Former VP of Ahold Receives GMDC Lifetime Achievement Award

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 16, 2016 – The Global Market Development Center presented its annual GMDC Lifetime Achievement Award to James “Jim” Wonderly, vice president of strategic accounts at QK Healthcare Inc., (formerly with Ahold for 25 years, leading its general merchandise category business) during the GM16 conference in Orlando.

The award honors visionary leaders who have made significant contributions to the industry’s general merchandise and health beauty wellness categories, to his or her company and to GMDC. The GMDC executive committee and a committee of past GMDC board chairs still active in the association choose annual recipients.

“During his extensive career Jim has progressively had a strong, positive influence on the growth and profitability of nonfoods. He has made transforming retail a priority and that exemplifies the spirit and meaning of GMDC’s Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Patrick Spear, president and CEO of GMDC. “We hope that Jim’s passion for challenging the industry and his accomplishments will energize and inspire others in the industry to be thought leaders and change agents.”

Wonderly began his career as a GM/HBC category manager, before joining Tops Supermarkets as director of GM/HBC. He then helped found the American Sales Company (Ahold USA GM/HBC distribution organization) as Vice President of GM/HBC. He moved to Stop and Shop Supermarkets as vice president of GM/HBC before assuming the role of vice president of pharmacy. Jim moved to Ahold USA as vice president of grocery non foods/pet/candy. Wonderly is also an associate with the BGJ Group. He served a two-year term as chairman of the board for GMDC in 2005 and 2006.

Wonderly received a marketing degree from Penn State and resides with his wife Tricia and their children in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

“I can’t begin to tell you how surprised and appreciative I am to receive this great award,” said Wonderly. “I’m honored to be recognized and will continue to be a passionate advocate for ways retailers and wholesalers can innovate and drive the marketplace.”

Watch a recording of the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation here.

The next GMDC conference is HBW16, which will be held Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, visit