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Glideaway Appoints Michael Stowe To Expanded National Sales Manager Post

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Glideaway Sleep Products announced that it has appointed veteran bed frame industry leader Michael Stowe its new national sales manager. Stowe will oversee a recently expanded national sales force and will focus on growing Glideaway’s integrated mattress and sleep accessories product lines.

Stowe joins Glideaway from W. Silver in Texas, where as national sales manager he was widely credited for navigating the steel mill’s growing the business in 38 states and Mexico, including supplying raw materials to Glideaway.

“We’ve always been impressed with Michael’s knowledge of the bedding industry and believe he will be a strong addition to the Glideaway team,” said Ron Fredman, executive vice president of sales. “He brings a unique perspective to the company as he is already familiar with the competitive landscape as well as Glideaway’s executive team.  This inside knowledge will offer Michael a great opportunity to expand his portfolio to include mattresses and increase sales in our two core businesses – steel and sleep products.”

“I’ve known Ron and Carmi Fredman since 2003 and have watched with great respect as Glideaway expanded from its roots in bed frames to broad based sleep products.  This company is known for providing customers high quality merchandise at cost effective prices,” said Stowe. “I am looking forward to working with a larger team and providing our customers with a more diverse suite of sleep products and solutions.”

Previously, the national sales manager post at Glideaway was held by Rick Snider who is assuming a new leadership role in the company focusing on key accounts and product merchandising.

“As we continue to expand our business portfolio with many of the Top 100 retailers in the U.S. we needed a special team to address the added training, service and merchandising needs these customers require. No one better understands how to meet and exceed these requirements than Rick,” added Fredman.

Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Stowe currently resides in El Paso, Texas with his wife Susan and their two sons.

Founded in the 1920s as a furniture retailer in Illinois, Glideaway is a full-service bedding supplier to full-line furniture retailers, specialty sleep shops, and web-based e-tailors.  Their products include a complete line-up of visco and latex mattresses, adjustable bed bases, bed frames, pillows, mattress protection products, headboards and juvenile beds. Based in St. Louis, the company employs more than 140 people in its 185,000 square-foot manufacturing, distribution, and showroom complex.

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