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R. Stephen 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.
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.
As chief merchandising officer of Mattress Firm Holding Corporation, Craig McAndrews drives the Company’s merchandising strategy, and leads the product development and pricing strategies for the enterprise.
McAndrews joined Mattress Firm in 2009 as regional sales manager, and was promoted to vice president of merchandising in February 2010, where he led the effort to introduce the Hampton & Rhodes brand and the expansion of adjustable base category at the Mattress Firm brand. He was then promoted to executive vice president of retail concept development in February 2012, where he was responsible for the development and testing of alternate retail operating formats and continued franchise development.
Prior to joining Mattress Firm, 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, and played a key role in the company’s expansion into Arizona. Previously, he was vice president of sales at Simmons Bedding Company. Craig graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
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.
Jody Putnam is the senior vice president of human capital for Mattress Firm Holding Corp., where he oversees leadership and development, talent acquisition and human resources.
Putnam joined Mattress Firm in 1999 as a contract delivery driver in North Carolina. He worked in warehouse management for several years before transitioning to the sales side of the organization in July 2002. Over the next 11 years, Putnam served in every layer of field leadership for Mattress Firm and has worked in several markets in North Carolina and Texas. In 2007 he was recognized as District Manager of the Year.
Prior to Putnam’s promotion to SVP of human capital, he was based in Dallas and serving as the regional vice president of sales. Putnam holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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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