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2020 Spirit of Life Honorees

Rick Anderson – Tempur Sealy International

Rick joined Tempur Sealy International in July 2006 and serves as Executive Vice President and President, North America. In this role, he is responsible for company business operations for Tempur Sealy in the U.S. and Canada. He develops and executes company strategy for Sales, Marketing and Product Development. During his tenure in this role, Tempur Sealy has launched many new product lines and new advertising campaigns (remember the “Ask Me” campaign?) and played a central role in the successful integration of Tempur-Pedic and Sealy. He has been a part of Tempur Sealy’s North American growth for 14 years; growing the business from $545 million in 2007 to over $2.4 billion in 2018.
From 1983 to 2006, Rick held a number of roles with The Gillette Company, which became a part of The Procter & Gamble Company in 2005. He served as the Vice President of Marketing for Oral-B and Braun in North America. Previously, Rick was the Vice President of Global Business Management for Duracell. He held several management positions in marketing and sales as well as overseeing branding, product development and strategic planning. Rick earned a B.S. and a M.B.A. from Virginia Tech.
Rick has been married to his college sweetheart, Kathy, for 33 years and is the very proud father to two successful daughters, Meg and Sarah. He recently joined the grandparent club with the birth of his grandson, Cameron. He enjoys traveling with his family, relaxing at his second home in North Carolina, golf, fitness and history. He has held leadership roles in civic and religious organizations and has led youth mission trips in the U.S., Belize and Costa Rica. Rick also supports several charities and causes and has been a strong proponent of the City of Hope for many years.

Patrick Cory – Cory Companies / J.B. Hunt

CEO & Managing Partner
Patrick joined Cory in 1981 as a young man working part-time with his family. He continued to work part-time at Cory through high school and college. In 1991 Patrick joined Cory as a full-time delivery driver in Miami, Florida. After college Pat worked as director of sales at Micro Delta Corp., a Florida based software company; in 1995 he joined Rooms-To-Go Furniture. In 1999 Pat rejoined Cory. His role quickly expanded to developing new business opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2002, Pat moved to the New Jersey corporate offices as Director of Sales. He became CEO in 2013 and under his leadership doubled Cory’s revenue between 2013 and the recent acquisition in February of 2019.
Among the many accomplishments at Cory the two that Pat is most proud of were the [email protected] program which formalized the mentoring and recognition of the female team members; and the formalization of the Cory Way – the Cory Standards of Excellence. Pat is also recognized as a leader and voice of home delivery and transportation industries and has written articles and been featured in many industry publications. Patrick is a sort after public speaker and has sat on a variety of panels. He currently serves on the board of the GMFA, IFTLC, Specialized Carrier Association, NHDA and most recently the American Furniture Hall of Fame.
He is also involved with many charitable organizations and serves on National Executive Board Member of the City of Hope - Home Furnishing Division and is on the National Executive Board of the Anti-Defamation League.
Pat is the recipient of numerous awards including the GNYHFA Meadoff Award, the Howard Liveright Award, City of Hope’s Volunteer of the Year, Furniture Today’s Young Executives and the Tri-State Home Furnishings Person of the Year.
Patrick is the grandson of Cory’s founder Joseph Cory and son of the late Chairman Joe Cory, Sr. He is a graduate of Admiral Farragut Naval Academy, attended Florida Atlantic University and St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, NJ. Pat and his wife Chunji have 3 children and live in California. He enjoys spending time with his family and watching the Miami Dolphins or the New York Yankees.

Rob Spilman, Jr. – Bassett Furniture

Rob Spilman, Jr. is the Chairman and CEO of Bassett Furniture Industries Incorporated, a furniture manufacturer and retailer, headquartered in Bassett, VA. Founded in 1902, Bassett Furniture is one of America’s original continually operating furniture companies.  He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in 1978 and attended the Stanford University Executive Program in 1990.
In 1984 Spilman began working for Bassett Furniture as the company’s upholstery sales manager. Quickly excelling at the job, and just two years later, he was named Vice President of Bassett’s Impact Division and continued to move his way up, becoming Bassett Furniture’s President and CEO in 2000.
The furniture industry began to shift in the 1980s as Asian imports began to disrupt the long established U.S. manufacturing base.  As many retailers gravitated to low cost Asian product, Bassett sought a long term strategy to market its products.  Ultimately, management decided to change course after almost 100 years as a pure play manufacturer and create a vertical model that came to life in its first store that opened in Austin, Texas in 1997.  The original design was an open plan format that featured Bassett’s products in coordinated lifestyle settings.  Since then, the store design has undergone two updates to stay abreast of changing retail trends and the evolution of the Bassett product assortment.  The company is incorporating more technology into its stores to help customers visualize the custom products that they initially encounter on the Bassett website.  Coupled with a network of over 400 experienced designers, Bassett seeks to blend new technology with a high degree of personalized service to create a loyal customer base.
Today, Bassett Furniture has about 100 dedicated retail locations in the United States and Puerto Rico. The company is passionate about developing fashionable and innovative home furnishings while offering an integrated customer experience from website to store to the home.
Spilman’s father, Robert H. Spilman, was also honored by City of Hope in 1981.