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Sleep Train CEO Dale Carlsen named Sacramentan of the Year

Sacramento Metro Chamber also names Businessman and Businesswoman of the Year
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Accomplished Sleep Train President and CEO Dale Carlsen has been named the 2012 Sacramentan of the Year by the Sacramento Metro Chamber. Carlsen, who opened the first Sleep Train store in 1985 shortly after graduating from California State University, Sacramento, will receive this lifetime community award Friday, Feb. 8, at the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s 118th annual Dinner & Business Awards at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento.

Sacramentan of the Year is a lifetime community award given annually to a person who has made a significant contribution to the well-being of the region over a long period of service.

Since opening the first Sleep Train store in Sacramento, Carlsen has grown the enterprise into one of the largest mattress retailers on the West coast, with more than 250 locations and its corporate headquarters in Rocklin. The company also became one of the nation’s few employee-owned companies, implementing an Employee Stock Ownership Plan to further reward its team for their instrumental role in the company’s growth and success.

Carlsen strongly believes it is his responsibility and, in turn, his company's responsibility, to give back to the communities where they do business. Carlsen has been recognized for his philanthropic achievements through various giving programs at Sleep Train, including the company's award-winning Sleep Train Foster Kids Program, which lends support and a voice to foster children and the agencies that help them.

“Dale Carlsen is not just a successful businessman, but one of the most charitable leaders in Sacramento,” said Metro Chamber President and CEO Roger Niello. “He has given much to our community through his and his company’s dedicated cause to the wellbeing of foster children.”

Throughout the year, Sleep Train helps foster kids by holding many events to collect donations and raise awareness for this important cause. To date, Sleep Train has donated hundreds of thousands of important material items and raised nearly $1.5 million though the Sleep Train Charity Golf Classic for foster children and at-risk youth.

The Metro Chamber will also recognize president and CEO of VSP, Rob Lynch, as Businessman of the Year, and Sacramento River Cats owner Susan Savage as Businesswoman of the Year.

Nearly a thousand businesspeople are expected to attend the event that will also highlight the Small Business of the Year and local businesses that have been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame.

Tickets cost $175 for Metro Chamber members and $250 for nonmembers and can be purchased online at www.metrochamber.org or by calling Stefanie Stenklyft at 319-4261. For sponsorship information, contact Susan Harris at 321-9144 or sharris@metrochamber.org.