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GMDC Announces Appointment of Patrick Spear to the Role of President

November 4, 2014

GMDC announces that CPG executive Patrick Spear has been named President of the 44 year-old trade association effective November 1, 2014.

Commenting on the addition of Spear to the GMDC senior management team, Chairman of the Board Bill Anderson of H-E-B noted, “Patrick’s extensive background in our industry, coupled with his intimate knowledge of GMDC as both a supplier member and as a past chairman of the General Merchandise Supplier Advisory Board, allows him to hit the ground running in his new role.  HIs reputation in this industry is stellar and the skill sets and vision he brings to GMDC will be a tremendous asset to the Association.  We’re thrilled to have him on board!”

Mr. Spear brings 25-plus years of experience in the consumer and office products industry to GMDC’s senior management team.  Discussing Spear’s move to GMDC Anderson commented, “Our long term President/CEO Dave McConnell will continue to function as CEO for the near future and will work closely with Patrick over the next six months to help him transition to his new role.”

Reflecting on the appointment of Spear, McConnell noted, “I’ve known Patrick as a business associate and friend for over 15 years and had the opportunity to work closely with him when he was extremely active in the GMDC board structure.  He understands the culture of the Association, is an outstanding businessman, and has a real passion to take GMDC to the next level during his tenure.  I truly believe he’s the right guy for the job and will be a huge asset to GMDC and the members we serve!”

Mr. Spear began his career with BIC Corporation in 1987 and gained valuable insights and steady career advancement during his subsequent tenure with Newell Rubbermaid, Mapa Spontex, Identity Group, The Highlands Group, and as Founding Partner/Managing Director of Mammoth Office Products.  His career experience spans a continuum from retails sales representative (BIC) to CEO/Managing Director (Identity Group and Mammoth).

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Spear observed, “It is both an honor and a privilege to join GMDC, an association I have developed a passion for over nearly 20 years.  GMDC’s unique culture and strong member-focus are true differentiators in our industry, and I am excited and energized to work with Dave McConnell, our staff and boards and help lead this organization to a very bright future.”

Mr. Spear and his wife, Lisa, currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee, and have three children, daughter, Erica (17), and sons Nolan (16) and Joseph (15).

About GMDC

The Global Market Development Center (GMDC) is the premier global trade association dedicated to serving General Merchandise and Health Beauty Wellness retailers, wholesalers and suppliers.  GMDC promotes critical connectivity to grow and expand member companies by uniting members through business building events and opportunities and enriching their thinking through education and training; consumer and business insights; and information resources.