Passionate. Unique. Driven. Generous. Collaborative. There are many different words that describe our team members, but they are all united by a belief that quality sleep can and will change the world.
Hari Hara Kumar
“I'm a woodcarver. Because I work with wood, there is calmness in me as I touch, smell and feel the wood. That's what good design does — it evokes an emotional response. Design done right can soothe the soul and bring peace and harmony.
I seek to bring together art, design and technology to do good. I want to design things that solve problems towards a harmonious and considerate world. Design is rooted in connections. I want to be a voice for people who don't have one. So, I founded a design studio to do just that. I want to bring the cost of information to nearly zero so everyone, everywhere can have access to information and knowledge. Information is the silver bullet! If I can use technology to make you pause, will you treat the next person you encounter with kindness? I know I have the courage to go through excitement, fear, frustration and feeling overwhelmed to do that. At Sleep Number, I am an Enterprise Architect — a strategic problem solver.”
“I'm a filmmaker, photographer and storyteller. I recently graduated from the Academy of Art founded in San Francisco. I'm working on my first novel that takes place here in the 1920s. I visited once and fell in love with the city and the people. Immersing myself in the culture helps in the writing process. My goal is to communicate. Communication is important in everything you do. I hold its value very high. In my writing I tell stories and make people feel something. My camera is my window. Through experimental film, making commercials and product photography — I find beauty in every day.
At Sleep Number, communication is essential. I'm working with customers who are looking for knowledge or answers about our products. So many of life's challenges can be reduced or resolved with proper communication. I'm always seeking to improve myself. The more you know, the better you become and are capable of tackling everything life throws your way. I'm a Customer Representative at the New Orleans Customer Relationship Center.”
“I begin every day with gratitude. This centers me. As I process the pain I feel for losing my husband, George, I'm able to find serenity in all the places where we enjoyed immense happiness. I'm grateful for the silence that enables me to hear the birds in the woods at our farm; for the clear blue sky over the vineyard; for the moment the burner fills our hot air balloon as we float higher in the sky; for our cozy bedroom at night with the stars shining with the wonderment of the future; and for every fishing trip, footstep through the woods and fantastic adventure we took together. We have always felt a deep spiritual connection with nature, and the discovery that comes from being curious. There's a whole life in the woods, and I love to be sitting in a tree in the middle of it as the dawn breaks and the forest comes to life. I believe it all translates back to human life. When we take time to explore things in our surroundings, including the people we interact with, we're able to celebrate differences and the various facets of our individuality.
“My defining characteristic is courage and it shows up in all aspects of my life. Personally, it's about pushing the edge of whatever I'm discovering — whether I'm canvasing dozens of stores finding design and fashion trends … or scouring the woods with appreciation for the constant evolution and beauty of every phase.
“At the core of my belief system I seek to build an authentic culture with a common purpose. Sleep can and will change the world by improving the quality of rest and evoking kindness. We have the ability to enable a kinder society through better sleep. The proudest thing I can do is cultivate an environment that assembles the right talent — people who have great hearts and combine their capabilities with their passion for making a difference. To me, this is incredibly rewarding, and it's one of the reasons why I wanted to become a CEO.
“Sleeping well is all about the night and dreaming big is all about the day.”
“I have always had a passion for the elderly. Growing up, I was very close with my grandparents and loved socializing with people of all ages. When I moved to Minneapolis, I investigated ways I could volunteer with elderly people. I found an organization called Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, that is committed to relieving loneliness and isolation among the elderly, which is a leading cause of depression and dementia among that population. I typically visit my senior companions once a week to play games, listen to music, or chat over a meal. Forming relationships with my senior companions has brought so much joy into my life, and I'd like to think that the feeling is mutual.
The thing I love most about working at Sleep Number is the focus on wellness. I'm passionate about health and fitness and have made it a priority in my life – running, biking, yoga, and my first triathlon last summer. I love that Sleep Number encourages work-life balance and incentivizes health and fitness. I am an active member of Lifetime Fitness and enjoy taking the shuttle to the gym frequently. Exercise helps me stay focused and motivated both at and outside of work. Working at Sleep Number has certainly educated me on the importance of sleep, and I love spreading that knowledge with others. At Sleep Number I'm a media coordinator.”
“The first thing people notice is that I'm not from here. I grew up on a rural farm in the middle of England. The area was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution so, on school trips, we always saw artifacts from that time period and I think that inspired me to be curious about how things work. As a designer, you're constantly thinking about how context is influencing what we design and how it will be perceived. The challenge for a designer is to make it say something you want it to say in a way that also makes it more intuitive to use.
The idea of a bed being a product you a have a very intimate relationship with and it being something that could actually have an impact on someone's life is very profound. I've been at Sleep Number for two years and the thing I love about this company is we don't really talk about beds as artifacts, we talk about them as a vehicle for you to have a great day tomorrow. This isn't mattress design, you're designing sleep. Some of the most rewarding days are the days I get to collaborate and work with the people here — the days where we get to build on something and make it better to help people get a great night's sleep. At Sleep Number, I am the Industrial Design Director.”
“Family and my heritage are very important to me. I'm 100% Mexican — both of my parents were born in Mexico. English is my second language and Spanish is my first. Two weeks after I started at Sleep Number, my youngest son, Santi, who was three and a half, was diagnosed with leukemia. I love to travel, and we just got back from his wish trip at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. He's doing great; he wanted to see the biggest waterpark ever — the Atlantis Resort is a 141-acre waterpark — it was amazing.
Joining Sleep Number has been one of the absolute best things I've ever done. I've always felt the brand takes care of representing itself well. With Santi's diagnosis, I didn't start my tenure here the way I wanted, but leadership encouraged me to be with my son and family, taking care of them when they needed me. I have always been so thankful and grateful to the team for embracing that and being so supportive when I needed to be there for them. My oldest son, Tavi agrees it's the perfect place for me to work because I get to "sleep and read" — two of my favorite things! Sleep Number continues to evolve to be relevant to our customers. I truly believe sharing is caring — it's important that everyone be aware of the end goal we're all working towards. At Sleep Number, I'm the E-commerce Marketing Manager.”
“I'm a United States Marine Corps Combat Veteran. I joined the Marines because I wanted to do something after September 11, and I was a young single guy who could make sacrifices. At the time, I didn't realize all that I would experience and see, but I'm glad I made the choice. It's incredible to be a part of something bigger than yourself. I invaded Iraq in March 2003 and traveled the world through my deployments to places like Japan, Ukraine and Israel. While my fellow Marines came from all different walks of life and backgrounds, we were a team and stuck together.
I am inspired by teamwork. I love to refer to former NBA Coach Phil Jackson's quote when we are problem-solving at work: 'The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.' I appreciate the diverse individual perspectives and experiences we each bring as we work together to improve lives at Sleep Number … all while having the freedom to experiment and try ideas out. I've been empowered to improve, accept new responsibilities, and inspire others to do the same. I'm a Production Manager at the Salt Lake City Sleep Number Plant.”
“Family means the world to me. I am an identical twin and I have a little brother. I am the older of my twin by 10 minutes, but we are extremely close. She's my best friend and has two beautiful children. We see each other every weekend and I love spending time with my niece and nephew. My sister and I are very passionate about working with youth to find a way to relate to them and help create opportunities for them to get the recognition they deserve. We developed a youth group at church for any kids and teens in our community to discuss what they experience at home, school and what's difficult or challenging for them in society. We're trying to make an impact on as many lives as possible. One of our goals is to help create other opportunities and challenge them to try and open that door themselves, and not wait for others to do it for them.
My mom always taught me to be myself and to not be afraid to speak up, so another inspiration for me is being a strong woman and a leader. People tell me all the time that my laugh is contagious, and I want it to infect as many people as possible. I try to make an impact on someone's life daily, even if it's just a smile or telling someone good morning because you never know what other people are going through. Sleep Number provides a product that literally changes lives and I can tell the company takes the same amount of time and effort in valuing their team members. I've never felt more valued or more appreciated at any job than I do here. At Sleep Number, I'm the Customer Relationship Center Team Supervisor at the New Orleans CRC.”
“I used to be a Firefighter and EMT for about seven years. Even when I started at Sleep Number, I worked as an EMS on the weekends, which I really enjoyed. As an EMS, I worked events, like rodeos, monster truck rallies and concerts. During one Willie Nelson concert, I had five patients! You don't think about it, but you make a big impact in people's lives. You hear a lot of stories and struggles, and you're there to help, or sometimes be a shoulder to cry on.
I'm married to my beautiful wife, who is a breast cancer survivor, and we have three wonderful boys. Every year we take a family scuba diving trip to Cozumel, Mexico. My in-laws dive, too, and my oldest son wants to get into diving. It's beautiful and the scenery is great! There's a reef called the Santa Rosa Wall where you see a lot of turtles and nurse sharks.
I've been with Sleep Number a little over 15 years and was one of the first field trainers. I love truly making a difference every single day. My job is never the same — you meet new people, raise expectations, create an incredible customer experience and ensure a great night's sleep. In my market, everyone works together and believes in one another. That type of effort pays off, and that's why I'm still here now. At Sleep Number, I'm a Certified Field Trainer in Springfield, Missouri.”
“I’m super into yoga nidra, which is sleep yoga. I’ve been doing it for about a year. This summer, I’ll be working on my yoga certification in restorative yoga and yoga nidra. This style of yoga focuses on the subconscious and is super healing for your body and mind. You set a goal or intention for yourself, mainly at a subconscious level. Then, you lay down and get into a very relaxed state where your body is almost asleep, and your mind is still awake. During this time, you go through meditation and mental exercises to manipulate your subconscious to make a change. It’s a long process and can take over a year to make a change, but after a while of doing it regularly, that intention becomes part of your subconscious.
I started at Sleep Number as an agent on the phone because I needed a change from the retail hours I had been working. I moved into Customer Relationship Center operations for a couple of years and because we were growing so quickly, I was also figuring out how to scale what we were doing. Eventually, I landed in the role I’m in now, which is in continuous improvement. My job is to understand the customer experience and help lead change internally and with our customers. Our goal is to make sure customers are aware of how their experience will change, and how our agents help with that change.
I love that we’re a growth company and that we continue to prioritize innovation and elevating the customer experience. It’s cool to see the many arms of a business and learn about all the different aspects of being a customer-centric business. At Sleep Number, I’m a Customer Experience Continuous Improvement Manager.”
“Music has always been a big part of my life. I grew up listening to a lot of R&B, which really influences the way I sing today. When I was three years old, I sang in three-part harmony with my two older brothers. If I had to pick my favorite artists or bands of all time, I would have to go with Celine Dion, Gladys Knight & the Pips and Journey.
In my personal life, I'm most passionate about my faith and family. Nothing comes before those two. When I'm not working or hanging out with my family, I love performing and making music with my band, Aberdeen. The video below is a cover our band did of Sam Hunt's “Take Your Time.”
At Sleep Number, I'm passionate about the people. I lead my team by making sure that everyone is in a position to succeed. Every time I lead one of my teams, I ask what I can do for them or how I can make things easier. At Sleep Number, I'm a District Manager in Indianapolis, IN.”
“Since I was young, I’ve loved volunteering and helping others. I was involved in youth group at my church, repairing houses and cleaning yards locally. I’ve traveled to Mexico to build homes for families that don’t have the resources, and I’m planning on going back this year to build more homes and work with children. Teaching and interacting with these children that are so thankful for your presence is the most rewarding part. I also gather basic items to give back to the community around where I live and work — it has a huge impact on giving back to families in need. Seeing how grateful they are, just for being given something like a new pillow, helps me build patience and understand customers when they come in. My faith and my charitable experiences drive me each day to do better and to be better, both for myself and for others.
I’m thankful that Sleep Number has a social impact program. My volunteer work is similar to the business we’re in: helping people create better lives by improving their health and wellness through sleep. Working with people who are less fortunate gives me a different perspective on how to treat others that are experiencing a different kind of misfortune: not being able to sleep. Using my passion for the product and for helping people, I connect with individuals on a personal level, because we do sell such an intimate product. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing customers walk out the door feeling like they’ve made a good decision, regardless of which model they’ve chosen. I love helping them find the solution that’s right for them, so they leave with hope, looking forward to a good night’s sleep. At Sleep Number, I’m a Store Manager at Westfield Annapolis in Annapolis, Maryland.”
“My life outside of work is spent with my wife and two kids who recently picked up bass fishing. I'm not much of a fisherman, but they picked it up pretty quickly. I'm also part of a tennis league for dads. It's nice because I used to play back in high school, but now it's just been a nice way to stay active and connect with the other dads in the community.
The thing my wife and I really like to do is travel. We try and travel as much as we can but with the kids, it can be a little difficult. Before we had kids, my wife and I traveled all over the world and even spent six weeks exploring Cambodia and Laos. Now that the kids are getting older, we want to pick that up again and take a family trip to Machu Picchu.
What I love most about Sleep Number is the mission and vision. It's not common to be able to work for a company where the product is directly improving people's lives. At SleepIQ Labs, we're actually able to see that people's quality of sleep is improving by simply looking at the biometrics that are being collected. As a team member, this gives me a sense of responsibility to continue working hard to help people improve their lives. At Sleep Number, I'm the VP of Operations and General Manager for SleepIQ Labs.”
“I am a recently retired roller derby player. I played for eight years on two different local teams, was the captain for three years and coached for a year after I retired. I started as a jammer, which is sort of like a running back, and then became a blocker, which is sort of like a defensive lineman. Each position has their own reason for enjoyment. Jammers’ focus is scoring, and they push their way through other players. Blockers are forceful and they beat the heck out of the jammers. I met a group of lifelong friends from that experience, which was the best part about that time in my life — the team bonding. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of a team and helping lead.
Since retiring, I have taken up running to stay active and gardening. I’ll plant a vegetable garden and landscape the yard with flowers. My go-to vegetables are tomatoes and jalapeños, which I love to share with my coworkers when I have extras.
The thing I love most about Sleep Number is the people. They’re amazing. I’ve been here for about nine months, and this is by far the best team I’ve ever worked with in my career. We’re a big company, but it doesn’t feel like it. I am looking forward to leading the Material team in Irmo and growing with the Sleep Number family. At Sleep Number, I’m a Materials Manager in Irmo, SC.”
“I grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and because of that, I love the outdoors. I'm an avid hunter and I'm passionate about horses. My girlfriend and I love to ride our horses as much as possible. There's nothing better than spending time with my family, listening to country music and wearing a good cowboy hat!
My career at Sleep Number started in Grand Junction, Colorado, and I love working for a company that rewards you for hard work. My mother instilled very important values into me early on in my life and I follow them to this day: I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and you need to work hard for everything you have. Nobody is perfect, especially me, and you should never take advantage of someone in need. Honesty is a two-way street, with you needing to be honest in everything you do while being honest with yourself. I try to keep these values top of mind throughout my daily life, especially with customers and other team members. At Sleep Number, I'm a Field Services Supervisor.”
“I'm passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and giving my body what it needs: a nutritious diet, exercise, rest and recovery. Throughout my life, I have always been active in athletics and involved in health and wellness in one form or another. In 2008, I began a new journey towards weight loss and living my best life, which started with a duathlon. I found I really enjoyed the challenge and it reinvigorated my competitive spirit. This motivated me to achieve more goals: twenty-seven triathlons and dozens of half and full marathons. My proudest accomplishments include qualifying for and finishing the Boston Marathon. My passion was inspired by my first Sleep Number bed, long before I came to work here. I started sleeping better and was able to follow through with my exercise and weight loss desires. With my new bed, I immediately felt better and started getting the rest and recovery I needed and deserved. I wake up every morning excited to start the day, in large part because of my bed.
It has taken a lot of teamwork to get to where I am as an athlete and professionally at Sleep Number. Without the support of my personal and professional team, I would not have been able to accomplish what I have thus far. When running a race, it doesn't matter whether you're at the front, the middle or the back, everybody is excited you're there because they know the courage it takes to line up at the starting line and risk failing. I see this same type of courage in my fellow team members at work. I'm thankful and humbled to be part of the Sleep Number family. Without the support of my teammates, my district manager or headquarters, I wouldn't be where I'm at today. At Sleep Number, I'm a Sleep Expert at Coon Rapids — Riverdale Village in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.”
“I am the kind of person who likes to learn how to do things before hiring someone to do it for me. For example, in my home, I needed some plumbing done, so I learned to do the job up to current code. I am also a self-taught wood worker. I wanted to buy some cornhole boards, but when I researched the cost of them, I felt like I could make them myself at a fraction of the cost. I purchased the necessary materials, and when I finished, I had enough materials for a second set. My neighbor liked how they turned out and bought them from me. I built my set for practically nothing at the point, so I started building more sets for people and turned a profit. My start in woodworking stemmed from not wanting to simply purchase a set of corn hole boards and since then, I've built tables, benches, a daybed for my daughter and entertainment stand. My favorite project to date is the farmhouse table and benches I built for my wife's mother.
My family inspires me — everything I do starts with them and they support me in every way. I've always looked for better ways to perform tasks, and I pride myself in being organized and making my job easier and more efficient. I'm always looking for ways to improve, and I like teaching and coaching my technicians to do the same and watching them grow and improve. No two days in the field are the same, even when I'm in the truck with one of my technicians. We're always going somewhere different. Knowing that we are improving people's lives is just amazing and something that I enjoy doing every day! At Sleep Number, I'm a Field Services Supervisor.”
“I was born and raised in South Carolina and I'm a diehard University of South Carolina Gamecocks fan. I love everything outdoors, especially yardwork, hunting, fishing and home improvement projects. I have a wife and two kids, and we live in a 30-year-old house, so a new home improvement project always gives me an excuse to buy a new tool. On Sundays, I help out with the audio/visual team at my church. My faith, my family and my career are my three main priorities in life. Because of my faith, I try to be the best I can be by raising my family … and because of my faith and family, I give my career 110 percent. My goal is to always embody the servant leadership model and treat people with utmost respect.
My entire 14-year professional career has been with Sleep Number. I started out as an engineer working second shift and have held many other roles. I love the people and the constant opportunities to make today a better day than yesterday. I believe the most important people in this company are those actually in the plants sewing, driving forklifts, packing boxes, assembling beds and loading trailers. I love being part of the team that delivers a product that improves lives every single night. The team members in the plants are who matter, and my job is to give them everything they need to be successful. At Sleep Number, I'm the Manufacturing Operations Director of the Irmo Sleep Number Plant.”