ABA Speaker Series with Dale Carlsen

Dale Carlsen
On March 15, ABA welcomed Dale Carlsen, CEO of Sleep Train Mattress Centers as part of ABA's Speaker Series. The Speaker Series brings community leaders to Sac State to share knowledge in their fields of business or expertise.

As a proud alumni of Sac State, earning a degree in Real Estate, Finance and Insurance in 1984, Mr. Carlsen spoke of some valuable words he received from his father. "Son, to be successful, surround yourself with great people." One year later in 1985 he pursued his dream and founded Sleep Train Mattress Centers.

Mr. Carlsen also spoke of his company's values: Intregity, ownership, inspiration, and celebration. "We value every aspect of our company," Mr. Carlsen said. "We coach to succeed." These values have led to success for Mr. Carlsen and his company.

Today, the Sleep Train Enterprise has evolved into one of the top three mattress retailers in the United States, and the #1 mattress retailer on the West Coast with more than 250 locations.

Mr. Carlsen strongly believes it is his responsibility and, in turn, his company’s responsibility to give back to the community. An active proponent of foster care youths, Sleep Train Mattress Centers donated over 4,000 new mattresses to children in the foster care program in 2001. Some of his other contributions include his service as chairman of the Board for Junior Achievement and board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento. He also presently serves as an Advisory Board member for Sac State’s College of Business Administration.

ABA and the University was proud to have Mr. Carlsen share his insights. For a summary of the event, view the video below.