One of my favorite things about working at Mattress Firm is that I get to be around extremely talented and hard-working people every day. Our team members show up to work prepared to excel, whether it’s helping our customers choose the perfect mattress for their needs, improving delivery and warehouse logistics or building better relationships with our suppliers.
Simone Biles Partnering for Mattress Firm Foster Kids Program
Mattress Firm’s newest partner knows a lot about hard work and the pursuit of excellence: three-time World Champion gymnast Simone Biles. We’re thrilled to announce that Simone will partner with Mattress Firm to help us tell the story of the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program and promote the importance of healthy sleep, especially for children.
Simone is the perfect fit to help us spread awareness of the needs of foster children. As someone who spent time in and out of the foster care system herself, she has a personal interest in the work that we do to benefit foster families.
She is also a resident of Houston, our hometown, which will make it easy for her to volunteer with our local nonprofit partners and support our six annual donation drives to collect funds and essential items like pajamas, clothing, school supplies, shoes and toys. These drives happen at stores across the country. We take pride in the fact that all proceeds stay in the community where they were donated and are distributed through the Ticket to Dream Foundation to carefully chosen local nonprofit foster care partners
World-Class Athlete Knows World-Class Sleep
And obviously, as a world-class athlete, Simone has a unique perspective on the benefits of a good night’s sleep and the critical role sleep plays in living a healthy life. She can discuss the ways that poor sleep can affect athletic performance, but she can also take that message further and talk about how sleep affects children in many different ways – from academics to relationships to extra-curricular activities.
Over the past 30 years, Mattress Firm has grown from one store in Houston to be the country’s largest bedding retailer. Along the way, we have tried to build a team that attracts the very best people to serve our customers’ needs. Personally, I’m so proud that someone as inspirational as Simone has decided to join us in our mission to help improve our customers’ lives through better sleep. I was also excited that our partnership was featured on ESPN!
We’ll have a lot more information to share soon, but for now, check out this video to hear Simone talk about why she is excited to partner with Mattress Firm.
About The Author
With more than 15 years of experience with Mattress Firm, Ken Murphy has worn many hats, all of which (were Mattress Firm red, of course) prepared him to step into the role of president and CEO, and perhaps most importantly, his role as a contributor to The Daily Doze. Here on the blog, he shares his thoughts on the importance of a good sleep environment, the impact of a good night’s sleep on your career, and the importance of sleep for his family.
At Mattress Firm, Ken keeps his finger on the pulse of the company as he oversees sales, field operations, marketing communications, digital strategy, learning and development, and talent management. His passion and gusto – widely known and recognized around the Mattress Firm offices – are the drivers behind his dedication to live out the Mattress Firm mission to improve lives one relationship at a time. In 2011, Ken was awarded Mattress Firm’s distinguished Spirit of Life award for his commitment to living out Mattress Firm’s mission and values in his day-to-day life.
Ken holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Management from Stephen F. Austin State University. He lives in Houston with his wife, Susan, and is a proud father of five children.
Best Night’s Sleep: As an aficionado of alliteration, Ken’s sleep time routine includes thinking up mattress-related tongue twisters like “Matt’s magnificent mattress makes mornings marvelous,” until he drifts off to a peaceful night’s sleep.