Security Premises Liability Shopping Center Security Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Premises Liability, Negligence Security, Security Expert, Shopping Center Security, Mall Security, Retail Loss Prevention, Security Audits, Security Features

EDUCATION

B.S. Criminology, California State University at Long Beach, Graduated with High Honors, 1976

CURRENT POSITION

Expert’s Security Services, Owner, 1996-Present
Consultant for industry and attorneys regarding mall / shopping center security and retail loss prevention. Provide expert witness testimony, security audits, development of Loss Prevention programs, security system design assistance in initial construction, and support with reputation management and crisis response.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Macerich, 2010-2011 Vice President of Security
Responsible for the security, crisis management and loss prevention programs at 75 regional and super regional shopping centers across the country. Focused primarily on liability mitigation, training, emergency planning and physical security needs of the portfolio. This included the design and integration of CCTV, access control, alarms, and fire life safety systems. Counseled the organization on the issues related to outsourcing 1,500 proprietary uniformed security officers to contract. Acted as the SME (Subject Matter Expert) for all security, Loss Prevention and emergency planning efforts. Provided support to the Risk Management and Legal Departments relative to potential litigation related to Security. Maintained close relationships with retail Loss Prevention Executives and organizations.

Andrews International, 2006-2010 Senior Vice President: Mall Division
Developed new business, ensured quality performance in meeting client expectations for this industry-leading full- service provider of security and risk mitigation services. Maintained relationships with relevant organizations, ASIS, ICSC, NRF, RILA. Indirectly supervised over 200 employees from Sr. VP’s to Mall Security Directors. Developed vision and strategy for the Division and ensured alignment with client needs and desires. Also responsible for liability mitigation and loss prevention training. Worked closely with Federal, State, and Local law enforcement agencies to enhance the image of Mall security and Retail Loss Prevention and educate them regarding the mall industry. Leveraged cutting edge technology to enhance security operations and provide clients with creative options to ever increasing costs of manpower.

General Growth Properties, 1990-2006
Vice President of Security & Loss Prevention
Responsible for all security and loss prevention efforts at 205 regional and super regional shopping centers in the continental United States and Hawaii. Indirectly supervised 205 Security Directors, and 5000 uniformed officers. Major responsibilities included development, implementation and administration of all loss prevention, customer service, security, audit, safety, training and OSHA compliance programs. Also includes budgeting, policy administration, and strategic planning for the department and the company in related areas.
Teamed closely with Marketing, HR, and Risk management to align the security function with their strategic objectives to maximize the positive impact on the company and enhance profitability.
Instrumental in forging a relationship with the Department of Homeland Security and creating an information sharing structure between Government, retail, and shopping centers.
Secured “Safety Act” certification for GGP which was the first in the Shopping Center Industry to attain this liability protection from the Federal Government.
Consistent reductions in worker’s compensation expense and security related general liability claims and lawsuits.
Worked closely with the International Council of Shopping Centers and the National Retail Federation in their efforts related to mall Security and retail Loss Prevention.
Chaired the Security Sub- committee for ICSC along with the Security conference planning committee.
Developed close working relationships with local police and emergency management agencies in areas where properties were located. Developed strategic partnerships with these agencies and leveraged the properties locations and resources to benefit the public sector.

Target Stores 1986-1990
Manager: Distribution Asset Protection,
Responsible for overseeing the Asset Protection functions in Targets’ Nationwide network of distribution centers. Oversaw design and purchase of CCTV, fire / life safety, intrusion alarm systems, access control systems, and related equipment for each center. Chaired inventory shortage committee; conducted and supervised internal investigations. Heavily involved in safety and worker’s compensation programs. Developed strategic plans for the growth of the department within Target’s Asset Protection pyramid.

Area Asset Protection Manager
Responsible for the loss prevention programs for thirteen Target stores located in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Consistently attained all Asset Protection financial goals including inventory results, check and civil restitution collection performance, and expense control. Supervised new store openings and remodels and developed annual budgets and capital expenditure requests. Oversaw shoplift apprehension and internal theft prevention programs.

Regional Safety Specialist
Developed, initiated, and followed up on all safety related programs for 112 Target stores in the Western United States. Functioned as liaison between Target and the insurance company. Monitored each stores accident frequency and expense to tailor a safety program to address their needs.

Sears 1976 – 1986
Security Manager
Held progressively more responsible positions ranging from Security Manager Trainee to Security Manager for one of the highest volume stores in the chain. Duties included hiring, training, and supervising loss prevention agents and investigators, conducting internal and external investigations, and attaining shortage goals.

PRESENTATIONS and PUBLICATIONS

Available on full CV

MEMBERSHIPS

American Society of Industrial Security, Retail Loss Prevention Committee International Council of Shopping Centers, former Security Committee Chairman International Security Managers Association (former member)
National Retail Federation Associate Member

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