2015 Conference Recap
This year's Retail Asset Protection Conference was an enormous success, with a record-breaking crowd of top-level AP executives from the nation's leading retail companies and programming focused on the industry's current challenges, future trends and newest technologies.
A Few Highlights:
Charles Baldwin, executive vice president & chief administrative officer of Cabela's kicked off the conference sharing the company's growth story from simple beginnings to becoming the world's largest retail outdoor brand.
See his answers to questions from the audience during his session.
Jamie Clarke, author, adventurer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur, inspired the audience with his high energy story of perseverance. While sharing breathtaking images and live recordings of his adventures, he introduced his “Adventrepreneurial” spirit and challenged the audience to consider “What’s Your Everest?”
Doug Stephens, retail futurist and founder of Retail Prophet Inc. gave attendees a peek into the future - the key shifts in economics, demographics, technology and media that will transform shopping.
Retired Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead opened day two with an inspiring talk on steadfast leadership, sharing learnings from commanding tens of thousands of soldiers in her 27-year U.S. Army career.
Jeremiah Hart, director of the Force Training Institute, moderated a panel featuring GameStop's Adam Alford, Dick's Sporting Goods David Lund, Gap's Debbie Maples and REI's Perry Resnick who have implemented active shooter training programs in the past year. The panel discussed their experiences, as well as next steps in training for an active shooter situation.
In Asset Protection Strategies for Today & Tomorrow - a signature session of the AP conference - an executive panel featuring Macy’s Group Vice President of Asset Protection Kevin Colman; Meijer’s Vice President of Retail Asset Protection Charles Delgado; and Helzberg Diamond’s Divisional Vice President of Loss Prevention Nathan Frazier; answered questions from the audience on the unique challenges executives face in each business segment across the retail spectrum.
Cybersecurity was also an important focus, as VF Corp's Chief Information Security Officer David McLeod and Gap’s Senior Vice President of Loss Prevention Keith White and corporate administration presented their insights on the growing importance of cybersecurity in asset protection.
Generational Expert Hannah Ubl offered practical insights to help the audience understand how each generation differs in leadership traits, and how to identify “Communication Clashpoints” in the workplace and manage each generation more effectively.
Dan Linskey, former Boston Police Chief concluded the conference by sharing his experience during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings - how he managed his intense emotional response; the importance of specificity of training; why it’s important to maintain a team of “Evil Geniuses;” why you should never have a “not my job” mentality; and why too much help can be a bad thing.