November 21, 2023
Andy Meehan named president of GCA board
The Greeting Card Association (GCA) appointed Andy Meehan, consultant to Designer Greetings, as its new president.
Meehan succeeds Amy McAnarney of Hallmark, who served as president from 2021 to 2023. The transition in leadership took place at the annual GCA Workshop + Retreat. During her term, McAnarney provided exceptional leadership, building upon the foundation set by her predecessor, and advancing the organization’s growth, according to GCA.
As president, Meehan will lead the association’s executive committee and board of directors through October 2025. He is responsible for providing strategic guidance and direction for all facets of GCA’s activities. This includes overseeing signature annual events such as it’s San Francisco-based trade show *Noted: The Greeting Card Expo + Gifted: The Creative Gift and Home Expo, the prestigious Louie Awards competition, which recognizes outstanding greeting cards, and the annual educational Workshop + Retreat.
“I am deeply honored to assume the role of president for the Greeting Card Association during this pivotal moment in our organization’s history,” Meehan said. “As we continue to evolve and adapt to embrace the diverse voices within our vibrant community, I am excited to lead these efforts.”
He added: “In addition to our ongoing advocacy work, including our vital engagement with the U.S. Postal Service and members of Congress, I eagerly anticipate opportunities for our members to come together in person and virtually. Our vibrant industry is committed to helping consumers stay in touch with their family and friends through greeting cards and stationery.”
The next opportunity for the GCA community to come together will arise on April 17-18, 2024, at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco when GCA hosts its annual event, “*Noted + Gifted,” the exclusive West Coast market for creative gifts, stationery, greeting cards, home décor and more.
Meehan brings four decades of greeting card experience to his new role as GCA president, spanning sales, marketing and product development. Since Designer Greetings acquired his card/stationery company in 2018, Meehan has been a consultant and advisor to Designer Greetings, currently serving as their vice president of business development.
“As our organization and industry grow and evolve, Andy’s ability to connect a wide range of stakeholders will be instrumental to our continued success,” said Nora Weiser, executive director of the GCA.