Rion joined the family business as Vice President in 2011 to succeed his father as the third generation of family leadership at Cannon Sleep Products. Rion was raised in the family business spending weekends and summer breaks making and loading mattresses to earn spending money. He started his professional career as a computer programmer in Monterey, CA, writing code in multiple computer languages for both desktop and web applications. His successes in programming lead to technical leadership as CTO of a mid-sized tech company in Orange County, CA.
After making profitable investments of time and money, Rion and his wife took a 2-year mini-retirement to see the world. Having visited 32 countries on 5 continents, he developed a well-rounded understanding of global economics and cultural interactions. Upon returning to the USA, Rion took a role as Director of Sales for a San Diego based software startup, MindTouch. Under his leadership, MindTouch grew revenues from nil to low eight figures. Rion left MindTouch to accept a role as Director of Sales and Marketing for San Diego’s oldest Interactive Agency, SiteLab.
During his time in these roles he developed the strategic vision and tactical techniques to lead Cannon Sleep Products until the next generation of Morgenstern’s are ready to take the helm.
Mike Moore | Chief of Staff and Director of Sales & Marketing
Mike Moore joined Cannon Sleep Products in October of 2011 as the Director of Sales. Previous to him coming to Cannon he had various managerial roles in the bedding industry with the following companies: Sealy, Serta, Restonic, Spring Air and Kingsdown. He originally came to the bedding industry in 1995 with Sealy Mattress (now Tempur-Sealy) as a Territory Manager in San Diego. From his early roots in bedding industry in California he moved his family several times around the country and ultimately became the Vice President of National Accounts for Spring Air in Dallas Texas.
Given his unique educational experience, not typical for the home furnishings industry, BS Engineering – UC Irvine and an MBA – University of Southern California, he was exposed to many aspects of the bedding industry such as supply agreement negotiations, retail store location analysis, retail viability analysis and significant experience in product development.
Shortly before accepting his position with Cannon he moved his wife and Family back to the Los Angles area where he currently resides.
Scott Grossman | Director of Finance
Prior to joining Pleasant, Scott Grossman was assistant controller for P-R Farms, a Clovis, Calif.-based supplier of a variety of fruits, almonds and olives. While there, he worked closely with the controller and former chief financial officer with day-to-day operations. He was also the company’s human relations manager, managed accounts payable and receivables, inventory and payroll.
Before his tenure with P-R Farms, Grossman was a senior accountant for Stoughton Davidson Accountancy Corp. where he was responsible for personal and corporate tax returns for the company’s clients. He also worked on financial statements and performed all aspects of bookkeeping and payroll for a number of clients.
In addition to his position with Pleasant, Grossman owns a shaved ice business – The Shave – started with his wife Meagan in 2012.
In addition to his CPA license, Grossman holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from California State University in Fresno, Calif. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
He lives in Fresno with his wife Meagan and daughter Addison.
Russell Raymond | Director of Operations
Russell Raymond has an extensive background in supply chain management, team building, lean manufacturing, cost reduction strategies, workflow planning, inventory control and more. Prior to joining Pleasant, Raymond was the plant manager for Brake Parts Inc. where he managed $50 million in annual sales and was responsible for the company’s operations. During his tenure with the company, Raymond increased production volume by 20 percent and reduced shortages by 70 percent all while streamlining production and boosting employee morale.
Raymond was also a plant manager for D & W Fine Pack, foodservices and food-packaging supplier, where he managed $140 million in annual sales and oversaw 600 employees in two plants. He managed the facilities in Hatfield, Pa., and was later moved to the company’s corporate headquarters in Fowler, Calif., to manage the factory there.
Throughout his career, Raymond has worked as a plant manager or director of operations for a number of companies including Crest Steel, Acco Brands, Leitch Inc., and Citations Precision. At each post, he was credited with improving efficiency and implementing cost-saving measures to positively benefit each company’s bottom line.
In addition to his professional experience, Raymond has a number of professional training certificates in work flow management. Raymond holds a master’s degree in business administration from Los Angeles Mission College in San Fernando, Calif. He lives in Fresno, Calif.
Herb Morgenstern | Chairman of the Board
Herb is a lifelong Fresno resident. Upon graduation from Fresno High School and Fresno State College, Herb went on an extended tour of Europe with two lifelong friends. During that time, he was able to discover his roots and visit the site of the business his father, Ernie, owned and operated in Vienna, prior for WWII. Upon returning home to Fresno, Herb decided to go into business with his father, got married, and started a family.
The early part of Herb’s career was spent learning and operating all aspects of Pleasant Mattress, with an emphasis on the renovation and recycling of old mattresses. Herb saw the potential of expanding the company by entering into new mattress manufacturing. He knew this would allow them to expand and grow. With the help and support of his father, Herb put his plan in place, and Pleasant Mattress began to make new mattresses and bedding products and phased out the old business. Over the years the business has grown exponentially, surviving changing economic conditions, fires, and growth, which has required new and improved facilities, processes, and equipment. Throughout the many changes, the constant, through Herb’s leadership, has been the quality of the products produced and the subsequent growth of the company.
In 1988, Herb and Judy married, and worked together to expand and grow the business. They purchased a fifty thousand square foot building and moved Pleasant Mattress. And still they continued to grow. Their growth and expansion, into several new areas of manufacturing, required they look at other ways of expanding their current ability. And in 2004, they began construction on a new state-of-the-art one hundred thousand plus square foot facility, completed in 2006.
Through Herb’s leadership, in late 2009 Pleasant Mattress entered into a partnership with Spring Air. Later in 2011, Herb began a partnership with Paramount Sleep in a licensing agreement to manufacture their premium products on the West Coast.