Ryan Trainer to retire as president of ISPA, MRC

Executive credited with launching Mattress Recycling Council, guiding industry through major regulatory and legislative challenges

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Ryan Trainer is retiring as president of the International Sleep Products Association and the Mattress Recycling Council after more than 22 years of service to the association.

“Having worked closely with Ryan for many years, I have come to value his insights, dedication and the positive impact he has had on our industry,” said Hank Little, chair of the ISPA board of trustees and former president of Atlanta Attachment Co. “He leaves behind a legacy of contributions that have significantly improved our organization and the industry as a whole. The board wishes him a fulfilling retirement and expresses gratitude for his valuable service.”

Ryan Trainer

Before becoming president in 2010, Trainer served as general counsel for ISPA.

ISPA credited Trainer with guiding the industry through major regulatory and legislative challenges and said that he was instrumental in launching the MRC.

“Serving this wonderful industry and working with the great ISPA and MRC teams has been the highlight of my career,” Trainer said. “Our members create innovative products that both benefit consumers and improve their companies’ environmental performance. I have had the privilege to work with some fantastic individuals and organizations to protect and advance the sleep products industry. I thank the ISPA and MRC boards, our members and the ISPA/MRC staff for their support. I am proud of what we have accomplished together and confident that these organizations will thrive under new leadership.”

A search committee of current and past members of the ISPA and MRC boards will work with an outside firm to identify qualified candidates to replace Trainer. They will begin interviewing applicants soon after the ISPA Expo ends in March.  

Officials said the association is “committed to a seamless transition as it selects a new president who will lead ISPA and MRC into their next chapters and continue to advance the association’s role  as the “Voice of the Mattress Industry.”

For inquiries related to the executive search, please contact Lori Shearin at lshearin@smarthrinc.com.

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