We are not a furniture dealer
We are an independent consulting group, passionate about commercial furniture and design, committed to helping our clients achieve best-in-class solutions within their budget.
We are brand agnostic
Acting as your advocate, we’ll be the interface between you, the furniture manufacturers, furniture dealers, delivery and installation teams. We’ll coordinate every step of your furniture strategy, ensuring your firm will experience a smooth transition and a successful project.
Each member of our management team has over 25 years of experience. We’ve been on the dealership side and the client side. We’ve worked as project managers and facilities managers. We understand furniture strategy from every angle but, most importantly, we understand the results you expect and how to achieve them.
We provide comprehensive furniture management services
We assist corporate, healthcare, not-for-profit and hospitality clients manage their relocation or expansion by providing specification, bidding, budget management, vendor management and installation solutions.
Our comprehensive service offering includes:
- Assessing the scope of your project to understand your furniture goals and prepare a budget
- Maximizing the procurement process by defining the evaluation criteria and identifying options
- Driving an aggressive multiple bid process, leveling responses and providing support through final selection
- Identifying budget friendly alternatives while maintaining your project’s unique design and brand aesthetic
- Ensuring that what you have selected is ordered, correctly, by utilizing a detailed specification and approval process
- Coordinating lead times, delivery and installation schedules including the activities of related consultants for construction, IT and move vendors
- Punch items will be documented to ensure the issues are resolved quickly and to your satisfaction.
- Deliver customized documentation of your project and procurement process
Our fees are not based on a percentage of your furniture spend. Instead, our compensation depends on an agreed scope of services and the effort required to deliver the results you expect. We propose a flat project fee, plus reasonable expenses. The savings generated by aggressive negotiation of your furniture package and smart furniture selections should easily support the decision to engage us.
Scott Lesizza, Principal
Scott Lesizza is a founding principal of newly launched Furniture Advocates, a brand agnostic furniture consultancy that helps firms make strategic and timely furniture decisions. With 25 years experience in the industry and a passion for design and commercial furniture, Scott teamed up with project management veteran Joan Simari to launch the company, offering comprehensive furniture management services to the A&D community.
Joining the commercial furniture scene in 1994 as one of Humanscale’s earliest employees, Scott, a native New Yorker, got his start helping clients find the best solutions for their projects within their budgets. After eight years, Scott wanted to venture out on his own and founded Workwell Partners in 2002—a furniture dealership with unmatched customer service and a wide variety of product offerings. Scott grew Workwell and its portfolio to be robust and include some of the world’s most recognizable companies, including ING Bank, Goldman Sachs, Google, the NBA, and Boies Schiller Flexner LLC.
In 2016, Scott debuted Slyde Innovations, a designer and manufacturer of innovative storage solutions that address the rapid shift towards the agile workspace. Always seeking to accommodate client demand for custom storage solutions, Slyde was the perfect answer for offices and is recognized as one of the premiere manufacturers in Agile Workspace products today.
Scott is frequently called upon to contribute as a thought leader to articles, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Business of Furniture, Fast Company and Wired. He also lends his thoughts to the active blog, “TK.”
Joan Simari, Principal
Joan Simari is a founding principal of Furniture Advocates and leads project delivery for the consultancy, which specializes in helping firms make strategic and timely furniture decisions. Applying almost 30 years of project management experience to every engagement, Joan brings both her impressive knowledge and personal passion for design. Joan is best known for her direct leadership style and tenacity in managing and successfully delivering projects. Her ability to maximize value for clients is based on a comprehensive understanding of their goals and requirements, combined with an ability to identify alternative approaches to improve both capital and operational efficiencies
With a background in human resources, facilities and administration, Joan spent the first half of her career on the client side, managing projects on a local, national, and international level. Beginning in the entertainment industry, where her construction project for Graff Pay Per View, Inc. won an AIA award for best corporate interior, Joan has held progressive management roles within the investment banking, fashion, and consulting sectors. Her corporate career culminated with a managing director position at Davidson Kempner Capital Management. Joan then went out to successfully lead her own construction project management consultancy, where she recently delivered a 140,000-square-foot project at Manhattan’s Hudson Yards for IHS Markit, a fortune 500 company.
Joan is a graduate of New Jersey’s Thomas Edison State College and currently resides in New York City.
Jesús Santos, Associate
Jesús brings more than ten years of design experience in a diverse range of projects, from high-end residential to workplace strategy. He obtained a Master’s in Interior Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and is a LEED accredited professional. Jesús marries a deep commitment to design with a the technical know-how to execute highly demanding and complex projects.
Jesús’ great interest and experience in the furniture industry make him a specialist in contract and custom furniture applications, space planning, and budgeting. He also possesses advanced BIM and architectural skills which allow him to coordinate across multiple disciplines within the architecture and engineering industries. Jesús is a natural leader with the business acumen to both attract new business and synergize teams. He has provided key support on a number of exciting projects, including Boise Schiller Flexner (BSF) at Hudson Yards, ING Financial Group, HealthFirst and numerous luxury brownstone and high-rise apartments in NYC.
Vicky Holden, Associate
Furniture Advocates LLC
1178 Broadway, Suite #302
New York, NY 10001
666 Franklin Avenue
Nutley, NJ 07110
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