RSPA Announces 2023-24 RSPA NextGen 40 Under 40 Rising Stars

RALEIGH, NC – The Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) is proud to present the inaugural RSPA NextGen 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. The RSPA Rising Stars will annually recognize and celebrate 40 individuals who are driving growth, embracing technological advancements, and delivering exceptional solutions to address the evolving needs of their partners and the retail IT industry.

RSPA NextGen 40 Under 40 Rising Stars was established to acknowledge the contributions of young professionals who exemplify the industry’s next generation of channel leaders. Each Rising Star possesses expertise, innovation, and leadership skills that has propelled them to the forefront of the industry, inspiring their peers and colleagues.

The 2023-24 class of RSPA NextGen Rising Stars includes:

  1. Sami Alakkam, JRs POS Depot
  2. John Bachanov, Appspensary
  3. Thomas Barrineau, OrderCounter POS
  4. Bobby Bauer, BMC
  5. Jean Boling, Clearent (Xplor Pay)
  6. Salem Collins, Macro Integration Services
  7. Lily Cregeen, Metropolitan Sales
  8. Jules Cudd, CIMA America
  9. Matt Dockrell, Pointy by Google
  10. Christin Dorner, Star Micronics
  11. Jon Etxeberri, EDGE Merchant Processing
  12. Whitney Gerrety, BlueStar
  13. Blake Gillum, DCR POS
  14. Travis Hare, DCR POS
  15. Mary Harris, NCC
  16. Allie Haskell, Custom Business Solutions
  17. Audrey Hogan, TimeForge
  18. Kirsten Ingersoll, Electronic Office
  19. Owen Lucas, Lucas Systems
  20. Jessica Maroney, Metropolitan Sales
  21. Shelly Matityahu, Tabit Technologies
  22. Farrell McKenna, STCR
  23. Rebecca McPherson, onePOS
  24. Truman Meecham, Alpha POS
  25. Brianna Moriarty, Epson America
  26. Cort Ouzts, POS Nation
  27. Jaynish Patel, ONUS Merchant Solutions
  28. Chelsey Paulson, Keystone Group International
  29. Heather Philpott, ScanSource
  30. Eiadd Qumsieh, Qlaborate
  31. Blake Rouse , CardKnox
  32. Jenna Sandubrae (Slavin), Ingram Micro
  33. David Sohn, Helpt
  34. Madeline Stockwell, Heartland
  35. Alejandro Swaby, Cervion Systems
  36. Matt Swanson, North Country
  37. Jenn Thaxton, MAAST
  38. Tyler Wells, MicroTouch
  39. Theodore Williams, OrionStarUSA
  40. Tyler Young, BOLD Integrated Payments/VersiTech

“The retail IT channel has a rich history, and these 40 Rising Stars are evidence our industry is well positioned to continue to thrive in the future,” said Jim Roddy, RSPA President & CEO. “The quantity and quality of nominations we received made selecting this list very difficult. There are so many outstanding young leaders and up-and-coming leaders in the RSPA. We’re excited to work even more closely with them to help the RSPA community adapt to what’s next.”

RSPA NextGen 40 Under 40 Rising Stars is a new effort from the RSPA team in collaboration with the RSPA NextGen Community. The NextGen Community plays a key role in identifying and developing opportunities for future leaders and the rapidly changing technology landscape.

The inaugural RSPA NextGen 40 Under 40 Rising Stars will be honored during RetailNOW 2023, July 30-August 1 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando. There will be recognition at the RSPA NextGen Community Reception July 30 and a formal presentation during the RSPA 75th Anniversary Celebration July 31.

Visit the NextGen 40 Under 40 Rising Stars webpage to meet the 2023-24 RSPA NextGen 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. RSPA looks forward to continue celebrating today’s up-and-coming industry innovators!

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