ISPA announces prestigious bedding industry award recipients


Gerry Borreggine & Bob Steelman Recognized for Extraordinary Service

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Therapedic’s Gerry Borreggine earned ISPA’s Abolt Exceptional Service Award.

Borreggine received the Abolt Exceptional Service Award, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual member on behalf of ISPA. Borreggine was nominated by his peers for exemplifying outstanding devotion to the well-being and betterment of the bedding industry. Borreggine has demonstrated — within his community, industry, and his business — extraordinary personal integrity and perseverance in the pursuit of his individual and our common goals. His exemplary involvement with the industry includes serving as chair of the ISPA Board, as a member of ISPA’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, and on the Better Sleep Council and Finance Committees, as well as other key bedding industry events and programs.

“This award means a lot to me because ISPA means a lot to me. I am proud to be associated with ISPA, and receiving the Abolt Award is a treasured honor.” said Gerry Borreggine.

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Bob Steelman of Carpenter Co. accepted the MacMorran Memorial Award.

Steelman received the MacMorran Memorial Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the mattress industry. The award recognizes those individuals in active pursuit of commendable service to the sleep products industry as well as the Association.

“I love the bedding industry. More importantly, I love the people in this industry. I am very honored to be recognized by ISPA this way. ISPA, has been an important advocate for the bedding industry during my entire 40-plus year career,” said Bob Steelman.

“The mattress industry is blessed with many dedicated, creative and hard-working individuals who have devoted their careers to not only their own companies, but also to making the bedding industry and the world around them better,” said ISPA President, Ryan Trainer. “We are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from and work with these leaders. Their commitment has helped shape the face of today’s industry and the success of ISPA. We are honored today to recognize Gerry and Bob for their contributions and service to the industry and the Association.”

Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) is dedicated to lead and advance the interest of the sleep products industry by helping the world sleep better. As the industry’s trade organization, ISPA represents the sleep products industry with members in countries around the world.

ISPA provides a wide range of services that benefit its membership. These include exclusive industry surveys and statistics, government advocacy support, educational offerings, the industry’s ISPA EXPO trade show, safety research through its Sleep Products Safety Council, consumer research and education through its Better Sleep Council, BedTimes and Sleep Savvy publications.

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