After more than 37 years of industry experience, Mark Hobson recently announced his retirement from the role of president of Colonial LLC, effective May 25th. Hobson’s rich history in the bedding and mattress industry began at Jordan Marsh Department Stores, where he served as a buyer. Later, he worked in manufacturing then worked his way up to a variety of senior sales and marketing roles with Sealy Mattress Co. Most recently, he has called Colonial LLC home and has served the mattress display and branding company for the past seven years.
Hobson said he is leaving Colonial “on excellent terms and in great shape. We have accomplished so much in the past seven-plus years. We have defined and grown the Colonial brand and exceeded evert target that we identified for ourselves. The operation is running smoothly, and the entire management team—led by Wes Keever, executive vice president and Jimmy Keever, COO—has the business totally under control.”
“I’ve always believed in the business version of ‘pay it forward,’ meaning that if you work hard to help your customers succeed, then you will succeed too,” Hobson continued. “That requires building trust and solving your customer’s problems, typically through great product, intelligent insight, terrific service and talented, well-trained people. I’ve been especially lucky to work for, with and around some of the very best talent in the industry, most of whom taught me along the way. It only made sense to try and return the favor.”
Hobson’s earlier work experience with Sealy helped solidify his service-oriented philosophy, an attitude that continues to exist at Colonial. “The mission remains: we help our clients sell more (mattresses),” he explained. “In today’s rapidly changing marketplace, most manufacturers and retailers are appreciative of all the help they can get.”
While Hobson is retiring, he has vowed not to completely withdraw from Colonial nor the bedding and mattress industry. With plans to stay on as an advisor to Colonial, Hobson is also eager to remain involved with industry associations, committees and contribute to other industry causes.