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GMDC Appoints 11 Members to its 2017 Board of Directors

January 12, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jan. 12, 2017Global Market Development Center (GMDC) has announced its 2017 board of directors – which is comprised of visionary industry leaders who advance the association’s mission to inspire trading partners to connect, collaborate and create innovative growth in the general merchandise and health beauty wellness industries.

“As our organization continues to engage on the leading-edge of a constantly transforming and disrupted marketplace, we are pleased to have industry leaders and experts who are positioning GMDC for future innovation – driving consumer insights and strategic merchandising while delivering profitable change as a result,” said Patrick Spear, president and CEO. “This will be a big and exciting year for GMDC and our constituents as we face industry challenges head-on to enable our members’ success.”

The newly appointed directors include:

  • Rick Cicero, senior director of merchandising, at C&S Wholesale Grocers
  • John Gehre, vice president general merchandise manager  – general merchandise, global sourcing and front end, at H-E-B
  • Joanne Leonardi, business unit lead for general merchandise/health and beauty care/non-foods, at Topco Associates LLC
  • Reilly Murray, president, at L&R Distributers
  • Michael O’Shell, executive director of center store sales and marketing, at Rouse’s Enterprises LLC
  • Michael Petocchi, business group manager of health and beauty care and cosmetics, at Wegmans Food Markets
  • Chris Skyers, vice president of health and beauty care, at Wakefern Food Corporation
  • Dave Sutton, president, at Valu Merchandisers Company
  • Cheri Taylor, director of retail merchandising, at Kinney Drugs
  • Mitch Terry, vice president of sales and merchandising general merchandise/health and beauty care, at Associated Grocers of Florida

Raymond Schrumpf, senior vice president – health and beauty care, at C&S Wholesale Grocers, will serve as past board chairman.

“Our board is an impressive group of people, who will provide beneficial insights and valuable guidance as GMDC strives to help its members thrive in a rapidly changing environment,” said GMDC 2017 Chairman of the Board, Steve Davis, who is also director of center store: general merchandise/health and beauty care/GNFDS/Fuel Procurement and Store Services at Weis Markets.

For a complete listing of the 2017 Board of Directors, visit:

About GMDC
Global Market Development Center (GMDC) energizes members and the marketplace by advancing a culture of Connect-Collaborate-Create-Commerce. As the leading GM and HBW trade association, GMDC is dedicated to serving its ecosystem of more than 600 General Merchandise and Health Beauty Wellness retailers, wholesalers, suppliers and service/solution member companies by enabling consumer-facing innovation and retail reimagined. GMDC's combined member volume represents more than 125,000 retail outlets and more than $500 billion in sales. To learn more, visit