Gretta, senior account manager; participated in making this assignment for CBRE a success.

When CBRE contacted Dan Morley and informed him of the company’s plans to merge its Paramus and Saddle Brook offices, bfi put an experienced team together to create the ideal furniture solution for its client. CBRE required a first-class image that also fostered open communication between its over 120 employees in this location. This project also needed to be completed in an extremely tight two-week time frame and adhere to stringent budget parameters. CBRE additionally called on the expertise of Gensler, one of the largest interior design firms in the country, to create the architectural design. bfi worked closely with Gensler to achieve the look and performance that CBRE required.

“We were pleased to complete this important assignment for our long-time client, CBRE. The success of this project reflects bfi’s ability to provide clients with furniture and design solutions that meet the challenges of furnishing today’s smart office environment,” commented Dan Morley. “Our strategy for CBRE provided the company with an excellent product solution that satisfied its design, image and budgeting needs. Whether we are creating workplace solutions for clients in 25,000 or 250,000 square feet of space, bfi brings the same commitment, energy and innovation to the project.”

bfi provided several innovative product solutions which enabled CBRE to save between 20-25% over the original budget. This approach included the utilization of a rather unique remanufactured product line in addition to a combination of several new furniture solutions. Files, chairs and tables were selected by bfi from other manufacturers to fulfill CBRE’s space and performance needs.

Patrick Murphy, Executive Managing Director, Tri-State New York Suburban Markets, CBRE, commented, “We thank bfi on an outstanding job at our new offices in Saddle Brook. The Company’s team of professionals created a new modern-generation office space that met all of out budgetary, operational and workflow requirements at CBRE. With this new space, we are creating a model of a smart workplace environment, which integrates all of our divisions at CBRE and fosters enhanced teamwork and communication.”

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management market. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany NJ; New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.

Friday, April 23, 2004

bfi Announces 8th Annual Real Estate Broker & Developer Invitational Golf Tour

ELIZABETH, NJ, APRIL 23, 2004-- Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, announced plans for its 8th Annual Real Estate Broker & Developer Invitational Golf Tour. Held from May through September, the bfi Invitational Tour is a hugely popular, five-month golf tour for commercial real estate professionals, giving participants the opportunity to play at some of New Jersey’s most exclusive and prestigious golf courses.

“We are excited to embark on this year’s bfi Invitational,” commented Dan Morley, president, bfi. “Eight years ago this event began with 17 brokers and four courses and has flourished into a very popular golf tour with over 50 brokers and developers and eight of the finest courses in New Jersey. Last year, over 200 rounds of golf were played as part of the tour. What started out as a unique marketing campaign for bfi and our sponsors has become a competition among some of the very best golfers in the state,” continued Morley.

In its eighth year, the bfi Invitational Tour will be held on the outstanding New Jersey golf courses of Plainfield Country Club, Jasna Polana, Hackensack Golf Club, Morris County Country Club, Hamilton Farms Golf Club, Knickerbocker Country Club, Metedeconk National Golf Club and Twin Brooks Country Club. Tour participants will play a round of golf on three of these eight prestigious courses based on their preference and availability.

2004 tour golfers receive three rounds of golf, three luncheons, 19th hole refreshments, an awards banquet, trophies for low gross and low net and a chance to participate in a $25,000 Putt-For-Cash contest held at the final event in September at Hackensack Golf Club.

Previous participants have included Acclaim, Allied Realty, CB Richard Ellis, Cogswell Realty Group, Cushman & Wakefield, The Kushner Companies, Colliers Houston & Co., The Garibaldi Group/CORFAC International, GVA Williams, Newmark New Jersey, The Staubach Company, Mack-Cali, Ivy Equities and many more. Mr. Morley commented that even though invitation and registration did not begin until the week of April 19th, over 20 past participants have secured their place in this year’s tour.

Past and present sponsors are Sweetwater Construction, Print Tech Commercial Printing, High Tech Landscaping and Design, Ronald Schmidt and Associates, AIA, East Coast Installations, Executive Furniture Services, Flooring Technology, Alliance Financial, Office Management Services, Real Estate New Jersey, Human Scale and US Transfer Moving and Storage.

For more information on the 2004 bfi Invitational, visit the website at www.bfionline.com/golf, or contact Lisa Fania at 609-860-1800 ext. 6327 or email lfania@bfifurniture.com.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management market. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany NJ; New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.