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September 13 - 15, 2023

Nashville, TN


Michael Lamb

Vice President of Asset Protection 

Kroger Company


About APEX

APEX is the original executive-led Xchange format. 

APEX is an in-person event dedicated to bringing asset protection executives together for education and networking.

Retailers: put APEX in your budget for 2023.  The registration fee is $549 per attendee (retailer only).

Solution Providers:  You MUST sponsor to attend.  There are no badges for non-sponsors.


Registration for APEX is $549 per attendee (retailers only).  Solution providers must sponsor to attend.

Registration includes:

  • Two (2) Nights of your hotel at a killer location off Broadway

  • All meals for two and a half days including Thursday dinner at a Nashville HOT spot and Tuesday's Signature Networking Event on the rooftop of Ole Red 

  • Full-conference access to all Executive Xchange sessions (#Boom)

  • Unmatched networking with vetted, hand-selected solution providers

The APEX event series, powered by TalkLP, is designed to bring together industry executives for a valuable exchange of ideas, learnings, and to strengthen the relationships within the retail and grocery community.

How do we create the agenda?

Attend the only conference built for asset protection executives, by asset protection executives with the sole focus of the attendee experience. The APEX Executive Advisory Council creates the most valuable content for discussion and exchange of ideas. 


Meet the council:

  • Mike Lamb, Vice President of Asset Protection for Kroger

  • Alisa Dart, SVP Asset Protection & Safety at Dollar Tree Stores

  • Paul Jaeckle, Vice President of Asset Protection - Meijer Stores

  • Matt Hilbrink, Vice President of Enterprise Risk, and Asset Protection, The Raley's Companies

  • Clint Hedgpeth, Sr. Director of Loss Prevention Operations, H-E-B

  • Cynthia Grizzle, Vice President - Asset Protection at Family Dollar

  • Scott Ziter, Vice President of Risk Management at Golub Corporation/Price Chopper Supermarkets

  • Ryan Clevenger, Director of Asset Protection at Albertsons – Safeway

  • Ben Dugan, Director, Organized Retail Crime & Corporate Investigations at CVS Health

  • James Cosseboom, Director, Asset Protection, Retail Business Services (AHOLD)

  • Amelia Kennedy, Vice President - Asset Protection & Compliance at Dollar General

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The Session Topics


"Can You Predict Workplace Violence?"

presented by Lise Lang, Sr, Manager,

Behavioral Threat Assessment Board at Starbucks

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"Operationalizing A.I. to Scale --

Where to start?" 

Panelists include:

Paul Jaeckle, VP, Asset Protection & Safety, Meijer Stores,

Alex Siskos, Sr. VP, Strategy for Everseen, and others

​​"Hardening the Target: Life-Safety Planning"

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Panelists include:

Travis Appleton, Protective Security Manager, Meijer Stores,

Marcus Young, Director of Asset Protection at United Supermarkets, 

Clint Hedgpeth, Sr. Director of Loss Prevention Operations, H-E-B

"Design Thinking Workshop: 

Working the Worst Stores"

facilitated by certified instructor, Tom Meehan, President, CONTROLTEK

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 "Surveillance: Risk vs. Reward -- an Executive Perspective"

 presented by Nancy Amoroso, Owner, Vigilare and Ross Hay, Owner, Vigilare

"The 5-Second Rule of De-escalation"

preventing conflict presented by Ryan Dowd, Chief Empathy Officer of

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"When stopping ORC doesn’t move the needle: Now what?”

Presented by Brad Brekke, Managing Partner, Corporate Security Solutions

**Followed by a retailer response**

Some of the Keynotes...

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Economic Future: 
Finding Confidence in Chaos
Andrew Busch, Economic Futurist
The first Chief Market Intelligence Officer (CMIO) for the U.S. government at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
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Leading Among
Life-Changing Obstacles
John Beede, Global Adventurer

Build Your Network

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Share your industry know-how while networking with your peers
at our Tuesday evening


Networking Event


a famous Rooftop

Overlooking Broadway!

The Venue


Moving Beyond COVID: What's Next?

Panel Discussion & Q&A

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Keeping Employees Bought in Times of Crisis


Final Remarks


No upcoming events at the moment

Grocers & Foodservice professionals only

Structure of Agenda

All times are CENTRAL standard time.

Wednesday, Sept 13, 2023

1:00 -


Educational Sessions & APEX Xchange


Cocktails & Nashville Hot Spot Dinners

Thursday, Sept 14, 2023


Educational Sessions


Cocktail Networking Reception


APEX Signature Networking Event

Friday, Sept 15, 2023

8:30 - 4:00

Educational Sessions


Adjourn & Enjoy Nashville

Our 2023 Sponsors


Solution Providers MUST sponsor to attend APEX. 

Interested in sponsoring?  Contact Amber Bradley here.

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Interested in sponsoring the APEX Retail Conference?  Email Amber Bradley here.

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