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GMDC enhances membership services


The Global Market Development Center has appointed Jason Weber as its new member services manager and Joshua Manweiler as its new communications specialist as part of its strategy to enhance membership services.

Weber will report to the senior manager of member services, Vickii Barnard. He has experience implementing programs and strategies to engage with members and deepen involvement. His career began in the grocery industry in 1993 in distribution services for both non-perishable and perishable warehouses for Dillon’s/Kroger. Weber moved into the retail side of the business in 1999 as a buyer for GHC/Kroger (GM/HBC/Seasonal). From that point he became the operations manager for Ultimate Athletic, working with partners such as ESPN, Olympic Governing Bodies, Food & Wine, Cotton Bowl and Sugar Bowl, developing branded merchandise lines and managing on-site and e-commerce sales. In 2008, he returned to GHC/Kroger as inventory superintendent with a third-party partner Advantage Logistic/Supervalu.

Manweiler will work alongside the department director, Mark Mechelse, and will be responsible for managing media, content writing and editorial, trade press material and advertising, to effectively build the GMDC brand, products and services to its members and prospects.

Prior to working for GMDC, Manweiler integrated his unique abilities with a nonprofit association in Colorado Springs that was focused on education and safety. His position included managing the organization’s technology infrastructure, communications, event coordination, government affairs and website development. He also served as an IT specialist for the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado for five years, and has his bachelor of arts in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado.

"We are excited to welcome Jason and Josh to GMDC as our newest team members,” said Dave McConnell, president and CEO, GMDC. “The addition of these gentlemen delivers a skillset that is complimentary to the GMDC strategy and will continue to build upon the driving force of innovation that GMDC has embarked on throughout the past two years. The connection between our members in doing business well is paramount, and GMDC's education programs and marketing efforts, as well as attracting new members for our Retailers, is key in building our strengths. Both Jason and Josh’s background fit well, and will be an asset to GMDC conferences and activities.”

The Global Market Development Center is a global trade association dedicated to serving general merchandise and health beauty wellness retailers, wholesalers and suppliers. GMDC promotes critical connectivity to grow and expand member companies by uniting members through business building events and opportunities and enriching their thinking through education and training; consumer and business insights; and information resources.

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