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The 2021-2022 Inductees for the LP Hall of Honor Announced

The Hall exists to recognize, celebrate, and reward those in and around the retail loss prevention industry, honoring achievement and excellence across a variety of categories. It is intended to celebrate the lifetime achievements of industry leaders who have contributed so much to benefit the industry they have served.

They have cut the path for those who have followed. They are leaders of innovation, design, process, and policy. They have led an exemplary career, been a master of mentoring, and they have shared with others to help elevate professionals in loss prevention, enhancing the industry, giving back, and paying it forward.

The LP Hall of Honor

Each year, select industry leaders are recognized for their lifetime of contributions to the retail loss prevention industry as they are inducted into the Loss Prevention Hall of Honor. The Hall is a place to tell the story of their achievements, to celebrate their success, and to continue their legacy, preserving their lessons in leadership as examples for future generations of loss prevention professionals.

Watch the live announcement of the 2022 LP Hall of Honor Inductees at RILA’s AP Conference last week here:

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The 2021-2022 Finalists for the LP Hall of Honor include:

Wayne Hoover, CFI, Wicklander-Zulawski, The International Association of Interviewers

For 31 years, Wayne has selflessly endeavored to improve the asset protection and law enforcement industries. He is a true example of servant leadership. In his role at Wicklander-Zulawski and the International Association of Interviewers, Hoover has taught thousands of students invaluable skills to improve their interview techniques, and made himself available as a mentor as well.

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Hoover never fails to answer his phone when a rookie (or veteran) interviewer reaches out in need of some advice. His mission has never been about title or money—it has always been about improving the world around him, and evidence of this is all the work he put into forming the Certified Forensic Interviewer designation. He has been a positive role model for countless people throughout his career. In addition to all this, he also volunteers his time to charity AND coaches baseball. Hoover is an example for us all.

Randy Meadows, Senior VP of Loss Prevention, Kohl’s Department Stores

Over the past 38 years, Meadows has embodied what it means to be a true professional in the LP industry. He is simultaneously described by many as a friend, mentor, coach, colleague, and visionary. He has led teams across many retail disciplines, including Mervyns, Stage, Hollywood Video, Nike, and Kohl’s.

Meadows has always been willing to take strategic risks which have helped to revolutionize the industry, such as enacting the first global internal EAS recycling program which recycles over 200 million tags annually; creating a remote operations center that provides centralized support to stores across the country; forming technology teams that design their own data warehouses and LP support tools; and developing internal training programs to improve the competencies of his teams. Meadows’ success is most recently demonstrated by delivering the lowest ever annual Kohl’s Shortage. Meadows currently sits on the LP Magazine Editorial Board and the NRF Leadership Council.

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Meadows continues to leave his mark on this industry through the people he interacts with and the legacy of the teams he develops.

Richard Mellor, Former VP of Loss Prevention at NRF, VP of Loss Prevention at Helzberg Diamonds

Richard “Rich” Mellor began his career in law enforcement as a police officer in Philadelphia before spending 40-plus years in retail security with a variety of companies. His resume includes the titles of divisional vice president for Helzberg Diamonds, divisional vice president of LP and security for Bon-Ton, regional director of security for Macy’s East, and divisional vice president of security for both Woodward and Lothrop and John Wanamaker.

Following Helzberg Diamonds, Mellor was vice president of loss prevention at the NRF from November 2011 until his retirement in 2013. He continued to consult for the NRF until July 2014. During his time with NRF he was tasked with leading NRF’s efforts on retail security and safety issues and managing the NRF Loss Prevention Advisory Council, a committee on which he had served for 25 years during his retail career, including chairing the council from 2002 to 2005. He is also a member of the NRF Ring of Excellence that recognizes pioneers in the retail LP community whose honor, integrity, and character serve as an example for the loss prevention industry.

Mike Keenan, Managing Director of Retail Loss Prevention, TAL Global

Mike Keenan has been a leader in the industry and has mentored many loss prevention and security professionals. He is well known, and often sought out for advice and guidance from many he has worked with. Keenan has always been thoughtful and inclusive, building diverse, high-performing teams.

Keenan has held many positions in the industry over the past 40 years. He has delivered results, working closely with many vendors, law enforcement, industry leaders, and many other retail and private professionals. Keenan always put his people first, striving to deliver for his team and the organizations he was a part of.

Keenan’s ability to challenge the status quo, lead with an inclusive mindset, and always look to be on the cutting edge has pushed many to think differently. He is always ready to give his thoughts regardless of the topic, and he has always been willing to learn and listen to other’s needs, and act on what makes sense.

Keenan’s leadership always took him to ground levels. He was often in stores, with his security personnel, and made time to always give career advice. Keenan felt comfortable spending time with all levels in his organization, but was most comfortable spending time with the in-store loss prevention teams. Keenan always made them feel important, and part of something bigger.

Keenan has a journey that begins in the trenches and has taken him to some of the highest levels of leadership.

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