Leading retail industry trade association celebrates 50th anniversary with election of new board chair, new board members
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Leading retail industry trade association Global Market Development Center (GMDC|Retail Tomorrow) has announced the election of its 2020 board of directors. Now in its 50th year, GMDC|Retail Tomorrow welcomes UNFI Vice President Patty Fishman as its newest board chair and new board members from Southeastern Grocers, Hallmark Cards, GSK Consumer Healthcare, Willert Home Products and Intel.
“The retail industry has experienced an unprecedented transformation in recent years, and GMDC|Retail Tomorrow is well positioned to usher retailers and consumers alike into a new phase of growth,” said Fishman. “As the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary — a significant milestone in the industry — I am honored to chair the board for GMDC|Retail Tomorrow, an innovation-first association helping to connect people and companies to opportunities for growth.”
Fishman is corporate vice president of HBC/GM merchandising for UNFI, which includes responsibility for all nonfood categories including general merchandise, health, drug, personal care, baby, candy and seasonal. Since 2008, she has held various leadership roles across merchandising, including director of food, vice president of nonfood, and her current position of vice president of HBC/GM.
Newly elected members of the GMDC|Retail Tomorrow Board of Directors include:
- Amy McAnarney, vice president/general manager, Hallmark Cards
- Derek Winters, vice president of sales, Willert Home Products
- Gayle Shields, vice president, Southeastern Grocers
- Mariya Zorotovich, director of responsive retail strategy and incubation, Intel
- Tom Rinck, director of customer and industry development, GSK Consumer Healthcare
“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we honor the past while remaining focused on innovating for the future,” said Patrick Spear, president and CEO of GMDC|Retail Tomorrow. “The wealth of expertise that Patty and our incoming board members bring to our board of directors will strengthen our mission of helping retailers adjust their strategies to better engage with the evolving consumer while adapting to the trends and technologies that will shape the industry for decades to come.”
Founded in 1970 by Fran Willmes of Spartan Stores and purchasing executives from five general merchandise wholesale companies, GMDC|Retail Tomorrow is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the last half-century, GMDC|Retail Tomorrow has been a trusted advisor to some of the world’s largest retailers, equipping them with the resources, data and consumer-focused research and insights that lead to sustainable and profitable growth in the face of industry disruption. An expert in the nonfood general merchandise and health, beauty and wellness arenas, today the association represents more than 125,000 retail outlets worldwide.
For a complete list of GMDC|Retail Tomorrow’s 2020 board members, visit: https://www.gmdc.org/who-we-are/rosters#/members/BOD.
About GMDC|Retail Tomorrow
Celebrating 50 years, Global Market Development Center (GMDC)|Retail Tomorrow connects people and companies to opportunities for growth through events, networking and insights that inspire innovation. GMDC|Retail Tomorrow is the leading nonprofit trade association fostering discovery, continuous learning and uncommon partnerships focused on enhancing the shopper experience. Today it represents more than 125,000 retail outlets. For more information, visit gmdc.org.