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Michael Fux

Chief Executive Officer

Comfort Revolution

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Comfort Revolution

187 Route 36 Suite 205

West Long Branch, New Jersey,07764

United States

Company Description

Headquartered in West Long Branch, N.J., Comfort Revolution is a leading developer and marketer of high-end, revolutionary mattresses, mattress toppers and pillows. The company's products are made with premium memory foam and Hydraluxe ™ gel technology. ...more

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Employment History

American Le Mans Series

Chief Executive Officer

Lifestyle Innovations




Mourning Family Foundation

Board Member

Miami Children's Hospital

Board Member

The Michael Fux Foundation


O So Fresh


Injured Officers Assistance Fund


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Mourning Family Foundation | Board of Directors

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CEO, Comfort Revolution


CEO, Comfort Revolution


Fux and his family immigrated to the United States from Cuba in 1958.
He was 15 years old and the family was poor. "My parents, my brother and I lived in a one-bedroom apartment in a seven-story walkup in Newark, N.J., Fux says. "We had Salvation Army furniture. I had one pair of shoes." Determined to help change his circumstances, within a year, Fux launched his first business, parlaying an obsession with cars and a knack for scrounging around into a tire and battery store. "I found a two-car garage for rent and got tire breakers for free from a company that had gone to automatic ones, Fux says. "I'd see all these vendors with their fancy cars and wonder what I was doing wrong," Fux says. "I was restless and wanted to try something new, so I became a manufacturer's rep." First big success-and defeat Michael Fux What's ahead? Michael Fux has been involved in dozens of businesses during his career. For now, his attention is focused on Comfort Revolution, a producer of gel and foam mattresses and sleep accessories. Every twist and turn in Fux's early career brought him into contact with new industries and spawned fresh ideas. A stint as a sales manager for a Japanese wholesale linen company introduced him to the textile industry and he made the most of it. "I decided that I wanted to go into business for myself and came up with the idea for the "snuggle bag," Fux says. Fux bought fabric closeouts, developed a marketing program and started a trend of zippered blankets that envelope the entire body. "It really took off," he says. "We had $72 million in sales by the end of the first year. It lasted for three years and then went down the tubes and into bankruptcy." It was Fux's first real business failure and he learned an important lesson from it. Giving up was not an option: You have to move on. "You can get anywhere you want if you're focused," he says. In 1985, just as Fux was once again enjoying prosperity, his sister-in-law called with a proposal. At the time, she worked for BioClinic, a producer of polyurethane foam egg crate mattresses for the hospital sector. Company executives wanted to enter the consumer market and were looking for someone to help them. Fux signed on for the job. "At the end of the second year, we were in all of the major big box stores and had almost $80 million in business," he says. Fux rode that wave for 10 years. "When the company was sold and the product cheapened, I decided I didn't want to stay," he says. It was time for Fux to enter the bedding industry-and to once again begin the process of spinning gold out of straw. In 1996, using the knowledge he had gained at BioClinic, he founded Sleep Innovations and began producing visco-elastic foam toppers, mattresses and pillows. Fux knew he could create a great product, but also knew that it had to stand out among a sea of choices. "The product had to be good, but the packaging had to be great," he says. Fux came up with innovative boxed packaging for pillows and toppers and, for mattresses, he created a brightly colored box on wheels with a handle for easy maneuvering. In 2005, Fux sold Sleep Innovations for a handsome profit. "I started the business with $3,000 and we had close to $300 million in sales when we sold it," he says. "Creating something from nothing like that was what really gave me great pleasure." Fux sat out his five-year noncompete agreement and then decided to re-enter the mattress industry. In 2011, he founded Comfort Revolution, which produces mattresses, toppers and pillows made of memory foam and the company's own Hydraluxe gel technology. Comfort Revolution is located in West Long Branch, N.J., not all that far from Newark, where Fux got his start. "Everyone advised me not to do it, but I didn't see anything new out there," he says. "Besides, I'm stubborn. I had my vision and I wanted to live it." Fux is banking on the fact that the formula that made Sleep Innovations successful-a great product and even greater packaging-will propel Comfort Revolution's success, too. Brightly colored gel layers make the products a standout on shelves and Fux has created a mattress caddy that, he says, "can be wheeled home, wheeled into the bedroom and then reused at home for storage. A similar caddy for toppers is in the works. In 2012, Fux sold a minority interest in his business to Sealy and on April 1 will begin producing foam mattresses for the mattress major's Posturepedic, Stearns & Foster and Bassett brands. "This opens all sorts of doors for us and will allow us to go international," he says. "The sky's the limit as long as we keep making innovative products." International sales are one thing, but international production is another. Last fall, Comfort Revolution opened a 432,650-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility in Belmont, Miss. The plant is expected to create 200 jobs over the next three years, a fact that pleases Fux. "We're producing very little in China now and hope to produce everything in the United States in the future," he says. Fux just smiles at people who ask him if he'll ever slow down. "I'm 69 going on 20," he says. "When you love what you do, it's all very easy." ANOTHER SIDE A true car guy Michael Fux Michael Fux owns nearly 130 cars. Michael Fux is a self-described "car freak." "Growing up, I bought clunkers because I couldn't afford anything else. I promised myself that one day, when I could, I'd get them all." And he nearly has. Fux owns 129 vehicles, including 25 Ferraris, 12 Porsches, 11 Aston Martins and six Rolls-Royces. His Ferrari FXX is one of only 30 in the world. Fux has made philanthropy a key part of his life. Michael Fux Santa's helper: Every year, the Michael Fux Foundation donates holiday gifts to patients of Miami Children's Hospital in Florida. "I've never forgotten where I came from or how hard it was to get to where I am today," he says. "I decided long ago that when I became wealthy, I would help others who weren't as lucky." Much of Fux's philanthropic attention is focused on children who are underprivileged and ill. For example, since 2004, the Michael Fux Foundation has brightened the lives of sick kids at the Miami Children's Hospital by donating gifts at Christmas to as many as 400 families. Fux also has funded missions for Operation Smile, an organization that has provided more than 200,000 surgeries for children with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. "It's about more than giving money," he says. "I want to be involved and see what's happening firsthand. It can be heartbreaking, but it also brings tremendous joy." A man not content to stay in one arena when it comes to business, Fux also enjoys variety when it comes to his charitable giving. Other groups he supports include the Children's Cancer Caring Center, Ronald McDonald House, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Florida law enforcement officers injured in the line of duty.

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Michael Fux
Michael Fux is an entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience in the founding, developing and launching of successful companies in the home furnishing industry. He is currently the CEO of Comfort Revolution, a distributor and marketer of comfort sleep products, including mattresses, mattress toppers and pillows. Michael grew up from very humble beginnings in Cuba and knows firsthand what it is like to have very little and want for things that he was not able to have. Now a very successful businessman, Michael has created two foundations to help those in need. The Michael Fux Foundation was established in January, 2006, with the mission of helping sick and underprivileged children and their families. In 2008, Mr. Fux created the Injured Officers Assistance Fund to help the polices officers of Florida who have suffered from nearly fatal, debilitating injuries while on-duty and which have kept them off the job for an extended period of time. Prior to these current positions, Mr. Fux served as President and CEO of Sleep Innovations, manufacturer and marketer of memory foam mattresses, mattress toppers and pillows, a company which he founded in 1996 with $0 sales and went on to become the leading producer and innovator in the industry, with better than 70% market share and double digit sales growth annually since its inception. The company was sold in 2005. Prior to Sleep Innovations, Mr. Fux served as Executive Sales Agent for the US, Canada and Europe for Bio Clinic - the inventors of the "Egg crate" foam mattress pad and was responsible for developing, introducing and selling products to the retail trade. From 1973, Michael manufactured and imported several very successful home furnishing products sold in retail trade.


"I'm pleased we are able to work with Sage and Michael Fux for another year in Star Mazda.
It's been eye-opening to see Sage come through the ranks of the Mazda Road to Indy-from dealing with rough finishes to celebrating wins, he has shown that he is a truly professional race car driver even at such a young age. I look forward to working with him again in 2012." MICHAEL FUX, COMFORT REVOLUTION:

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