Eclipse licensees gather for 2018 outlook, focus

Mattress licensing group Eclipse International hosted its annual national licensing summit with its U.S. licensing partners Nov. 9-10, 2017, at its North Brunswick, New Jersey, headquarters.

Eclipse licensees gather for 2018 outlook, focus
COMING TOGETHER Eclipse International employees and licensees that gathered for a group photo are (from left) Troy Zanatta, Restwell; David Tenuta, Eclipse; John Hagglund, Tualatin Sleep; Tom Rehwinkel, Eclipse; Kenneth Tatum, Heritage Sleep; Stuart Carlitz, Eclipse; Ed Ciolkosz, Illinois Sleep; Mike Moore, Pleasant Mattress; Matt Connolly, Eclipse; Stan Schnitzer, Sanitary Mattress; Jeff Lonstein, Jeffco Fibres; and Armando Murillo.

The meeting focused on the company’s 2018 outlook, which included new product initiatives, as well as retail strategies.

In addition to its licensing partners, the company hosted members from its supplier partners, each of which unveiled updates for new programs. Each licensee also shared their regional outlooks.

“This has been an outstanding year for our brands and our licensing partners,” said Stuart Carlitz, president and chief executive officer of Eclipse International. “This meeting was not only a chance for us to celebrate this success together, but also gave us the opportunity to brainstorm with our licensing partners. Setting aside time for dedicated conversations helps us establish a strategic focus for the company as we move into 2018. We have a lot of exciting initiatives set for the new year, and the summit gave us the chance to collaborate with our domestic partners to guarantee a successful launch of the plan.”

In addition to planning the coming year, participants reflected on successes and challenges in 2017, while dissecting new developments and the competitive landscape in which each licensee operates.

“The input from our partners is invaluable to our success and expansion,” Carlitz said. “Our licensees are on the frontline with our retail network and provide us with keen insight that will benefit our overall business.”