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Bedding Retail Expert Named to Specialty Sleep Association Board 


Addition of Dave Brummett, Vice President Merchandising, Mattress Firm, Announced by SSA


February 18, 2010 - The Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) has announced the expansion of their Board of Directors with the addition of Dave Brummett, Vice President, Product Development at Mattress Firm, Inc., a leading specialty bedding retailer with hundreds of stores located coast to coast. Furthermore, Mattress Firm becomes the latest retailer to become a member of the group.

“The Specialty Sleep Association understands the importance of retailer involvement in our organization and is thrilled that a major mattress retailer such as Mattress Firm has joined our organization,” said Dale Read, president, SSA. “Plus, with Dave’s background and years of experience in the specialty sleep category, he is sure to add insight into our growing category.”

Dave Brummett serves as Vice President, Product Development at Mattress Firm, Inc. He had been Vice President, Merchandising since March 2007. Brummett began his career in the home furnishings industry in 1989 at RB Furniture in Dallas. In 1992, he joined Mattress Giant and held various sales and management positions in Dallas and Chicago including Vice President/General Manager. Following, he was a Bedding Buyer at Homelife Furniture prior to moving to the manufacturing side of the business as Vice President of Business Development with Simmons Mattress Company.

“I am looking forward to exploring the opportunities and possibilities that the SSA has as it continues to make a larger impact on the bedding industry. Bringing a retail perspective, will hopefully add value to that initiative,” said Brummett.

Prior to entering the bedding industry, Brummett served in the US Air Force. Married with three daughters, he currently resides in Houston.

The Mattress/Bedding Industry “Green Initiative” sponsored by the SSA was created to identify definitions and terminology, as well as existing standards and certifications that apply to the mattress industry. These include components and finished products, plus how mattress manufacturers and retailers label “green” products and define eco-friendly sleep. The SSA Board is now considering a number of future steps to implement the findings of the report and study. Being considered is a consumer-oriented public education campaign and labeling program aimed at increasing clarity and transparency for consumers shopping for mattresses and bedding.

Founded in 1995, the SSA is a national not-for-profit organization created to facilitate the growth and positive awareness of the specialty sleep category. Its members develop and/or sell specialty sleep products, including air, flotation, latex, foam and adjustable sleep surfaces, and related merchandise. SSA membership is comprised of more than 100 manufacturers and retailers ranging from small, family-owned businesses to large corporations.

Retailers interested in learning more about air, water, memory foam, latex, gel, adjustable beds and green or all natural sleep products should contact SSA Executive Director Tambra Jones,


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