Alexandria, Virginia -- The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) has appointed Gerry Borreggine, president of Therapedic International, as vice chair of its board of trustees. Borreggine fills the vacancy left when Don Wright, vice president of Wright of Thomasville, became ISPA chair last month.
"I am excited about the opportunity to continue my service in this great industry," noted Borreggine. "My priority is to work with our chairman and board to define the needs and priorities of the membership and identify what it will take to engage companies who are not currently members."
The association has been suffering from internal issues recently. Wright became ISPA chairman after the former chairman Rick Anderson of Tempur-Pedic resigned 6 Aug, following a disagreement among ISPA members about a patent lawsuit filed by Tempur-Pedic against several competitors, including various ISPA members. ISPA president and ceo Dick Doyle also resigned on 13 Aug and has not yet been replaced. During the turmoil, ISPA members Anatomic Global, Carpenter Co. and Englander Sleep Products llc resigned from the association, although Carpenter and Englander have since rejoined.
"I am delighted that Gerry has accepted this leadership role,"commented Wright. "I look forward to working with Gerry, the board, andISPA staff in refocusing our programmes and services to better meet theneeds of the industry. Gerry and I are committed to reunifying theentire industry and providing value day in and day out."
Borreggine has served on several ISPA committees and was on the Better Sleep Council (BSC) for over 10 years, serving as chairman for seven years. He was also on the Retailer Committee, and in 2002, received one of the industry's highest honours, the McMorran Award. "