Dale Carlsen Receives Ernst & Young Award

Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in Retail and Consumer Products category

Ernst & Young Employee of the Year logoSacramento, CA, June 5, 2012 – Ernst & Young LLP today announced that Dale Carlsen, Founder & CEO of Sleep Train, the number one mattress store on the West Coast, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the Retail and Consumer Products category in Northern California. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Dale Carlsen was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala on June 2nd at The Fairmont San Francisco.

“It’s an honor to receive this prestigious award on behalf of all of our Employee Owners, and be recognized among the nation’s top leaders for building a company that demonstrates continued growth and innovation and fosters strong relationships with our business partners and the greater community,” said Dale Carlsen, founder and CEO of Sleep Train. “During the past 27 years, Sleep Train has grown from one store and few employees to a multi branded company with more than 255 stores and 1,250 employee owners. We’ve created the Sleep Train Foster Kids program to have a significant impact on an important social cause, and became the only employee-owned sleep shop in the nation. I am proud to share this tremendous recognition with my entire team whose support has been both vital and inspiring.”

Now in its 26th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Michael Dell of Dell Inc., Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Andrew Mason of Groupon, Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and many more.

As a Northern California award winner, Dale Carlsen is now eligible for consideration for the National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2012. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.