November 21, 2008 -
Napoleon Barragan, founder and CEO of
1800mattress.com, recently received a Latino
Trendsetter Award at Defining Trends Magazine’s (DTM) 7th
Annual Latino Trendsetter and Scholarship Awards Gala and
was also named 2008 Business Leader of the Year by the
Council of Churches in the city of New York (CCCNY).
“It is an immense honor to be acknowledged by these fine
organizations,” said Barragan. “These awardss mean a lot as
I take great pride in my Latino roots and in giving back to
the community that has been so good to me and my family.”
The DTM Awards Gala recognizes Latino trendsetters in
entertainment, the arts, health, business, sports,
education, government and corporate excellence. Barragan,
and 19 other honorees, were acknowledged for their
innovative and lasting contributions to the Latino
The CCCNY Business Leader of the Year award recognizes New
York City’s most distinguished Christian business leaders.
Award recipients are selected based on philanthropic
efforts, community involvement and business leadership.
Barragan was acknowledged along side fellow honorees Curtis
Martin, formerly of the New York Jets, Cheryl McKissack, CEO
of the Mckissack Groupm, and NYC Commissioner to Combat
Domestic Violence, Yolanda Jimenez.
Barragan, a native of Ecuador, founded 1800mattress.com in
1976. His company has changed the face of bedding retail,
and has grown to become the nation’s leading multi-channel
bedding retailer. Barragan, who immigrated to the U.S. in
1968, is known for his generosity in the local community and
internationally. In 2005, he was awarded the Immigrant
History Week Award by Mayor Bloomberg for his service to the
community. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he gave
back by donating 3000 mattresses to shelters, fire
departments and victims of the hurricane. Over the last five
years, his company has invested over $250,000 to provide
educational opportunities to those less fortunate.
Founded in 1976, 1800mattress.com is the leading national
multi-channel (internet, chat, call center and showrooms)
retailer of mattresses, box springs and bedding products. It
features products by Sealy, Serta, Simmons, Tempurpedic and
King Koil among others from its 30 beds and mattress menu,
including custom sizes, sofa beds, Murphy beds, futons, and
adjustable and organic beds. Its award winning customer
service is well chronicled in thousands of media articles
and books. The company was also the first mattress retailer
to introduce a two-hour delivery window, and fast national
and international delivery of its products. Its
business-to-business sales division supplies schools,
hospitals, hotels and other institutions.
About DTM Group:
DTM Group has been involved with publishing, marketing, and
event production in the Latino community. The company has
earned significant recognition over the years for its
effectiveness, excellence, and delivery in recognizing both
trends and innovations within the Latino culture. Latinos
are influencing pop culture at a fast pace and this growing
trend can no longer be ignored. DTM Group delivers
traditional and new media content that connects people,
bridges cultures, defines trends and recognizes emerging
leaders in the Latino community. DTM is the go-to company
for trends in Latino Culture.
The Council of Churches of the City of New York is the
oldest continuing Council of Churches in the United States.
It was organized in 1895 as the Greater New York Federation
of Churches and Christian Workers. It combined with other
ecumenical organizations in the early 1940s to become the
protestant Council of the City of New York and took its
present name in 1968. Since its inception, the Council has
provided national and international leadership and
exceptional service and ministry to the people and the
churches in the greater New York area.
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