Ep. 1: Fireworks from Furniture Today's Bedding Conference

by MARK QUINN & MARK KINSLEY on 05/29/2014

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Like Columbus at the helm of the Santa Maria, we're sailing into uncharted waters.

Welcome to the first episode of the Sleep Geek Podcast. Hosts Mark Quinn and Mark Kinsley (a.k.a Kinsley), are taking you inside the bedding industry for in-depth discussions about the people and players making the industry tick.

In this first episode, find out what went down at Furniture Today's 2014 Bedding Conference. How did hundreds of mattress industry A-listers react to a panel of Millennials? Did warranties become even more controversial? Listen now! 

And as always, we'd love to hear any thoughts. Share your feedback in the comments section. 

Show Notes:


Millennials on Mattresses

0:45 Millennials panel at the Furniture Today Bedding Conference

3:29 Tony Smith, President of Simmons Bedding Company reacts to Millennials panel

4:45 Tweeting to @Elana_Stone during the live panel.

6:22 Jeff Giagnocavo, Gardner’s Mattress and More

7:25 Digital platforms

9:21 Connecting through other interests like Paleo lifestyle, Quantified Self

10:06 Pinterest, LInkedIn, Twitter, Facebook

11:36 @Elana_Stone                                                                    


Welcome to the Sleep Geek Podcast

14:45 Naming the Sleep Geek podcast

15:03 Help us name the Sleep Geek podcast. Hit us up on Twitter @JoplinQuinn @MarkKinsley @SleepGeekGame. What is this podcast all about?


Partnering with Harvard

19:41 Dr. Russell Sanna and Leggett & Platt’s partnership with Harvard on the Sleep Matter’s initiative


2014 Furniture Today Bedding Conference

24:57-Dave Perry and Matt Slaine with Furniture Today



25:20 Heated mattress warranties panel at the Furniture Today Bedding Conference

26:25 Rick Anderson’s perspective on Termpur Sealy’s 10-year warranty

27:21-Serta Simmons has simplified and dropped warranties

27:53 Dale Carlsen with Sleep Train suggesting a 1-3-5 warranty

28:56 Michael Magnuson with GoodBed.com

31:03 Comfort life of a mattress is different than warranty length. What are warranties on other durable goods?


Online Mattress Sales

33:50 Online mattress sales

34:30 Tuft & Needle co-founded by John-Thomas Marino and Daehee Park. Strategy and decision-making; minimum viable product and evolution of a brand. Why is their model working?


Sponsored Love

49:20 NanoCoil™ by Leggett & Platt is sponsoring the podcast


12th Annual Seena Magowitz Golf Classic

41:49 Seena Magowitz Golf Tournament - auction

42:50 Dale Carlsen, Sleep Train; Derek Hall, Arizona Diamondbacks; Brian Cashman, New York Yankees; Roger Magowitz; David Leadbetter; Dr. Daniel Von Hoff

45:58 Gary Fazio was the Honorary Chairman of the Seena Magowitz Golf Classic.

47:07 Karl Glassman, Leggett & Platt

47:40 Steve Stagner, Mattress Firm

48:55 Joe Lyon, Chris Brust, Jimmy Fleming; Ugly golf attire

49:13 Trash talking with Mike Combest, Brian Baxter and the crew from Sleep Train

50:00 Jimmy Fleming with Springs Creative developing the Ugliest Golf Pants

50:40 Mark Quinn and Kinsley are heading to the Sleep Train Foster Kids Charity event in October



Simmons Bedding Company





NanoCoil™ by Leggett & Platt

Mattress Industry Executives on LinkedIn

Gardner’s Mattress and More

Springs Creative

Sleep Train Foster Kids






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