Meet Our Team

Experience and Knowledge you can rely on

Retail Shipping Associates management and support team is a compilation of experience, talent, subject-matter expertise and industry knowledge. Combining these with our shared passion for helping our members reach their success goals makes for a very powerful and comprehensive resource.

Brandon Gale


President of RS Associates, Brandon got started in the industry in 1984 as co-founder of Eagle Postal Centers, a 38 store chain of licensed and corporate retail shipping centers located in Texas. As a 29-year veteran, Brandon has demonstrated a long - term commitment to the industry and holds a point of view rooted in extensive first-hand experience in every aspect of the business.

From 2003-2007, Brandon served as president of Associated Mail & Parcel Centers, a business league serving the interests of independent retail shipping center operators. In that role, he co-founded the Retail Shipping Institute and initiated the industry’s first risk management program: the HIPDR Ship Responsibly program. Brandon was also responsible for developing the USPS Approved Shipper Program with Pat Donahoe (now Postmaster General).

Brandon has designed and built stores from the ground up, orchestrated store conversions and remodeling, trained hundreds of store owners and staff, and consulted with Sears, Pitney Bowes, GLG consulting, Archer Management, Southern Methodist University, Brookhaven College, University of Texas at Dallas, and other companies and learning institutions.

Brandon’s commitment to the retail shipping industry is unwavering. He believes RSA plays a critical role in the success of its members by providing programs, training, support, advocacy, and resources that make the difference between mediocrity and excellence.


Rutledge Scarborough

Vice President & IT Director

An industry veteran of 23 years, Rut brings to RS Associates a truly unique set of talents. A mechanical engineer by degree, he spent over 21 years with Duke Energy as a Nuclear Plant Test Engineer and an IT Consultant in Nuclear Information Technology. At the same time, he and his wife Fran owned and operated a chain of six retail shipping stores.

As IT Director for RS Associates, Rut is responsible for the company’s operation through automation. His knowledge of best industry practices provides the backbone for the company’s e-identity. From online Associate registration to drop-off payment administration, his activities insure the smooth operation of all RSA programs.

In addition, Rut is a Senior Instructor and content developer for RS Academy.


Steven S. Weigman

Chief Financial Officer & Business Development

Steve earned a B.S. in Accounting from Northwest Missouri State University and has over 28 years of experience in accounting, financial consulting, business development and strategic planning covering a diverse business base including being part of a start-up company becoming publicly traded and maintaining an executive role. He has worked both in the public and private sectors with over 8 years in the retail packing and shipping industry. An accountant by degree he has spent 10 years in a public accounting firm, 3 years as the SVP of Finance for a publicly traded company, 1 year as CFO for a multi-state construction company, 3 years as controller for utility construction company and had his own consulting company for 17 years including client’s in the following industries; retail sales, construction, trucking and freight, wholesale sales, retail packing and shipping, real estate developers, childcare, telecommunications and legal firms.


Peter Wixson

Creative Director

Peter Wixson brings over 20 years of print and web design experience to RS Associates. He entered the industry in 2005 as the Communications Manager for Associated Mail & Parcel Centers and was tasked with re-branding the company, its web presence and monthly publication. Peter has served as Art Director for RSA since it was founded in 2007, building the brand from the ground up. His focus has been to create a cohesive face for all aspects of the company including print, web and email communications. Peter is responsible for the “look and feel” of everything from RSA’s website to its industry leading monthly publication, Retail Shipping News.

Peter earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh in 2003. While completing his degree, he also worked as the Graphics Manager for the university’s student newspaper and helped found the university’s first student run web department. After graduation, Peter began his career in Phoenix, AZ as a graphic designer for Leadership Network Corporation. A company specializing in producing conferences and conventions for the convenience retailing and restaurant industry. Here he honed his skills on publication layouts and direct mail marketing for all LNC events.

His passion for eye-catching design and effective marketing will help RSA and its partners continue to be leaders in this industry.


RS Advisory Council Members

Retail Shipping Associates established the RSA Member Advisory Council in 2014. The stated purpose of the council was for the management team at RSA to gain insight, critique, and counsel from a group of experienced and respected store owner/ operators from around the country. The feedback and input from the council has been instrumental in guiding efforts by RSA to develop relationships, programs, and a strategy that will best-serve our Members and the industry at-large. In fact, the council played a major role in the development of the new RSA national store networkPackageHub Business Centers™ (PBC).  There are 20 Member seats on the council and as owners retire and/or sell their stores, we identify potential replacements from a large group of eligible, qualified owners.


Cory Blankenfeld

Total Choice Shipping | Des Moines, IA

Cory and his wife Alicia opened Total Choice Shipping in November 2004. After their first year in business, the customer focus began to shift, and a need for business and printing services emerged. Thus began their effort to expand printing capabilities and gain a business partnership with a 30-year local graphic design & printing company. In 2007, they purchased Grinnell Graphix & Printing and merged the two companies, calling it Total Choice Shipping & Printing. For the last 15 years Cory and his wife have successfully expanded their little pack and ship store into a full-service print, design, package, shipping, and business services operation.