About Us

about us.

GC Buying Group has been dedicated to the success of the independent retailer since 1981. We are the leading and original Buying Group in the housewares industry. We currently have over 350 locations across the nation. Our mission is to keep the independent retailer independent, while providing solutions for competition and alleviating big box advantages. Our goal is your success.

GC negotiates merchandise discounts with over 200 vendors, and freight allowances and special dating for members. Two member meetings are held each year with an exclusive member trade show in January. Store networking opportunities and the Members Only website allow members to stay ahead of their competition. Two catalogs are offered annually, as well as seasonal flyers and internet solutions personalized for each individual store.

the staff.

JANIS JOHNSON
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

Janis Johnson has a natural instinct to challenge and reinvent norms, propelling GC programs to new heights and driving her team to attain individual success within the Group.

NIKKI JOHNSON
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Nikki's has played an essential role in the growth of the company through her strong relationships, passion for the industry and creative problem solving nature.

MARYANN SAMSA
BUYING GROUP DIRECTOR

With years of retail experience, Maryann’s firsthand knowledge helps her act as a liaison among the Store Members, Vendor Members and the Group.

JACI MILLIRON
STORE COORDINATOR

Jaci, member of the GC Team since 2011, has an acute attention to detail that enhances everyday operations and provides Store Members with quality service.

CAROLINE SHELLENBERGER
VENDOR COORDINATOR

Caroline is a dynamic member of the team whose forward thinking and dedication to supporting GC Vendors results in the continuous optimization of effective GC programs.

EMILIE BELL
CULINARY & CREATIVE DIRECTOR

As creator of the GC eNewsletter and the GC Catalog, Emilie has a natural artistic eye and enjoys the constant challenge of bringing a fresh perspective to ongoing projects.

CLAUDIA CONARD
COMMUNICATIONS & BRANDING COORDINATOR

Claudia is an energetic brand ambassador who supports the firm's strategic initiatives through internal and external communications.

Annette Hall-Quezada
SPECIAL GC ASSOCIATE

Annette is a talented interior designer and merchandising specialist collaborating with the GC Team to refresh existing stores and facilitate new store openings, from start to finish.