The Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) and its Board of Directors announced today that President & CEO John Kirk will leave his post January 5, 2022, after a highly successful four years. Jim Roddy, currently Vice President of Marketing for the RSPA, has been named the association’s new President & CEO, also effective January 5. Kirk will facilitate the CEO transition until he departs the organization.
During his tenure, Kirk led the RSPA to unprecedented heights, building it into North America’s largest community of VARs (value-added resellers), software developers, vendors, and distributors in the retail, restaurant, grocery, and cannabis verticals. The association added new services, grew membership in both traditional markets and new markets, and exceeded financial targets the past four years. Kirk also built a strong staff that is positioned to continue carrying forth the RSPA’s mission and Kirk’s legacy of accomplishments with integrity. As the RSPA enters Q3 of its fiscal calendar, the association has an over 100% member-renewal count and strong double-digit membership growth.
“We have been reminded during the pandemic that this association and community will never let the conditions beat us,” Kirk said. “We understand that circumstances do not change who we are. Who we are enables us to confront the circumstances and find a way to serve one another and retailers on the front lines. The RSPA community is and always will be one-of-a-kind. I am excited for Jim, our team, and our community. The best is ahead!”