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Best Type Office Environments
(aka Bestype Consulting — BTOE)
— A large office-equipment consulting firm that was corrupted by the Tobacco Institute. It was contracted to provide office-smoking advice without any consideration of workplace smoking bans. —
Some key documents
1988 June 16: Tobacco Institute's speech by Jeff Ross on the activities of the TI in the area of "Social Cost". [He works under Susan Stuntz]
We have been promoting our corporate assistance progra for more than three years. We're seeing a continual increase in requests from employers and smokers. [faced with workplace smoking bans]
We think there's a way to reach even more businesses. We know many employers hesitate to contact us because of our perceived bias. Therefore, we recommend the retention of a credible, independent consulting firm to handle requests for corporate assistance.
The company we've identified is Best Type Office Environments, a Manhattan based firm specializing in office furnishing and design.
This firm would be a more professional alternative to firms like Bob Rosner's Smoking Policy Institute in Seattle, and Rita Addison's Clean Air Associates in Boston. Both of those consulting firms counsel total workpalce smoking bans as the easiest solution to workplace smoking problems.
The basic message Best Type would convey is that any workplace smoking problem can be resolved without imposing unreasonable restrictions.
Best Type is eminently qualified for this program. It is already the second largest company of this type, with sales last year of 48 million dollars and an impressive list of clients including: Hilton International Hotels, IBM, Kodak, Chase Manhattan Bank, RCA and AT&T.
But more importantly, they have formed a new consulting division [called Bestype Consulting], offering companies assistance in a wide range of problem areas, such as office planning, design, lighting and indoor-air quality. In April, they sponsored a sell-out conference in New York City on Tight Building Syndrome. [An alternate name for Sick Building Syndrome]
The president of the company is Gabriel Bannon, former French industrialist and advisor to past-French President George Pompidou.
Best Type sees workplace smoking assistance as a natural expansion of the services they already have offered for 40 years. To promote their smoking policy assistance, Best Type will undertake several types of activities:
We've worked with Best Type to develop sample creative materials.
- They will conduct seminars similar to the one they did in April. Natural markets for these seminars are States and localities facing laws, or legislation requiring employers to develop workplace smoking policies.
- They will advertise both to promote their seminars and their new consulting services — including 'smoking policy assistance'. The advertising will be targeted to the corporate community in personnel and other business journals.
- Third. They are prepared to conduct a direct mail campaign promoting their services. Again, targeted to corporate decision-makers.
- Finally, they plan to produce and promote a video addressing current workplace issues.
1989: Witness List [attached to 1993 June 1 Tobacco Institute list of "Witness/Expert Appearances — Scientific/Legal/Spokespersons."]
Tom Lauria, Mike Buckley, Simon Turner, Gio Gori, Bill Wordham, Gray Robertson, Peter Binnie (Now HBI), Larry Holcomb, John Fox, Rich Silverman, Walter Merryman, David Remes, Frank Powell, Melinda Sidak, Rudy Cole, Larry Halfen. [Binnie appears to be concentrating on airports (not aircraft)']
Attached 1991 Witness List includes, Brennan Dawson, Jeff Seckler, Jim Goold, Joe Pedelty, Jolly Ann Davidson, Dick Wagner, Bernadette Davidson, Walt Decker
And 1990 Witness List (page 35) includes Bill Orzechowski, Mike Davis, Morris Coats,
Also document has attached the 1989 Witness List with (in addition to above) Dwight Lee, David Weeks, Alan Kassman, Bob Tollison, Richard Wagner, Jack Peterson, "Bestype Consulting" [actually Best Type Office Environments], Dennis Vaughn,
And also the 1988 Witness List (with most of the above) has in addition, A Katzenstein, and David Brenton (focus on airlines)
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