For the first time in its nearly 120-year history, luxury mattress retailer McRoskey Mattress has turned to a non-family member to lead day-to-day operations. Vanessa Contreras was recently named president of the Bay Area company. She has been part of McRoskey’s management team since 2007, and will oversee all operations of the business. Contreras reports to Robin Azevedo, the granddaughter of co-founder Edward McRoskey, who is CEO and brand ambassador. Azevedo was president of McRoskey until the recent sale of the manufacturing, marketing and national distribution rights to the brand to the Fresno, California-based company, Pleasant Mattress.
“Vanessa and I have worked together for more than a decade. She is laser-focused and understands the heritage of the brand and its importance in the community. There’s no better person to lead the company through this transition and into the next phase of our retail growth,” said Azevedo.
Contreras joined McRoskey Mattress in 2007 as human resource director. She was promoted to director of human resources and manufacturing in 2012 and was named vice president of human resources and manufacturing two years later.
Previously, she spent nearly 17 years in various management posts at cleaning contractor PWC Hawaii, Levi Strauss and the Hotel Durant in Berkley, California.
“McRoskey is a San Francisco institution and I am honored to have been chosen to lead our operations going forward. Robin has been a great mentor of the brand and we have a terrific management team and a sales team that will help us grow the business in the years to come,” said Contreras. “Our consumer-driven culture and unique product story make the brand stand out in a crowded mattress retail space, and that will continue to drive our decision-making as we move forward.”
Contreras, who attended the University of Hawaii-Maui, has been active in several Bay Area and non-profit groups, including SF Made, a business development group that supports San Francisco products; California Chamber of Commerce; National Association of Professional Women; and the Northern California Human Resources Association.
About McRoskey: McRoskey is a San Francisco heritage brand that has been making luxury sleep products since 1899. Brothers Edward and Leonard McRoskey started the business in San Francisco and Edward’s sons, Leonard and Robert, joined the family business in the 1930s after graduating from Stanford. Robert’s daughter, Robin Azevedo, joined the business in 1980. The brand has long promoted “Life-Changing Sleep” and uses the finest materials and high-level craftsmanship in a variety of comfort feels.