Spring Air President Rick Robinson Dies

Headed the mattress manufacturer for seven years
December 23, 2016David Gill

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CHELSEA, Mass.-Rick Robinson, president of mattress manufacturer Spring Air International, died unexpectedly on Dec. 18. He was 60.

A veteran of the mattress industry for more than 30 years, Robinson served in senior corporate sales and marketing posts with Restonic and Serta from 1982 to 1996. He then served as president and COO of Nature’s Rest for eight years, and then joined Consolidated Bedding, then the Spring Air corporate entity, as senior vice president of marketing, in 2005.

In 2007, Robinson became chief marketing officer for A.H. Beard, an Australian manufacturer of multiple mattress brands. In 2009 he was named president of Spring Air after Ed Bates, owner of one of the company’s factories, acquired the company name and intellectual property and reorganized it under the name Spring Air International.

“Because of his leadership abilities and his many innovative insights and ideas, Rick was my first choice to head the new Spring Air enterprise,” Bates said. “Not only did Rick have an extremely broad skill set, but he was also the kind of person whose energy and optimism could be felt as soon as he entered a room. He was a unique individual in our industry and our company. He will be greatly missed.”

Robinson also served on the board of the Specialty Sleep Association, the organization that promotes innovation in specialty mattresses that has also been active in developing environmental and safety standards for bedding products.

Nick Bates, vice president of Spring Air, has assumed Robinson’s responsibilities while retaining his current title, according to a company statement.

David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.


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