RSPA Appoints LeBlanc, McBain as Advisory Board Members

CHARLOTTE, NC – The Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) has appointed industry leaders Michael LeBlanc and Jay McBain to serve one-year terms as Advisory Board Members on the RSPA Board of Directors.

LeBlanc is the Founder & President of the media and consulting organization M. E. LeBlanc & Company. Before founding that company, Leblanc served three years as the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Membership, Programs & Revenue for the Retail Council of Canada.

He is a Canadian retail leader with over twenty years of executive front-line retail experience in brand development, marketing, promotions, CRM, and e-commerce. LeBlanc offers a unique perspective, leveraging knowledge and experience to provide strategic advisory services and tactical consulting to local, national, and international retailers.

McBain is one of the most visible and respected thought leaders in the global channel. Named 2021 Channel Influencer of the Year by Channel Partners Magazine, Top 40 Under Forty by the Business Review, as well as numerous channel magazines top influencer lists, McBain is often sought out for industry guidance and future trends.

He has spent his 28-year career in various executive channel sales, marketing, and strategy roles within IBM, Lenovo, Autotask, ChannelEyes, and Forrester. McBain is currently the chief analyst at Canalys, a leading research firm with a focus on channels, partnerships, alliances, and ecosystems.

“The retail technology industry is changing at an accelerated pace, and the RSPA is the place to find the information you need,” said Jeremy Julian, RSPA Chairperson and COO of CBS NorthStar. “Having Jay and Michael help the RSPA Board see what is coming around the corner will help everyone. We are honored to have them as advisors to help everyone move forward and deliver greater value to the industry we all love.”

LeBlanc and McBain will be in attendance at RSPA’s RetailNOW 2022, July 24-26 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, FL. RetailNOW is the retail IT channel’s largest trade show, education conference, and networking event.

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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