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June 21, 2011

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June 24, 2011:
Gary Johnson
Vice President LP
The Vitamin Shoppe &
Chair of NRF LP Advisory Council

July 1, 2011:
Doug Marker
Vice President
LP, Risk and Audit
Michael Stores, Inc.

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team

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July 13-15, 2011
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Complimentary Webcast:
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June 29, 2011
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Women in LP Caucus
Mentor Program
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August 7-10, 2011
National Food Service Security Council
32nd Annual Meeting

Hyatt Grand Champion
Indian Wells, CA

October 4-6, 2011

CLEAR/Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail
2nd Annual Training Conference
Peppermill Resort/Casino
Reno, NV


Tom Floystrop has been named Director of Loss Prevention for Pet Supermarket in Florida.

Mike Nagyhazy was promoted to Director of Loss Prevention for Harbor Freight Tools in Los Angeles.

Edward Campodonico has been named Director of Loss Prevention and Safety for ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.

With yesterday's Supreme Court ruling in favor of Wal-Mart in the largest sex-discrimination lawsuit in history, the court found that the female employees in different jobs at 3,400 different stores with different supervisors did not have enough in common to be lumped together in a single class action suit and that the lawyers arguing the case failed to point to a common corporate policy that led to gender discrimination.  This was one of the most watched business disputes in some time because the justices hadn't looked at the standards for certifying a class-action suit in more than 10 years.  (Source

Kmart shoplifter in Hudson, Florida, commits suicide in the security office after being detained by Loss Prevention.  While in the back room the 53 year-old suspect pulled a gun- shot once in the air- emptying the room-and fired a second shot into his head.  (Source

ORC ring identified and apprehended in Volusia County, FL that are supplying two Sunoco gas stations with stolen goods for sale.  Daytona Beach Police say this is the fifth store they've hit over the past year for selling stolen merchandise.  Loss Prevention executives from Walgreens, CVS, Wal-Mart and Publix assisted in the investigation and the five suspects they apprehended had been buying stolen merchandise from boosters who had hit over 15 stores in Volusia, Seminole, Orange, and Osceola counties and stealing "anything they came across."  (Source

The future of Borders remaining 400 stores will be determined July 1 as the "stalking horse" bidder will be named and the auction will be held on July 19th with the sale closing on July 29th.  (Source

The owner of "Prestigious Fashions" store and of two booths at local flea markets in Baltimore. Md. was sentenced to 30 months in prison for selling counterfeit clothing and accessories with all the logos you would think of.  (Source

Philip Morris USA filed a civil lawsuit against 17 retailers in the Miami area for selling what could be over one million packs annually of counterfeit Marlboro cigarettes.  Mostly manufactured in China and smuggled into the U.S., the profit is often involved in other organized crimes, such as drug, weapons and human trafficking.  Miami is one of the top three areas in the U.S. for counterfeit cigarettes.  (Source 

Two Director of Loss Prevention positions will be named this week.

Chinese authorities seize $7 million in counterfeit goods, 7,000 pieces with 2,000 being Columbia Sportswear goods, and convict three in Huangpu District People's Court of Shanghi with one sentenced to 10 months in prison and two sentenced to 6 months.  (Source

Counterfeit goods seizures hit $1.4 billion last year in the U.S., a 39% increase over the previous year, and now counterfeit drugs and aircraft engine parts have been linked to deaths in Africa and Asia.  Counterfeiting Kills!  (Source

With a number of states pushing legislation for online sales tax, the U.S. Congress may be presenting a bill this month to do the same.  With the brick and mortars complaining about the 8% to 10% cost difference and states struggling budget woes, online tax free may become a thing of the past soon enough.  (Source

BJ's Wholesale board received an offer for the company yesterday from Leonard Green & Partners and CVC Capital Partners.  (Source



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Annual Technology Showcase and Golf Outing

June 29-30, 2011
Hilton Hotel
Beachwood, OH

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Invitation and Agenda


Vector Security's Melanie Warych Takes Central Station

Operator of the Year Award at 2011 ESX Show!

Since 2006, Vector Security's central station operations has won three coveted central station awards issued by the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and Security Distributing &
Marketing Magazine (SDM). Now the company has added one more to its roster by taking the "Central Station Operator of the Year Award" at the recent ESX Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ms. Melanie Warych, who joined Vector Security's central station team nearly five years ago, was honored as the recipient of the "Central Station Operator of the Year" award in recognition of her superior performance, strong work ethic and outstanding customer service abilities. According to Anita Ostrowski, Vector's Vice President of Central Station Services, Ms. Warych's award was well deserved. "Melanie understands first hand that this business is a people business. Regardless of the range of newer technologies we utilize to serve our customers, the "one to one" experience our customers have with an operator in an emergency condition highlights the value of the human interaction in saving lives and property."

Of the many contributions Ms. Warych has made to her job at Vector, one in particular stands out in Ostrowski's mind. "Melanie was going to dispatch the police to a home where an alarm was received when she received a call from a male occupant who successfully identified himself as the home's owner, requesting to withhold the police dispatch. However, in the midst of the conversation with him, Melanie recognized the voice of a female present in the home that seemed to be in a high state of distress. So when Melanie concluded the call with the man, she immediately telephoned police to advise them of the condition. They responded and found that the woman was being physically assaulted by the man. The police called back and thanked Melanie for her swift actions, saying she
may have even saved the woman’s life."

According to Pamela J. Petrow, Vector Security's President and CEO, Melanie is a shining example of the thought, training and considerations Vector looks for in a central station operator. "For many years prior to my present position at Vector, I was in charge of the company's central station monitoring facilities and therefore recognize the daily contributions our operators make for the benefit of our customers. While this single action taken by Melanie is indeed noteworthy, it was only one of many that made her stand out this year. She has volunteered to take other people's shifts when they could not be there, and assisted in many additional ways to increase the level of
professionalism of our entire central station staff. When it comes to Melanie, she leads by example and her behaviors motivate others to better understand the true nature of their jobs at Vector. Our central station operators are the critical link between our customers and the response agencies who serve them; and oftentimes, they are the reasons why our services are successful at the end of the day."

Vector Security's additional central station recognition and awards, either to the company as a whole or its employees, are as follows:
• Kristina Walker, False Alarm Reduction -- Permit Compliance Coordinator, was named by the False Alarm
  Reduction Association (FARA) as the 2011 FARA Associate Member of the Year.
• In 2010, Lori Kibler, ISG special support, received Honorable Mention as Central Station Support Person of the
  Year from the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and SDM Magazine.
• Vector Security received the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International's (APCO) highest
  honor, The President's Award, in 2009 for its outstanding contributions to the improvement of alarm dispatching
  communications methods in 911 centers.
• Jeffrey Karabinos was chosen as the Central Station Operator of the Year in 2009, and Stewart Pittenger was
  selected to receive Honorable Mention, by the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and SDM Magazine.
• Anita Ostrowski was named Central Station Manager of the Year in 2008 by Central Station Alarm Association
  (CSAA) and SDM Magazine.
• Vector was chosen as Frost & Sullivan's 2008 North American Commercial Alarm Monitoring Company of the Year.
• Patricia Killian was honored as the False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA) Associate of the Year in 2006.
• Vector Security was selected as the Central Station of the Year by Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and
  SDM Magazine in 2006.

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Tom Floystrop has been named Director of Loss Prevention for Pet Supermarket
Edward Campodonico has been named Director of Loss Prevention and Safety for ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
Jerome Harris has been named District Loss Prevention Manager for T.J. Maxx
Taylor Magaziner has been named Area Loss Prevention Manager for Bed Bath & Beyond
Christopher BenVau was named Senior Vice President North America for Stanley Security Solutions
Patrick Mulhern was named VP of National Accounts - East - for Stanley Security Solutions
Kristin Whilhelm has been named Loss Prevention Analyst for PPG Industries
Dustin Hudgins was named Area Loss Prevention Manager for Rent-A-Center

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Your success is directly tied to the relationships you have with your stores, with your colleagues, and with your vendors.  The ability to develop, nurture, and grow those relationships is critical if you expect to deliver the results you need.  And as in the case of all relationships, it's also about what you bring to the table and the value you add.  Oftentimes, one's biggest challenge is usually driven by your weakest or worst relationship and over time those are the ones that'll have the biggest impact.  So take the time to access them and remember it's never too late to try to change one.

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Gus Downing

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