CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Each year the NRF LP Council nominates one industry executive to receive the retail loss prevention industry’s most prestigious award at the NRF PROTECT annual conference. This award recognizes outstanding leaders in the retail LP community whose “honor, integrity and character serve as an example for the industry.”
This year’s recipient Gus Downing, president of Downing & Downing, led the industry’s leading executive search and consulting firm he founded in 1983 that helped retailers staff more than 2,800 LP executives, over 33% of the Top 100 Retailers' senior leaders, and built and designed LP departments.
In 2010, Downing transformed the firm into the #1 daily digital news source for the retail LP/AP and IT Security communities. The D&D Daily e-newsletter aggregates and reports the industry news from over 2,500 sources and produces exclusive retail crime reports, including retail's only "Violent Fatalities" report.
Downing, as a second-generation retail LP expert who began his career in 1973 working for a retailer in the security program run by his father, Gus Downing Sr., is a pioneer in the LP industry. He’s held LP leadership roles at retailers including Children’s Palace, Lerner Shops and Gold Circle Stores, spent twenty-five years leading the nation's #1 search firm and the last ten years developing the D&D Daily, the #1 daily digital news source for retail LP/AP and IT Security.
Downing attributes his firm’s success to the teams he’s had the honor of working with, developing and learning from, with the NRF PROTECT conferences and leadership playing a major role in their nationwide impact.
With his acceptance speech receiving strong reviews, it serves as a roadmap for future leaders. Watch it here.
The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, passionately advocates for the people, brands, policies and ideas that help retail thrive. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., NRF empowers the industry that powers the economy. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP and supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. For over a century, NRF has been a voice for every retailer and every retail job, educating, inspiring and communicating the powerful impact retail has on local communities and global economies.
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