Alexandria, Virginia- The International Sleep Products Association has given awards to two people from the bedding production and supply sector. Richard Diamonstein, executive vice president of bed maker King Koil Mid-Atlantic, and Ed Malechek, executive vice president of foam maker the Carpenter Co., were honoured for exemplary service at the ISPA EXPA 2006 Industry Breakfast meeting, 3 March, in San Antonio, Texas. Diamonstein gained the Russell L. Abolt Exceptional Service Award, having been "nominated by his peers for having exemplified the highest level of career devotion to the well-being and betterment of the bedding industry," said ISPA. He served as ISPA chair in 2002, and the group said "his remarkable leadership within the industry included has included participation on the Sleep Products Safety Council Board; the Finance, Nominating, and Trade Show committees, and the Fall Conference Task Force." "Richard Diamonstein is an outstanding executive, an outstanding ISPA member, and an outstanding person," said David Orders of Park Place Corp. and ISPA immediate past chair. "He is, in fact, one of the great leaders of our industry."Malechek received The Robert MacMorran Memorial Award, given by the Suppliers Council for "outstanding service to the mattress industry." The Carpenter executive also has a long history which includes leadership positions on the Better Sleep Council, the Membership Task Force, and the Trade Show Committee."Ed has worked tirelessly to raise public awareness of better sleep through better mattresses," said Orders, adding, "He truly embodies the spirit of partnership in the bedding industry."Established in 1915, ISPA- www.sleepproducts.org -is the trade organisation for mattress manufacturers and their component suppliers around the world. ISPA hosts a biennial trade show-ISPA EXPO-and publishes BedTimes and Sleep Savvy magazines."