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CertiPUR-US Officers

Innocor’s Jeff Hansbro and Elite Comfort Solution’s Chris Chrisafides
Join CertiPUR-US® Program Board of Directors

Joe Progar will serve as president of newly elected board


(Rochester Hills, Mich.  June 14, 2017) – The Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam, the not-for-profit organization that administers the CertiPUR-US® foam certification program, announced its newly elected board of directors this week, according to executive director Michael Crowell.


Joe Progar, independent consultant, will serve as the organization’s new president.


Two new directors were added to the Board. Jeff Hansbro, vice president of product development of Innocor, provides stewardship of Innocor’s new product development process from inception to product launch, and leads the design and development of the company’s consumer products.  Hansbro received his MS in Product Design and Development from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University and holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University.  Chris Chrisafides, CEO of Elite Comfort Solutions, was previously commercial vice president at DOW Polyurethanes.  Chrisafides received his MS in Manufacturing Engineering Management from the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) and his BS in Industrial Engineering at UMASS at Lowell.


The new Board of Directors is:


President:    Joe Progar, Independent consultant

Vice President:  Scott Pugh, Carpenter Co.

Treasurer:   Robert Luedeka, Polyurethane Foam Association

Assistant Treasurer:  Jud Brown, NCFI Polyurethanes, Inc.

Secretary:  Lynn Knudtson, Future Foam

Director (and Past President):  Bobby Bush, HSM Solutions

Director: Steven Romero, Sinomax USA, Inc.

Director:  Jeff Hansbro, Innocor, Inc.

Director:  Chris Chrisafides, Elite Comfort Solutions, LLC


CertiPUR-US certified flexible polyurethane foams are analyzed by independent, accredited testing laboratories and are certified to be made without ozone depleters; made without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants; made without lead and heavy metals; made without  formaldehyde; made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission; and low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million).


Certified foams meet program standards for content, emissions and durability based on the Technical Guidelines, a living document that is updated regularly based on current government regulations, and information developed by science-driven chemical and environmental groups.


For more information about the CertiPUR-US program, visit