Debbie Gaby is the President and co-founder of Sleep America, the largest mattress retailer in Arizona with over 40 locations throughout the state. Before opening the first Sleep America store in 1997, Debbie created the Mattress Recycling Program with St. Vincent de Paul to keep consumers’ used mattresses out of landfills, while helping those in need find a mattress they otherwise could not afford. Debbie leads Sleep America’s efforts to positively impact the community and currently serves on boards and advisory agencies for community activities such as: Sleep America Charities, Phoenix Suns Charities, Sojourner Center, The Salvation Army and Charter 100. She is also a Certified Fairy Godmother for Make-A-Wish. Debbie enjoys motivating women through her many speaking engagements.
In 2004, Debbie co-founded Sleep America Charities, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for others by providing assistance, support, and other resources to deserving Arizona charities and organizations in need. Debbie Gaby and Sleep America have supported over 500 different local organizations through water donations, gift certificates and bed programs. She chairs many fundraising events, most notably her biennial Celebrity Catwalk for Charity and golf tournament.
Prior to co-founding Sleep America in Arizona, Debbie was a top Realtor in the state of Texas for over fifteen years. Besides her efforts to assist people getting a good night’s sleep, protecting the environment, or inspiring others to give back to the community, she has been guided by her passion to help others improve their quality of life!
In both 2010 and 2012, Debbie Gaby was very proud to win the title of the Most Influential Person in Valley Nonprofit from Arizona Foothills Magazine following months of online voting by the general public.
Debbie also received Woman of the Year Award for Women of Scottsdale, and was inducted into the House of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2008. In addition, that same year Sleep America was voted Retailer of the Year by Furniture Today Magazine, and won the Sterling Award for Entrepreneurship awarded by the Chamber of Commerce. Sleep America was also voted Best Places to Work by Phoenix Business Journal in both 2005 and 2008.
In January 2007, Debbie was honored to chair Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano’s second inaugural committee, co-emceeing the inaugural reception with broadcaster Hugh Downs. Debbie and her family received the “Philanthropist of the Year” Award from CCF and Florence Crittenton and she also served as Chair of the Major Gifts Committee for the Phoenix Zoo’s campaign which raised $20 Million to significantly upgrade their facilities.
Debbie co-chaired Sojourner Center’s $11 million Home Stretch Capital Campaign in 2006, and received the World of Community Service Award from the Girl Scouts of Arizona. In addition, she served as Vice Chairwoman of Florence Crittenton Center’s Capital Campaign and in appreciation a garden was named in her honor. Banner of Hope honored her with the “Hope” Award, the YWCA named Debbie as “The Business Leader of the Year”, and Working Women Magazine honored her for Entrepreneurial Excellence.
She has also received the 2000 Golden Heart of Business Award, 2000 Arthritis Awareness Award, 2000 Vera Beaton Volunteer Award, the 1999 Spirit of Philanthropy Award, and the 1999 Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Woman of Distinction Award.
Debbie lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona with her husband and two dogs Ziggy and Banks, who recently were honored to become Therapy Dogs for Gabriel’s Angels. She looks forward with great enthusiasm to the future and the opportunity to positively impact the lives of Arizonans.
See Debbie speak:
January 11, 2014 - Scottsdale, Women Investing In Women Summit
Debbie in the news:
Debbie Gaby was awarded the 2013 Positively Powerful Woman Philanthropic Leadership Award - Watch the video
Debbie's Celebrity Catwalk for charity - Watch the video
Fairy Godmother Debbie Gaby helps 'Make A Wish' come true - Watch the video
Sleep America Great Bed Race 2013 - Watch the video
Debbie Gaby talks Sleep America & Dancing with the Stars Arizona 2012 - Watch the video
Sleep America Bed Race highlights 2012 - Watch the video
Sleep America Bed Race 2012 promotional video - Watch the video