The National Retail Federation’s 2011 Loss Prevention Conference announced that J. Paul Raines, CEO of GameStop and Albuquerque Chief of Police Ray Shultz will address more than 2,600 retail loss prevention executives during the three-day event.
Additionally, NRF has invited Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, to kick off this year’s Conference. The conference will take place June 13-15 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center.
Raines and Shultz will open the conference at 8:30 a.m., Monday June 13. During the keynote, guests will hear Raines discuss how important it is to involve C-level executives in loss prevention efforts within the company. Shultz will recount his experiences within his community and across the country that have involved retail partnerships. The Secretary will share her insights on what the nation has in store for security and protecting the homeland in the decade to come.
“Retail loss prevention issues spread far beyond the store or the parking lot,” said Joe LaRocca, Senior Asset Protection Advisor at NRF. “We are extremely honored to have such high-profile guests join our event this year, adding credibility and weight to the problem of organized and other types of retail crime and homeland security risks that exist throughout the country.”
J. Paul Raines is Chief Executive Officer of GameStop, where he previously served as Chief Operating Officer from September 2008 to June 2010. Prior to joining GameStop, Raines spent eight years with Home Depot in various senior management positions and was responsible for more than 2,000 stores and $70 billion in sales activity. He also has extensive international expertise covering Latin America, Asia and Europe.
Ray Schultz is the Chief of Police for Albuquerque, New Mexico Police Department. Chief Schultz is a life-long law enforcement officer. Beginning his career with the Albuquerque Police Department as a patrol officer and assuming the role of Chief of Police in 2005. From the beginning, Chief Schultz initiated numerous new projects for the citizens of Albuquerque, including the Albuquerque Retail Assets Protection Association (ARAPA). ARAPA is a model that many retailers and law enforcement partners throughout the country have used to start their regional efforts.