AIS Ramps Up Sales Team with the Addition of Five Territory Managers Across Regions

Company’s Growth Amplified by New Products, Market Visibility, and Dealer-Centric Approach

After a record year of sales, AIS continues to respond to high demand for products from dealers. To support its ongoing growth, the company has embarked on an ambitious recruitment effort to hire sales professionals in markets across the country.

To date, five new members of the sales team have hit the ground running in the Pacific northwest, Midwest, and southern United States. New team members and their territories are:

Taylor James – Michigan

Adam Neumeister – OR, HI, Central WA

Chandra Smith – Metro Seattle, Spokane, Alaska

Cristina Stoker – Florida

Jana Turner – Tennessee

The AIS sales team is managed by two senior vice presidents, Ben Maxwell in the east and Doug Bowen in the west. Under their leadership, the sales team is charged with maintaining excellent relationships with the company’s dealer customers, responding to inquiries, developing new business opportunities, and gaining brand exposure to increase market share in their respective territories.

According to Maxwell, “Our sales teams are busier than they’ve ever been. The volume of interest in AIS has increased dramatically and with these additional sales leaders, we are able to respond promptly to help our dealers succeed. As regions continue to grow, onboarding new sales reps just makes sense.”

AIS’ sales teams receive extensive training about the company’s ever-growing product portfolio as well as the organization’s strong commitment to its dealer partners. The success of AIS is a combination of many factors – and its well-equipped sales team is certainly one of them.

Bowen concurs, “We are experiencing a season of growth, not only for our teams, but also with exciting new products that will take AIS into new areas including outdoor furniture and expand upon our proven laminate expertise with modular caseworks. There is great momentum at AIS and we’re pleased to be adding talented people to the team to help our dealers win.”


Taylor James began with AIS on May 3 as a territory manager based in Michigan. He has eight years of experience in IT sales, primarily in customer-facing roles. He joined the furniture industry working in inside sales for another manufacturer for the past year and a half.

James holds a bachelor’s in communications from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. In his free time, Taylor enjoys golfing, hiking, and spending time with friends and family on the weekends on Lake Michigan. This coming winter, he plans to try his hand at skiing.

Adam Neumeister began as a territory manager on April 29 and is responsible for Oregon, Central Washington, and Hawaii. Neumeister has 12 years of contract furniture industry experience, most recently as a manufacturer’s representative promoting multiple competitive lines.

He is working toward a Bachelor of Arts in business at Clackamas Community College and is proficient in CET and CAD/GIZA. He and his wife of nearly nine years like to travel, spend time with family and friends, and their 4-year-old Siberian Husky. He is an avid chef and a self-professed whiskey aficionado.

Chandra Smith joined the company as a territory manager for Metro Seattle, Spokane, and Alaska on May 13. A dealer-focused industry professional and former regional sales manager for a large furniture rental business, she has also had long-term sales roles with manufacturers.

Smith holds a degree from Fort Steilacoom Community College in Washington State. She and her husband are natives of Seattle and have two grown daughters. She enjoys travel, cooking golfing, wine tasting, and frequenting dog parks with their 5-year-old Bernese Mountain dog.

Cristina Stoker began her role as a sales associate with AIS on March 11 supporting the South Florida territory manager in all sales efforts. An interior design consultant, Stoker creates tailored solutions for clients, including floor plans, layouts, and specifications.

Most recently, Stoker was an interior design consultant at a dealership. She holds a master’s degree in interior architecture from Florida International University. In her leisure time, Stoker enjoys socializing with friends, family, and caring for her pet dog. She is a certified scuba diver.

Jana Turner began her tenure with AIS on January 31 as a territory manager for the state of Tennessee. Turner has more than 20 years of contract furniture industry experience in both the manufacturer and dealer areas. A Canadian by birth, she attended University in Nova Scotia, graduating with a degree in business.

She and her husband live in the Nashville area, are enthusiastic travelers, and have four dogs, two whippets and two greyhounds.


“With the addition of these sales professionals, AIS will continue to be responsive to our dealers while we explore new markets that can benefit from forthcoming product lines,” stated Bowen.

“These staffing additions, in combination with a new third floor showroom at THE MART, will open up even more possibilities by expanding our reach and amplifying our brand,” echoed Maxwell. “We remain dealer-centric and that will never change. Every decision we make is centered around the question, ‘How will this affect our dealers?’ Operating with dealers at the center of what we do is a critical part of AIS and our success.”


AIS, headquartered in Leominster, Massachusetts, is a leading North American manufacturer of commercial office furniture and boasts one of the most impressive stories of growth and success in the furniture industry. Founded in 1989, the company whose sales exceed $250 million annually is known for offering market-relevant, feature-rich product lines that entice designers and support the diverse needs of end-users while offering exceptional value. AIS is an innovator that leads the industry in sustainable lean manufacturing, lead-time performance and manufacturing flexibility. AIS’s BIFMA-compliant products meet or exceed industry standards for safety and durability. Products also are SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold certified.

The company’s Leominster headquarters and manufacturing facility boasts a rooftop of more than 10,000 solar panels, returning 50 percent or more of energy used to the power grid. AIS has permanent showrooms at its Leominster headquarters and in Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C. With these and other locations across the U.S., the company has over 1 million square feet of office, showroom and factory space. AIS’ more than 900 employees represent over 32 countries around the world and make AIS one of the largest and most diverse employers in central Massachusetts. Over the past five years, AIS has created more jobs in the region than any other company. AIS and its employees also lead in giving back to their communities; the Boston Business Journal has recognized AIS with its Corporate Citizenship Award annually since 2019. For more information, visit