Mayor Daley back in town

Continuing what has become a yearly custom since 2000, Allsteel Inc. and IIDA are partnering to sponsor the keynote speaker at NeoCon, Monday, June 11. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley, whose leadership helped make Chicago one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world, headlines this opening event.  

“It’s an honor to have a hand in hosting such revered and influential speakers each year at NeoCon,” says Kris Yates, vice-president of marketing at Allsteel. “Mayor Daley’s legacy in urban sustainability offers up so many valuable lessons for both current and future development, so his presentation is one that we anticipate will resonate strongly with conference attendees.” 

The longest-serving mayor in Chicago’s history, with a 22-year tenure, Daley earned an international reputation as a leading innovator in urban development, fiscal policy and government stewardship. He pioneered a model of successful public-private partnerships that established Chicago as the benchmark for long-term sustainable economic urban growth. It was under his administration, as well, that Chicago emerged as a prominent player in the 21st-century global economy. Daley is current chairman of the Global Cities Initiative, speaks internationally on the issue of sustainable urban development, and advises global leaders on building the cities of tomorrow.   

The opening keynote address with Daley is set for 8 a.m. on June 11 at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza’s Sauganash Ballroom.   

According to Yates, Allsteel, which this year marks its 100th anniversary, will be putting the spotlight on several exciting new workplace solutions. The additions will be featured in its Chicago Merchandise Mart Resource Center, #1120. 

About Allsteel Inc.

 Allsteel Inc., was founded in 1912 and made history with the development of the first lateral file cabinet in 1967. Headquartered in Muscatine, IA, Allsteel designs, builds and delivers workplace furniture solutions.The company holds firm to beliefs that there’s always a better way to improve efficiency and foster teamwork…another possibility to find solutions that increase the bottom line and deliver long-term value…a new opportunity to help a business be more effective. Allsteel has distinguished itself with award-winning products such as Acuity seating; Seek stacking chairs; Merge conferencing tables; Stride systems that configure to evolve with the needs of a business; and Involve and Gather, its two new series for the collaborative workplace. Allsteel was the first office contract furniture manufacturer to have all products certified either Indoor Advantage or Indoor Advantage Gold, and the majority of the line can contribute to LEED-CI credits. Additionally, every chair, workstation, storage unit and table in the current Allsteel portfolio of products has been awarded BIFMA level™ 2 certification, the second highest ranking accorded by the industry organization. The company has Resource Centers in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Santa Monica and Washington, D.C., as well as in Toronto. For additional information, visit