As President, Northeast, Gols will lead the sales efforts in the New York region, acting as a liaison with local key players within Empire’s network of manufacturers and clients as well as setting the direction, goals, and vision for the company’s efforts in these markets. Gols will also continue to oversee the project management function and the architectural walls division throughout the country.
“John joined Empire in January 2021, and during the past two and a half years, he has proven to be an invaluable member of the executive management team,” stated Gaslow.” His past leadership experience at Steelcase and Inscape, coupled with his relationships throughout the industry, enables John to provide our sales teams with incredible insight that help us excel in our markets, grow our market share, and provide our clients with the level of service they expect from Empire.”
Peter Gaslow, President and CEO of Empire Office, today announces Jocelyn Corrigan has been named Chief Operating Officer.
In this company-wide leadership role, Corrigan will oversee corporate strategy, new business development, and the strategic services departments, including creative studio, design, RFP, and marketing. She will play a significant role in building and maintaining trusting relationships with key accounts, clients, partners, and stakeholders. Collaborating with Gaslow and the rest of the executive management team, she will set and drive organizational vision and ensure corporate initiatives are well-executed with proficiency contributing to the company’s overall growth.
“Jocelyn has been critical in navigating the company through our ever-changing industry and keeping us at the cutting edge in our markets,” stated Gaslow. “She is the architect behind our most exciting and innovative initiatives, including our e-commerce efforts, creative design offering, and unified corporate team approach that differentiates us from our competition.”
With over 25 years of experience working on both the dealer and manufacturer sides of the industry, Corrigan has a wealth of product and industry knowledge and uses her expertise to approach the business creatively and craft new ways of tackling an issue. Corrigan joined Empire in 2009 as a sales leader in New York and has taken on additional roles and responsibilities related to sales, strategy, and marketing throughout her very successful career.
Peter Gaslow, President and CEO of Empire Office, announces its certification as a Most Loved Workplace® backed by Best Practice Institute (BPI) research and analysis. Most Loved Workplace® validation provides the most comprehensive look at workplace sentiment for organizations today.
“We are proud to be among some of the country’s greatest organizations as a certified Most Loved Workplace,” stated Gaslow. “As a company, we emphasize the importance of providing a positive employee experience for our high-performing talent and ensuring Empire Office offers a place that encourages longevity for achieving personal and career goals.”
Empire Office has been certified as a Most Loved Workplace® because of its ongoing commitment to its employees by fostering an inclusive and flexible work environment and continuously providing opportunities for its people to grow professionally and personally.
Most Loved Workplaces® certify companies where employees are the happiest and most satisfied at work. Empire Office became certified as a Most Loved Workplace based on its scores on the Love of Workplace Index™, which surveyed employees on various elements around employee satisfaction and sentiment, including the level of respect, collaboration, support, and sense of belonging they feel inside the company.
“I started Most Loved Workplaces out of inspiration from my community of people who consciously place love for their employees at the center of their business model,” said Louis Carter, the founder and CEO of BPI and a social/organizational psychologist, thought leader, entrepreneur, and author. Carter’s book, “In Great Company: How to Spark Peak Performance by Creating an Emotionally Connected Workplace,” identifies the areas needed to become a highly respected, reputable organization where people love to work with each other – a Most Loved Workplace.
To view the company certification page for Empire Office, visit here.
Peter Gaslow, President and CEO, announces a new partnership with DIRTT, a global leader in industrialized construction, in its Florida and Alabama markets. DIRTT builds dynamic interior spaces that adapt and evolve in response to changing needs.
“The DIRTT construction system has an excellent reputation of driving efficiency and adapting to change, two of the most common requests we get from our clients on a daily basis,” stated Gaslow.
Industrialized construction combines innovative processes and technologies that enable solutions to be designed, organized, configured, and manufactured off-site, with final assembly completed at the job site. The DIRTT construction system provides total design freedom and greater certainty in cost, schedule, and outcomes. Looking beyond the first day of use, DIRTT understands that change will be required and enables reconfigurations, adaptations, and adjustments necessary over time.
“We are confident in the benefits this partnership will bring to organizations looking to build more compelling spaces to work, learn, and heal,” added John Gols, President, Northeast.
Together, DIRTT and Empire Office will empower businesses to create agile, collaborative, and sustainable work environments that drive productivity and employee well-being. While the partnership is currently available to Empire’s Florida and Alabama-based clients as well as key strategic accounts, the companies look forward to expanding to other Empire-based markets in the future.
Earlier this year, Empire Office announced the launch of its new headquarters in New York City boasting a sophisticated design to support flexibility and collaboration.
Peter Gaslow, President and CEO of Empire Office, Inc., announces the launch of Empire’s new headquarters in New York City, located at 654 Madison Avenue. On the 14th floor, the space was designed with the architecture and design teams at VMAD and inspired by industry trends and the new way of working. With an emphasis on touch-down (versus dedicated) spaces and hosting client and team meetings in an open, flexible and amenity-filled space, the newly launched HQ is also home to Empire’s executive leadership team.
“During the pandemic, we found ourselves where most companies did – working remotely,” stated Gaslow. “For a company specializing in furniture for office spaces, this could not be farther from what we expected to see looking into our future. Like the clients we support, we knew we belonged back in the office, so we began searching for a new space to support us now and into the future.”
The search led to 654 Madison Avenue, just 30 blocks north of the company’s previous location and conveniently situated near Central Park, the Queensboro bridge, and a short distance from most trains and transit.
“The building’s mid-century design and boutique nature nestled within a luxe shopping district, not to mention a few blocks from the Steelcase showroom, made it the perfect choice for us,” said Jocelyn Corrigan, Chief Strategy Officer.
Together with the team at VMAD, Empire got to work creating an executive hub with eight private offices, including a CEO suite; reservable workstations; a variety of conference room sizes and open collaboration spaces; custom work pods; a phone nook; a mother’s retreat; and an inspirational workroom housing the Creative Studio and Marketing teams.
“Our goal was to build a more purposeful and targeted space that mirrors our brand and showcases how the workplace is evolving,” added Corrigan. “We took the time to examine our needs, wants, and desires for our next HQ space in both location and amenities. Flexibility, employee well-being, and collaboration emerged as the key driving factors.”
The style of the space is Scandinavian-modern, reflected in impressive marble stone slabs, arched doorways, rich velvets, wood slats, brass accents, and a sophisticated color palette with over a dozen brands represented, including Steelcase, Coalesse, Stylex, Watson, Allermuir, Andreu World, Hem, Menu, Viccarbe, Nucraft, Spacestor, Heartwork, Minotti, Tuohy, West Elm Work, and many more.
Empire’s custom millwork division, Fabricate, crafted one-of-a-kind furniture and built-in solutions that blend with the furniture selections for a unique but uniform look and feel. Fabricate’s engineers developed shop drawings based on the conceptual renderings from the VMAD team and sourced multiple material samples to match the furniture in the space. Signature pieces include large-scale sliding entry doors, a custom stone reception desk, upholstered benches and banquettes, custom velvet-wrapped work pods, built-in pantry cabinetry and stone tops, and a curved wooden portal.
The result is a welcoming environment that promotes socialization and draws in employees, partners, clients, and visitors.
“Today’s workplaces demand flexibility with a balance of open and private spaces, fostering collaborative and individual work needs that can change at a moment’s notice, and our space is no different,” said Gaslow. “Our teams are very pleased with the outcome and the opportunity to see and collaborate with colleagues again in person. It’s a great time to be back in the office.”
In December, Empire Office celebrated one-year post-acquisition of DeKalb Office, which expanded its reach in the Southeastern U.S. with physical locations in Atlanta, GA, and Birmingham, AL. The company’s client list now boasts 41 of the top 100 Fortune500 companies in the U.S.
Together with our sponsors, Empire hosted an event earlier this month in Atlanta’s thriving West Midtown neighborhood. On the gorgeous 7th-floor amenity space of the brand-new Star Metals building, we hosted an incredible group from the design & broker communities, manufacturer partners, and clients from every vertical market.
We celebrated the launch of Empire Office in Atlanta (post-DeKalb Office acquisition) while listening to live music from Suburban Desperados and enjoying the delicious cuisine from Proof of the Pudding caterers.
Thank you to everyone who came and made the evening unforgettable! And a BIG thank you to our generous sponsors: AMQ, Arcadia, CFC Group, Complete, DesignTex, Global Furniture Group, IOA/Six Degrees, Kimball International, Krug, MRG Southeast, Main Solutions, OFS, SE Contract, SitonIt Seating, Steelcase, & WIT Contract.
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Peter Gaslow, President and CEO of Empire Office, Inc., a leading provider of curated furniture & interior solutions for commercial spaces, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire DeKalb Office Environments, Inc., establishing its local presence in Atlanta and Birmingham. The transaction will close on January 1, 2022, at which point, the DeKalb Office name will temporarily transition to DeKalb by Empire Office, along with an accompanying updated logo, website and brand identity.
With a proven 75-year history, Empire Office is a recognized leader achieving a long-standing ranking on the Crain’s New York Business’ list of the Largest Privately Held Companies in the New York area and being named as one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ by the Orlando Business Journal, among others. New York-headquartered Empire Office has grown its physical footprint significantly in recent years, first entering the Florida market in 2009 and expanding further in the state in three other subsequent acquisitions between 2012 and 2015. With the announcement of the DeKalb Office acquisition, Empire Office expands its reach within the Eastern half of the U.S., making it the largest firm of its kind in the country.
DeKalb Office has provided commercial interior solutions since 1952 and is a leader in the Healthcare and Education vertical markets. As the sole Steelcase dealership in Atlanta and Birmingham, the company has worked with approximately half of the Fortune500 companies headquartered in Atlanta. Throughout its history, DeKalb has been committed to supporting the local communities in which it operates since its inception.
“DeKalb has a great reputation in the Atlanta and Birmingham markets,” Gaslow stated. “We believe building on the DeKalb heritage, while leveraging Empire’s experience and broad reach, will enable us to offer next-level services and unparalleled support for the companies located within these markets.”
Since 1984, DeKalb Office has been led by Owner and CEO John Rasper. Under Rasper’s direction, DeKalb has built a reputation for being a creative, knowledgeable, and collaborative partner, providing innovative workplace solutions to a remarkably diverse client base. Throughout his career, John served on the Board of three local Chambers and was the Chairman of the Greater North Fulton Chamber. With the announcement of this acquisition, Rasper is also announcing his official retirement from the contract furniture industry.
“After 48 years in the industry, and 37 leading DeKalb in particular, I want to thank all of my colleagues, staff and business associates with whom I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with over the years,” Rasper said. “With Empire at the helm, I have no doubt there will be great things ahead for our clients and partners in the years to come.”
“As a company, we are thrilled to welcome the DeKalb team into the Empire Office family,” Gaslow said. “John has done an excellent job of steering DeKalb for many years, enabling it to become the successful and respected organization it is today. We wish him all the best as he enjoys a very well-deserved retirement.”
Currently located in Alpharetta, GA and Birmingham, AL, the physical locations of the DeKalb showrooms and warehouses will remain unchanged in the immediate future.
Dear Empire Family,
This year we’re celebrating a big milestone, our 75th anniversary!
Like most small businesses, our story started with modest beginnings. Abraham Gaslow founded Empire Oﬃce Furniture in 1946. Our ﬁrst sale was a desk which we hand-delivered from our oﬃce in downtown Manhattan to our ﬁnancial services client on Wall Street.
Over the last 75 years, we’ve grown and expanded with new locations and additional services. Today, Empire is the largest Steelcase dealer nationwide, with 400+ manufacturers represented and over 400+ employees across the US. We are proud to be ranked as one of Crain’s New York Business’ Largest Privately Owned Companies year after year.
Through it all, our commitment to delivering comprehensive, creative, and cost-eﬀective solutions for our clients has only grown stronger. Today, we’re thankful for our clients who have been at the heart of our company since the beginning, and we thank our team and manufacturer partners for helping to bring our mission to life.
Here’s to the next 75 years together!
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At Empire, we are proud of all that we’ve been able to accomplish in our 75 years, but what stands out is the long tenure that we have with our employees. We have some of the best in the business and their consistent dedication and hard work help make us who we are as a company.
We asked some of our seasoned employees to take a walk down memory lane with us and recall some of their favorite memories over the years. Here’s what they had to say.
WHAT IS AN EARLY OR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM OVER THE YEARS?
WHAT WORK ACCOMPLISHMENT ARE YOU ESPECIALLY PROUD OF?
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT EMPIRE?
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU AT WORK?
WHAT HAS CHANGED THE MOST ABOUT EMPIRE SINCE YOU STARTED?
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1946 vs. 2021: the two years may have more in common than you may initially think.
In 1946, World War II had just ended the year prior. It was the start of what we would later call the “Baby Boomer” years (1946-1964). Across the country, there was unrest among Americans with frequent labor strikes and protests. Overall, people were ready to get their lives “back to normal” and rebuild after six long years of war and uncertainty.
Today in 2021, that feeling resonates in such a familiar way as we look back at the last year with the global pandemic and subsequent events that followed. While we still find ourselves in the middle of the current health, social justice and economic crises, we are hopeful for a new day just as our founder Abraham Gaslow was in 1946 when he founded Empire Office.
Despite some of those similarities, a lot has changed in the 75 years since Empire Office was founded.
Let us paint a picture of what life was like in the year 1946:
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