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.
“I look at life as a journey and the interests I’ve collected along the way are reflection of that. I speak Spanish, love to travel, I’ve served as a children’s pastor for a number of years, assisted people in child birth, I’m a mom to 3 kids of my own, I read a ton and love to learn – I never know what will be next on my list, but health and nutrition have stayed a constant passion for me.
When my kids were toddlers, I struggled with trying to get them to love their veggies. On top of that, my oldest son developed severe food allergies, so I had to relearn how to cook and somehow make it fun and tasty. Of course, I turned to books. After a trip to the library, I found myself on the couch reading about how to sneak pureed veggies into pancakes and make pudding out of avocados. I knew the secret to making broccoli more exciting than fruit snacks was in there somewhere. About five pages in, I found it, but it wasn’t what I was looking for.
The secret was me. I was so focused on taking care of my kids that I wasn’t taking care of myself. If I wanted my kids to eat veggies instead of chips and cookies, I needed to eat veggies. If I wanted my kids to be active, I needed to be their role model. After my daughter was born, I started working out and transformed the way I eat. Over the last 11 years I went from not even running a mile to beating my own personal record in four consecutive half marathons and achieving first place in my age group in my first Olympic Triathlon. You never know where you’ll go if you keep taking the next step in front of you, and that’s what I love about Sleep Number. I can learn and grow here and, even better, I can do work that lines up with my values.
At Sleep Number I’m a technical writer on the Knowledge Management Team.”
"My family is the most important thing in the world to me and when I'm not traveling for work, I spend as much time with them as I possibly can. I've been married to my wife, Crystal, going on two-and-a-half-years and we have a son named Wyatt who is 11-months-old. We recently bought a house, so I've been spending a lot of time fixing it up. I'm a diehard Pittsburgh Penguins hockey fan and I also try to spend as much time as I can camping in the great outdoors.
I'm kind of a pioneer in Field Services. I've been with Sleep Number for three-and-a-half years, starting out as a home delivery technician. I was promoted to the first groups of both certified field trainers and field service supervisors in Sleep Number history. After being in the supervisor role, I was promoted again to be the first and only national trainer for Field Services. Sleep Number is more passionate about its team members than any other company I've worked for and has been so supportive and encouraging to me personally, which has helped contribute to my success. I feel like it's a big family. My roles have always allowed me to make a difference every day in the lives of other team members as well as our customers. At Sleep Number, I'm the Field Services National Trainer."
"I was born and brought up in India and have been in the United States since 2006. Growing up, my father liked to dance and sing, and the same goes for me. I started dancing at five-years-old, doing both folk and classical dance. Dancing is a stress reliever for me. Each weekend, my kids, one is 11 and the other is three, and I dance together for at least 20 minutes to an hour. I also enjoy cooking desserts such as puddings, cakes and truffles. My kids and husband are my taste testers; they love my desserts.
My mom always used to say that life is a combination of mixed flavors like spice, sourness, bitterness and sweetness. In order to reach the sweetness, you have to experience all the other toughest flavors first. I've always believed that. What comes out of that is patience. In order to taste the sweet, you have to be patient and experience all the tough flavors first. Days in IT can be full of sleepless nights, but since I believe in my mom's philosophy, I am always patient and wait for the smooth days. I love it a lot here at Sleep Number. It's been a journey for six years and I've learned a lot of out of the box things beyond Siebel. At Sleep Number, I'm a Senior Application Engineer."
"Prior to my time at Sleep Number, I was a military police officer. I was stationed in Germany for two years, stationed at Fort Drum in New York and was deployed to Afghanistan. My wife and I have a wonderful little family with three dogs, two cats and a beautiful three-year-old daughter. Gardening is a big passion of mine; it's very soothing for me. Plus, eating something you grew yourself is amazing! Before I started working for the Sleep Number, I purchased a bed and the delivery experience was not all that wonderful. While I needed the bed to help out my ailing back, I wanted to make sure that no one else ever received the same delivery experience I did. When I saw Sleep Number was hiring, I knew I needed to apply.
I have never felt like I belonged in a job like I do at Sleep Number. I love delivering our beds to customers and seeing their smiling faces. Earlier in my life, I struggled with concentrating on one task, but the military taught me how to focus. I love problem solving, especially when I'm troubleshooting a customer's inquiry. Without the military helping me, I wouldn't be able to choose a direction to travel, push for it and strive to be where I am at today. My team also inspires me. Seeing the passion and dedication they have for this job motivates me to do more for them and help their careers develop further. I try to always put my team first and motivate them to strive to be better, faster, stronger and be the best. At Sleep Number, I'm a Field Services Supervisor."
"I like smiling, no matter what's happening in my day. That's a Liberian thing. Even if we don't know where our next meal is coming from, we always smile. Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world despite being rich with natural resources. The government officials are corrupt and through almost 20 years of civil war, the country is very, very poor. Coming from there in 2000, I try to look back on the negative and try to move forward and make something better of my life. I was extremely excited the day I landed in this country. I just turned 19 and was about a sixth-grade level student. I didn't know how to read, write or speak English fluently, but I knew I was better than that. I went to the Hennepin County library, it was the first time I saw a computer in person. The only other times was in American films. I spoke with a librarian and explained my situation. They recommended a few books for me to study. I studied hard, finished my GED and now I'm finishing my college degree in January.
There are a lot of people that are still stuck in Liberia that don't have the chance to come to the United States. After almost 20 years, I decided to go back to visit my mother. While there, I opened up a computer school with a few machines for kids around the neighborhood or kids who want to be away from the street, kids who want to be better. They can come out there and feel safe and learn. As a kid, I was a very good soccer player, and this is where I learned the importance of passion and teamwork. I'm passionate in everything I do and put my energy in to. When I come to work, I'm already on my 'A-game' because my team members are so positive. Just being in the room with them makes my day go by easily, and that's why I love it here. Our motto in Liberia is 'Once there is life, there is hope,' and being alive, waking up, being healthy and having a job – nothing else can ruin my day. I'll be able to pull through whatever. At Sleep Number, I'm a Device Support Analyst."
"I'm a low-key adrenaline junkie and have an organized bucket list. I've been skydiving, bungee jumping, and my next adventure is shark cage diving. My best friend since the age of five and I decided to complete the Tim McGraw "Live Like You're Dying" tour. The day before we both left for college we skydived together. We've also road tripped to Rocky Mountain National Park to go Rocky Mountain climbing, and now we need to ride a bull for 2.7 seconds. Last May I studied abroad in Cape Town where I climbed Table Mountain and jumped off a cliff. I think it's great to always try new things and be open minded about new adventures.
I started at Sleep Number as an intern in June 2018 and have loved working part time this past year while I finished my senior year at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. I appreciate the opportunities I've been given on my team to chime in and lead projects. Being able to truly see projects through implementation and development to how it impacts the company has been awesome. My team is so fun, and I genuinely get excited to come to work and hear about their days and make memories in the office. We all have different personalities, but I love seeing us come together and execute projects well.
At Sleep Number I'm a Field Services Operations Specialist."
"I'm originally from a city called Chennai in India, and I've lived in Minnesota for a little over 15 years. I recently became an American citizen, completing a decade-long journey. Becoming an American citizen was a really big milestone in my life. I'm married and have two little kids, a seven-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son, so our lives revolve around them. It is very important to me that I play a very active role in my kids' lives by giving them a good education and creating lots of opportunities for them, just as my parents did for me. As a family, we love spending time outdoors hiking in state and national parks. We've hiked in practically every Minnesota state park, with Temperance River State Park on the northeast shore line of our beautiful state being one of our favorites.
I've been at Sleep Number for about nine years and I support our supply chain operations business from a technology standpoint. I'm very passionate about innovation, so what really drives me here is that I see us as a technology company, with technology being at the core of everything we do. I enjoy the fast pace and the newness each day brings. Sleep Number really embraces innovation and creating new products and ideas to help make a positive impact on people's lives, whether it's a customer or a team member. It's a very close-knit community, and the people here bring a whole new level of energy and passion into their work. At Sleep Number, I'm the Sr. Director of IT Business Solutions."
"The natural world really intrigues me. In high school, I spent a semester living, working and attending classes on an organic farm in middle-of-nowhere, Vermont, where I learned to take care of cows, pigs and sheep. It was totally eye-opening coming from the metro suburbs. While I was there, I fell in love with the outdoors and the state, so I decided to attend the University of Vermont and major in environmental studies. The time I spent in Vermont was very transformative. I left home for a place in which I knew no one and was able to figure out what was important to me. I learned that I love the outdoors, that I care about social and environmental activism, and (funnily) discovered how much I also love Minnesota. Although my job doesn't reflect my original area of study, I still find time to enjoy and learn about the natural world by walking, hiking and camping.
I began at Sleep Number four and a half years ago as a customer service representative and have changed roles a couple of times since then. I now work in HR, focusing on reporting for several different teams. This new role has helped me work toward my goal of developing analytical skills.
I'm a passionate person and believe that you shouldn't do anything halfway. There are so many people here that are the same way, and they inspire me to give it my all. You know that moment when someone's face lights up while they're talking about something that they're excited about? I love those moments. They inspire me to try new things, say yes to more and have my own light-up moments. I am so thankful for the partnerships and friendships here.
At Sleep Number, I am an HR Operations Analyst."
"Ever since the Minnesota Twins won the World Series twice when I was a kid, I have been a huge fan of baseball. I played competitively every summer in Minnesota's 'Town Ball' leagues until I tore my ACL playing when I was 27 and had to hang up my cleats. While pursuing my engineering degree I also developed a passion for writing, and after I was forced into 'retirement' from playing the game, I used that passion as motivation to fill the baseball void in my life. Now I write about the Twins, their minor league system and prospects for an independent web site called Twins Daily. I've interviewed Joe Mauer and many other prospects along the way, including a few you might see play for the Twins this year. I've written for them since the website's inception in 2012, and it's been a blast helping to grow, being a part of their community and meeting fellow Twins and baseball fanatics along the way. You can't imagine how nice it is to have a good team to write about again!
Growing up I was always fascinated by how things work. Whether it was a toy or some old piece of machinery or electronics, I wanted to tear it apart and try to find out for myself what made it work. My career has definitely been influenced by that same principle working in the test engineering field. A lot of engineers might say they have failed if their product or prototype breaks or malfunctions during development, but that's what I call a success because it means we're going to improve that product through that trial and error for when it gets to the consumer.
Like in baseball, the data and numbers you collect tell a story. A good hitter in baseball fails 7 out of every 10 times they step into the batter's box. While we shoot for an average of 1.000 in product development testing, all that data you collect going through that process will also tell a story about how robust a product you are creating is, or if it is performing to your expectations.
At Sleep Number I'm a Sr. Test Engineer working in R&D at our headquarters."
"My passion is sparked by my family, my community and doing something that leaves a legacy. I've been with my high school sweetheart, Aundria, for 23 years, married for 13, and we have four beautiful children: Jonathan, Kyrston, Kylie and Karley. We live in Southern California, where I have worked and lived my entire life.
As a family, we enjoy going to Disneyland and the beach. Our family is very athletic, and I coach my son and my daughter who both play club and high school basketball. We believe that inspired lives come from hard work. So, we teach our kids to work, plan, build and dream - in that order. Sports provide an opportunity to learn more about life and teach lessons you cannot learn anywhere else. They say it takes a village to raise a child, we not only believe that, but we believe that our future leaders will eventually change the world we live in for better.
I've been at Sleep Number 10 years, and I love how genuine our team members are – so many people have a passion for what we do. Something that stuck with me attending national conference this year, Kevin Warren, the new Big 10 Commissioner said, 'You have the opportunity to change the life of someone who could change the world.' It's not just about selling a mattress; we are changing what sleep means to that individual.
At Sleep Number, I am a District Manager for LA/Inland Empire."
"I'm competing in my first full Ironman Triathlon in a week in Louisville; that's a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a full marathon. I did a half Ironman Triathlon last year and this past May I did my first marathon. It's been a four-year journey building up miles and learning about my body. This is the big goal, and for me it doesn't get any bigger than a full Ironman.
Ironman preparation has been more than exercise. Diet and sleep have been so important to my training. I have a Sleep Number smart bed and it's very cool to see how I'm recovering from a workout based on the biometrics I get back. Last weekend, I did a 70-mile bike ride followed by a 7-mile run— on my SleepIQ app I can see that my heartrate was elevated that night, and I didn't sleep well because of it. I get to experience our product end-to-end, which is fun.
I always try to do the best job I can and that's what I bring to Sleep Number, too. I'm in research and development and I get to work on a variety of projects with many different teams, like new product development and improving today's product.
At Sleep Number, I'm an Electrical Design Engineer."
"I am originally from Maryland and an engineering graduate of West Virginia University. I moved down here to South Carolina, with my wife Amy, for my previous job in construction. That profession required a lot of travel and didn't allow for much family time, so I took a risk and left construction to join Sleep Number as a contractor. Now that my parents have moved here too, I get to help them build their dream home and learn a lot about renovating homes.
Amy and I have a four-month-old daughter, Emma, who takes up most of our time. She can't do much yet, but my wife and I watch a lot of Mickey Mouse with her, take her shopping on the weekends and eventually I'll get her in a golf cart. It's all about family at this point in my life and enjoying time with my parents as they get older. My dad and I also love to play golf together when we can.
I'm at Sleep Number full-time now and I love the people here and the focus on family. I don't like surprises—I'm more of a planner and it drives my wife nuts. I've come to learn that it's hard to plan with a little Emma, and not everything is going to go the way you want it to. I like to think that things could always be worse, so the way I see it, I've never had a bad day. It's the beauty of being an engineer, there's always something to fix and everything can be fixed.
At Sleep Number, I am a Manufacturing Engineer in Irmo, South Carolina."
"I have a big family down here in New Orleans and I love spending time with them. My mom and I are really close and right now we're into the video game, 'Just Dance'—we try to play once a week together. In reality, my mom is a much better dancer than me, but I always win the game because I know which moves award me the most points. As a teacher, she has always been my example of how to communicate and build relationships, some essential qualities in my role at Sleep Number.
Human Resources at its core is a support position and I think teamwork is the most important part of that. Whether it be my family and friends, or my teams at Sleep Number, we always have to be on the same page with the same goal. In the end, together is the only way to get there.
Ever since I started at Sleep Number, everyone has been super welcoming. The people I work with—from the representatives, to the supervisors and the leadership team in Minnesota—they're incredible. When you enjoy coming to work, you can focus on the positive aspects of your job. Sleep Number showed me what that feels like and has improved my outlook on the future. I love getting team members excited about being at work, dressing up in costumes for Customer Service Week and meeting with agents to see how we can be better. It's a great atmosphere to be in.
At Sleep Number, I'm an Associate Human Resources Business Partner in New Orleans."
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.”
“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 Sleep Number 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 Sleep Number 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.”