The National Retail Federation will honor two loss prevention veterans for their contributions to fighting retail crime on June 23 at the annual NRF PROTECT conference in Cleveland, Ohio.
“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 given to distinguished professionals who have helped shape the loss prevention industry through their leadership and innovation. This year’s recipients are Van Carney, Senior Security and Loss Prevention Consultant for Keizer Communications and Security LLC, and Alisa Dart, Group Vice President of Asset Protection for Albertsons Companies.
Carney has spent nearly three decades leading loss prevention, safety and security at Domino’s Pizza headquarters, as well as its largest franchise, MSK Management. He is currently 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.
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 taken advantage of this 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 leaders 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.