About the Author

James Lee, LPC

James Lee, LPC

James “Jim” Lee, LPC is the executive editor and cofounder of LP Magazine. Now in its fourteenth year, the magazine is viewed as the premier news and educational publication for the loss prevention professional. Published in print bi-monthly, the magazine also is available in digital format with supplemental content published on its website, weekly e-newsletters, podcasts, EyeOnLP videos, and via social media networks. Lee authors the Parting Words column in each issue of the magazine, which is one of the magazine’s most well-read articles.

The magazine was also the originator and key sponsor of the loss prevention industry’s only certification program that led to the creation of The Loss Prevention Foundation and development of the LPQ (qualified) and LP C (certified) designations. Lee is a founding and current member of the Foundation board of directors serving on its executive committee.

Lee has over thirty years of practical experience as a retail security and loss prevention executive, including senior positions with Montgomery Ward, The Broadway, Lazarus, and Marshall’s. In addition, he is the founder of Contact, Inc., a consulting and training company that supports retailers with internal awareness programs, and LPjobs.com, the largest e-recruiting platform for LP professionals.

Over the years, he has mentored numerous retail professionals providing career counseling and organizational advice to LP executives at both small and large retailers. He has also been sought after by solutions providers seeking his insights into products and services aimed at the loss prevention industry.

In 2010 Lee was inducted into the National Retail Federation’s Ring of Excellence, recognizing him for his pioneering contributions to the loss prevention industry.

Lee is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in forensic studies and sociology. He was a four-year member of the IU baseball team, winning All Big Ten honors in 1967. When he is not on an airplane meeting with LP executives around the country, Lee splits his time between Charlotte, NC, and Hilton Head Island, SC. He can be contacted at JimL (at) LPportal (dot) com.

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Articles by James Lee, LPC

Parting Words

Hard Work, Talent, and Maybe a Little Luck

“One piece of advice that I believe will contribute more to making you a better leader, will provide you with a greater happiness and self-esteem, and at the same time advance your career more than any other advice I can provide to you. And it doesn’t call for any certain

Building an Organization around Data and Technology

Loss Prevention

Building an Organization around Data and Technology

EDITOR’S NOTE: Scott Glenn, JD, LPC, is the chief security officer for Sears Holdings where he is responsible for asset and profit protection, safety and food safety, business continuity, and crisis response among other duties. Prior to joining Sears in 2008, Glenn held various loss prevention roles at Kohl’s, TJ

From Supermarket Store Detective to Director

Loss Prevention

From Supermarket Store Detective to Director

EDITOR’S NOTE: Scott Ziter is director of asset protection for Price Chopper Supermarkets based in Schenectady, New York. He began his career as a store detective with Stop & Shop where he rose through the organization to director of asset protection and then vice president of asset protection for Stop

Parting Words

Happy New Year

This column is about things I may have said before in January, favorite things I heard said in 2016, and some issues for 2017.
Things Worth Repeating
Things I said in previous Januaries that I think are still pertinent include:

Make a list. Write down those things you want to accomplish or work

The 12 Days of LP Christmas

Loss Prevention

The 12 Days of LP Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my company gave to me course work for the LPC.

On the second day of Christmas I stopped two thieves shoplifting, and started work on my LPC.

On the third day of Christmas I watched three hours of CCTV, stopped two retail felons and worked on

75 Years Ago

Loss Prevention

75 Years Ago

On the anniversary of each Pearl Harbor Day, I always think of my first mentor in loss prevention. His name was Lane Cooke, and I first met him when he was the regional security director for the Midwestern division of retailer Montgomery Ward. He was at the Pearl on that

Parting Words

When You Deserve It, You Deserve It

In the last sixty days, the LP industry had two senior executives announce their retirements. One was Karl Langhorst of Kroger. Jack Trlica and I had the privilege of visiting with Karl a few years ago in the Kroger offices in Cincinnati. We spent an evening and a day conducting

Building an LP Department Focused on People

Loss Prevention

Building an LP Department Focused on People

EDITOR’S NOTE: David Shugan, CFI, is the senior director of loss prevention for Carter’s based in Atlanta. Prior to taking over the leadership role at Carter’s, he was manager of investigations at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Before that, he held LP management positions with Pacific Sunwear and Chernin’s Shoes.

Assessing Today’s Loss Prevention Industry

Loss Prevention

Assessing Today’s Loss Prevention Industry

EDITOR’S NOTE: This interview is with three long-time loss prevention industry veterans. One is a retailer, one is a solutions provider, and one started on the retail side before starting his own company offering loss prevention solutions. We’ve chosen to not identify the individuals in order to allow them to