Dallas to host 2010 RILA conference

Arlington VA - The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is pleased to announce that the 2010 RILA Loss Prevention Auditing & Safety Conference (LPAS) will take place May 2-5, 2010 at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas.

Despite the struggling economy, RILA’s 2009 event saw strong attendance and a level of excitement and renewed energy not seen in recent years. In addition, the 2009 LPAS conference was described by attendees as having the best educational content and networking opportunities in the industry.

“The 2009 LPAS conference was a great success by all accounts. An extra effort by the RILA team and our conference steering committee ensured the educational content was best-in-class. And, our great attendance contributed to the meaningful and intimate networking that most attendees say is their number one reason for attending RILA,” said Casey Chroust, senior vice president of retail operations. “We look forward to next May with great anticipation, and we are committed to building on this year’s success as we prepare for an even bigger and better LPAS conference in 2010.”

RILA is also excited to welcome back Dennis Klein, vice president of loss prevention, Abercombie & Fitch as the conference steering committee chairman, and Libby Rabun, vice president of loss prevention, AutoZone as the vice-chair.

“I am excited and honored to return for another year as chairman of the LPAS steering committee,” said Klein. “Whether you are a seasoned vice president or newly empowered LP manager the education provided through this event helps to develop better professionals and practitioners of retail loss prevention. RILA’s conference offers a great ROI for all of those looking to improve their businesses, stop crime, reduce losses, and improve safety for customers and employees. It is also the best place to network with peers and meet the top solution providers in the industry.”

“As loss prevention, auditing & safety executives continue to develop strategic insight and thought leadership, it is important to keep current with emerging trends, gain knowledge and enhance performance in order to meet the demands and challenges facing the industry, and ensure measureable and effective results within our organizations,” said Rabun. “That’s why so many companies bring their teams to RILA each year.”

The LPAS 2010 educational sessions and networking forums cover a range of issues including shrink reduction, organized retail crime, workplace safety, operational audits, and threat assessment and preparedness. Through interactive forums attendees gain the knowledge to improve operational metrics, increase productivity, streamline processes, control expenses and grow their industry peer network. Additionally the LPAS exhibit hall features strategic vendors across all three functions.

For more information, please contact Liz Benson at (703) 600 - 2030 or liz.benson@rila.org