Eric Hinshaw receives business leader award

Eric Hinshaw, chairman and chief executive officer of bedding producer Kingsdown, has earned the 2009 Frank S. Holt Jr. Business Leadership Award.

The award is presented annually by the Elon University Martha and Spencer Love School of Business in Elon, N.C. The recipient is selected based on a number of criteria, including the person’s character and stature in the community. The award is named for Frank Holt Jr., a business leader known for his business acumen and civic engagement.

“We are honored to name Eric as this year’s recipient,” said Mary Gowan, dean of the Love School of Business. “We consider him to be a friend of the Love School of Business and a model business leader."

Hinshaw joined Mebane, N.C.–based Kingsdown in 1981. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a regional player to a top 10 bedding brand with an international presence.

Hinshaw and his wife, Rebecca, are involved in a number of civic and charitable activities. Most recently, they provided a Duke University fellowship in pediatric pulmonary medicine. In 2004, Hinshaw led Kingsdown’s fund–raising efforts for the Children’s Miracle Network, raising more than $1 million for children’s hospitals in North America.

Hinshaw extended his thanks to Elon University and the Frank Holt Jr. family for the award and said, “to be included among the great leaders who have previously received this award is a true honor.”