Gary Fazio was named CEO of Warren’s Art Van Furniture on Wednesday. He has more than 40 years of experience in the furniture, mattress, and retail industries.
He worked at Sealy Corp. for 20 years before serving as CEO of Mattress Firm from 2001-2010. Under his leadership, the company became the largest multi-brand mattress retailer in the U.S., and quadrupled in size from the expansion of its product lines and growth in its retail footprint.
Fazio is the third CEO to run Art Van Furniture since the company was sold in 2017 to Thomas H. Lee Partners, a private equity firm in Boston, by founder Art Van Elslander. Two months after Van Elslander passed away in February 2018, CEO Kim Yost was replaced by Ron Boire. In early August, the company announced Boire was stepping down. No reason was given for his departure.
“We are thrilled to have Gary Fazio join Art Van,” says Gary Van Elslander, chairman of Art Van Furniture. “My family has known him for decades, and we have the utmost respect for his business acumen and his passion for what we do. My father would be proud to know that Gary was leading his company into the next decade.”
In 2010, Fazio became CEO of Simmons Bedding Co. He helped drive market share increases and led the sale of the business to private equity firm Advent International in 2012. In 2013, he became CEO of the combined Serta-Simmons Bedding Co., the world’s largest manufacturer of bedding, until his retirement at the end of 2015.
“I knew founder Art Van Elslander personally, and I am so privileged and energized by the opportunity to build on his legacy” says Fazio. “Art Van has a long runway for success ahead, and I look forward to being a part of the journey.”
Art Van leaders continue to look into expanding across the Midwest.