By Matt Pillar, Integrated Solutions For Retailers magazine
We're big fans of the Loss Prevention Foundation because of the investment it makes in LP people and the LP profession. The Foundation's biggest accomplishment to date has been the creation of two rigorous professional development programs for LP professionals: LPQ and LPC. LPQ was developed for entry-level LP staff, while LPC is geared toward the aspiring LP executive. We interviewed Steven Palumbo, CFI, LPQ, and director of corporate protection services for Tiffany & Co. in NYC; Angie Hardison, EVP of operations and human resources for loss prevention solutions provider iVerify; and Liz Benson, LPQ, coordinator of retail operations at RILA (the Retail Industry Leaders Association), for their takes on the program. Palumbo and Benson are recent LPQ designees, and both are currently engaged in the pursuit of their LPC. Hardison is currently pursuing LPQ as part of a corporate mandate she initiated. The mandate stipulates that every iVerify employee pursue LPQ or LPC designation.