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Paul Jaeckle, LPC, Vice President of Asset Protection, Meijer Stores
“To be an effective leader you must be credible, authentic, and committed to the mission. Otherwise, your efforts amount to a lot of activity and not much productivity,” said Jaeckle. “The key is to be inquisitive, invest in people, drive results, and above all else, continue to learn and grow.”
He continued, “Early in my career, I learned to never turn down an opportunity to lead. I wanted to take on roles with greater responsibility where I could continue to grow but also contribute back to the company.”
Jaeckle started his career with Walmart, catching shoplifters while attending college. As his career developed, he continued to take on additional responsibilities in both asset protection and store operations, eventually being promoted to senior director of asset protection strategy and operations. In 2017, he was named vice president of asset protection and safety at Meijer. True to his vision of continuing education, he holds a master’s degree and has also earned his LPC certification. He is currently chair of the Loss Prevention Research Council, on the board of directors for the Loss Prevention Foundation, board member of Grand Rapids Silent Observer, and serves as chair of the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s Asset Protection Leaders Council.
“I enjoy the value of being able to contribute to the changing trends and advancement of the industry working with my peers,” he said. “This continues to inspire and challenge me. But being able to see my team grow in their roles and advance their careers has been the most fulfilling.
“You have to look at your career like a puzzle. Everything you do, every challenge you take on is an opportunity to learn. Some lessons are some good and some bad, but they all prepare you for the next step. Ultimately, you leave your legacy as you go, not when you finish.”