The Global Market Development Center (GMDC), headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has made changes to its board of directors—including the appointment of Dewayne Rabon of Bi- Lo Holdings as the new board chairman.
GMDC’s board of directors is comprised of leaders representing retailers, wholesalers, suppliers and service companies of the general merchandise (GM) and health/beauty/wellness (HBW) industries.
Patrick Spear, president of GMDC, says he looks forward to joining both new and returning board members for the new year.
“I am thrilled to report GMDC’s board leadership enhancements with the addition of these world-class industry executives,” he said. “2015 is looking to be an exciting year for GMDC, its members and associates as we work to develop new opportunities and build upon our existing business model.”
In addition to Rabon, 2015 board officers include Bill Anderson of H-E-B, immediate past chairman; Stephen Davis of Weis Markets, vice chairman; Timothy Buskey of AmerisourceBergen, secretary/treasurer; and Dave McConnell, GMDC CEO.
Newly appointed directors include Tom Duffy of Nielsen, co-chair of the Education Leadership Council; Dave Baer of Wakefern Food Corp., co-chair of GM Advisory Board; Dave Sutton of Valu Merchandisers Co., GM Advisory Board liaison; Rick Cicero of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Member Advisory Board liaison; Cheri Taylor of Kinney Drug, HBW Advisory Board liaison; and Dan Sullivan of TBM Consulting, ex-officio.
Retiring from the board of directors are Pat Kiernan of Day/Kiernan & Associates, Mike Botterman of 99 Cents Only Stores, Dan Funk of Associated Wholesale Grocers and Kathy Williams, formerly of Raley’s Family of Fine Stores.
“More than ever, GMDC retailers are looking to the association and its leadership for product discovery opportunities and innovation at our conferences,” said Spear. “By leveraging opportunities for first-mover advantages that build higher margins, we are activating business growth in this highly competitive marketplace.”