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Symbol names Slinger VP, specialty products

RICHMOND, Va. — Symbol Mattress has appointed Nicole Slinger, a sales professional with diverse experience in the bedding and furniture industries, to the newly created position of vice president of specialty products.

In her new post, Slinger will be responsible for managing Symbol’s climate-controlled SleepFresh specialty brand and will assist in the development of a new sleep system the producer plans to launch next year. She reports to Mike McQuiston, Symbol’s president.

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“Nicole’s skill set and knowledge of specialty products and retail is something you don’t find every day,” McQuiston noted. “We’re very excited to have her on our team.”

Before joining Symbol, Slinger served as vice president of business development and field training since 2013 for London Luxury LLC, a global textiles firm providing bedding and bath products to major U.S. retailers like Bed, Bath and Beyond, Mattress Firm and Macy’s.

Prior to that, Slinger was private brands product manager for the Mattress Firm retail chain, overseeing home furnishings and bedding products under a number of private brands including Lux Living, YuMe and Hampton & Rhodes Select.

Earlier in her career, from 2006 to 2011, she served as national sales account trainer for Kingsdown Bedding’s Sleep to Live program. Slinger also was a West Coast key account manager for Spring Air’s Nature’s Rest brand from 2003 to 2006.

“Nicole’s appointment is extremely timely for us because we’ve been gaining a lot of traction in the specialty sleep arena and needed someone to manage that segment’s growth,” McQuiston said.

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