RSPA Trusted Advisor Ep. 11: Cannabis and CBD Vertical Opportunities for VARs and ISVs

In Episode 11 of “The Trusted Advisor,” the RSPA’s Jim Roddy connects with Dave Albert, the founder and President of VAR Retail Control Systems; Brian Meyer, co-founder of Solvent; and Duane Roebuck, Sr. Channel Manager of Retail and IoT at BlueStar, about VAR and ISV opportunities – and challenges – in the emerging cannabis and CBD vertical. Among the topics discussed are resources VARs and ISVs should utilize to learn more about this market, specific steps required to enter this vertical, expected roadblocks during this journey, and lessons learned firsthand by our guests.

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Jim Roddy is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA). He has been active in the POS channel since 1998, including 11 years as the President of Business Solutions Magazine, six years as an RSPA board member, one term as RSPA Chairman of the Board, and several years as a business coach for VARs, ISVs, and MSPs. Jim is regularly requested to speak at industry conferences and he is author of Hire Like You Just Beat Cancer. For more information, contact