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August 14 - 17, 2022

Nashville, TN


Michael Lamb

Vice President of Asset Protection 

Kroger Company



About APEX

APEX Grocery: the original grocery-executive led Xchange format. 

APEX Grocery is an in-person event dedicated to bringing grocery asset protection executives together for education and networking.

Registration for APEX Grocery is $549 per attendee (grocery/retailers only).  Solution providers must sponsor to attend.

Registration includes:

  • All Three (3) Nights of your hotel at a killer location off Broadway

  • All meals for three days including Monday dinner at a Nashville HOT spot and Tuesday's Signature Networking Event on the rooftop of Ole Red 

  • Full-conference access to all Executive Xchange sessions (#Boom)

  • Unmatched networking with vetted, hand-selected solution providers

The APEX event series, powered by TalkLP, is designed to bring together industry executives for a valuable exchange of ideas, learnings, and to strengthen the relationships within the grocery community.

How do we create the agenda?

Attend the only conference built for grocery executives, by grocery executives with the sole focus of the attendee experience. The APEX Executive Advisory Council creates the most valuable content for discussion and exchange of ideas. 


Meet the council:

  • Alisa Dart, GVP Asset Protection at Albertsons Companies

  • Paul Jaeckle, Vice President of Asset Protection - Meijer Stores

  • Matt Hilbrink, Sr. Director of Enterprise Risk, and Asset Protection, Raley’s

  • Clint Hedgpeth, Sr. Director of Loss Prevention Operations, H-E-B

  • Cynthia Grizzle, Vice President - Asset Protection at Family Dollar

  • Scott Ziter, Vice President of Risk Management at Golub Corporation/Price Chopper Supermarkets

  • Ryan Clevenger, Director of Asset Protection at Albertsons – Safeway

  • Ben Dugan, Director, Organized Retail Crime & Corporate Investigations at CVS Health

  • James Cosseboom, Director, Asset Protection, Retail Business Services (AHOLD)

  • Amelia Kennedy, Senior Director - Store Operations at Dollar General

The Topics


  • Predicting Civil Unrest & Election Disturbances: What will November bring? 

    • presented by Matthew Foster, Assistant Special Agent in Charge at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

  • Highly Successful Crisis Management Teams: When it Matters Most

    • presented by Safeway/Albertsons​

  • The Transformation of the Frontend

    • presented by Mike Limauro, Vice President, Global Asset Protection at Whole Foods Market​

  • The Intricacies of Center Store Shrink & Supply Chain Complexities -- How to stay ahead of it

  • ​Technically Perfect Store?  What and How to Implement the Most Innovative Technology for Max Impact

    • presented by Ryan Clevenger, Director of Asset Protection, Albertsons/Safeway

  • Active Shooter Prediction & Recovery:  What you don't expect to happen in real life

  • Executive Grocery Panel: "What we are testing, how's it going, and what solutions we still need"

  • Understanding Cybersecurity Trends & Predictions: What scams are next?

  • Face Recognition: Myths, Trends and Legalities

  • Modifying Behavior for Maximum Shrink Success from Frontline Employees

  • The Changing Climate of Law Enforcement & ORC Legislation Update

Some of the Keynote Speakers...


Preventing & Preparing for the Unthinkable

by Kristin Ziman, Former Police Chief of the Aurora IL Police Department (Ret.)

Kristen is the former Police Chief of the Aurora IL Police Department (Ret.). In Kristen’s 30-year career in law enforcement, she blazed trails: she became the first woman Lieutenant in 2008, first woman Commander in 2010, and eventually the first woman Chief in her department’s history in January of 2016. Kristen was also the Chief on watch during a mass shooting in her hometown Aurora, IL.

Since retiring from the department, Kristen has now stepped into her new career as a professional speaker and consultant for organizations and police departments focused on the areas of leadership, women empowerment, positive psychology, and mass shooting prevention.

Kristen is also the author of Reimagining Blue: Thoughts on Life, Leadership, and a New Way Forward in Policing, a passionate and personal memoir of a misunderstood profession through the vantage point of a female police chief.

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7 WINNING Technologies The Best
Performing Grocers Are Prioritizing

by Greg Buzek, IHL Group

Greg Buzek is the Founder and President of IHL Group.  Noted by RIS News as one of the Top 10 Influentials in Retail and the National Retail Federation as one of "The List of People Shaping Retail's Future", he has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from The Ohio State University, and 25 years of experience in retail market analysis, business planning, product development, and consulting with Fortune 500 companies.

Greg is frequently quoted in BusinessWeek, RIS News, StorefrontBacktalk, CIO Information Network, Information Week, Supermarket News, Vertical Systems Reseller, Kiosk Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and the Washington Post and has been used as a retail technology analyst on NBC Nightly News, CBS News, and CNBC. In addition Greg has been a guest lecturer for the Wharton School of Business and Belmont University.

Check out this Infographic of Grocery's Tech Transformation.

Build Your Network

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Share your industry know-how while networking with your peers
at our Tuesday evening


Networking Event


Ole Red Rooftop

Overlooking Broadway!


Moving Beyond COVID: What's Next?

Panel Discussion & Q&A

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Keeping Employees Bought in Times of Crisis


Final Remarks


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Grocers & Foodservice professionals only

Structure of Agenda

All times are CENTRAL standard time.

Sunday, August 14, 2022


Welcome Reception


APEX Council & VIP Dinner

Monday, August 15, 2022


Educational Sessions


Cocktail Networking Reception


Dinner at a Nashville Hot Spot

Tuesday, August 16, 2022


Educational Sessions


Depart for Ole Red Rooftop

APEX Signature Networking Event

Wednesday, August 17, 2022


Final day of educational sessions and workshops


Key Takeaway workshop lunch


Adjourn & Enjoy Nashville


Our Sponsors


Solution Providers MUST sponsor to attend APEX Grocery

Interested in sponsoring?  Contact Amber Bradley here.

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Interested in sponsoring APEX Grocery?  Email Amber Bradley here.