Eclipse International took another step in adding to its sales leadership team by naming industry veteran Steve Karns regional vice president of sales and marketing overseeing its eastern region.
Karns has more than 30 years of experience in the sales and marketing of bedding brands with leading mattress manufacturers King Koil, Englander and Serta. Most recently, Karns was vice president of sales for Blue Bell Mattress.
In his new position with Eclipse International, Karns will manage five sales representatives and cover a territory that includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
“As we continue to expand our brand and our reach along the East Coast, we wanted a strong sales leader to work with our sales team and our retailers to help them grow their businesses,” said Stuart Carlitz, CEO of Eclipse International. “Steve has built long-standing relationships in the region and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. We are excited to have Steve join our team, and we know he will be a great asset as we continue to grow in the region.”
In his new position, Karns reports to Tom Rehwinkle, vice president of sales and marketing for Eclipse. Karns lives in Dillsburg, Pa., with his wife.
“I’m super excited to join an organization with the depth and vision that Eclipse brings to the bedding industry,” Karns said. “I was especially drawn to the company’s impressive focus on its customers.”
North Brunswick, N.J.-based Eclipse International has been making mattresses since 1866. Known for its design innovation in creating advanced sleep products, the company has an extensive global licensing network that distributes mattresses under five brands – Eclipse, Eastman House, Van Vorst, Ernest Hemingway and BIA. A well-established leader in the bedding industry, Eclipse designs products crafted with high quality components, including latex, memory foam, gel and eco-friendly materials. The company holds a number of patents that deliver superb support throughout the product line. Today, the company has 60 licensees, 16 in the U.S., two in Canada and 42 overseas servicing 65 countries or provinces.