Tag: Staff News

Lionel van der Walt to Succeed James Birdsong as New EVP/CEO

October 23, 2017

RCI, Inc. today announced the appointment of Lionel van der Walt as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. Van der Walt succeeds James Birdsong, who will retire at the end of 2017 after nearly 17 years at the helm. An organizational strategy and analysis expert, van der Walt brings to RCI more […]

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Staff News – July 2017

July 24, 2017

Adams Joins RCI Staff By Katherine Springle Lempka Janice Adams started working at RCI in January as a temporary employee. After a few months, the arrangement was made permanent, and on May 17, 2017, she officially became the new Member Services Specialist. Hers is the first cheerful voice you usually hear if you call RCI […]

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Candidate Search for Executive Vice President and CEO of RCI, Inc.

July 14, 2017

The search is underway for candidates for the position of Executive Vice President and CEO of RCI, Inc. The selected individual will succeed James R. Birdsong after his retirement. Necessary qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in management or business, and at least 7 to 10 years senior or executive-level trade association management experience. Knowledge […]

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James Birdsong Announces Plans to Retire from RCI

March 30, 2017

At the conclusion of the 2017 RCI Annual Convention, current RCI CEO James Birdsong announced to the Board of Directors that he intended to retire from RCI at the conclusion of the 2018 annual convention. Mr. Birdsong also stated that he could accelerate or delay his departure if necessary to assist the board in naming […]

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Staff News – McElroy and Johnson Promoted

January 20, 2017

Karen McElroy has recently accepted the additional responsibilities and title of Associate Director. When Executive Vice President and CEO James Birdsong is unavailable, McElroy will step in and make any necessary decisions. McElroy joined RCI in 2000. In addition to her new role, she will continue in her role as Senior Director of Conventions and […]

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Staff Profile – Tina Hughes

December 19, 2016

Meet Tina Hughes By Katey Springle Lempka Tina Hughes joined the RCI, Inc. staff on August 1, 2016 as the Assistant Director of Conventions and Meetings. After over a decade at her previous job, it took her a couple of weeks to adjust, but she is now starting to settle in and really enjoy life […]

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Staff Profile – Katey Lempka

November 07, 2016

By Kristen Ammerman Her LinkedIn profile said “Teacher, Writer, Geek”; her blog said “Kate Springle Lempka, Word Nerd, Renaissance Woman”; and she looked quite approachable online in her T-shirt and purple hair. Plus she had a master’s degree in broadcast and online journalism. We were looking for a social media nerd who could help us […]

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Kamszik and Ammerman Mark 20 Years With RCI

July 26, 2016

UPDATE: On Monday, July 25, 2016, the staff at RCI, Inc.’s Raleigh location held a luncheon (organized by Melany Elwell) to celebrate these two accomplished women and their contributions to our organization. Kris did the math and figured out that she will have reported to work at RCI approximately 4800 days. We are glad she […]

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