As per the GRD Guidelines, the division's annual meeting will take place during the GAMA Expo. During the meeting, there will be an election for the four at-large director positions that are open in 2021. To help facilitate this process there will be an online candidate submission form for those interested in running for one of the spots on the GRD Board of Directors.
The information you submit will be shared with your fellow retail members on social media prior to the GAMA Expo, as well as included in the election information provided at the show. In addition, during the GRD Reception, candidates will be provided with 2-minutes to address retailers in attendance to explain why they want to serve on the GRD board. There will also be an opportunity to accept nominations from-the-floor for those who have not submitted their information before the show. Election results will be announced during the Retailer Lunch.
These retailers have already declared their candidacy for the 2021 GAMA Retail Division Election. There will be opportunities for on-the-floor nominations during the GRD Dinner as well. *Denotes incumbent candidate.
Erik Bigglestone* (Games of Berkeley)
Years in business: 6.5
“When first nominated to the GRD in 2018, I honestly thought a mistake had been made. What could I, a relative newcomer to the industry, have to offer? Since then I’ve set aside (most of) my impostor syndrome, contributing to the GRD’s work in a time of change for both GAMA and the industry itself, and shepherding my store toward its 5th decade of business. I try to provide as unbiased an eye as possible in discussions over GRD business, and learn about the needs and desires of all types of game retailers -- not just those of my store’s size or geographic region. I still don’t know if I’m the right person for the job, but I love this industry and the communities we serve, so would be honored to continue if the membership so chooses.”
Nick Coss (Top Deck Games)
Years in business: 9
"I would like to help with the planning and execution of the retail seminars for the GAMA Expo, to help the next generation of retailers receive the same help and guidance that I did when I opened my store."
John Coviello* (Little Shop of Magic)
Years in business: 24
"I want to be a GRD officer to continue the work begun in my first term and to assist in building a better industry."
Jake Krajeski (Alpha Omega Hobby)
Years in business: 3
"We were very fortunate when we started our business, with lots of help from our friends across the industry. I made a promise that I would pay that forward if given the opportunity. Part of the reason we’ve been successful is due to the years of experience as part of excellent management teams across our industry and my years at Fortune 500s. I’m happy to share that knowledge, experience, and training."
Eddie Marmol (The Gaming Goat)
Years in business: 2.5
"I wish to represent the largest retail chain, as we strive to improve industry standards for and from retailers."
Dave Salisbury* (Fan Boy Three)
Years in business: 17
"As the only member of the GRD from outside North America, I offer a unique global perspective. I’m about outreach - all stores, all games, all gamers, all continents - everyone has a part to play and needs a voice. The current GRD are amazing, and have done so much. But in this time of flux there is still much to be done and many dangers to face. We’re a great team right now and it would be a shame to split the party just as we are finally making some pretty amazing changes which I’m overjoyed to be a part of that have positioned our organisation front and centre for global outreach."
Jennifer Ward* (Crazy Squirrel Game Store)
Years in business: 9
"I’m currently serving my first term in the GRD. I’d like to continue our efforts to improve communication between GAMA and retailers as well as throughout all tiers. Now that I have some experience, I’m in a better position to pursue this goal and others, as needed."
The early candidate announcement form for 2021 will be published later this Fall.