Press Releases

07/01/2015 – John Crawford New Territory Manager for the Greater Toronto Area


Nightingale announces that John Crawford has joined the company to further develop their growing portfolio of dealer and designer accounts. John Crawford comes with a wealth of experience within the Industry, having spent many  years at both the dealer and manufacturing level and as an agent himself where John was instrumental in acquiring numerous large corporate accounts. 

John joins Nightingale as Territory Sales Manager to continue Nightingale’s success in providing dealer services to many of the top office furniture companies in Toronto. John comments “I am excited to start a new challenge within Nightingale and look forward to working with the dealer and design community to further develop their already extensive product offering. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on top quality products and service.”

Ed Breen, Nightingale’s CEO said “John’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the Nightingale family. We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the leading seating company in our industry. Our new innovations in chair design and the increasing demand from our customers led us to look for an addition to our team who will fit in with our ethos of innovation and exceptional service, and it is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of John’s caliber to fulfill this role. I’m confident that John will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality office seating solutions for our clients.”

John can be reached by phone at 416-605-7819 or by email at

09/15/2014 – Helen Bernardo New Territory Manager for the Greater Toronto Area

Helen started with Nightingale in 2011 as Sales Coordinator and has proven herself an integral member of the Nightingale team.  Helen later progressed into the role of Liaison Manger to Canada, working with our national sales team and expanding the reach of the Nightingale brand.

Helen will be focusing her energy exclusively on the GTA territory, assisting you and your sales/administration staff.  She will be with you at every level of the sales process, from product training to pricing requests and helping your team with large bid projects.

COO Ed Breen stated "I am delighted to annouce Helen's appointment to the GTA marketplace and I am confident in her ability to enhance the Nightingale experiance for our valued partners."

Helen can be reached via phone at 416-605-7819 or by email at

05/22/2014 – Nightingale Upgrades to Permanent NEOCON Showroom

Nightingale is more than tripling it's permanent showroom size.  Our new showroom is much larger and overlooks the Chicago river and inspirational skyline.  The expanded size and premium location will allow Nightingale to showcase it's four new product introductions for 2014.  The new showroom features a design that will foster discussion and the sharing of ideas in a welcoming environment.

"From the very beginning we wanted a showroom that would celebrate Nightingale design.  Our goal was to create the showroom that supports and enhances our seating products.  We wanted designers and architects to able to clearly visualize how they can emphasize their projects with Nightingale products.  The showroom also had to repersent simplicity, function and unification of design.  We are excited to meet with customers, understand their needs, share our expertise and reveal a wide range of seating solutions.  This guidance should help inspire clients to create elegant, flexible, sucsessfull environments for business, government, healthcare and educational markets." Ed Breen COO - Nightingale

Nightingale's grand opening of our new designer showroom will take place during NeoCon 2014 June 9th - 11th.

"We are very pleased to welcome our distribution partners, sales organization and industry friends into our new Chicago home.  Our dedicated team will work tirelessly to assure we ready for the important event of NeoCon.  Now that Nightingale has national sales coverage and representation in 17 states, we are positioned to take full advantage of our new showroom." Brad Armacost EVP of US Operations - Nightingale 

04/08/2014 – Mark Francis appointed Learning and Development Manager

Nightingale annouces the Mark Francis will transition into the role of Learning and Development Manager / Nightingale University, effective June 1st 2014.  His responsibilities will include supporting Nightingales dealer distribution, A&D communityand it's independent sales organization.

Mark has been employed with Nightingale since 2009 and originally occupied a role as a Territory Sales Repersentative in Saskatchewan.  Most recently Mark has held the position of Relationship Manager for Central Canada.

Nightingale COO Ed Breen commented "I am very excited to have Mark join us in supporting our dealer partners and global sales team.  His involvement in the Learning and Development role will go a long way towards reaching our goal of offering our dealer and sales reps product education."

Mark is excited to begin his new role. To view any of Marks traing videos or presentation tools visit Nightingale University or contact Mark at

01/24/2014 – Nightingale Transitions Cassandra McDougall Into Role of Liaison Manager - US

Nightingale is please to announce that Cassandra MacDougall has transitioned into the role of Liaison Manager - US, effective immediately.  Her responsibilities include supporting Nightingales's dealer distribution, as well as the independent sales organization. MacDougall will report to Brad Armacost, Executive Vice President - US Operations.

MacDougall has been employed with the Nightingale Team since November 2011 and originally occupied a role in Customer Care.  Following her tenure in Customer Care, MacDougall transitioned into the position of Sales Coordinator - Canada and therefore has extensive knowledge to ensure the needs of US Operations are met.

MacDougall, is very excited to begin her new role and developing relationships in the U.S.A.

01/24/2014 – Nightingale Hires Brad Armacost as Executive Vice President of US Operations

Nightingale announces the addition of Brad Armacost to the Nightingale Team.  Armacost will hold the title of Executive Vice President-US Operations, effective immediately. Armacost will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Nightingale's efforts in the US focusing on the Sales Team, Distribution Channels and other National Initiatives.

Armacost most recently served as Executive Vice President at AIS, a leading manufacturer of commercial office furniture.  During his career with AIS, Armacost spent most of his time overseeing their National Accounts, Marketing efforts and other Strategic Initiatives.

I'am determined to find a way to dramatically increase Nightingale's presence in the U.S.A. and hiring an industry veteran Brad Armacost will help us get there.  Brad is known for his uncanny ability to friend people and has full support of Nightingale to make a significant impact on market share in the U.S.A." Ed Breen COO - Nightingale

Prior to joining AIS in 2011 Armacost held the position of President at Office Furniture USA / Chordus Inc. and various other senior management positions within the company for 14 years.  Armacost focused on growth and development within the office furniture industry, resulting in distribution that spanned 44 US sates, Mexico and Guam.

Nightingale looks forward to Armacost's experience and relationships with assisting Nightingale with significant market share in the US market.

07/26/2012 – Nightingale Annnounces it's ANSI / BIFMA e3 Level 1 Certification

Nightingale is proud to announce that we are officially ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard – level one certified!  In 2009, BIFM International and NSF International released an open, consensus based method to evaluate the sustainable attributes of furniture products.  BIFMA e3 is a voluntary standard providing a pathway towards sustainability by establishing measurable criteria for levels of achievement and/or performance.  By assessing a company’s social actions, energy usage, material selection and human and ecosystem health impacts, level addresses how a product is sustainable 
from multiple perspectives.  Level verifies conformance to the first fully transparent, multi-attribute furniture sustainability standard addressing material utilization, energy and atmosphere impact, human and ecosystem health social responsibility.  All of Nightingale’s products are now included on the Level Certification Program website located at

Nightingale’s Accomplishments: 

  • A baseline for energy and natural gas consumption
  • Functional optimization of parts at new concept development
  • Continuously monitoring supply chain by certificate of analysis submissions for each lot.
  • Dissecting content of each part by obtaining pre and post-consumer recycling rate 
  • ISO 14001:2004 registration in June 2011
  • Bifma e3 sustainability standard level one in June 2012.
  • GreenGuard Certified on all Nightingale products