Armstrong part of Bowles Mattress’ leadership changes
Bowles Mattress recently announced the new structure of its senior leadership team effective Oct. 1.
President Billy Bowles moved to the CEO role, Scott Armstrong succeeds Bowles as president and Justin Lemonds was appointed to the new role of vice president of operations.
Bowles’ focus as CEO will be on finance, compliance, charitable causes and special projects.
“I have met with Scott for months as he has prepared for this change,” Bowles said. “My family and I are excited and confident in his plan for the future of the company. Scott and Justin are both long-term Bowles’ employees and have great respect for the legacy of the company my parents founded.”
Armstrong has been in the furniture and mattress industry for 36 years and has been with Bowles Mattress Co. since 2005, serving as vice president of sales and marketing for the last 16 years. In his new role, Armstrong will handle the day-to-day operations and have direct responsibility for the company growth, direction and profitability.
While Armstrong is excited to move into his new role, he will continue maintaining relationships he established during his tenure.
“I would like to thank the Bowles family for this opportunity to be named the next president of Bowles Mattress,” he said. “It is my honor to work with all the Bowles’ team members and our valued retailers to continue the great tradition and growth of this wonderful company.”
Lemonds has been with Bowles Mattress since 1993. During his 28-year tenure, he has served in numerous roles, including the past 11 years as production manager.
“I appreciate the Bowles family for giving me this opportunity, and I look forward to serving in my new role as the vice president of operations,” Lemonds said. “I would also like to thank our excellent production and office staff for all they do in keeping our company running smoothly. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with.”
George and Opal Bowles established Bowles Mattress Co. in 1975 in Jeffersonville. It has grown into a premier regional bedding supplier for retailers and consumers in Indiana, Kentucky and southern Ohio. Bowles produces almost 40 different models ranging from luxury to economy.
George and Opal’s children — Karen Ritter, Alice Hartley and Billy Bowles — have each worked in the family business for more than 20 years and now own the company.