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worked in Law Enforcement or Retail Loss Prevention for 17 years.
Presently, Will is the Senior Director of Loss Prevention for Ross
Stores, Inc., Leading Loss Prevention in the eastern half of the United
professional career began in Law Enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff at the
Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, on the Western Slope of Colorado. In
addition to patrol duties, Will specialized in Gang Resistance and
Education. In 1999, Will moved on to retail Loss Prevention and Target
Corporation, where he was promoted to a District Assets Protection
Manager in the Kansas City Market. During his career with Target, Will
also served as a Group Assets Protection Manager, A Regional Recruiting
Manager, and in Store Operations, leading store teams within the Chicago
Will received his Masters in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays
State University, in Hays, KS and has conducted numerous lectures and
public speaking engagements at Colleges, Universities, Corporations, and
in the Community on Leadership and Influence. Will combines his passion
for athletics with his education and experience to teach lessons on
leadership to students and business professionals. Will conducted one
such lecture at the 2007 IOBSE annual meeting, where he was introduced
to the organization’s recruiting and mentoring programs.
joining the board of IOBSE as a Director in 2010, Will has been an
active member of both the Education and Conference planning committees.
in the Orlando, FL area with his wife of 17 years, Jennifer, and two
children, Jackson and Wilson.
Finley-Akins is the Manager of Corporate Security Operations
for Gap Inc. Previously she was the Director of Gap Brand Loss
Prevention for the Western Zone, Central and Canada, based in
San Francisco, Ca. Finley-Akins joined Gap Inc. in 2002 as a
Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Banana Republic in the San
Francisco Bay Area.
With more than 30
years of retail Loss Prevention Experience, Finley-Akins has
successfully lead Loss Prevention initiatives and efforts at
Mervyn’s, a middle market, California based retailer and part of
Target Corporation. Venus is CFI certified. During her tenure,
she has held positions of increased responsibility in Loss
Prevention and Human Resources.
Venus is an active
Volunteer in her Community, most notably at the Agnes Memorial
Children’s Center in Oakland. Finley-Akins is the recipient of
the 2007 YMCA Black Achievers’ award. Venus has been married to
Terence Akins for 23 years.
As an Assets Protection Business Partner,
Fanchon Barnes’ core role as a multi-district leader is to enhance profitability, the guest experience, and our reputation by minimizing loss and business disruptions and providing safe and secure environments.
She is responsible for recruiting, training, and developing team members; ensuring execution of job responsibilities, planning the business, managing team member and guest issues, managing the Assets Protection programs that keep stores safe for guests, team members, shareholders and communities; driving profitability by reducing stock shortages, monitoring stores’ readiness for inventory, and all theft and fraud investigations.
Fanchon joined Target in 1994 with over 10 years of Retail Management and Leadership experience she has held numerous Executive roles within the company for over fourteen years. In addition to her core role, Fanchon currently captains the Assets Protection Women in Leadership Development Group and is a Regional Sponsor for the Managing Inclusion Committee. She also captains the Regional Assets Protection Diversity Recruitment strategies and serves on the Diversity Committee. Fanchon has been recognized for her countless efforts towards diversity executive recruitment and outstanding team development! In 2008, she was awarded the "George Logan Education Award" by the International Organization of Black Security Executives’ National Board of Directors.
Fanchon received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota in Organizational Management and Communications. She has a passion for education and often conducts educational presentations on campus, facilitates several training courses for Target, is a Certified Instructor of the Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc., resides on the Minneapolis Regional Committee for the Network of Executive Women, and is an active member of the International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE) in which she holds the roles of
Student Education Liaison and Board Secretary.
Knox is a security professional with 20 year of experience in the
industry. Currently Don is a Global Security and Risk Analysis
Manager with Caterpillar Inc, the world’s largest maker of
construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas
engines and industrial gas turbines. Some of Don’s
responsibilities include providing support for Caterpillar’s
enterprise crisis management program, international travel
safety and security program and global risk compliance program.
Additionally Don serves as Director and Security for his church,
St Paul Baptist. He manages all aspects of security operations
including access control, intrusion detection, pastoral
protection, security awareness training, parking and traffic as
well as emergency management and life safety.
Prior to Caterpillar Don was a Security Specialist with State
Farm Insurance, the country’s largest auto and property/
casualty insurer. Don coordinated various aspects of their
enterprise security program including assisting with their
crisis management and business continuity program as well as
administering and maintaining the access control network. Prior
to State Farm Don held positions in retail loss prevention for
Best Buy, facility and event security for Illinois State
University’s Redbird Arena and crime prevention for the Illinois
State University Police and the Peoria Park District Police.
is a graduate of Illinois State University with Bachelor’s
Degrees in Criminal Justice Science and Applied Computer
Science. He earned his Certified Protection Professional (CPP)
designation signifying board certification in security
management as well as his Certified Identity Theft Risk
Management Specialist (CITRMS).
addition to serving the IOBSE Don is a member of ASIS
International and serves as Past Chair of Crisis Management and
Business Continuity Council and received the Outstanding Council
Chair of the year award. He is currently Vice Chair of ASIS
Houses of Worship Security Committee.
Levell Hedgspeth is a Divisional Loss Prevention Manager for
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store which is based out of Lebanon,
Levell successfully oversees the loss prevention and
investigative functions for the southeast, mid-south, and
western United States consisting of approximately 190 locations
and 867 Million Dollars in annual revenue. He joined CBOCS in
2005 as a Regional Loss Prevention Investigator and was promoted
to his current role of Divisional Loss Prevention Manager in
Levell served in the United States Army as a Correctional and
Military Police Officer before beginning his civilian career as
District Security Manager with Roses Stores, Inc. in 1987.
more than 23 years in the loss prevention/asset protection
profession, Levell has held various leadership positions
including, District Loss Prevention Manager with Best Buy, Inc.,
Company Auditor with Shoe Show, Inc, and District Loss
Prevention Manager and Regional Loss Prevention Manager with DSW/Retail
Levell resides in Charlotte, NC with his lovely wife of almost
17 years, Renee. With a blended family they have five daughters;
Shawn, Tiffany, Eboni, Whitney, and Lorin, and one
granddaughter; Kaitlyn. They also have two son-in-laws; Brandon
(Eboni) and Lester (Whitney).
Levell has been an active member of the IOBSE since June 2008
and currently takes part in the Education Committee, assisting
with college seminars and the mentorship program.
Levell is bi-vocational. He is an ordained minister and founding
church pastor of 13 years with a passion for the success of
young people. He lives by the golden rule, “Do unto others as
you would have them do unto you.”
Michael Nelson has 12 years of retail Loss Prevention experience and is
currently the Regional Director of Loss Prevention for Florida
at Kohl's Stores Inc. Based out of Miami Fl, Michael drives best
in class sales through strategic Loss Prevention initiative that
minimize shortage, drive instocks, and create a safe secure
environment for customers and associates.
Michael began his security career in 1998 with Target
Corporation as an hourly undercover security officer. In 1999 he
was promoted to an Executive of Assets Protection with Target
Corporation. In 2003 Michael obtained a Bachelors of Science
degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central
Florida. Upon graduation Michael was promoted to District Assets
Protection Team Leader with Target Corporation. He held that
position until transitioning to his current role in 2010.
Michael has been a member of IOBSE since 2006. During that time
he has driven IOBSE initiatives through the facilitation of
college classroom training, executive recruitment, conference
seminars, and student mentorship. Michael has a passion for
mentorship and attributes his own professional success to the
mentorship he has received from IOBSE members. In 2010 Michael
received the "Keith White Mentorship Award" from the
International Organization of Black Security Executives.
Sgt. at Arms
Michael Rock is a Divisional Asset Protection Director for the
Midwest Division at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Based in Chicago Il,
Michael sets the Asset Protection strategy for the Midwest
Division and leads a team of Asset Protection professionals
charged with reducing losses and protecting the customers,
associates and facilities of Wal-Mart Stores in the Midwest
Michael joined Wal-Mart in 1992 as an Assistant Manager in the
Turnersville NJ area. In 1994 he joined the Loss Pre-vention
department as a District Loss Prevention Supervisor. In this
role he was responsible for managing, maintaining and
supervising security issues and systems within his district of
15 stores. After 2 years Michael was promoted to Training
Supervisor then to Regional Loss Prevention Director. He was
then promoted to his current role.
Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Michael enjoyed an active duty career
in the U.S. Air Force. He was a crew member on the
C-130E and EC-130E aircrafts and has over 4500 flying hours
including combat time. He ended his active duty career as an
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Tennessee State
University in Nashville TN. He then joined the 193rd Special
Operations Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in
Harrisburg, PA where is finished his military career. During his
career he earned three Air Medals as well as four Air Force
Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education
degree from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro,
NC , where he graduated Cum Laude. In 1992, he received his
Masters degree in Security Management from Webster University in
St Louis, MO.
Michael currently resides in the Chicago Ill area with his wife
of 20 years, Sherry and their four children.
Jackson is currently the Director of Corporate Security at Gap, Inc.
Marjorie has field, corporate, and international experience with leading
teams and implementing strategic business solutions. Marjorie started
Gap, Inc. over 14 years ago. She held various roles in the field, such
as Loss Prevention Manager, Flagship Store Operations Manager, District
Loss Prevention Manager, and Regional Loss Prevention Manager.
Eventually, Marjorie transitioned into headquarters within the Loss
Prevention Operations team as the Manager of Loss Prevention Technology.
In 2010, Marjorie was given a 6 month assignment to develop and build
the Loss Prevention team and program in China. She helped open the first
Gap stores in Shanghai and Beijing. In 2011, Marjorie was promoted to
Sr. Manager of Loss Prevention Technology for Gap, Inc and created the
migration path from analog LP technology to networked systems for stores
across the multi-brands in the fleet.
holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from San Francisco State
University. Marjorie is based out of San Francisco, California, where
she enjoys spending her free time with her boys, Sincere and Aden. She
also takes pleasure in mentoring and being a mentee. Marjorie
participates in the NRF Women’s Caucus and within Gap, Inc. – an alumni
of the Loss Prevention Diversity In Action council and is part of the
core team for Women In Loss Prevention. She became an IOBSE member in
2012 and was enamored by the mission, people, and the opportunity to
uplift minorities in the security profession. She was elected as a
Director on the IOBSE Board during the 2013 elections.
currently supporting Sears Holding’s West Central region as the Director
of Loss Prevention. He is a forward thinking, strategic leader with 13
years of retail Loss Prevention experience.
began his career with Sears as an hourly Loss Prevention agent and has
continually taken on roles of increasing responsibility including
Operations Manager, Store Manager, District Loss Prevention Manager and
Region Loss Prevention Manager.
obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, from the
University of North Texas. He resides in McKinney, Texas, with his wife
of 8 years (Danielle) and their two daughters, Clarke and Carsen. He
enjoys sports, traveling with family and coaching his daughter’s soccer
team. He has been a member of IOBSE since 2011 serving on the Education
Committee supporting the Campus Connection initiative.
passionate about mentorship and never misses an opportunity to support
the growth and development of future leaders.
Sanders has 16
years of retail Loss Prevention experience and is currently the Group
Assets Protection Team Leader in Northern California for Target
Corporation. Corey achieves great results by enhancing profitability,
minimizing loss and providing a safe and secure environment.
his security career in 1997 as an intern with Target Corporation. From
1998 through 2003 Corey held multiple Executive of Assets Protection
Team Leader positions within Michigan and Indiana stores and was
promoted to District Assets Protection Team Leader with Target
Corporation in 2003, and held this position in Michigan and the Northern
California markets. In 2008 Corey was promoted to his current position.
strives in leading, developing, and building great teams. Corey’s
passion for team can be seen through the leaders that he mentors and the
leaders that have been promoted while working with him.
received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree from Grand
Valley State University in Allendale Mi.
resides in the Brentwood, CA with his wife of 10 years, Shannon, and two
daughters, Jayden 9 and Jocelyn 4.
join Prestell Askia, Ray Cloud, Earl
and Keith White
as Advisors to the Board.
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