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September 15 - 17, 2021

Nashville, TN


Michael Lamb

Vice President of Asset Protection 

Kroger Company



The Speakers


The FBI Ghost
Took Down
America's Most
Notorious Spy:
Eric O'Neil

Eric is an accomplished public speaker, security expert and author that presents keynotes internationally about espionage and national security, cybersecurity, fraud, corporate diligence and defense, hacking, pursuing ones dreams and surviving Hollywood.

Eric has worked as an FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative, a national security attorney and as a corporate security consultant. He founded The Georgetown Group, a premier investigative and security services firm.  Eric is also the National Security Strategist for VMWare Carbon Black, the leader in next generation endpoint security.

In February 2001, Eric helped capture the most notorious spy in United States history, Robert Phillip Hanssen. In the three months preceding Hanssen’s arrest, Eric was selected to work with the spy within the newly minted information assurance division, created to protect all classified FBI intelligence. Eric was charged with gaining Hanssen’s trust and then using that relationship to slowly draw the traitor out of deep cover.  Eric’s investigative skill led to the arrest and ultimate conviction of the master spy.

Solving Self-Checkout Shrink

Mark Stinde

Vice President of Asset Protection 

Kroger Company

Mike Lamb

Vice President Asset Protection at the Kroger Company (Retired)

Ken Peschier

Vice President, Asset Protection

Dollar General

How Diversity and Inclusion is a Competitive Advantage

Larry Carroll

Vice President, Asset Protection at Casey's General Stores, Inc.

Alisa Dart

Group Vice President Asset Protection

Albertsons Companies

Real World Strategies to Combat Pushout
& Shoplifting Violence


Craig Greenberg

Sr. VP, Sales & Marketing at Gatekeeper Systems

Joe Conway

Ryan Clevenger

Matt Hilbrink

Director, Asset Protection

Albertsons - MidAtlantic

Director, Asset Protection at Albertsons-Safeway 

Sr. Director, Enterprise Risk & Asset Protection at Raley's

Active Shooter: Recovery, Liability, and Prevention

David Donna

Attorney at Donna Law Firm, P.C.

Todd Fernandez

Director of Loss Prevention

Stater Bros. Markets

Will England, CFE

Vice President, Asset Protection,

Risk Management, and Compliance

Weis Markets

Testing it out: Facial & License Plate Recognition

Todd Fernandez

Director of Loss Prevention

Stater Bros. Markets

Rich Kelly

Kyle Hoersch

Director, Loss Prevention at Shaws/Star Markets

Vice President, Client Relations at Motorola Solutions

Why Your Perishable Shrink Plan Isn't Working

Scott Ziter

Vice President of Risk Management 

Golub Corporation/

Price Chopper Supermarkets

Ryan Bauss

VP at Calibration Group / Former Director, Asset Protection at The Kroger Co.

Winning High Consequence Conversations

Lisa Mitchell

Body Language & Executive Communications Pro

Every interaction you have has consequences, whether you are approaching it strategically or not. How intentional are you being about navigating these conversations?
By understanding how people are influenced, the importance of using body language and non-verbal cues to your advantage and being able to quickly and accurately decode the person across from you, you can master your first impression, skillfully lead the conversation, and increase your impact and success.


Lisa Mitchell, CFI is a communications expert and Founder of Power Body Language. She specializes in Body Language and Non Verbal communication skills, coaching high-performing executives and providing expert analysis during jury selection. She is a Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) and a Certified Body Language Trainer, and holds a Masters Degree in Management. Lisa works with companies and organizations world-wide to provide best-in-class Communications workshops, trainings, and keynote speeches.

In addition to her communications work, Lisa is an experienced tech founder/COO, Executive Director for the Non Profit Fight For Life Foundation, and media personality that strives to solve complex problems by empowering others to find and leverage their confidence in every room they walk into.

Build Your Network

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


Networking Event

John Rich’s

Redneck Riviera’s Rooftop

overlooking Broadway!


Moving Beyond COVID: What's Next?

Panel Discussion & Q&A


Responding to Social Unrest: Strategies & Perspectives


Keeping Employees Bought in Times of Crisis


Final Remarks


No upcoming events at the moment

Grocers & Foodservice professionals only


All times are CENTRAL standard time.


Kick-off & Welcome from MC Amber Bradley

Wednesday, September 15


Educational Sessions


Cocktail Networking Reception

Thursday, September 16


Kick off with Amber Bradley

8:45 - 


General Sessions, Tabletop Workshops, & Best Practice Discussions


Signature Networking Event at Redneck Riviera's Rooftop overlooking Broadway

Friday, September 17

Final day of educational sessions and workshops



Key Takeaway workshop lunch


Closing keynote


Adjourn & Enjoy Nashville!


Our Sponsors


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Interested in sponsoring APEX Grocery?  Email Amber Bradley here.