News release: Ron Passaglia named ISPA chair, new trustees elected

March 19, 2013
Karin Mahoney
(703) 683-8371, ex 1131

Ron Passaglia Assumes Role as ISPA Chair, Kathryn Roedel Elected as Vice Chair

(Alexandria, VA) – Four new trustees have been elected by the membership of the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) to serve on its Board of Trustees. The newly elected Trustees are: Iv Culp, president of Culp, Inc.; Jim O’Donnell, vice president of sales development for Tempur-Pedic International; Robert L. Simpton, executive vice president for Lady Americana Associates, Inc.; and Valerie Stranix, chief marketing officer for Rev.

With the expiration of his term as Chair of the ISPA Board, Gerry Borreggine, president of Therapedic International, has taken on the role of Immediate Past Chair. The Board elected Ron Passaglia, president/chief marketing officer of Restonic Mattress Corp. and Vice Chair of the ISPA Board, to the position of ISPA’s Chair. Kathryn Roedel, executive vice president, chief technology & services officer, of Select Comfort Corporation, was elected Vice Chair. Passaglia and Roedel assumed their new roles during the ISPA Board of Trustees meeting last week, immediately prior to the ISPA Industry Conference in Orlando.

Board members who were re-elected as Trustees were Roger Coffey, Latexco West LLC; Aslan Cohen, Spring Air Mexico S.A. de C.V., Tom Eisenberg, Latex International, Adam Lava, A. Lava & Son Co., Tony Smith, Simmons Bedding Co., and Scott Veitzer, Omaha Bedding Co.

Rick Anderson, Tempur-Pedic International, Don Wright, Wright Global Graphic Solutions, Michael Crowell, Flexible Foam Products, Inc. Dean Woods, Hodder Lumber Company, and John Larsen, Sound Sleep Products, have completed their terms on the Board.

“I congratulate our new officers on their election and welcome the new trustees to the ISPA Board,” noted ISPA President Ryan Trainer. “Generous volunteers like these, who dedicate their time and creative energy for the betterment of the entire industry, founded this association nearly 100 years ago and are what keeps it vibrant and relevant to this industry today. I look forward to working with them and getting their input on the issues we currently face.”

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