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Stephen R. Stagner became the Company's Chief Operating Officer in January 2005 as a result of the merger between Mattress Firm and his former Mattress Firm franchise, Elite Management Team, or Elite. From February 2006 until his promotion in February 2010, Mr. Stagner served as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer in February 2010 and has served as a Director of the Company since February 2010. From 1996 to 2004, Mr. Stagner was the Chief Executive Officer of Elite. Mr. Stagner has 20 years of experience in the bedding industry, including employment with mattress manufacturers Sealy Corporation and Simmons Bedding Company, and owning and operating the largest franchise in the Mattress Firm network while with Elite. Mr. Stagner has also served in various capacities with the Mattress Firm Foundation, including as its President since January 2011 and director from January 2007 until December 2010. Since October 2009, Mr. Stagner has served as director of Rousche College of Business Advisory Council at Stephen F. Austin State University. Mr. Stagner's experience as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, and formerly his experience as Chief Operating Officer, coupled with his in-depth knowledge of the Company's industry, led to the conclusion that he should serve as a director of the Company.
Dale R. Carlsen became the Company's President and Chief Strategy Officer on October 20, 2014, in connection with the consummation of the Company's acquisition of Sleep Train. Mr. Carlsen founded Sleep Train in 1985 and served as its chief executive officer since the company's formation. Mr. Carlsen entered the industry in 1980, while still in college, working for California Mattress Company, a Lady Americana manufacturer. He also serves as a director of Ticket to Dream Foundation, a public charitable foundation supporting foster children and other charitable causes. Mr. Carlsen's experience as the Company's President and Chief Strategy Officer, and his former experience as chief executive officer of The Sleep Train, Inc., coupled with his in-depth knowledge of the Company's industry, led to the conclusion that he should serve as a director of the Company
Kenneth E. Murphy III is the Company's Co-Chief Operating Officer. He served as the Company's Chief Operating Officer until October 20, 2014, when the acquisition of Sleep Train was consummated. Mr. Murphy previously served as the Company's Executive Vice President, Sales and Operations from January 15, 2012 until January 2014, after holding various positions within Mattress Firm since 2005, including National Vice President of Sales, Director of Training and Recruiting, Vice President of Field and Talent Management and Regional Vice President of Sales. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Murphy was as an account manager at Sealy. Mr. Murphy is also currently serving on the Stephen F. Austin University General Business Advisory Board.
Robert D. Killgore became the Company's Co-Chief Operating Officer on October 20, 2014, in connection with the Company's acquisition of Sleep Train. Mr. Killgore joined Sleep Train in 1986. He served as the company's executive vice president of sales and marketing until 2011, when he assumed the role of chief operating officer.
Alexander S. Weiss became the Company's Chief Financial Officer in July 2014. He previously served as the Company's Senior Vice President, Finance from April 2013 until July 2014, focusing on forecasting, budgeting, corporate strategy, investor relations and mergers and acquisitions. From September 2008 to April 2013, Mr. Weiss served as Associate and then as Investment Banking Vice President of Barclays Bank PLC. From July 2004 to September 2008, Mr. Weiss was an Analyst and then Associate at Lehman Brothers Inc., where he served on the Investment Banking Global Advisory Committee. Mr. Weiss has experience in a wide range of investment banking disciplines, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity offerings, strategic analysis and corporate advisory, with a focus on the bedding sector. Mr. Weiss is married to Ruyin Xue, an employee of the Company working on business development matters.
Karrie Forbes currently serves as the Company's Chief Business Officer. She held the position of Chief Marketing Officer from November 2014 until February 2015. She was the Company's Executive Vice President, Marketing from April 3, 2013 until November 2014. Since January 15, 2012, she had served as the Company's Executive Vice President, Marketing and Merchandising. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Company's Vice President of Marketing for four years. Ms. Forbes is responsible for the strategic direction of the marketing, advertising and communication functions of the Company. Ms. Forbes joined a Mattress Firm franchise in 1997 and held positions of increasing responsibility in sales, customer service, recruiting, training and advertising through 2005, when she joined Mattress Firm as Director of Merchandising. Ms. Forbes also serves on the advisory board with the Better Sleep Council. Ms. Forbes is married to Matthew Forbes, the Company's Senior Vice President, Logistics & Distribution.
Michael Wilson became the Company's Chief Marketing Officer effective February 4, 2015. Mr. Wilson joined Sleep Train in 2007 as its Vice President of Marketing. He was promoted to Executive Vice President of Marketing for Sleep Train in November 2013 and remained in that position until November 25, 2014 when he was elected Senior Vice President, Marketing of the Company. Prior to that, Mr. Wilson served as Field Marketing Director for Coors Brewing Company from February 1998 to April 2007, overseeing the West Region. Mr. Wilson also currently serves as a board member of the Ticket to Dream Foundation, a public charitable foundation supporting foster children and other charitable causes.
Craig McAndrews was promoted to Executive Vice President, Retail Concept Development in February 2012, and is responsible for the development and testing of alternate retail operating formats and continued franchise development. Prior to this position, Mr. McAndrews served as Vice President of Merchandising from February 2010 until his promotion and Regional Sales Manager from February 2009 to February 2010. Before joining Mattress Firm, Mr. McAndrews was the owner and director of Innovative Retail Group from 2003 to 2009. From 1999 until 2003, he was President of a Mattress Firm franchise, which he had co-founded. Previously, he was Vice President of Sales at Simmons Bedding Company.
Bruce Levy became the Company's Vice President, Real Estate and Construction in January 2009 to focus on continuing the Company's nationwide expansion, and was promoted to Executive Vice President, Real Estate and Construction in September 2012. From 2005 until the time he joined Mattress Firm, Mr. Levy was a Limited Partner at Interface Properties, Inc., having been involved with locating land and developing multi-tenant retail buildings. Mr. Levy has over 25 years of experience as a senior officer of several Fortune 500 companies in the real estate and construction sector, including the Office Depot, Inc., Blockbuster L.L.C., Gateway, Inc., Tweeter Home Entertainment Group, Inc. and PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. Mr. Levy's experience includes opening retail stores throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
Kindel L. Elam joined Mattress Firm in July 2012 as Vice President and General Counsel, responsible for providing guidance on legal compliance and responsibility. From 2004-2012, Ms. Elam worked at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. where she served as Senior Associate for the last two years. During that time period, Ms. Elam spent one year on secondment in Tokyo, Japan with Mitsui & Co., Ltd., a Japanese trading company traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Ms. Elam has experience in a wide range of legal activities, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities transactions and finance.
Cathy Hauslein currently serves as the Company's Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. Ms. Hauslein joined the Company in April 2014. From 2007 until she joined the Company, Ms. Hauslein served as Vice President and Corporate Controller for Susser Holdings Corporation (NYSE: SUSS), which operated over 570 retail convenience stores and a master limited partnership distributing wholesale fuel based in Corpus Christi, TX. She held the position of Vice President and Corporate Controller for Banctec, Inc., which provides hardware, software and business process outsourcing for management of high volume and data intensive information, from 2001 to 2007.
Sam Woods was promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales and Operations effective January 29, 2014. Mr. Woods joined Mattress Firm in 1997 and has held several positions, including District Manager in multiple markets from 2000-2006, Regional Manager overseeing the East and Southwest regions from 2007-2010. He was promoted to Regional Vice President—Southwest, Gulf Coast in February 2010 and held that position until becoming Divisional Vice President in February 2012. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Woods operated a franchisee of the Company in the Indianapolis and Cincinnati markets.
Brian Baxter became the Company's Senior Vice President, Merchandising on November 24, 2014 as a result of the Company's acquisition of Sleep Train. Mr. Baxter joined Sleep Train in 1992 as a Retail Sales Associate. From 1995 until 2005, Mr. Baxter worked at Sealy Mattress Company, including as a National Account Manager. He returned to Sleep Train in 2005 as the Vice President of Merchandising and Promotions. In 2007, he was promoted to Enterprise Vice President of Merchandising of Sleep Train and held that position until November 2014.
Matthew Forbes became the Company's Senior Vice President, Logistics and Distribution, effective February 4, 2015. Mr. Forbes held the role of Vice President, Logistics and Distribution from May 2014 until February 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Forbes was the Company's Vice President, Divisional Sales. Mr. Forbes joined a Mattress Firm franchise in 1997 and held positions of City Sales Manager, District Sales Manager and, initially, Store Manager. Mr. Forbes is married to Karrie Forbes, the Company's Chief Business Officer.
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