Spring Air President Rick Robinson Dies
December 23, 2016,
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.
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.