NRF Brings Compelling Speakers to PROTECT 2017

WASHINGTON--()--Over 90 industry leaders will be featured speakers as more than 2,000 retailers, loss prevention executives, cybersecurity experts and law enforcement officers convene in Washington, D.C., June 26-28 at the annual NRF PROTECT conference.

“The level of expertise and insider insights that these industry leaders will bring to the show this year will be very impactful,” NRF Vice President for Loss Prevention Bob Moraca said. “Each of these speakers was handpicked to challenge, inspire and encourage attendees to redefine their companies’ loss prevention plans and embrace changes that can help make their companies safer for their employees and customers.”

The speaker lineup will begin on June 27, when former FBI lead international kidnapping negotiator Christopher Voss will deliver in a keynote session titled “Never Split the Difference – Lessons from a Former Hostage Negotiator.” Voss will share secrets on how to be effective in negotiating, with examples from high-stakes criminal situations.

The same day, The Home Depot Senior Manager for Asset Protection Resources and Technology Luis Ninan and Metro One Loss Prevention Services Group Vice President for Business Development Frank Camerino will host a breakout session titled “Looking Beyond the Badge: Partnering With Your Security Provider.” Ninan and Camerino will share insights on how retailers can think outside the “scope of work” and ask loss prevention partners what can they do together.

On the EXPO stage, Dunkin’ Brands Senior Director for Loss Prevention and Corporate Security David Johnston will discuss his partnership with the company’s information technology security team in building a cyber/data security program without slowing down digital initiatives in a session titled “Working Together to Build a Cyber Security Program.”

Alston & Bird law firm partner Kimberly Peretti will close out the day with a session titled “Preparing for Cyber’s Evolution: Collaboration, Cooperation and Risk Mitigation,” where she will discuss how cyber threats have evolved since beginning to draw massive data breach headlines a decade ago.

On June 28, NFL Senior Vice President for Security and former Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier will open the show by discussing Safety and Preparedness in the 21st Century. From implementing new technologies and communication techniques for an intelligence-led police force to empowered communities, Lanier will discuss the importance of risk management, preparedness, policing and leadership.

Later that day, CVS Health Loss Prevention Director Dave St. Angelo and 3SI Security Systems Eastern U.S. Sales Manager Dan Kopchik will speak at a session titled “Security Where Criminals Least Expect it.” St. Angelo and Kopchik will outline how to stay ahead of crime trends, scale a security system design to protect against a specific crime and establish a toolkit of security options to match the problems encountered.

At the EXPO stage, “Drone Guy” James Acevedo will discuss how retail security departments can use drone technology to control costs, improve efficiency, prevent loss and track movement inside and outside the store in a session titled “Drones and Asset Protection: The Sky is Not the Limit.”

The last keynote session of the show, “The Goalposts of Leadership are Shifting: Are You?” will feature two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning as he offers insights on leadership qualities in sports that reach across all industries.

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About NRF

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.



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Ana Serafin Smith, 855-NRF-PRESS



National Retail Federation
Ana Serafin Smith, 855-NRF-PRESS