ORCAs in Action Conference

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | 1:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern

A virtual conference for everyone interested in the fight against organized retail crime

About This Year's Meeting

In response to the scope and severity of organized retail crime (ORC) concerns across the country, there has been an increased effort on the part of retailers and law enforcement agencies to share information regarding organized retail crime at the local, state, and regional levels. Organized Retail Crime Associations (ORCAs) have helped provide that vehicle, opening doors to improve legislation, enhance investigations, and build cooperative relationships in the battle against organized retail crime.

We’re inviting everyone across the loss prevention industry to join us for this exciting virtual event as together we’ll learn more from industry leaders and top subject matter experts about Organized Retail Crime Associations, how they operate, the essential work that they do in communities across the country, and how you can get more involved in these critically important public/private partnerships.

Moderated by LPM’s Kevin McMenimen, LPC and Jac Brittain, LPC

This event qualifies for 3 continuing education units (CEU) toward your LPC re-certification.


Agenda and Speakers

1:00 PM Eastern – Defeating ORC through Teamwork

The number of ORCAs has grown steadily in recent years, with a primary emphasis on developing relationships between law enforcement, retail investigators, and prosecutors focusing together on the identification, investigation, and prosecution of those involved in organized retail crime. Join Nathan Bandaries with the Colorado Organized Retail Crime Association and Sgt. Dave Beyer of the Douglas County Colorado Sheriff’s Department for a presentation on the importance of organized retail crime associations, how they operate, what they’re all about, and the critical role of building public-private partnerships in the battle against organized retail crime.

Nathan Bandaries

ORC Manager, Albertsons

Nathan Bandaries is currently the ORC Manager for Albertsons companies in the Denver Division. He has 27 years of loss prevention and asset protection experience and more than 15 years as an ORC investigator. Nathan is a founder and current chairman of the Colorado Organized Retail Crime Alliance. He has a passion for teaching others about ORC and showing retailers how to work closely with law enforcement through building strong relationships.

Sergeant Dave Beyer

Financial Crimes Unit, Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Sergeant Dave Beyer has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and is currently supervising the Financial Crimes Unit and the Financial Investigative Regional Strike Team (FIRST) Task Force for the Douglas County (CO) Sheriff's Office. Sergeant Beyer has also worked as a supervisor in the Person's Crimes Unit, served as a SWAT Operator, K-9 Tracking Dog Handler, Field Training Officer, and Firearms Instructor. He also has previous retail loss prevention experience. He currently leads a team of local and federal law enforcement officers in cases to include counterfeiting, money laundering, organized retail crime, embezzlement, and other white-collar crimes on the local, national, and international levels.

1:15 PM EASTERN – Building, Managing, and Growing a Successful ORC Program

Hear from our panel of experts as they offer key insights into the nuts and bolts of building a successful organized retail crime program, how to work with one of the world’s largest online marketplaces to fight ORC, current organized retail crime trends, and the importance of building relationships in the ongoing battle against this pandemic within a pandemic. This presentation will be moderated by well-known asset protection executive Paul Jones, LPC.

Tony Sheppard, LPC

Director of ORC, Ulta Beauty

Tony Sheppard has spent the last 25 years working in retail asset protection, the last 12 years specifically engaged in the fight against organized retail crime. He is currently the Director of ORC for Ulta Beauty. Tony provides guidance and advice in combating ORC to his counterparts in retail as well as law enforcement. He is certified as an expert witness on ORC and product and has also helped draft multiple state organized retail crime and theft bills that have become law.

Christian Hardman, LPQ

Supervisor, Global Asset Protection, eBay

Christian Hardman is the Supervisor for eBay’s Global Asset Protection (GAP) North America PROACT & Criminal Investigations team. Christian has a combined 7+ years of experience with GAP and over 11 years’ experience at eBay, having worked on various other risk teams. He has conducted numerous criminal investigations touching a wide spectrum of case types, provided testimony during criminal trials, and currently manages eBay’s PROACT program in which he partners with retailers directly to investigate cases of ORC and the sale of stolen goods.

Caitlin Blake, CFI

Corporate Investigations and ORC Program Manager, Abercrombie & Fitch

Caitlin Blake is currently the Corporate Investigations and ORC Program Manager for Abercrombie & Fitch. Prior to joining the team at A&F and working to combat Organized Retail Crime in the private sector, Caitlin was a Special Agent with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). She is an active member of RILA’s Crimes Against Business Committee. She also holds the Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) designation.

2:00 PM Eastern – Technology and Teamwork: Inside Chicago’s Looting Task Force

Officials from the Chicago Police Department will discuss Chicago’s Looting Task Force, a unit launched in August made up of Chicago police detectives who specifically work to identify and arrest those suspected of being involved in looting incidents and burglaries. Members of the task force will review what the task force is all about, how it originated, how it operates, some of the successes that the program has had thus far, and how retailers can partner with police to mitigate incidents and help solve these crimes that are devastating Chicago communities.

Brendan Deenihan

Chief of Detectives, Chicago Police Department

Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan is a 22-year member of the Chicago Police Department, currently serving as the department's Chief of Detectives. Deenihan previously served as a Deputy Chief in the Detective Division. He also served as Commander of Area Central Detectives for the Department, Commander of Internal Affairs, and as a Homicide Lieutenant in Area South.

Alex Wolinski

Sergeant, Chicago Police Department

Sergeant Alex Wolinski is an 18-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, currently overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Area 3 Looting Task Force. Since 2018 he has supervised the Area 3 Technology Center and Social Media Exploitation Teams in the investigation of primarily violent crimes. He has also served as a watch supervisor and a Tactical Team supervisor. Wolinski was also previously assigned to the Fugitive Apprehension Unit, where he was a member of the US Marshal’s Great Lakes Regional Fugitiive Task Force.

David Neberieza

Officer, Chicago Police Department

Officer David Neberieza has served with the Chicago Police Department since 2007, currently working in the Office of Constitutional Policing & Reform. Recently, he was part of the Looting Task Force and Joint ATF Task Force, helping manage day-to-day operations, organizing digital recovery efforts, and working with the retail community. He previously worked in the Area South Detective Division Technology Center (ATC) and the 008th District Strategic Decision & Support Center (SDSC).

2:20 PM EASTERN – The Latest from RILA on Protecting Retailers and Retail Customers

Michael Hanson with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) will discuss RILA’s most recent initiatives in the battle against retail crime, including the “Buy Safe” initiative as well as his role in leading the push for the INFORM Act, a bi-partisan legislative initiative requiring online marketplaces to collect and verify third-party sellers’ basic seller information, and for sellers to provide that information to consumers. While these platforms have the power to connect legitimate businesses with customers, they lack oversight and are being exploited by unscrupulous sellers and criminals selling stolen and counterfeit goods. Now is the time to enact common-sense measures that promote safety, transparency, and accountability.

Michael Hanson

Senior Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, RILA

Michael Hanson is RILA’s Senior Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, overseeing the Association’s government affairs and communications arms. Hanson is responsible for identifying the industry’s top public policy challenges and working with both leading retailers and key stakeholders to elevate the industry in Washington, DC and across the country.

2:30 PM EASTERN – Strong Enough to Bend: The National Shoplifting Prevention Coalition

Executive Director Caroline Kochman and Director of Communications Barbara Staib with the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) will provide a closer look at the National Shoplifting Prevention Coalition (NSPC)—a retail industry collaboration that harnesses the power of a collective retail voice to create permanent change in the way the nation regards, prevents, and responds to shoplifting to positively impact shrink and store safety. In these trying times when we ping pong between the need for law and order and the need for social and criminal justice reforms, NSPC members are taking action, creating change, and standing up for both law and order and social and criminal justice reforms.

Caroline Kochman

Executive Director, National Association for Shoplifting Prevention

Caroline Kochman is the executive director at National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP). She joined NASP in 1993, and has been in her current role since 2006. NASP’s shoplifter research and ongoing collaboration with community stakeholders – from crime prevention to law enforcement, to retailers, to criminal & juvenile justice – has been the basis for all its organizational activities and the foundation for its programs and services.

Barbara Staib

Director of Communications, National Association for Shoplifting Prevention

Barbara Staib is the director of communications at the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP). NASP is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise public awareness about the harmful effects of shoplifting on youth, families and communities, unite public opinion toward constructive solutions, deliver needed programs and services, and engage community action in prevention efforts to improve the lives of those affected, and reduce the number of people who become involved.

2:40 PM EASTERN – A Shoplifter Is Suspected of Being Involved in ORC—What’s Next?

Whenever a shoplifter has been apprehended and is suspected of being involved in organized retail crime activity, it’s critical that loss prevention representatives know what questions to ask, and the right way to ask those questions to maximize the potential intelligence information gathered and assist law enforcement and ORC investigators in case development. Join us in this presentation with Wayne Hoover of Wicklander-Zulawski and the International Association of Interviewers for an insightful presentation providing important tips on how to interview these suspects as part of organized retail crime case identification and development.

L. Wayne Hoover, CFI

Senior Partner, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates

L. Wayne Hoover is Senior Partner of Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates (WZ) and the Executive Director of the International Association of Interviewers (IAI). He is a Certified Forensic Interviewer and a member of the CFI Advisory Board, Senior Editor, and Publisher for the CFInsider Journal as well as a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators Trainers Association (ILEETA). Wayne has conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations for both the private and public sectors. He has also conducted well over 1000 seminars on Interview and Interrogation Techniques, both domestically and internationally.


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