Employee Spotlight

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Michael Moss - President

I am a hands on owner that is fully engaged in overseeing the day to day operations of both Bear's stores. On any given day you may find me on the sales floor working with a customer, or with a sales representative buying merchandise, or you may find me in my office working on advertising or crunching numbers, or you may just find me in the warehouse taking inventory or unloading a truck. The unique thing about running a family furniture and mattress business is that you just don't know what hat you will be wearing at any given time, which is perfectly fine with me.

My family roots in the furniture business date back to the 1800's when my great-grandfather started out in Greenville, PA. I was part of the 4th generation that grew up working in the family store doing jobs like delivering furniture and mattresses, installing carpet and working in the warehouse. After getting my BA in Business, I managed the family store from 1980 to 1987. In 1987 I left the family business and went to work for Serta Mattress Company as a sales representative. After three years traveling the countryside with Serta I decided to go back to my roots on the retail side of the industry. I purchased Bear's Furniture in 1990 and the rest is history.

In my spare time, I enjoy hunting, boating and spending time with my family.

Silvia Dolan - Store Manager/Sales Associate.

I been with Bear's Furniture since 1993, and thanks to all of our great customers, each and every day has been just as fun and exciting as day one.  As the Store Manager, I take great pride in making sure that every guest who comes to visit us is given the attention and advice they need to help complete and beautify their living spaces.  This includes providing the absolute best in customer service as well as overseeing all sales activity and ensuring that we continue to have the friendliest and best trained sales staff in the area!  I am able to exercise my creativity and eye for design through the purchasing of all the latest home furnishings and beautiful and unique accent pieces.

I hope that as you visit our showroom, you will be inspired by our furniture displays and feel empowered to create beautiful, comfortable rooms in your own home.

Prior to my time with Bear's, I gained 12 years of valuable experience as a Sales Associate with Wolf's Furniture.

Dennis Johnson -  Sales Associate/Advertising.  I have been with Bear's Furniture since 2001.  

Ron Phenicie - Sales Associate.

I have been with Bear's Furniture since September 2012.  I believe that the home is your own personal retreat from the world, a place to refresh and recharge in order to meet the challenges we all face each and every day.  I come to work every day excited to meet new people and help them find all the perfect pieces that make a house a home.  Whether it's helping you to find the perfect fabric and pillow options for the living room of your dreams, or helping to ensure that you find the best sleep set for a great, rejuvenating night's sleep, I consider it the highest honor to be trusted with the privilege of assisting our great customers in bringing their visions for the living spaces to life.  After all, home is where the heart is.

Prior to coming to Bear's Furniture, I spent 4 years in the furniture industry at Aaron's Sales and Lease.

When not on the sales floor here at Bear's you can usually find me lost in a book.  I am a voracious reader of just about any subject.  I am a huge baseball and football fan and proudly support both the Pirates and Steelers year in and year out.  I am a huge movie and music buff and love to discover lost classics and little known gems.  My other hobbies include weightlifting, running and my favorite pastime of all, spending time with my amazing wife, Emily and our 3 great dogs. 

Jessica Lynch - Office Manager.  

I have been with Bear's Furniture since January 2012.  I am responsible for the day to day operations of the store including entering all of the daily sales slips into the computer for both stores; keeping track of all new inventory that arrives almost daily to the store;  entering and posting all invoices.  I am responsible for all website and Facebook updates as well.  

Prior to working at Bear's, I was a paralegal for a local attorney for 12 years.

My husband and I have 4 children who range in age from 6 - 10.  They keep us very busy with sports (baseball, softball, football, basketball and soccer).  I have recently started running and I have participated in several local 5 k's.  I am currently training to run/walk a marathon in New York City in July to benefit breast cancer.  I love spending time with my husband and children, gardening and traveling.  

Deborah Myers - Store Manager Bear's Mattress Den -  

I have been with Bear's Mattress Den since June 2011.  I manage the day to day workings of the store.  I think that customer service and proper selection of a mattress for the customer to ensure a better nights sleep and help improve the quality of life are the most important things that I can help a customer with.    "You be our Goldie Locks and we will be your Bear and get you the bed that's just right"

I have over 17 years in retail sales and over 30 years experience in customer service.

I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren, working outside in the flower garden and reading when I have the time.


Matt Dickinson - Service/Warehouse Manager.  

I have been with Bear's Furniture since November 2009.  I am responsible for organizing all of the deliveries and pick ups.  I also am responsible for servicing all repairs that are required.  I also oversee all building maintenance on both of the Bear's locations.

Prior to coming to Bear's, I worked at Busy Beaver Building Center for 7 years as a Sales Associate.  

In my spare time I coach my nephew's little league baseball team.  I also like to spend time with family and friends, hunt and gardening.

Scott Gibbons  - Driver/Warehouse

I have been with Bear's Furniture since 1998.  As the head delivery driver, I want to make sure that every delivery to our customer's home is done in a professional manner and the customer's furniture is delivered and set up in the exact manner they were expecting.  I also perform repairs on furniture.  

Prior to coming to Bear's, I worked at Wolf's Furniture for 7 years and at Heilig Meyer's for 5 years as a delivery driver.

In my spare time, I enjoy fishing, hunting, kayaking, music and art.

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Bear's Furniture & Mattress 1st features a large selection of quality living room, bedroom, dining room, home office, and entertainment furniture as well as mattresses, home decor and accessories. Bear's Furniture & Mattress 1st has stores located in Franklin, Cranberry and Meadville, PA. Bear's Furniture & Mattress serves the surrounding areas of Franklin and Cranberry, PA. If you're looking for the perfect furniture to suit your needs as well as your lifestyle, or the perfect mattress set, stop by Bear's Furniture & Bear's mattress 1st in Franklin, and Bear's Mattress 1st in Cranberry and Meadville, PA today!

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