It’s with pride and pleasure that we present the Global Market Development Center’s (GMDC’s) charter class of Champions of Change. This industry recognition platform, created in partnership with GMDC and WGB, recognizes 55 team-oriented professionals, each of whom have contributed greatly to advancing the success of their
companies and customers while fostering career paths and growth avenues
for the next generation of leaders. Champions of Change recognizes emerging
and established leaders employed in the general merchandise; health, beauty
and wellness; nonfoods; and retail technology solutions sectors in the retailer,
wholesaler, supplier, vendor and service provider communities who consistently
demonstrated excellence and superior results between March 1, 2018, and
March 1, 2019, in two categories: Emerging and Legendary Champions.
“As we begin celebrating our association’s 50th anniversary this year, we
couldn’t be prouder to give back to the industry with this recognition for
well-deserving leaders who are making a mark on the future of retail,” GMDC
President and CEO Patrick Spear says. “At GMDC, we focus on leading
innovation and connecting people and companies to opportunities for growth,
and the Champions of Change awards program is the ideal manifestation of our
What defines an Emerging Champion?
Recognizes inspirational retail industry professionals from the
retail, supplier and service provider communities in the general
merchandise; health, beauty and wellness; nonfoods; and
retail technology solutions sectors. These industry leaders are
making a mark—and a di;erence—in their stores, companies
and communities through demonstrated leadership,
results-oriented achievements, peer mentoring and related
exceptional contributions to their companies’ overall success.
What defines a Legendary Champion?
Recognizes established, senior-level business leaders
from the retail, supplier and service provider communities
in the general merchandise; health, beauty and wellness;
nonfoods; and retail technology solutions sectors. These
industry professionals consistently demonstrate outstanding
leadership, dynamic vision, inventive strategic direction
and innovative solution-building while providing exemplary
inspiration for a new generation of up-and-coming leaders.
By Meg Major // Illustration by Tommy Parker
WGB AND GMDC RECOGNIZE ;; INDUSTRY LEADERS
FOR THEIR ROLES IN THE FUTURE OF RETAIL