Patrick Spear assumes CEO position.
At the 2015 General Merchandise Marketing Conference, enhancements made to the Group B Controlled Casual Conference (CCC) format allowed every Supplier/Service Company member to meet with every attending Retailer/Wholesaler company. This led to more meetings and fewer gaps of unscheduled time. In all, attendees completed more than 11,000 business meetings.
GMDC releases the GMDC/Nielsen GM Hierarchy, a tool that tracks critical sales information by category within General Merchandise.
Patrick Spear succeeds Dave McConnell as president.
GMDC enhances GMDC*Connect with videocast learning events covering a variety of topics led by industry experts.
GMDC introduces Telepresence via GMDC*Connect at the annual Marketing Conferences. GMDC hosted a Business Sessions at the GM Conference followed by a Retailer Panel & Interview Discussion regarding new groundbreaking research that GMDC, Nielsen and Radian released that contains new metrics and insights to help measure and manage the GM category.
GMDC Education Leadership Council releases "Consumer Shopping Habits for Wellness and Environmentally Conscious Lifestyles" research study.
GMDC identifies the opportunities within Health and Wellness for members and adds a new senior staff position, Director of Wellness Programs.
GMDC rebrands itself as the Global Market Development Center (GMDC)The Health and Beauty Care Marketing Conference is rebranded to the Health Beauty Wellness Marketing Conference to emphasize the Association's commitment to providing industry leadership in capturing the emerging health and wellness consumer opportunity. The GMDC Educational Foundation is rebranded to the Education Leadership Council and it releases the "Who Cares? Reaching the Family Caregiver" and "Jump Starting Top-Line Growth II" mini-studies. The GMDC Board amends the GMDC bylaws to include the chairman of the Education Leadership Council as a two-year member of the Board of Directors.
GMDC Educational Foundation releases "Seasonal Best Practices... A Plan for Seasonal Merchandising" study.
GMDC board decides to pay for airfare and lodging expenses for qualifying wholesale and retail companies starting with 2002 conferences.
Dave McConnell succeeds Rick Tilton as president and chief executive officer. GMDC introduces CCCnet, a web-based tool suite, designed to maximize the effectiveness of the organization's one-on-one meetings.
GMDC headquarters move from Dayton, Ohio, to Colorado Springs, Colorado.
GMDC's first industry survey is unveiled at the GM Conference.
Rick Tilton succeeds Robert Keats as executive director.
First GMDC Marketing Conference is held in Dallas and the concept of Controlled Casual Conferences is proposed.
First organizational and charter membership meetings held. Fran Willmes of Spartan Stores is the first president. Robert Keats is the first executive director. Focus of the Association: Wholesalers and distributors of General Merchandise and Health and Beauty products and categories.