Lifetime Achievement Award

GMDC's Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 1994 to acknowledge the achievements of individuals who have made major contributions to mass market retailing with a focus on the General Merchandise and Health Beauty Wellness categories. 

GMDC's Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

The Award recipients represent a cross-section of industry leaders including Wholesalers and Retailers, Suppliers, Trade Press representatives and Association Executives.

Common traits of these individuals include:

  • A long and distinguished tenure in our industry
  • A commitment to facilitating innovative industry change
  • A leadership role in GMDC

Nominees are not limited to retired or active GMDC members, and can come from any facet of the industry, as long as they fulfill the criteria established by past chairmen of the GMDC Board of Directors.

GMDC's Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

  • 1995 Fran Willmes
  • 1996 Jerry Gilbert
  • 1997 Peter Ephraim
  • 1997 Glenn Snyder
  • 1998 David Pettigrew
  • 1999 Scott Roberts
  • 2000 Bob Ernsberger
  • 2000 Rick Tilton
  • 2001 Jim Donnelly
  • 2002 Ron Demczak
  • 2003 Jim Larsen
  • 2004 Charles Yahn
  • 2005 Norm Loringer
  • 2006 Bill Parsons
  • 2007 Wally Murray
  • 2008 Norton Sarnoff
  • 2009 Wayne Bryant
  • 2010 Jerry Barnes
  • 2011 Terry Cox
  • 2012 Jerry Brown
  • 2013 Skip Aldridge