Essential Systems Solutions and RSPA Celebrate 75 Years of Leading the IT Industry

FREDERICK, MD. – Essential Systems Solutions and the Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) are excited to celebrate the association’s 75th Anniversary.

“We’re excited to be part of the 75th anniversary celebration! The knowledge and experience we’ve gained from networking with fellow members, some of which who have been in the industry for 50+ years, has been invaluable in our growth as a partner company.” Said Michael Tash, Vice President, of Frederick, MD based Essential Systems Solutions

The RSPA is celebrating throughout 2023, sharing member and association highlights, memories, and IT industry predictions. The main celebration of the RSPA’s milestone will take place at RetailNOW 2023, July 30-August 1, at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando to celebrate the past, present, and future of the RSPA.

Please visit the RSPA’s 75th Anniversary webpage to join us in this celebration. You can also get involved on social media with the use of the hashtag #RSPA75.

“Celebrating the RSPA’s 75th anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to appreciate both our history and how our community continues to adapt,” said RSPA President & CEO Jim Roddy. “Many companies have been RSPA members for decades and we continue to add startup tech companies because our community helps each other not just keep up with change but stay ahead. If you partner with an RSPA member, you have an IT industry leader working for you.”

The RSPA was founded in 1948 as a community of cash register dealers, originally named the ICRDA (Independent Cash Register Dealers Association). The association originated to provide cash register dealers with a community to adequately receive replacement cash register parts, connect with like-minded organizations, and grow their businesses.

The organization adapted to a trade association dedicated to the point-of-sale (POS) industry with membership exclusively made up of POS resellers. The ICRDA later merged with the SDA (Systems Dealer Association), establishing the association known as the RSPA today.

Post-merger, the RSPA transitioned to an industry association to create more education and connection opportunities for members. The association began to encompass value-added resellers (VARs), software developers, vendors, and distributors in the retail, restaurant, grocery, and cannabis verticals.

The RSPA has grown to more than 700 member companies, provides year-round education and connection opportunities, and hosts two annual in-person events: the summer conference RetailNOW (1,500+ attendees) and the winter conference Inspire (200+ attendees).

To learn more about the RSPA, visit or contact

About Essential Systems Solutions
Founded in 2011, Essential Systems Solutions is a single-source technology provider of traditional, mobile, and cloud-based Point of Sale solutions for restaurants, hospitality, and retail establishments throughout the United States. Essential also offers a vast selection of hardware equipment to meet a wide variety of business needs. Known for outstanding and professional service, Essential’s expert technicians are available to fix any kind of POS equipment. For more information about Essential Systems Solutions visit

About RSPA (Retail Solutions Providers Association)
The RSPA is North America’s largest community of VARs, software developers, vendors, and distributors in the retail, restaurant, grocery, and cannabis verticals. The mission of the RSPA is to accelerate the success of its members in the point-of-sale ecosystem by providing knowledge and connections. The organization offers education, certification, hotlines for legal, security, sales, and business advice, industry advocacy, and discounts on other services to assist members with becoming and remaining successful. RSPA is most well-known for its signature events, RetailNOW® and Inspire® which provide face-to-face learning and networking opportunities. Learn more by visiting