Monday, November 14, 2005

Bruce Stone joins bfi as New York Sales Manager

NEW YORK, NY - Effective November 14, 2005 Bruce Stone has joined BFI as Sales Manager working in tandem with Ron Cocuzza, Senior Vice President of the firm. Bruce brings over (26) years of in depth business environment industry tenure to BFI in areas of sales and sales management. Immediately prior to accepting his new position Bruce was the Corporate Director for Blockhouse Company, Inc. a thirty five year old manufacturer and market leader of specialty institutional- higher education furnishings with direct accountability for dealer/ distribution development, training and major client initiatives on a national basis.

Bruce he has served as the Director of Sales for Arenson Office Furnishings in New York one of Knoll, Inc. largest distribution partners and was the Corporate Director of Marketing for E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, DuPont Flooring Systems strategic business unit as part of the Corporate Services Group responsible for numerous aspects of the overall marketing strategy, product development participation, services, training branding initiatives and new strategies.

Over the course of his career Bruce was also the Managing Director, Special Services for D. Waldner and Company a major New York based Steelcase Distribution partner and has served as the President, CEO of PEP Limited, a business furnishings development and commercial consulting company, a unit of a real estate investment company and property management company with site holdings in several key US markets.

Bruce attended the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida and has completed numerous post graduate Executive Skills Programs. He is corporate member of IFMA, National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (NACORE) and the Smart Wood Foundation, a former member of the Nassau County, NY Sports Commission, the Police Athletic League and the National Hotel-Motel Association.


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

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Babble Featured on Esquire Magazine's 2005 "Best & Brightest" List

Babble, a breakthrough sound management tool introduced this year by Sonare Technologies/A Herman Miller Company, has earned a spot on Esquire magazine's "America's Best & Brightest" list for 2005. Babble is among the few new products featured in the popular lifestyle publication's annual review of the year's notable people and innovations. "America's Best & Brightest" appears in the December 2005 issue.

Babble is available through select Herman Miller dealers, as well as direct through the Sonare Technologies website.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Herman Miller Design Yard Earns LEED Gold Certification

Herman Miller's Design Yard Front Door in Holland, Michigan, has received a LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in the Commercial Interiors (CI) category.

The Front Door facility earned LEED Gold in part through its use of recycled and rapidly renewable materials and an added humidification system. Credits also were given for existing characteristics of the building including natural light, mechanical systems, bicycle racks, and changing rooms.

Innovation points were earned for the company's Environmental Affairs Knowledge Node, which serves as an education destination for Green practices. Another innovation point was awarded for Herman Miller's Comprehensive Green Cleaning Program, which includes EPA-approved products and a documented training process.

All major Herman Miller facility projects are targeted for a minimum LEED Silver Certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Brooklyn Museum Honors Herman Miller with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Brooklyn Museum will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Herman Miller on Wednesday, November 9, at a preview of its 20th annual fine and decorative arts exposition in New York.

Herman Miller will be acknowledged for its partnerships with some of the 20th century's outstanding designers, as well as its long history of innovative interior solutions.

Also receiving honors in separate categories are modern design furnishings retailer Design Within Reach, and designer Ross Menuez.

The awards ceremony precedes the Brooklyn Museum's new exposition, "Modernism: A Century of Style & Design, 1900-2000."

Additional information is available on the Brooklyn Museum website.