PALM DESERT, Calif. -- A surprise 20th-anniversary tribute to Rick Tilton, president of the General Merchandise Distributors Council, scored the emotional highlight during the annual Health and Beauty Care Marketing Conference here May 20 to 25. A record-breaking conference attendance of 171 retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers honored Tilton for his leadership and service to the nonfood organization. Tilton spent 15 years as a sales executive with school supplier Westab, now Mead, ...

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