PATRICK SPEAR

President/CEO, Global Market Development Center

Patrick Spear is the President/CEO of Global Market Development Center (GMDC), a Colorado Springs-based non-profit trade association.  GMDC connects retailers, wholesalers, suppliers, and service/solution companies in the General Merchandise and Health/Beauty/Wellness marketplaces, creating innovative growth in commerce through inspired collaboration.  Patrick has been active in the CPG and association industry for over 30 years.  

Beginning his career with Bic Corporation, Patrick gained valuable insights and steady career advancement during his tenure with Bic, Newell Rubbermaid, Mapa Spontex, Identity Group, The Highlands Group, and as the Founding Partner/Managing Director of Mammoth Office Products.  His career experience spans the continuum, from retail sales representative (Bic) to CEO/Managing Director (Identity Group, Mammoth and GMDC).  He joined GMDC as President in November 2014, and became CEO in June 2015.

Patrick was born and raised near Pasadena, CA, and holds BA degrees in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a MBA degree from the University of San Diego.  Patrick is also an Eagle Scout, and a graduate of the Colorado Outward Bound School.