Community Champion, Social Justice Warrior, and Rising Star Winners Announced

The first three categories of 2020 The Hall winners were announced Monday July 19 via LinkedIn Live on the magazine LinkedIn page. Nominees were voted on by loss prevention professionals via the LP Portal app. Below is a recap of the first three winners along with the runners up and finalists. Click on the category header below to read the full descriptions of the winners and nominees. The recorded announcement of the winners can be viewed below as well.

Announcements of the results of the remaining categories will be made via LinkedIn Live each day this week at 1:00 pm EDT. Click here to see the schedule of announcements.

Community Champion

Winner: Sean Sportun, Circle K Stores
Sportun’s vision is simple, yet contagious: “make our stores less attractive to the criminal element through community engagement.” He believes it is important to evaluate your current practices and think beyond the box to make a shift in your paradigm and get the results you need.

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Runner Up:

  • Kevin Metcalf, National Child Protection Task Force


  • Walgreens Red Nose Initiative
  • Dinesh Elangovan, Overseas Security Advisory Council, India

Social Justice Warrior

Winner: DICK’S Sporting Goods Diversity & Inclusion Team
The DICK’S Sporting Goods diversity and inclusion team has built a culture that supports the wide variety of characteristics that make up who we are as people and as individuals. They promote training programs but go beyond the training to instill an attitude that offers an example we should all follow. They remind us that each of us are champions in our own way.

Runner Up:

  • International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE)


  • Dinesh Elangovan, India
  • Chevarra Orrin, D&I advocate and practitioner

Rising Star

Winner: Maygen Taff, DICK’s Sporting Goods
As single mother of three, Taff led Walmart in apprehensions her rookie year in LP. After moving to DICK’s in 2019, she led another major retailer in cases, prosecutions, and merchandise recovered. Taff is tasked with training new hires and is a leading candidate to be promoted to area LP manager.

Runner Up:

  • Ashley App, Big Lots Stores


  • Erin Grigoletti, Meijer
  • Samuel Alvarado, LPC, Home Depot
  • McLean Stanley Essiene, Nigeria


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