ISPA Board Welcomes New Leadership

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Bryan Smith Becomes ISPA Chair, Eric Rhea Appointed Vice Chair

The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) has announced new leadership for the ISPA Board of Trustees. Bryan Smith, president and CEO of Southerland Inc., has assumed the position of ISPA Board Chair, and Eric Rhea, vice president, president – bedding group of Leggett & Platt, has been appointed Vice Chair. The terms for each position will run through March 2018.

“I’m excited to begin my term as ISPA Chair and to continue working with this group of seasoned industry leaders as we plan for the future of the Association,” said ISPA Chair Bryan Smith.

Kathy Roedel, executive vice president-chief services and fulfillment officer of Select Comfort Corporation and former ISPA Chair, retired from the company effective April 7, 2016.

“We would like to thank Kathy for her leadership and many contributions to the ISPA Board and our industry as a whole,” noted ISPA President Ryan Trainer. “She was instrumental in launching and shaping ISPA’s strategic planning process, and we wish her well in all future endeavors. I also want to congratulate our new officers, and thank them both for volunteering their time and effort to serve in these important industry leadership positions. We greatly appreciate the commitment to ISPA that they and each of the ISPA Trustees bring to the Board.”

Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the growth, profitability and stature of the mattress industry. As the industry’s trade organization, ISPA represents nearly 700 mattress manufacturers and suppliers throughout the world.

ISPA provides many 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 the Sleep Products Safety Council, consumer research and education through the Better Sleep Council, and BedTimes and Sleep Savvy publications.

To learn more, visit or contact info(at)sleepproducts(dot)org.


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