Thursday, January 10, 2013

Art Van Furniture Has A New Vice President

Brian Bandarra has been named Vice President, General Manager, Mattress World Stores, for Art Van Furniture. Bandarra comes to Art Van Furniture with an impressive retail resume encompassing over 20 years of experience, having served as Executive  Vice President of Sales and Operations for such diverse national retailers as Mattress Firm, Lenscrafters, Pearle Vision, General Nutrition Centers and David’s Bridal Shops.

“I am very excited to join the Art Van Furniture organization,” said Bandarra. “The company’s reputation as a furniture and mattress powerhouse is well known throughout the industry. I am looking forward to working with the team and will look to add value as fast as possible.”

Bandarra replaces Armando Murillo, who left the company to pursue other interests. In his position, Bandarra will be responsible for the entire Mattress World operations, both in Michigan and Indianapolis, Indiana.  In a related move, Bandarra and the Mattress World operation will now report to Steve Glucksman, Vice President, New Business Development.

From 2005 to 2010, Bandarra acted as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Field Operations for Mattress Firm, a national bedding chain.  In this role, Bandarra oversaw the company’s growth from 220 to 520+ locations throughout the United States. Since 2010, he has been involved in a start-up retail operation based in Texas.  

Bandarra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and served five years as a supply officer in the US Navy prior to beginning his retail career.

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