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Meet Russell Cooper
Russell Cooper has been part of the Snooze team for a long time. Find out why he loves being a Franchise Partner at Snooze Capalabla and how he gets a good night’s sleep.
Q1. How long have you been part of the Snooze team?
I joined Snooze 9 years ago as the Queensland Regional Manager, which I enjoyed. It was like having 20 different jobs as each day I worked with a different business, trying to find a way to add value to their business.
In 2008 Simon Beaty asked me to join the Support Centre team in Melbourne as the National Operations Manager. Again, it was a role that brought me great enjoyment and one that was exceptionally beneficial in developing my own business acumen.
In December 2010, I took the leap of faith and purchased the Capalaba store and moved my family back to Brisbane.
Q2. You’ve won a few Snooze awards. What are they?
Our business has been fortunate to receive a few awards recognising our efforts. My son, Kyle, won the 2011 Queensland Sales Rookie of the Year, in his first full year as a salesperson. In 2012, Annie Steer won the Queensland Sales Person of the year award, and the following year, Toni De Mattia won the same award. During the first 12 months of business we received the National Retailer of the Year award, and the following year we received an Excellence in Retailing award. These awards are testament to the success, unity and commitment of our team at Capalaba.
Q3. What do you do when you’re not in your Snooze store?
Anything to do with water and having fun with my family – camping, boating, skiing, fishing, diving. Outside of this I like to pretend I’m a handyman around the house.
Q4. What’s your favourite movie?
Top Gun – it has speed, action, sad bits, lovey dovey bits, motorbikes and jets – what other movie can deliver all that!
Q5. Favourite holiday spot?
My ‘backyard’. I live on the doorstep of paradise and love being outdoors.
Q6. What sort of mattress do you sleep on and why?
My wife, Belinda, and I sleep on a My Side Series 10 queen size mattress. There is no other mattress that can provide the required support for us being so vastly different to each other in height, girth and weight!
Q7. Which of the bedroom styles is your favourite and why?
Bold & Beautiful because it’s the collection you can have the most fun with; it lets people experiment outside the box.
Q8. What do you love most about being a Snooze franchisee?
Having an improved balance in my life so I can spend more time with my family. I now work to live, not live to work.
Q9. Would you recommend becoming a Snooze Franchise Partner to others?
Absolutely. But do your research, take your time and keep desire and emotion out of it. I’ve seen many poor decisions made because emotions overpowered very intelligent people.
Q10. Tell us a secret. Shh!
Negativity will send you to an early grave!
Thanks Russell! Watch this space as we meet more Snooze Franchise Partners from all over Australia. If you’d like more information about Snooze Franchising just click through.
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