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ISPA Reports Record-Breaking Expo

The International Sleep Products Association reported that last month's ISPA Expo 2014 in New Orleans was one of its most successful shows to date.

The nearly 3,300 attendees saw the very latest in machinery, components, services and technology from a record-setting 214 exhibitors from 23 countries. 

Expo attendees also participated in networking events, receptions and top-notch educational sessions on topics ranging from venturing into emerging markets, developing technologies affecting consumers, B2B sales trends and the sleep-health mattress equation. 

On Friday, during the Industry Breakfast, Luke Williams, professor of innovation at New York University and author of "Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business," challenged the audience to spark transformation in their own companies by embracing “disruptive thinking” and taking the steps to incorporate disruptive strategies and unexpected solutions to stay ahead of the game.

Feedback from event attendees was positive: "The show is well organized and the quality of the exhibits was excellent," said Alvin Kaplan, vice president/principal of Just Born in White Plains, N.Y. "Attending Expo is the most time-efficient way to see multiple suppliers and the latest trends. If you don't go, you're missing out on seeing all kinds of valuable resources."

During one of Expo's best networking opportunities, Wednesday’s welcome reception, industry band the Insomniaczzz had the crowd dancing and singing along.

“I think our record-breaking numbers reflect the enthusiasm and optimism that’s been building throughout the mattress industry," Ryan Trainer, president of ISPA. "ISPA staff worked hard to make sure this EXPO provided something for everyone. “

Plans are already underway for the 2016 event in Orlando, Fla., March 9-12.

"We always come to Expo. In fact, my first show was 31 years ago. Almost everything you see is new, from machinery to materials," Manuel Lopez Castillejos, director general for Colchones Wendy/Serta in Guadalajara, Mexico. "We get new ideas for designs and it's also an important opportunity to meet and socialize with old friends."

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