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David Lund, LPC, Vice President of Loss Prevention, DICK’S Sporting Goods
“The best leaders in our industry do a great job identifying awesome people who will contribute—and they not only surround themselves with them, but engage with them,” said Lund. “They recognize that adding value doesn’t always have a traditional look. True leaders in our industry are searching for ways to expand our value and contribute more holistically to the business. We are all better when get outside of our silos and work together.”
Early in his career, Lund took advantage of opportunities to learn more, increase his responsibility, work in different retail environments, and live in different places. His career journey led to experiences in many genres of retail beyond department stores to include specialty apparel, discount, music instrument, big box specialty, outlet, luxury, and now sporting goods. As Lund reflects on his professional journey, he reminds us that growth and development can come from many different places.
“I was provided with opportunities and the trust of many strong leaders that all had a role in my career development,” he said. ”But that said, I’ve also had many peers and coworkers who have contributed greatly to my professional growth as well. I feel that if you have the desire, you can learn something from everyone you work with, even if that is learning what not to do or be.”
Lund prides himself on people development and polishing the gems within his own organization. Nearly 40 percent of the district LP team are promoted store managers, and the last thirteen teammates appointed to director-level positions have all been promoted from within. He stresses the importance of education and training, remaining flexible, and carrying a winning attitude.
“Invest in both your professional and personal self. Pursue higher education, manage a healthy lifestyle, build meaningful relationships, and above all, take time to have fun!”