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GMDC Names Steve Davis of Weis Markets, Inc. as 2016 Board of Directors Chairman

February 11, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 11, 2016 –The Global Market Development Center announced the appointment of Steve Davis, director of center store; GM/HBC and grocery nonfoods of Weis Markets, Inc., as the new chairman of its board of directors. 

Davis’ experience includes a diverse career in food retailing that spans both the General Merchandise and Health Beauty Wellness categories. Davis also serves as the chairman of the GMDC executive committee.

GMDC’s board of directors is comprised of esteemed leaders in GM and HBW who help further the association’s mission of inspiring retailers and suppliers to connect and collaborate in order to create innovative growth in commerce.

“We look forward to having Steve Davis and a wealth of respected, industry thought leaders at the helm of our association as it continues to be an ecosystem for business growth and value creation for all of our members,” said Patrick Spear, president and CEO of GMDC. “We also want to offer a special thank you to the retiring GMDC board members for their dedication and service to the association and our industry.“

Newly appointed members of the 2016 GMDC executive committee:

Steve Davis, director of center store; GM/HBC and grocery nonfoods, Weis Markets, Inc.  - GMDC chairman of the board
Tim Buskey, vice president of consumer health, AmerisourceBergen  - GMDC vice chairman of the board
Patty Fishman, vice president HBC/GM merchandising , SUPERVALU, INC. - MDC board secretary/treasurer

Newly appointed members of the 2016 GMDC Board of Directors:

Karen Bakewell, director GM/HBC, SpartanNash - GMDC education leadership council co-chairperson 
Mike Bloom, president and chief operating officer, Fred's Inc. - GMDC board liaise to the education leadership council 
Peter Fahrenkopf, vice president of stationary and household sales, ShurTech Brands, LLC - GM board co-chairperson
Dan Figus, vice president, field sales organization, Johnson & Johnson Inc.  - GMDC HBW board co-chairperson
Dave Jones, vice president, industry initiatives, Kellogg USA – GMDC membership advisory board co-chairperson 

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