Neil Zimmer Named Senior Vice President of Art Van PureSleep

ArtVan; Neil ZimmerNeil Zimmer has been promoted to senior vice president of Art Van PureSleep from his previous position as vice president of merchandising for Art Van PureSleep. The announcement was made by Kim Yost, president and CEO of Art Van Furniture.

For the past 15 months, Zimmer has been the merchandise lead of the company’s mattress division which has resulted in the launch of Detroit Mattress Company, growth in the sleep essentials sector and strengthened vendor partnerships. Zimmer’s new position will also absorb the responsibilities of David Van Elslander, who recently left the company to pursue outside interests.

“We are looking forward to having Neil dive into the senior vice president role as his leadership and strategic skill sets have significantly helped the brand reach impressive milestones,” said Yost. “We are confident that Neil’s expertise will continue to direct and lead the path for Art Van PureSleep’s growth.”

Prior to joining the Art Van Furniture team, Zimmer played an instrumental role with East Coast bedding giant, Sleepy’s, in product and business development, as well as the growth of the retailer to more than 1,000 stores. He began his career in 1993, launching his own futon and mattress business with five locations. He successfully operated his business for 10 years before taking on a merchandise and operations analyst role with Fortunoff, an upscale department store on the East Coast. 

Art Van PureSleep has been on a path of strategic growth since its launch eight years ago. To date, there are 120 free standing and in-store locations, with 20 more planned in the next 12 months. Art Van PureSleep carries the most trusted brands in the sleep industry, including Sealy, Beautyrest, Stearns & Foster, Tempur-Pedic, Serta, iComfort, Sleep to Live, King Koil, Reverie and BEDGEAR.

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About Art Van Furniture: Art Van Furniture is the Midwest's largest furniture retailer. The company operates more than 120 stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, including freestanding Art Van PureSleep mattress stores, Art Van Flooring stores, Art Van Furniture franchise locations and Scott Shuptrine Interiors, the interior design division of Art Van Furniture, as well as a full-service e-commerce website. Founded in 1959, the company is headquartered in Warren, Mich.