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Michael Lamb

Vice President of Asset Protection 

Kroger Company

Mike has over 35 years of retail loss prevention, safety and compliance experience. He serves as the Vice President of Asset Protection for Kroger.  Mike has oversight for all shrink/waste and loss prevention efforts across nearly 2,800 stores in 35 states under two dozen banners with annual sales of more than $115.3 billion.

Mike serves on the Board of Directors for The Loss Prevention Foundation, is a member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s (RILA) Asset Protection Leadership Council, and serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the Loss Prevention Research Council.

Kathleen Smith, MA, CFI

Vice President of Asset Protection

Albertsons - Safeway

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The Speakers


Unpacking Unconscious Bias: Making Diversity & Inclusion More Than Just Words


James Fripp

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

YUM! Brands

Steven Antoine 

Chief Security Officer

YUM! Brands

Catching THE Inside Man 


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John Brocar, CFE, CFI

Director with Ryan Fraud and Forensic Recovery, LLC

John Brocar is a Director with Ryan Fraud and Forensic Recovery, LLC. He is responsible for leading the Fraud Practice in Chicago. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Forensic Interviewer. John specializes in providing corporate investigations, fraud prevention and detection and disbursement risk analysis services. As a subject matter expert in the area of disbursement risk analytics, he assists clients globally identify expense reimbursement fraud, conflicts of interest, business risk vendors, fictitious vendors, ghost payroll, p-card and fleet card anomalies and other disbursement risk scenarios. He has more than 25 years of experience working with global organizations in a wide variety of segments.


Mr. Brocar lectures on various fraud prevention and detection, database analytics, and investigative topics. Additionally, he has appeared as a speaker for the following organizations:

  • National Retail Federation

  • Retail Industry Leaders Association

  • International Association of Interviewers – Elite Training Days

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

  • International Accounts Payable Professionals

  • The Institute of Internal Auditors

  • North American and Canadian Municipal Treasurers Association

  • Illinois Association of County Auditors

The LP Investigator’s Favorite

Tools to Catch a Thief


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Ryan Clevenger

Jordan Rivchun, MBA

Melissa Allgood, CFI

Jo Wiley

Leader, Retail Solutions and Strategy

& Business Development

Hanwha Techwin America

Former Director of LP, DSW

Director of Loss Prevention

Universal Studios Hollywood

Director Asset Protection 

Albertsons - Safeway

Director Loss Prevention 

Sally Beauty

Investigation Liability:

Protecting your Investigation and your Brand


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Cary Jones, CFI

Vice President of Loss Prevention, Administration, Compliance Officer

Visionworks of America

Cary Jones is the Vice President of  Loss Prevention, Administration, and Compliance for Visionworks of America.  His responsibilities include loss prevention, privacy, e-Commerce, customer call center, protective services, investigations, physical security, life safety, risk insurance, and corporate administration for 730 Visionworks stores. Cary leads safety, security, and loss prevention for Visionworks and their formerly affiliated companies HVHC Manufacturing, Davis Vision, and Viva International.​

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Kimberly Overton Spahos

Chief Resource Prosecutor

NC Conference of District Attorneys

A prosecutor, trainer, teacher, speaker and facilitator, Kimberly Overton currently serves with the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys as the Chief Resource Prosecutor where she provides technical assistance, education and training to prosecutors, law enforcement and other criminal justice and allied professionals.   Before coming to the Conference of District Attorneys in 2003 as North Carolina’s first Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Kimberly served as an Assistant District Attorney in Halifax County, NC working in both district and superior court.  As an Assistant District Attorney and currently as a Special Prosecutor, Kimberly has handled all types of cases ranging from traffic tickets to homicide. 

Organized Retail Crime Doesn’t Take a Holiday:

Be ready.  Here's how.


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Jay Ganal, CFI, CORCI

Loss Prevention Manager

GAP Inc.

Deanna Lawton, CFI

Sr. Analyst-Security Operations

Verizon Wireless

Gary Novello Jr, LPC, CFI

Director Asset Protection

Investigations, Bloomingdale's

Eric Trehern

Corporate Manager - Asset Protection - ORC Investigations

The Home Depot

False Confessions:

Why should Loss Prevention Leaders care?



Brian L. Cutler, Ph.D.

Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Brian L. Cutler, Ph.D. earned a doctorate degree in social psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987 and serves as Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. In his role as Professor, Dr. Cutler teaches forensic psychology courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervises undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in research, and conducts research on eyewitness memory, the suspect interrogation process, and other forensic psychology topics. Dr. Cutler has held research grants from the National Science Foundation of the United States and Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has held various leadership roles, including Interim Dean, Associate Dean, and Department Chair at U.S. and Canadian universities, President of the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association) and Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Law and Human Behavior. 


Dr. Cutler’s publications include Editor or Author of The APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology, the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law, Reform of Eyewitness Identification Procedures, Conviction of the Innocent: Lessons from Psychological Research, and five other books. He is also an author of more than 25 book chapters and 65 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Cutler is a Distinguished Member of the American Psychology-Law Society and Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. With respect to his professional practice, Dr. Cutler has served as a consultant and expert witness in more than 250 criminal and civil cases in the U.S. and Canada and founded Coral Coast Group, Inc., a corporation that provides consulting and behavioral research services.



December 3

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Kick-off & Welcome from MC Amber Bradley


Unpacking Unconscious Bias: Making Diversity & Inclusion More Than Just Words


Catching THE Inside Man


The LP Investigator’s Favorite Tools to Catch a Thief


Organized Retail Crime Doesn’t Take a Holiday: Be ready. Here's How.


Liability: Protecting your investigation and your brand


False Confessions: Why should LP leaders care?


Wrap Up & Close

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