News | April 20, 2016

Business Solutions Announces Final Speaker Lineup For 2016 Retail IT VAR Of The Future Conference

Retail IT VAR Of The Future

The Retail IT VAR Of The Future conference on May 17-18 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL will include a speaker lineup with 300+ combined years of retail and hospitality IT experience. A total of 21 speakers will be on stage throughout the two-day event to share their expertise on POS-as-a-Service, Payment/Data Security, Customer Experience, and Mobile POS. The agenda will include a half-day session on each of these four main topics.

“The Business Solutions team knew we had big shoes to fill with our speaker lineup after 2015 Retail IT VAR Of The Future attendees gave the education a 100% satisfaction rating,” said Business Solutions editor-in-chief Mike Monocello. “We invited some of the most innovative and cutting-edge VARs and ISVs in the industry to share their real-world success stories on stage this. These speakers embrace being a total solutions provider and are eager to educate their peers at this event.”

In addition to the VAR and ISV executives who will be on stage, Monocello will also interview business valuation expert Jim Kahrs during an opening keynote session. Kahrs has more than 29 years of experience helping solutions providers understand and grow the value of their business.

“We want the VARs, MSPs, and ISVs in the audience to understand the true value of their business and how to increase that value,” Monocello said. “Even if you are not looking for an exit strategy right now, running a business with greater profit margins will set you up nicely no matter what the future brings.”

VAR, MSP, and ISV executives interested in attending the event can email Business Solutions Event Manager Abby Sorensen ( to register for a free pass.

Speakers include:

  1. Hunter Allen, CEO of Cervion Systems
  2. Luis Artiz, Group Product Manager at Epson America
  3. Kevin Brown, Leader of Channel Sales, Direct ISVs at Vantiv
  4. Josh Byers, CEO of Lonestar POS
  5. Jason Firment, Director of POS and VARCOM at BlueStar
  6. Kelly Funk, President & CEO of the RSPA
  7. Jeremy Julian, COO at Custom Business Solutions
  8. Jim Kahrs, President of Prosperity Plus Management Consulting
  9. Dan King, President of New West Technologies
  10. Ted Kramer Jr., VP of Sales and Marketing at POS of Michigan
  11. Rohan Mani, Director, Reseller Channel at Harbortouch
  12. Beatta McInerney, Business Development Manager for Payments, ScanSource POS and Barcode Division
  13. Mike Monocello, Chief Editor of Business Solutions
  14. Brady Nash, Owner and CEO of BNG Holdings
  15. Joey Noel, President and Managing Partner at BNG Technologies
  16. Michael Riches, Founder of Buckeye POS and Pelican POS
  17. Jim Roddy, President of Business Solutions
  18. Jim Stewart, President of Advanced Data Systems
  19. Justin Stone, Sales and Business Development at Deposco
  20. David Wible, President and CEO of Industry Weapon
  21. Greg Wookey, Sr. VP of Payments Division at MINDBODY

Speaker bios can be found online at

Retail IT VAR Of The Future attendees will also have time to network with speakers and more than 20 exhibitors during more than five hours of exhibit floor time.

The conference will feature four panels, seven in-depth interviews, and two breakout sessions, including:   

  • How To Increase Your Reseller Business Value ASAP
  • The VAR Of The Future Is Already Here: An Exclusive Interview
  • Secrets Of POS-as-Service Pros (VAR/ISV Panel)
  • Life On The Cutting Edge Of mPOS: Special VAR Interview
  • How To Find Payment Security Profits Beyond EMV
  • Demystifying SMB Retail Customer Experience
  • mPOS Scars & Successes: Expert Resellers Tell All (VAR/ISV Panel)
  • How To Make Money Selling Digital Signage
  • Solving The Customer Experience Puzzle In Retail & Hospitality
  • Payment & Data Security: Lessons Learned From The Front Lines

For more information on the Retail IT VAR Of The Future conference, visit VAR, MSP, and ISV executives interested in registering for a free pass to the conference can email for details.

Retail IT VAR Of The Future is presented by Business Solutions Magazine. Sponsors include BlueStar, Harbortouch, ScanSource, Vantiv, Calyptix, Cherry, Cipher Lab, Code Corp, Datalogic, First Data, GoDEX, Posiflex, Seiko, SolarWinds, TeamSable, and Unitech.

Business Solutions is the channel leader in educating solutions providers on the most cutting-edge technologies in the retail, hospitality, and grocery verticals. Business Solutions publishes an Annual Guide To POS & Payment Processing, along with a bimonthly POS-specific newsletter. In July 2014, Business Solutions also published A VARs & ISVs Guide To EMV. features a POS/Payment Processing online resource center that regularly posts new, original content about retail IT, cloud POS, mobile POS, digital signage, payments, and loyalty programs. The RSPA has awarded Business Solutions the Gold Vendor Award of Excellence in the category of Reseller Support Services for six consecutive years. At RetailNOW 2014, Business Solutions was also honored with the Gold Medallion Award, given annually to the vendor with the highest number of votes across all categories.

Source: Business Solutions