COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — GMDC on Thursday added two staff members to enhance their services to its membership, the association announced. Jason Weber has been named the new member services manager and Joshua Manweiler the new communications specialist.
"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," stated Dave McConnell, GMDC president and CEO. "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."
Weber joined the association as the member services manager, reporting to the senior manager of member services, Vickii Barnard. Weber started with Dillon's/Kroger in 1993 in distribution services for both non-perishable and perishable warehouses. In 1999 he worked as a buyer for Kroger, buying across general merchandise, HBC and seasonal.
From that point Weber became 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. And in 2008, he returned to Kroger as inventory superintendent with a third party partner Advantage Logistic/Supervalu.
Manweiler will be working alongside the communications department director, Mark Mechelse, and will be responsible for managing media, content writing and editorial, trade press material and advertising, and to effectively build the GMDC brand, products and services to its members and prospects.
Prior to working for GMDC, Manweiler worked 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. Manweiler has also served as an IT Specialist for the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado for five years, and has his Bachelor’s of Arts in political science and a Master’s Degree in public administration from the University of Colorado.