What’s happening: The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) will pay tribute to three industry veterans at the ISPA Industry Conference, March 15-16, 2023, in St. Petersburg, Florida during the Industry Awards Dinner.
- Ron Passaglia will receive the ISPA Exceptional Service Award, which recognizes individuals who have devoted their careers to the well-being and betterment of the industry along with their contributions and leadership to both ISPA and the industry. His lengthy career included leadership roles at several major industry organizations, and he also served on several ISPA committees — including the Better Sleep Council and as the Chairman of the ISPA Board of Trustees.
- Adam Lava, Director of Sales for A. Lava & Son Co., a major Chicago-based supplier of cut-and-sew and other services to the bedding industry, has been named the first recipient of the ISPA Vanguard Award, a new award that recognizes individuals or organizations who lead the way with pioneering ideas that shape the future of the sleep products industry.
- In addition to the ISPA awards, the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) will recognize Richard Diamonstein, Managing Director of Paramount Sleep, a mattress manufacturer based in Norfolk, VA for the role he played in the growth and success of MRC.