The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced the selection of the Steering Committee for its 2016 Retail Asset Protection Conference, an annual event that brings together top industry executives to solve for common challenges, hear about emerging trends, and test innovative technology.
The 2016 Retail Asset Protection Conference will mark the 40th year of the conference, hosted by RILA and its predecessor organizations.
"What began as a small conference dedicated to the loss prevention and security needs of regional discount retailers has grown into the leading educational event for the most relevant and successful US retailers today, thanks in large part to the dedication of the retail executives who have helped plan the meeting over these past 40 years," said Lisa LaBruno, senior vice president retail operations at RILA.
Asset Protection Steering Committee members represent the leading retail and service provider companies and play a key role in shaping the program's educational content, securing expert speakers and facilitating networking opportunities.
"RILA is fortunate to have the support of asset protection executives who demonstrate such a high level of thought leadership, spirit of collaboration, and selfless commitment to the industry," added LaBruno.
RILA's 2016 AP Steering Committee members include:
Adam Alford, Senior Director, Asset Protection, GameStop Corp.;
Dominick Archer, Director, Loss Prevention, ULTA Beauty;
Stacie Bearden, Director, Asset Protection Field, The Home Depot, Inc.;
Erik Buttlar, Senior Director, Asset Protection, Best Buy Co., Inc.;
Faith Clark, Divisional Manager, Loss Prevention & Safety, Publix Super Markets;
Crystal Collins, Director, Asset Protection Operations, Meijer, Inc.;
Brand Elverston, Director, Asset Protection Strategic Initiatives, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.;
Tim Fisher, Director, Loss Prevention, T-Mobile, USA Inc.;
Doug Gage, Director, Safety & Environmental Programs, AutoZone, Inc.;
Read Hayes, Director, Loss Prevention Research Council;
Andrew Henderson, Regional Manager, Asset Protection, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI);
Frank Johns, Chairman, Loss Prevention Foundation;
Andrew Jones, Director, Logistics, Loss Prevention & Safety, Tractor Supply Company;
Nadine Lajeune, Format Leader - KMART Asset & Profit Protection, Sears Holdings Corporation;
David Lund, Vice President, Loss Prevention, Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc.;
Todd Lyle, Senior Director, Asset Protection Solutions, Walgreens Boot Alliance;
Debbie Maples, Vice President, Global Loss Prevention & Corporate Security, Gap Inc.;
Steve Middleton, Director Asset Protection, Rite Aid Corporation;
Tina Sellers, Director, Loss Prevention, Delhaize America Shared Services Group, LLC;
Byron Smith, Corporate Asset Protection Manager, 7-Eleven, Inc.;
Terry Sullivan, Director, Loss Prevention Operations, Lowe's Companies, Inc.;
Jayson Sutton, Senior Director, Loss Prevention, Ross Stores Inc.;
Dennis Wamsley, Director, Loss Prevention & Safety, Publix Super Markets, Inc.;
Stan Welch, Vice President, Loss Prevention, J.C. Penney Company, Inc.
Dominic Zuccala, Director, Loss Prevention, Big Lots Stores, Inc.
The Steering Committee kicks off 2016 conference planning August 26-27 in Washington, D.C. Thought leaders representing retailers, product manufacturers and solution/service providers who achieve operational excellence, implement innovative solutions to problems or design cutting-edge technology are encouraged to submit a proposal to present at the 2016 Retail Asset Protection to be held April 17-20, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.
The sponsor companies for the 2016 Retail Asset Protection include: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.; Tyco Integrated Security; Vector Intelligent Solutions; Axis Communications; Verisk Retail; and NuTech NaTional .
RILA is the trade association of the world's largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.