These 2 pros fought retail crime
A presenter stands on stage during NRF Protect in 2018.
The National Retail Federation will honor two veteran loss prevention professionals for their outstanding contributions to the fight against retail crime on June 23 at the annual conference. NRF protect conference in Cleveland.
“Loss prevention professionals embody the courage and character needed to protect the assets, employees and customers of retail businesses from evolving threats,” said Martine Reardon, NRF’s chief marketing officer and Executive Vice President of Content and Memberships. “We are proud to honor and celebrate this year’s Ring of Excellence winners for their significant and lasting impact on loss prevention and the retail industry.”
The Ring of Excellence Award is reserved for distinguished professionals who have shaped the loss prevention industry through their leadership and innovation. This year’s winners are Van Carney, senior security and loss prevention consultant for Keizer Communications and Security LLC, and Alisa Dart, group vice president for asset protection for Albertsons Companies.
Van Carney, Senior Security and Loss Prevention Consultant
Carney has spent nearly three decades leading loss prevention, safety and security at Domino’s corporate headquarters as well as its largest franchise, MSK Management. He is now employed at Keizer, where he developed the company’s physical security requirements and executive protection program. He recently uncovered a major embezzlement scheme, recovering a substantial portion of the $117,000 loss.
Carney is a member of the NRF’s Loss Prevention Advisory Council and a former member of the council’s Legislative Committee. He is also a former vice president and board member of the Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association. He is a graduate of the FBI’s Homeland Security Alliance Council Executive Training Program and has held the Certified Protection Professional and Certified Fraud Examiner designations.
Alisa Dart, Group Vice President for Asset Protection
Dart has been in the asset protection business for over 25 years. She oversees asset protection functions for more than 2,200 Albertsons Companies stores in 34 states and is a leader in setting standards and analytical functions to identify and reduce shrinkage. She also served as director of store losses at Nordstrom and national vice president of operations and asset protection at Macy’s Inc.
Dart values diversity and inclusion and has leveraged this sense of purpose to attract new talent to the industry. She has been recognized for paving the way for other women leaders in the field and has mentored hundreds of asset protection professionals, many of whom now hold senior positions.
Retail security managers from across the country are expected to attend NRF Protect at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland June 21-23 for three days of content with 29 sessions, more than 100 speakers and 200 exhibitors. Topics will cover the most important aspects of retail security, including workplace violence, cybersecurity, organized crime in retail, return fraud and more.
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