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GMDC’s Ann McConnell to Retire as Vice President, Finance and Administration; James Engstrom Named as Successor

November 26, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Leading retail industry trade association Global Market Development Center (GMDC) has announced that Ann McConnell will retire as vice president of finance and administration at the end of the year. James Engstrom has been selected to join the GMDC team to succeed her in the role.

McConnell has served GMDC and its member community for more than 30 years, having joined in 1988 as an administrative assistant. Since then, she has advanced through the organization earning numerous promotions including her most recent appointment as vice president, finance and administration in February 2015.

“On behalf of everyone at GMDC, I want to express my deep appreciation for Ann, her leadership, and her countless accomplishments during her tenure,” said GMDC President & CEO Patrick Spear. “Her ability to adapt to the evolving nature of the industry while ensuring our financial health across all levels is unparalleled. Not only will we miss Ann’s business acumen, but also her presence in the organization. We wish her a happy and well-deserved retirement.”

In August the GMDC executive team selected Engstrom for the role, in which he has begun the management transition of all financial aspects of the organization including its annual budget, investments, employee benefit programs and more. Prior to joining GMDC, he was Engagement Director at CliftonLarsonAllen and co-founder and president of Eagle Trace Consulting in Broomfield, Colo.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to join GMDC and partner with the executive team to continually enhance our successful, long-term financial strategy,” said Engstrom.

Engstrom has a master’s degree in business administration from Regis University. He began his career at Leprino Foods and has held positions at Arthur Andersen, U S WEST, MediaOne, @Link Networks, McDATA, Applied Films Corporation, Tomkins plc, and Gates Corporation.

“Jim is the ideal team member to continue Ann’s legacy,” Spear continued. “Like Ann, Jim is a committed financial professional with more than 30 years of progressive experience in financial operations. He’s also a certified public accountant and has worked globally with manufacturing companies in Europe and Asia while stationed in the Czech Republic, Germany and Belgium. We look forward to his many accomplishments with GMDC.”