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GMDC announces changes to its Board of Directors

January 23, 2015

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The Global Market Development Center (GMDC) has announced changes made to its Board of Directors, to include the appointment of Dewayne Rabon, Bi-Lo Holdings LLC/Bi-Lo/Winn-Dixie, as the new Chairman of the board.

GMDC’s Board of Directors are esteemed leaders of the association representing retailers, wholesalers, suppliers and service companies of the general merchandise (GM) and health/beauty/wellness (HBW) industries. Patrick Spear, President of GMDC, is looking forward to the new year joined by both new and returning board members.

“I am thrilled to report GMDC’s board leadership enhancements with the addition of these world-class industry executives. 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,” says Spear. “With that, I encourage you to watch our new testimonial video featuring current and past GMDC board members who strongly communicate the true essence of GMDC and why they are our strongest supporters.”

Newly appointed Board of Directors:
Tom Duffy, Co-Chair Education Leadership Council, Nielsen
Dave Baer, Co-Chair GM Advisory Board, Wakefern Food Corporation
Dave Sutton, GM Advisory Board Liaison, Valu Merchandisers Company
Rick Cicero, Member Advisory Board Liaison, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
Cheri Taylor, HBW Advisory Board Liaison, Kinney Drug
Dan Sullivan, Ex-Officio, TBM Consulting

2015 Officers of the Board:
Dewayne Rabon, Chairman, Bi-Lo Holdings LLC/Bi-Lo/Winn-Dixie
Bill Anderson, Immediate Past Chairman, H-E-B
Stephen Davis, Vice-Chairman, Weis Markets, Inc.
Timothy Buskey, Secretary/Treasurer, AmerisourceBergen
Dave McConnell, GMDC CEO

GMDC would like to thank its retiring Board of Directors:
Pat Kiernan, Day/Kiernan & Associates
Mike Botterman, 99 Cents Only Stores
Dan Funk, Associated Wholesale Grocers
Kathy Williams, formerly 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. By leveraging opportunities for first-mover advantages that build higher margins, we are activating business growth in this highly competitive marketplace,” says Spear.

For complete lists of GMDC board members belonging to the Board of Directors, the GM Advisory Board, HBW Advisory Board, Membership Advisory Board and Education Leadership Council, please visit

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.