ISPA Awards Two Industry Veterans

The International Sleep Products Association honored Gerry Borreggine, president and CEO of Therapedic International and Bob Steelman, vice president of sales and marketing of Carpenter Company, for their outstanding industry service, during the 2018 ISPA EXPO Industry Breakfast in Charlotte, NC on March 16, 2018.

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 his outstanding devotion to the well-being and betterment of the bedding industry. Within his community, the industry and his business, Borreggine has demonstrated extraordinary personal integrity and perseverance in the pursuit of his individual and ISPA’s common goals. By serving as chair of the ISPA Board, serving as a member of ISPA’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees and serving on the Better Sleep Council and Finance Committees, as well as participating in key bedding industry events and programs, Borreggine has maintained a consistent presence and voice in the association and the industry.

“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.

Steelman received the MacMorran Memorial Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the mattress industry. The award recognizes 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.”

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About ISPA: Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) is dedicated to leading and advancing the interests 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, 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, and more.