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GC Buying Group Welcomes Hamme, Thomason

GC Buying Group has welcomed Ethan Hamme and Haylea Thomason to its team to oversee new programs and opportunities for its store and vendor members.

Hamme, an industry veteran, will oversee the new GC Buying Group showroom at the Dallas Market Center and will serve as a liaison between the DMC and the GC Buying Group

“Ethan has a diverse background that extends from tabletop and gift to home and housewares, making him the ideal choice for working alongside GC vendors and retailers,” said Janis Johnson, president and founder of GC Buying Group/Gourmet Catalog. “Ethan’s immediate responsibilities will range from developing product assortments to reinforcing the relationship among all members of the group.”

According to Johnson, Dallas has been home to GC since its 1981 beginning, almost 40 years ago. In anticipation of the changing times brought about by the pandemic of 2020, GC will expand activities and events for GC by working closely with the DMC to meet the needs of the membership. The first event will be the recently announced move of GC’s Start the Year Member Conference to Dallas in March of 2021.

“Ethan’s guidance will help to grow and build an important venue and relationship,” added Johnson.

Haylea Thomason also joins GC Buying Group as PR coordinator. In her new role, Thomason will focus on social media across all channels of GC, including Buying Group, CreateMyPlace.com and Learning How to Cook. Haylea holds a degree in Marketing with a background in public relations and photography.

Longtime team members Nikki Johnson, CFO; Maryann Samsa, Buying Group Coordinator; Jaci Milliron, Store Coordinator; and Stephanie Rogers, Technology/CreateMyPlace.com, along with Marisa Lizana, Graphic Design, round out the team. Collaborating daily in a healthy and socially-distanced environment, the team reports to Johnson, who continues in her role as president of GC.



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