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Downing & Downing New York City Dinner January 14, 2013

On Jan 14th in NYC over 100 Loss Prevention leaders gathered to honor Joe LaRocca for his tremendous achievements while he was the Vice President of Loss Prevention for the National Retail Federation. As the first true retail
Loss Prevention executive ever to occupy that position, he pioneered game changing initiatives that helped
evolve the industry on a national level. His subject matter expertise and true desire to make a difference
played an instrumental role in creating and developing the numerous and successful Organized Retail Crime
initiatives throughout the entire United States.

Shot right before the evenings event and airing this spring on LPNN's season 2, this session reviews and
looks at Harvard Business School Professor, Tatiana Sandino's study "Can Wages Buy Honesty? The Relationship Between Realtive Wages and Employee Theft". In this session we explored how her formula can be applied
in any retail model and used to determine how wage increases can indeed impact theft activity in a store.
And while it isn't the absolute answer to theft it is in fact a variable that also impacts turnover, store moral, productivity, and the overall social norms in any given store.

  • LPNN Live Audience Filming
  • Jim O'Connor, Tatiana Sandino, Gus Downing
  • Chris McDonald, Sr. VP LP of The Compass Group probing the subject
  • Jim O’Connor posing interview questions
  • Harvard Professor Tatiana Sandino responding to questions
  • Tatiana Sandino and Gus Downing talking about her study
  • Joe LaRocca, Honoree
  • Rich Mellor, VPLP for the NRF introducing Joe
  • Gary Johnson, VP of LP for The Vitamin Shoppe and Chairman of the NRF Advisory Council, provided Joe with a NJ Devils hockey jersey.
  • Rich Mellor, the NRF’s VP of Loss Prevention presented LaRocca with a memento from the NRFs advisory Council.
  • Honoree Joe LaRocca speaking to his fellow Loss Prevention leaders in attendance
  • Karl Langhorst - Kroger, Joe LaRocca, and Jim Burger
  • Sergeant Barry Neiss - Commanding Officer, N.Y.P.D. Organized Theft Squad
  • Joe LaRocca - Honoree, with Gary Johnson and Rich Mellor
  • The Century 21 Department Stores Team
  • The Teams from Kohl's and Macy's
  • The team from J. Crew
  • The team from Bloomingdales
  • Jim Burger, Burger Consulting; Dan Doyle and Pedro Ramos, Agilence, Inc.
  • Ted Wilkinson & Jackie Anderson with Axis Communications, Inc. and Maurice Edwards with Mattress Firm
  • Chris McDonald, Jim Hosty with The Compass Group and Peggy Nitsche, Axonify Inc.
  • Dale Bass, Bass Security Services, Inc. and Hedgie Bartol, Axis Communications
  • Dan Doyle, Beall's and Graham Handyside, WG Security Products
  • Rick Beardsley, Party City and Cita Doyle, InstaKey Security Systems
  • Kevin O'Brien with LP Innovations, Jim Palmer, U.S. Coast Guard Community Services Command; Dave Johnston, LP Innovations (background)
  • Don Darmody and Tracy Gerney with Se-Kure Controls, Inc.

See the v-Newsletter about the event here.

Downing & Downing New York City Dinner January 16, 2012

The Downing & Downing Annual NYC Dinner took place on Monday, January 16, 2012 with over 100 people attending.

The evening began with opening words from Gus Downing, President and Publisher for Downing & Downing, Inc., The D&D Daily and LPNN. Bill Titus, Vice President of Loss Prevention for Sears Holdings Corp., was honored by the National Retail Federation for all his efforts
as the NRF’s LP Advisory Council chairperson from 2009-2011 and for all of his many years of leadership and support. Hitha Prabhakar, author of "Black Market Billions – How Organized Retail Crime Funds Global Terrorists" addressed the group following Bill’s presentation.
The following are photos from the evening. Enjoy!


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See the v-Newsletter of the event here.



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