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Press Release 1-27-14
The D&D Daily e-Newsletter for the LP & Safety Industry

Bob Evans Farms Chairman and CEO Steve Davis to Keynote Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association
Annual Convention

January 27, 2014 – The Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA) is pleased to announce that Steven A. Davis, Chairman and CEO, Bob Evans Farms, will serve as a keynote at its 35th Annual Conference, August 4, in Orlando. RLPSA is the leading trade association for loss prevention, security, safety and risk management professionals in the QSR and chain restaurant industry.

“We are honored to be able to feature an industry leader with the unique background of Steve Davis,” said Jim Forlenza, Executive Director, RLPSA. “Mr. Davis is the first executive from the casual dining segment to speak to our audience. I know our members are greatly anticipating his presence.”

“We have a strong tradition of delivering quality, thought-provoking executive speakers and Mr. Davis will certainly add to that long list of leaders,” said Joe Verber, Yum Brands and RLPSA President. “He is innovative with an incredibly unique background in the industry. We are excited to offer our members an opportunity to hear his views on the contributions of LP and security to the business operations.”

Bob Evans owns and operates 561 restaurants in 19 states. As leader of Bob Evans Farms, Mr. Davis leads the strategic, nationwide growth of the company, including both restaurant and food retail operations. Davis also serves on various Boards of Directors, including the Walgreen Co., and Marathon Petroleum Corporation. Community service and economic development are also important to Mr. Davis, who also serves on the Board of JobsOhio, the Executive Committee of Ohio Business Roundtable, and on the Columbus Partnership, which focuses on the region’s economic development.

He was honored with the first INROADS National Leadership Award in March 2011. In 2012, he was honored by the African American and African Studies Community Extension Center at The Ohio State University with the William E. Nelson Community Warrior Award for Business for his efforts in advancing the role of African Americans in Columbus. In 2005, Black Enterprise Magazine named Davis as one of the 75 Most Powerful Black Men in American Business and in 2013, he was featured on the magazine’s Black Enterprise Magazine’s Registry of Corporate Directors list, which highlights black board members from the 250 largest companies on the S&P 500.

“I am honored to join the RLPSA for their annual conference,” said Davis. “As the leader of a leading casual dining brand, I’m keenly aware of the role our security, risk, safety and loss prevention professionals play in a business’s success... and in building trust with guests, employees and partners.”

RLSPA will host its 35th Annual Conference, August 3-6, 2014, at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando. In addition to keynote presenters, the event features educational sessions and workshops, roundtables, exhibits, scheduled practitioner/vendor meetings, and a host of entertaining networking functions. Topics will range from social media and emerging technologies to EBR and skimming and fraud. The education program will highlight speakers from the restaurant and food service industry, presenting real-world topics and best practices, offering a host of solutions and insights for everyday situations. RLPSA will be announcing other major industry speakers over the next several months.

RLPSA is the nation’s only trade association dedicated to loss prevention, security and risk management professionals in the restaurant industry. The RLPSA Annual Conference runs August 3-6, at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, FL. For up to date speaker and conference details, or other event info, please visit, For more information about RLPSA membership or the annual conference, please contact Jim Forlenza, Executive Director,, or at 240-252-5542.



Press Release 1-27-14
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