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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. CATEGORIESLoss Prevention Professional Development Retail Industry Retail Security SOCIAL MEDIA www.twitter.com/lpmag LP Voices (Facebook) Powered by LP Magazine (LinkedIn) FREEBIES Employee Theft Special Report Retail Security Special Report Shoplifting and ORC Special Report
Mike Grady Vector Security

From Burglar Alarm Salesman to Executive Vice President

Mike Grady is one of the most respected and highly regarded individuals in our industry. This interview covers his 38 years with Vector Security.
Secretariat

Hard Times: Thoughts on Underdogs and Diversity

These are hard times for many. You cannot control, predict, or be in a position to react to most things. Take a deep breath. It will pass.
speaking out in a pandemic

Solutions Providers Pivot Their Businesses to Meet Customer and Community Needs

As the world effectively shut down in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, retailers were not the only businesses impacted. Solutions providers who partner...

What LP Professionals Can Learn from D-Day

June 6, 2020, marks the seventy-sixth anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, France. This likely will be the last significant gathering of surviving...
Mike Lamb

The Importance of Managing Shrink and Waste

As the old cliché goes, there’s not a finish line, and for me it’s really about constantly trying to build on the success you’ve had and learning from the mistakes you’ve made. Believe me, you will make mistakes, but recognize you won’t make any if you don’t try.

What’s Golf Got to Do with It?

Golf is a game of personal integrity and self-improvement. So much of what the LP professional faces in his or her career also revolves around personal integrity and a commitment to self-improvement.

A National Shoplifting Prevention Coalition: Driving Change Together as an Industry

LPM recently sat down with the NASP leadership team and members of their advisory committee to understand the current climate in the US around shoplifting, the impact of criminal justice reform, and the resulting need for a paradigm shift in our collective response as an industry.
Sandy Kennedy RILA president

Closing Thoughts from Sandy Kennedy

Sandy Kennedy, president and CEO of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), retired effective December 31, 2019. During her seventeen-year tenure, the industry has changed dramatically. Kennedy shared her thoughts with LP Magazine on the retail industry, RILA as it stands today, and the asset protection profession.

The Dynamic, Challenging, Innovative World of Risk Management

In an exclusive interview, LPM Executive Editor Jim Lee speaks with Kurt Leisure, vice president of risk services for The Cheesecake Factory. Leisure, who is responsible for risk management, insurance claims, safety, and loss prevention, provides valuable, wide-ranging insights on these important retail industry topics.

Combining Operations and Asset Protection in Total Retail Loss

"It was extremely refreshing to think about things from a process and operationally driven organization and see how I could apply some of the leadership skills that I had acquired in asset protection to the operations side of the game." - Paul Jaeckle, LPC

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