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GMDC announces conference date changes

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX — GMDC announced several conference date changes effective 2013 during its Health Beauty Wellness Marketing Conference held here this past weekend.

The HBW event will move to spring, and the GM Conference will take place in the fall.

Future conference dates are as follows:

  • 2013 HBW Marketing Conference May 31 to June 3 in San Antonio;

  • 2013 GM Marketing Conference Sept. 6 to 10 in Phoenix;

  • 2014 HBW Marketing Conference May 30 to June 2 in Orlando, Fla.;

  • 2014 GM Marketing Conference Sept. 5 to 9 in San Antonio;

  • 2015 HBW Marketing Conference May 29 to June 1 in Orlando, Fla.; and

  • 2015 GM Marketing Conference Sept. 18 to 22 in Phoenix.

“The change in timing is a better fit for our retailers’, wholesalers’ and suppliers’ strategic planning and category review time frames," stated GMDC president and CEO Dave McConnell. "GMDC’s board of directors confirmed that these changes would ensure greater opportunities and synergies for our members.”

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GMDC names board members for 2012

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX — GMDC members elected two new board members to serve in two-year terms on their board of directors, the association announced Tuesday — Mike Petocchi, business group manager HBC/cosmetics with Wegmans Food Markets and former GMDC chairman Jim Wonderly, VP grocery non-foods/GM Ahold USA.

Additionally, Curtis Maki, VP HBC/GM program management and pharmacy with Topco Associates, was re-elected to serve another two-year term. Maki also will serve as the co-chairman of the Membership Advisory Board.

Dave McConnell, GMDC president and CEO, recognized four members who will retire from the GMDC board of directors in 2012, for their outstanding service and commitment to the organization. The GMDC retirees include Jim Connolly, SVP retail division with Technical Consumer Products; Bill Graham, president of Beiersdorf; Tom Nestor, VP customer development with Unilever; and Bob Zekis, EVP business development with Imperial Distributors.

Anthea Jones, SVP store operations for Bi-Lo, will continue in his role as chairman during 2012.

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GMDC awards Lifetime Achievement honor to retired Kroger exec

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX — The Global Market Development Center on Monday announced its 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient: Terry Cox, retired group VP for Kroger.

GMDC annually bestows its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award upon a person who has contributed significantly to the general merchandise or health/beauty/wellness industries, as well as to GMDC through his or her leadership. Cox, who retired as group VP drug/GM merchandising and procurement at Kroger in 2001, acknowledged the importance of the relationships that Kroger developed through its support of GMDC, and he considered his participation to be an integral part of his successful retail career.

"Terry brought terrific leadership to both GMDC and our industry throughout his years of involvement with the association. His thought leadership was extremely valuable, and as a GMDC board member, he had a great talent for listening to the concerns of everyone and doing what was best for the industry at large," stated GMDC CEO and president Dave McConnell.

Cox joined Kroger in 1962 as a part-time clerk in Columbus, Ohio. He held a variety of merchandising positions in several Kroger retail divisions before becoming director of marketing in the company’s grocery merchandising department in 1987. In 1989, Cox was named president of Peyton’s, Kroger’s drug and general merchandise procurement and distribution subsidiary. Later that year, he was promoted to VP drug/GM merchandising. Cox was promoted to group VP in 1999.

“I can’t think of a better organization than GMDC to receive an award like this from,” Cox said when receiving his award. “I learned more about the industry and how my company was perceived than I ever could as a result of joining GMDC. This means a lot. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.”

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