The Association for Manufacturers, Retailers & Suppliers of Specialty Sleep

MISSION STATEMENT

“To serve sleep innovators, both manufacturing and retail, by promoting members, product transparency, and education.”

Vision

SSA’s vision is to be a trusted authority for consumers on product transparency and education for specialty sleep products.

Unifying Statements

  • The SSA’s Las Vegas Market Showroom provides an essential platform to display and recognize members’ products and services
  • Collaboration fosters technological innovation
  • Consumers should have access to verifiable information on specialty sleep products
  • Fact-based and transparent communication about material content and construction processes adds value and increases trust
  • Advances in technology necessitate continual education throughout the supply chain
  • Promoting healthful materials and sustainable manufacturing standards is a shared responsibility

Learn about the membership benefits here:


Background

Founded in 1995 as the successor organization for the waterbed industry, the SSA today advocates and promotes the full spectrum of bedding solutions. The specialty sector has become much more mainstream and now represents the fastest growing category of all bedding.  Click here for a brief history of the SSA.  

Our showroom in LAS VEGAS in Building C1565 is a co-op venue for manufacturers and distributors introducing product to retail bedding stores/departments. Our showroom is always one of the busiest in Las Vegas during the Furniture Market, for our new and innovative products, as well as the outstanding B2B networking opportunities that have begun with networking in our room. We endeavor to promote Specialty Sleep Products and our members, as well as recruit new retailer and manufacturing/supplier members.

SSA’s BEDFAX® Program, whose predecessor was the SSA's Environmental and Safety Program, has been dedicated to product transparency.  Although on hold for the time being, today’s BEDFAX VERIFIED Program has been about promoting truth in marketing for mattresses.  The SSA’s Environmental & Safety Program began as a remedy for products that are marketed with “green” claims, but possibly are not fully "green" at all.  It was a manufacturer self-certification and labeling program designed to provide consumers with material content information about what is inside the mattress and how claims are supported through testing and certification.  Check back to updates on the status of the BEDFAX Program

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Specialty Sleep Association Board of Directors includes:

Mark Miller.jpeg

Chairman
Mark Miller
Innomax

Thomas.jpg

Vice Chairman
Thomas Frismodt
Danican

Secretary/Treasurer
Pascal Roberge
Beaudoin


Angela Owen.jpeg

Director
Angela Owen
Suite Sleep

Director
Barry Cik
Naturepedic Organic

Director
Dennis Rodgers
Forever Foundations


Director
Brian Davis
The Bedroom Store

 Secretary/Treasurer Roger Coffey <a href="http://www.latexo-west.com">Latexo West</a>

Director
Jim Gutierrez
Latexco West

Rion Morgenstern - Public Bio.jpg

Director
Rion Morgenstern
Pleasant Mattress


Executive Director
Tambra Jones


SPECIAL THANKS

SSA is also pleased to recognize the following individuals and organizations that supported the development of the Environmental & Safety Program through information sharing and by providing additional resources. Special thanks for the strong support from Dow in support of consumer education:

Denny Boyd, Boyd Sleep

Barry Cik, Naturepedic 

Roger Coffey, Latexco West/Sleep Comp West 

Bart DeHaerne, Deslee Textiles, USA 

Tom Eisenberg, Latex International 

Jack Eppolito, Reverie 

Scott Frisch, Springs Creative 

Anne Kozel, Simmons 

Mark Larusso, Jeffco Fibres 

Michael Nermon, Ergo Customized Comfort 

Kenny Oliver, Jones Fiber Company 

Angela Owen, Suite Sleep, Inc. 

Mark Quinn, Leggett & Platt 

Dale Read, SSA Staff, Cargill Biobased Polyurethanes 

Rick Robinson, Spring Air International 

Ralph Rossdeutscher, Natura World 

Michael Rothbard, Sleep Studio 

Umberto Torresan, Dow Polyurethanes 

Mithra Weerasinghe, Latex Green

Christine Bushway, Organic Trade Association

Randy Carter, Steelcase 

Greg Crawford, Steel Recycling Institute 

Michael Deese, Howe & Hutton, Ltd. 

Susan Ebaugh, Lilly Management Group 

David Farley & Jeff Scorziell, Anatomic Global 

William Freeman, Resilient Floor Covering Institute 

Al Hodgson & Raja Tannous, Berkeley Analytical 

Josh Jacobs, GREENGUARD Environmental Institute 

Joan Jordan & Margaret Davis, IAPFLO 

Bob Luedeka, Polyurethane Foam Association 

Joanne Mattiase, Law Office of Joanne E. Mattiase 

Susan Inglis, Sustainable Furnishings Council 

Kate Lewis & Ron Buckhalt, USDA’s BioPreferred Program 

Miles McEvoy & Lorraine Coke, USDA’s NOP 

Sam Moore & Dana Dunn, Hohenstein Institutes 

Reinhard Oppl, Eurofins 

Hardy Poole, National Textiles Association 

Ryan Trainer, International Sleep Products Association 

Dwayne Welch, Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co. 

Don Wright, Wright Labels.