LPM Magpie Awards: Rory Stallard, Excellence in Leadership and Partnerships

The LPM “Magpie” Awards offer a means to celebrate industry accomplishments on an ongoing basis, recognizing the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, law enforcement partners, and others that demonstrate a stellar contribution to the profession.

The ability to influence change is a product of drive, creativity, and determination, but it also requires a unique ability to create a shared vision that others will understand, respect, support, and pursue. Each recipient reflects that standard of excellence, representing the quality and spirit of leadership that makes a difference in our lives, our people, and our programs. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our latest honoree.

Rory Stallard, Senior Manager for AP Investigations, and the Entire ORC Investigations Team at the Home Depot, Excellence in Leadership, Excellence in Partnerships

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During the ongoing ORC epidemic, the Home Depot ORC team has been doing much more than completing critical ORC investigations. They have also been working diligently with their government relations team to help leverage Attorney General’s Offices (AGO), successfully influencing needed legislative and resource support. This might include securing a seat at the table for meetings across the country with the various AGOs to discuss what is needed and to help craft solutions, holding presentations to help educate prosecutors on ORC, testifying at legislative hearings to ensure legislators are aware of the significant ORC problem and what resources are needed, or simply walking a store with a legislator or prosecutor to let them see firsthand how associates are being affected by ORC.

The Home Depot ORC team has also been working with and educating law enforcement departments across the country on how ORC affects the industry and what resources can be provided to assist with investigations. “Often, the private sector can dedicate specific resources and leverage technology that law enforcement might not have access to,” says Stallard. “Our ORC teams do an excellent job discussing trends, sharing intelligence, and breaking down what support resources we are able to provide. Also, our leadership team has allowed us to grow our teams and place resources where they are needed most to address these business concerns.”

“I think our industry is a very relational business,” he says. “Not only are internal partnerships necessary, but external partnerships are also extremely important for long-term success. It’s critical to have real relationships with law enforcement, prosecutors, and retail partners at all levels that develop into true partnerships over time. Those partnerships should go both ways and you need to help them as much as they help you. Regardless of the resources you are given, you need to be able to show a return on investment with what you build. And like most successful teams, it all starts with having the right people.”

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