William A. "Bill" Alford is president of International Lighthouse Group, a consulting company specializing in the creation and implementation of loss prevention-related programs for retail organizations across the country. Prior to establishing his consulting business, he held LP management positions with several major retailers over a twenty-year period. Alford is an active member of ASIS International and is also a frequent speaker before state, national, and international organizations and trade groups. He is the loss prevention consultant to the Food Marketing Institute. Alford is a contributing editor to LossPrevention magazine and has been involved in the development of the Loss Prevention Certification program.