August 31, 2023
Rene is Head of Marketing at LOC Software, where she leads the company’s marketing strategy and execution internally and for its value-added resellers (VARs) and its vendor partners.
Rene has been in the grocery industry for 25 years, beginning her career in the 90s, working on front-end and back-office solutions in large corporate environments. Before her time at LOC Software, she held various positions in her VAR career, including instructional design, consulting, implementation, product management, and Software Director roles. She highly values building strong relationships and takes pride in understanding the market and identifying and strategizing efficiencies.
As Star Micronics’ Partner Development Manager, Kate Orara brings 18 years of retail channel expertise to the table. With a diverse background encompassing sales, marketing, and business development, Kate has worked with every aspect of the channel, including distributors, value-added resellers, and end-users. She has found that the best way to support end-users is through the channel and believes in the power of relationships to provide achievable solutions.
Involved in the RSPA since 2012, Kate hopes to help push the organization into the future, bringing a fresh perspective to the next generation of channel industry leaders.
Brianna Moriarty started her career in the point of sale technology industry and has been heavily involved in the community and the RSPA ever since. Brianna has a passion for marketing and has used her skills to work with VAR and ISV partners to help them develop their own marketing campaigns and establish partnerships that will help them grow their business. In addition to her career, Brianna is currently pursuing her MBA at Louisiana State University. In her free time, Brianna enjoys reading, running, and traveling the world with her husband, Stephen.
Mike is the co-founder, co-owner and Vice President, Customer Relations of Essential Systems Solutions in Frederick, MD. Mike has been in the POS business for over 30 years, beginning his career by installing POS systems in quick service restaurants for Electronic Systems Services (ESS) in Gaithersburg, MD. Throughout his 20+ years with ESS, he worked as an installer, service manager, VP of Administration, and finally VP, Customer Relations as a member of the executive management of the company that made ESS grow from a small local company to a company recognized all over the United States. In 2011, after the owner of ESS closed that company, Mike and his partner formed a new company, Essential Systems Solutions, hiring all of the former ESS employees and continuing to serve their nationwide and local customers. Mike’s role is to be the “relationship guy” and to grow the customer base and make sure that when customers have any POS needs, Essential gets the call.
Essential has been an RSPA member since their inception (Mike for 15+ years) and has found it a valuable resource for learning, expanding their network, and adding suppliers when needed. In addition to previously serving on the Board of Directors (2016-2021), Mike has been a member of the RSPA Marketing Committee and always have been an RSPA Ambassador help to spread the word and the significance of being a member.
Over the years Mike & the Essential team won the 2014 VSR Magazine Innovation Solution Award in the category of Point of Sale Solution and Essential has been recognized by Frederick County, MD as one of the best places to work.
When he is not talking about POS, Mike flies around the country playing guitar with the blues band Bad Influence.
Andrew Faulkner serves as the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Staley Technologies in Little Rock, AR. Prior to purchasing Staley Technologies, Andrew owned and operated Advanced POS Solutions also in Little Rock, AR. Advanced POS Solutions was a leading Value Added Reseller of Point of Sale solutions and received numerous industry accolades. In 2018, Andrew completed the acquisition of Staley Technologies and the subsequent merger with Advanced POS Solutions. Through organic growth and multiple acquisitions, Staley Technologies has rapidly grown into a national technology player with over 250 employees and offices in Little Rock (HQ), Springdale, Atlanta, Orlando, Columbus (OH), Lansing, Boise, and Los Angeles.
Today, Staley Technologies deploys commercial technology nationwide to help clients stay relevant in ever changing environments. Staley Technology creates custom solutions for each and every client to ensure they can deliver for their customers. We are committed to providing the best possible service exemplified in our 200 W2 technicians across the country. Staley Technologies does it right the first time.
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Leadership in You -If You Don’t Prioritize Your Development No One WillDownload VideoDownload Audio OnlyKathy Meader and Shannon Reichart
Winners for the current year will be selected in mid-June and recognized at at the RetailNOW. The deadline to nominate for the current year will coincide with the closing of the Vendor Awards of Excellence voting, at which time the nominations process will reset. However, nominations for the subsequent year are accepted anytime after this date.
Base Track Sessions (Duration = 90 Minutes):
Sales Management: Fundamentals of managing sales deployment, process, forecasting and compensation.
Levers of Success: Strong knowledge of the levers that drive healthy VAR & Vendor businesses.
Data Security: Key management practices that protect data across all applications and platforms.
Market Analytics: Practical experience and tools that enable businesses.
Recurring Revenue: Proven track record in generating recurring revenue streams outside of traditional POS.
Marketing: Content Marketing, Voice search, Gen Z, Effective use of Social Media, Location based marketing.
Branch Track Sessions (Duration = 40 Minutes):
MSP Automation: Tools that aid in transitioning to a Managed Servicer Provider.
Organizational Strength: Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and developing.
SMB Innovation: New offerings that impact business.
Sales Process: Deep dive into refining approach to stages of sales process.
Customer Experience: Organizing customer interaction for optimal business outcomes.
Business Operations & Valuation: Methods for measuring and building value in your business.
Each applicant is required to submit a Scholarship Application Essay. This is a two-page, double-spaced paper, which cannot be handwritten. Submit your essay by uploading a text file with your other materials.
Please choose one of the following topics below for your essay:
TIPS FOR CREATING YOUR ESSAY SUBMISSION: The essay should show original and serious thinking on the part of the applicant and should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to express those thoughts clearly and accurately. A third page may be added to cite sources if quotes, purported facts, etc. are used. The essay should be coherent; it should have a clear beginning, middle and end. Begin by introducing the topic and set forth the boundaries of the subject. Do not be vague or too expansive. Instead, be specific and well-disciplined. You may want to follow these steps in preparing your essay:
Outline your essay. Write a rough draft and review it by asking yourself such questions as: Is it clear? Are questions raised by this essay left unanswered? Is the topic clearly defined? Are the ideas well developed? Are the ideas concrete?
Finalize your essay, asking yourself these questions: Is this precise or too general? Is it concise or does it ramble? Have I used grammar properly? Is this essay persuasive? Are the quotes accurate? Are the facts valid? Are my thoughts and conclusions well organized?
The RSPA Academy proudly presents our second Regional Education Event being held on Tuesday, May 7th in Tampa, Florida. Join RSPA and sponsor EVO Payments, for a 1 day, on-site workshop like no other event in the industry. Agenda topics include:
Hosted by EVO Payments at their headquarters in Tampa, FL and led by RSPA’s VP of Sales, Dave Menton and VP of Education, Kathy Meader, this interactive workshop event will help you think about change and transformation in your sales organization. Join your colleagues as they share best practices around:
Registration will open at 9:30 AM. The workshop will be held from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm and lunch will be provided for all attendees. Seats are limited, so click here to register today!
Registration is complimentary for Current RSPA Members. For lasped and non-member companies:
*Cost will be credited towards renewal or new membership fees if activated within 30 days of the event.
Join us as we review the lessons we learned from forensics investigations in 2018. Dave Ellis, SecurityMetrics’ VP of Investigations (PFI, GCIH, CISSP, QSA), also gives his forensic predictions for 2019 to help you strengthen your organization’s defense. Dave is also joined by John Bartholomew, SecurityMetrics’ SVP of Technology (PCIP), for a Q&A session where they answer questions about data security and breaches.
Let’s face it. Our most valuable resources walks out of our offices at the end of each workday…that resource is our people. The question every leader should ask themselves is “Have I done enough today to ensure they come back tomorrow?” Join Paul and Shannon for the 1st part of this 2-Part session that will assist you in developing your people. Part 1 will focus on HOW to develop your people and where to exert your time and energy.
In 2018 most processors began requiring resellers to sign up for MasterCard’s Terminal Servicer Program. We also saw a few changes to the program with the release of the updated QIR program. Join us on this webinar as we review the details of this program and how it applies to all POS resellers.
By incorporating the newest in payment technologies into your POS sales pitch, both POS VARs and ISVs can complement their existing sales points while differentiating their product from a competitor. Join Matt Bruno VP of Sales for Payment Logistics as he looks at a few of the new technologies, their functionality and, most importantly, how dealers can capitalize on these new tools.
The W2W Leader of the Year award has been created to recognize a woman in the Retail Technology Industry, who is determined to reshape the industry and create a smarter and more inclusive future.
This honor recognizes a woman who has demonstrated key characteristics of a pioneer paving the way in the Retail Technology Industry. These include:
Winner for the current year will be selected in mid-June and will be recognized at RetailNOW. The deadline to nominate for the current year will coincide with the closing of the Vendor Awards of Excellence voting, at which time the nominations process will reset. However, nominations for the subsequent year are accepted anytime after this date.
Disclaimer: By submitting this ballot RSPA member confirms they are employed by a member company in good standing. Incomplete nominations, or nominations that do not address all criteria, will not be considered.
Inductee for the current year will be selected in mid-June and recognized at RetailNOW. The deadline to nominate for the current year will coincide with the closing of the Vendor Awards of Excellence voting at which time the nominations process will reset. However, nominations for the subsequent year are accepted anytime after this date.