Office Revolution Teams Up with the Cleveland Browns as Proud Partner for 2024 Football Season

Office Revolution is thrilled to announce its dynamic partnership with the Cleveland Browns as an official sponsor. As part of this partnership, Office Revolution proudly assumes the role of presenting sponsor for the organization’s esteemed LEGENDS Clinics. These clinics, which unite Browns Alumni and local high school football coaches, offer hands-on instruction in a positive and engaging environment for underserved youth in Northeast Ohio.

This partnership marks an exciting collaboration between two esteemed entities in Cleveland. Office Revolution, known for its passionate support of professional sports and dedication to uplifting underserved youth, is excited to continue its tradition of sponsoring initiatives that unite communities.

CEO of Office Revolution, Bernie Donaldson, shared his excitement about the collaboration, stating, “We are thrilled to join forces with the Cleveland Browns. This partnership encapsulates our commitment to Cleveland, our passion for assisting youth, and our love for sports. It symbolizes our shared values of teamwork, innovation, and community engagement.”

“Teaming up with Office Revolution, who is looking to make a difference in our communities, will be extremely impactful for us at the Cleveland Browns,” said Erica Muhleman Cleveland Browns Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. “We’re looking forward to kicking off this partnership and working with Office Revolution in a variety of ways this season.”

Moreover, this partnership underscores Office Revolution’s ongoing investment in Cleveland, exemplified by the company’s recent establishment of a new location in the city’s vibrant Warehouse District. Renovating a Certified Historic Building, originally constructed over 100 years ago by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Office Revolution has deepened its roots in the city. Donaldson added, “Our expansion in Cleveland, including our involvement in current projects that will have an incredible impact on the city, reflects our dedication to this dynamic community. We eagerly anticipate leveraging this partnership to make a positive impact and contribute to Cleveland’s continued growth and success.”

Sean Regan, Director of New Business Development for Office Revolution, echoed the sentiment, expressing his delight in teaming up with the Cleveland Browns. “Cleveland holds a special place in my heart—it’s my hometown, where I grew up and raised my family,” said Regan. “This partnership presents a remarkable opportunity to actively support our community and the children who call Cleveland home.”

The Cleveland Browns and Office Revolution are excited to embark on this journey together, leveraging their respective strengths to create memorable experiences for fans of all ages.

Embracing Neurodiversity: Paving the Way for Inclusive Workplaces

In an era where diversity and inclusion are pivotal to organizational success, embracing neurodiversity has emerged as a key aspect of creating truly inclusive workplaces. Neurodiversity refers to the natural diversity of human brains and brain functions, encompassing a range of variations related to learning, thinking differences, neurodevelopmental conditions, mental health, and unique brain functions and behavioral patterns​​.

Understanding, accommodating, and leveraging these differences are not only ethical imperatives but also strategic advantages for organizations, as diverse teams are known to be more creative, innovative and productive. 

This blog post aims to shed light on what neurodiversity means, its importance in the workplace, and how employers can create physical environments that support neurodivergent employees.

What is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity encompasses a range of neurological variations, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, and other neurodevelopmental conditions. Instead of framing these variations as shortcomings, the neurodiversity perspective regards them as distinct differences that enrich the workplace. It highlights that every person’s neurological configuration, or neurotype, introduces unique advantages and challenges, fostering a workplace environment ripe with diverse viewpoints that can spearhead innovation and enhance problem-solving processes.

Why Neurodiversity Matters in the Workplace

The importance of recognizing and integrating neurodiversity into workplace cultures is critically important. Neurodivergent individuals, who make up 15%-20% of the global population, bring a wealth of diverse skills and perspectives to the workforce. Yet, they encounter significant employment challenges, highlighted by the fact that approximately 85% of college-educated autistic individuals are unable to secure employment. This gap not only deprives these individuals of opportunities to contribute and thrive but also results in a substantial loss for organizations that overlook the value of neurodiverse talents.

Barriers such as misconceptions, biases, and insufficient accommodations in the workplace further exacerbate this issue. These obstacles not only impact the lives of neurodivergent individuals but also prevent businesses from realizing the full advantages of neurodiverse teams. Such teams are often marked by enhanced engagement, increased productivity, and reduced staff turnover. Addressing these barriers and fostering an inclusive work environment is essential for tapping into the potential that neurodiversity offers to the modern workplace.

Creating Physical Workplaces That Support Neurodivergent Employees

The physical and sensory environment of the workplace plays a critical role in supporting or hindering neurodivergent employees. Creating neuroinclusive environments involves more than just physical adjustments; it encompasses a holistic approach that includes psychological, emotional and cognitive considerations. 

By designing spaces that cater to a variety of sensory needs and work styles, organizations can enhance focus, comfort, and productivity for all employees. This includes offering quiet zones for deep concentration, collaborative spaces for team interactions, adjustable lighting, and ergonomic furniture that accommodates different physical needs​​.

Here are some strategies, accommodations and practical steps employers can implement to create supportive neuroinclusive environments:

Brian Berger

Inclusive Recruitment and Onboarding:

Adapting hiring practices to be more inclusive, such as offering alternative interview formats or clearly stating the support available for neurodivergent applicants. Onboarding processes should also be designed to accommodate diverse learning styles and provide clear, accessible information​​​​.

To right: Elevate Longfellow

Neurodiversity in the workplace in a training room designed by Office Revolution

Awareness and Training:

Educating staff and management about neurodiversity to foster understanding and empathy. This includes training on the strengths and challenges associated with different neurotypes and how to support colleagues effectively.

To left: McDonalds HQ

Support and Resources:

Providing access to mentorship, support groups, or resources specifically for neurodivergent employees can aid in their professional development and sense of belonging.

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McDonalds Headquarters with man sitting in booth

Flexible and Varied Workspaces:

Provide a variety of workspaces that cater to different needs and preferences. This includes quiet areas for those who need a low-stimulus environment, collaborative spaces for teamwork, private booths for phone calls or focused work, and comfortable lounging areas for breaks.

To left: McDonalds HQ

Ergonomic Furniture and Accessibility:

Invest in ergonomic furniture that supports various body types and work styles. Adjustable desks, supportive chairs, and accessible design elements ensure that the workplace accommodates physical needs and promotes comfort and well-being for everyone.

To right: Narrative Science

Customizable Workspaces:

Allowing employees to personalize their workspaces with equipment that supports their needs, such as noise-canceling headphones, standing desks, or visual aids, can make a significant difference in their productivity and comfort.

To left: John Deere HQ

Sensory-Friendly Design:

Adjust lighting, acoustics, and color schemes to create a sensory-friendly environment. Options such as natural lighting, soundproofing materials, and the use of calming colors can make a significant difference. Offering personal control over lighting and noise levels, where possible, allows employees to tailor their immediate environment to their needs.

To right: Jet Support Services

Technology and Tools:

Providing access to technology and tools that support diverse work styles is crucial. This includes speech-to-text software for those with dyslexia, time management apps for individuals with ADHD, and noise-cancelling headphones for those sensitive to auditory distractions.

To left: Narrative Science

Biophilic Elements:

Incorporate natural elements into the workplace design. Plants, water features, and views of nature not only enhance aesthetic appeal but also have been shown to reduce stress and improve mood and cognitive function, benefiting all employees but particularly those who are neurodivergent.

To right: McDonalds HQ

SIgnage on wall

Visual Aids and Signage: Use clear, concise signage and visual aids throughout the office to make navigation and understanding workplace protocols easier for everyone, especially for those with cognitive differences.

To left: Confidential Technology Client

Creating a neuroinclusive workplace is not just about making accommodations but about recognizing and valuing the diverse perspectives neurodivergent individuals bring. It requires a shift in mindset from seeing neurodivergent traits as challenges to be managed, to viewing them as unique strengths that can contribute to the organization’s success. Employers who embrace this shift stand to benefit from a more innovative, resilient, and inclusive workforce.

The journey towards embracing neurodiversity and creating neuroinclusive workplaces is ongoing and requires commitment, creativity, and a willingness to adapt. By understanding what neurodiversity is and its significance, employers can take meaningful steps to accommodate the diverse needs of their workforce. Implementing thoughtful design and providing supportive accommodations are key to unlocking the potential of neurodivergent employees. 

As businesses continue to embrace these practices, they not only enhance the work experience for neurodivergent individuals but also enrich their teams with a broader range of perspectives, driving innovation and inclusivity forward. In doing so, they set a new standard for what it means to be a truly inclusive and diverse workplace.

Kelly Colón is an inspirational leader and the driving force behind Eledex Consulting, LLC.  A unique consultancy dedicated to supporting individuals, families, organizations and institutions in their journey towards embracing and actualizing cognitive diversity as well as understanding organizational & occupational behavior.  ​

As an accomplished consultant, neurodivergent coach, professor, author, speaker and advocate, Kelly’s multifaceted career is rooted in a deep personal commitment to ensuring all diversity; including cognitive diversity is not merely accepted but celebrated in our workplaces, our classrooms and in society. ​

Office Revolution Adds Architectural Wall Systems Installation To Its Growing Commercial Interiors Offering

Office Revolution, a leading contract furniture dealer with five locations spanning Illinois, Ohio, and North Carolina, is excited to announce the newest addition to its expanding commercial interiors offering: Wall Install of North Carolina.

“The demand for architectural wall systems in commercial environments has grown significantly in recent years, and we anticipate this trend continuing into the future,” remarked Bernie Donaldson, founding owner of Office Revolution. “Securing experienced, reliable, and high-quality architectural wall installers can be a challenge. We were thoroughly impressed by the reputation and track record of Wall Install and its team, led by Brian Berger. We are thrilled to welcome this new division into our family,” Donaldson added.

With the integration of an in-house wall systems installation division, Office Revolution is poised to seamlessly deliver architectural wall solutions from specification to installation. “Having Brian lead our installation division is a major asset for Office Revolution and our clients,” noted Brett Frenier, principal of Office Revolution Raleigh. “His unparalleled reputation for quality ensures that our clients will benefit greatly from his expertise and experience,” Frenier continued.

Brian Berger

“I hold Office Revolution in the highest regard,” commented Brian Berger, founder of Wall Install of North Carolina. “Their reputation for ethical business practices and quality service, combined with their partnership with Teknion, attracted me to the company. I am thrilled to bring my expertise in wall systems to their architectural products division,” Berger added.

Office Revolution, established in 2001, offers comprehensive interior furnishing solutions for commercial environments. With a focus on corporate, amenity, professional sports teams, and education sectors, as well as healthcare, multi-family, and senior living through its division Living Revolution, Office Revolution is dedicated to providing top-notch solutions across diverse industries. 

Brian Berger

Brian Berger

Office Revolution Gives Back 2023 – Habitat for Humanity

This quarter we spent time building homes with the DuPage Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity MidOhio. Our goal was to help support homeowners to achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build better lives for themselves and their families.

Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope, and we are grateful to be a part of this great mission. To see how your team could get involved, visit Habitat for Humanity’s volunteer page here:

Hispanic Heritage Month

Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States’ culture, history, and achievements. It is also an opportunity to highlight the influence of Hispanic culture in various industries, including the commercial design industry. From architecture to interior design, Hispanic designers have made significant impacts and left lasting legacies.  

One influential Hispanic designer is Ricardo Scofidio, a renowned architect known for his groundbreaking designs that blur the boundaries between art and architecture. Scofidio’s projects, such as the High Line in New York City, have transformed urban spaces and reimagined how we interact with the built environment. 

Another influential figure is Patricia Urquiola, a Spanish-born designer known for her eclectic and avant-garde furniture designs. With her bold use of colors, patterns, and unconventional materials, Urquiola has pushed the boundaries of conventional commercial design and created spaces that are both functional and visually stunning.  

These and many other Hispanic designers have not only contributed to the commercial design industry but have also inspired future generations to embrace their cultural heritage and infuse it into their creative work. Their stories serve as a reminder of the power of diversity and inclusion in design and the importance of celebrating Hispanic heritage in the industry. 

Office Revolution Names Jill Stewart President and Announces Leadership Team Changes

Chicago, IL – Office Revolution announced today that Jill Stewart, vice president of business strategy, will serve as the company’s new president. Current president and founding principal Bernie Donaldson will remain actively involved as founding principal with Office Revolution, including working with current and future customers and partners, promoting the Office Revolution brand and providing support to the leadership team. Bernie founded the company in 2001, growing the company to become one of the largest Teknion dealers in the country.

Jill has more than 25 years in the contract furniture industry with extensive experience in both dealer and manufacturer arenas and several years in strategic sales, operations and design. As vice president of business strategy, Jill has elevated Office Revolution’s client experience by aligning technology, people and process with customer service. Prior to joining Office Revolution, Jill served in executive leadership roles at both a major manufacturer and ancillary provider where she led four award-winning sales and operational divisions.

“I’ve watched Jill prepare for this exciting change,” said Bernie. “We have an incredible amount of growth ahead of us in Teknion Architectural Interiors as well as in new verticals and geographies. It’s because of our human-centered design and strengths-based leadership that we can pursue these new opportunities while maintaining the highest level of service across our existing business.”

“Our high-performance culture will be a tremendous asset as we continue to manage growth driven by today’s need to make the office a destination of choice, one that mixes positive experiences with productivity,” said Jill. “I’m excited to advance Office Revolution to a new level of operational capability and create additional value for our employees and clients.”

At the same time, additional leadership team changes have been made to ensure the company evolves and is unified to create growth, improve operational excellence and gain market share.

Bruce Tharp has been appointed as president of architectural interiors. Bruce will provide strategy for expansion, market growth and scalable efficiencies nationally.

Kelly O’Donnell has been appointed as vice president of professional services. Kelly will lead all operational team members including designers, corporate account managers and project managers maintaining an efficient team structure and performance.

Office Revolution Gives Back 2023 – Ronald McDonald House Charities®

This quarter, the Office Revolution team had the pleasure of participating in Meals from the Heart with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana, Central Ohio and Durham.

Families staying at the Ronald McDonald Houses are often far from the comforts of home, including freshly prepared meals. Through Meals from the Heart, we prepared meals that allow families to enjoy dinner without the stress of cooking or the expense of dining out – giving them a little peace of mind and a taste of home.

We were proud to be involved at five distinct locations, namely Winfield, Downtown Chicago, Oak Lawn, Columbus, OH, and Durham, NC. It is our honor to give back to such an incredible organization in our communities.

Office Revolution Chicago named a Winner of the 2023 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®️

We are thrilled to announce that we have been named a 2023 Winner for The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in Chicago!

“Those companies that continue to make the list are truly remarkable. Given today’s need for talent, retention of talent, and the further issues related to the pandemic, these companies have proven they are superior to market conditions. They are elite thinkers and this honor demonstrates their commitment to excellence,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO of NABR and The Best and Brightest Program.

The Best and Brightest, a certified Women’s Business Enterprise organization, strives to recognize the most influential, trend-setting companies across the country and regionally in focused programs. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in operations and employee enrichment that lead to increased productivity and financial performance.

Congratulations to all winners of this award, and thank you to everyone who’s part of our community, growth and positive company culture!

Photography: Kendall McCaugherty, Hall + Merrick + McCaugherty Photographers.

Office Revolution Names Brett Frenier as Principal of Raleigh, North Carolina Location

Chicago, IL – Office Revolution, a leading contract furniture provider for commercial environments, today announced that Brett Frenier has joined the Company as principal of its Raleigh, North Carolina location. He will lead new business development and client experience activities including strategic planning, market research, and contract and relationship management.

Office Revolution has completed large-scale projects for Cisco Meraki, University of North Carolina, Varonis and NC Chamber. In the heart of downtown on Fayetteville Street, the Raleigh multifunctional space houses Office Revolution’s newest showroom featuring marquis brand Teknion. The 8,900-square-foot showroom is designed to inspire and help reimagine how thoughtfully curated furniture and architectural products can help support the culture goals and success of an organization’s built environment.

“Brett is a proven leader with a superior track record for delivering results,” said Bernie Donaldson, founding principal, Office Revolution. “His strong industry and market knowledge combined with his creativity and customer commitment will help us build upon the great business we are already enjoying in the Raleigh-Durham market.”

Prior to joining Office Revolution, Brett was associate principal and client development manager at international design firm RATIO Design where he was instrumental in driving growth in the Raleigh-Durham area. At CBI, he was a sales consultant. Before his time with CBI, Brett was a territory manager for furniture manufacturer Herman Miller.

“I have joined Office Revolution at a time of significant opportunity for the Company and its clients,” said Brett Frenier, Raleigh principal, Office Revolution. “I’m excited to work with Bernie and the rest of the team to move Office Revolution forward by extending its reach through the cultivation of new, untapped business opportunities and relationships.”

The Raleigh location is one of five locations for Chicago-headquartered Office Revolution which also has locations in suburban Chicago and Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio. Office Revolution is the largest Teknion dealer in the Midwest and received Teknion’s 2022 Platinum Dealer Award for outstanding leadership in sales and customer service. The Company augments its marquis brand with a collection of premier and value brands including Humanscale, Allermuir, SitOnIt, Kimball, OFS and Studio TK. Living Revolution, a division of Office Revolution, creates a sense of home by providing beautiful, comfortable and functional spaces for senior living and multi-family communities.

For expertise in furnishing your professional environment, contact Brett Frenier at Visit

Karen Sabo, Office Revolution New Business Development, raises $3K for Refuge of Hope

In addition to collecting needed supplies, Karen Sabo, Office Revolution New Business Development, fundraised over $3,000 for Refuge of Hope—an organization in Bucerias, Mexico that provides access to needed shelter, food, education, community support and more. Refuge of Hope supports single mothers and families with donations and by giving these children access to an education.  
Karen traveled to Bucerias to deliver donated items on February 10th. “I cannot thank [those who donated] enough, and the staff at Refuge of Hope was blown away,” Karen says. “We had a great time there. We started the day singing songs, went outside for some light activity, came back for a healthy breakfast and broke into small groups for classroom style learning and reading. After lunch we created a Valentine’s Day mobile for the craft portion of the afternoon.”
She continues, “With as rough as their day to day situations are, each of the kids had smiles on their faces all day long. They were welcoming of all the extra love, hugs and attention they received.”

If you would like to become involved, below is a list of items on the organization’s wishlist.

  • Gently used clothes for boys ages 8-12
  • Pants, t-shirts, underwear, shorts, swimming trunks
  • Lice shampoo
  • Craft supplies such as – scissors, glue, stickers, etc.

For more information and to get involved, visit their website at:
Chicago – 312-222-1110
Columbus – 614-461-3033
Cleveland – 216-592-8600
Raleigh – 919-235-0933

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