Meet the RLPSA Board of Directors

Rocco Prate, Safety & Security Manager, The Wendy’s Company

Rocco leads The Wendy’s Company (North Region) where he oversees the safety & security for 250 company restaurant locations and supports 2,285 franchise restaurants. He has over 20 years of LP & security experience working for numerous retail companies. Rocco is also a current member of the United States Army Reserve and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He currently serves on the board of the Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association.

Van Carney, National Director, Safety & Loss Prevention, Domino’s

Van joined Domino’s in 1996 and prior to him being promoted to National Director; he served as the Regional Security Manager for franchisees in the East Region and also supported the Team USA corporate stores in New York and New Jersey. He was recently elected as a board member of the Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association and has been an active contributor to the association’s magazine, providing guidance to franchisees regarding team member safety, store security as well as loss prevention. The RLPSA has also shared his informative articles with the Domino’s Franchise Association magazine. He was the visionary in creating a program that focused on bringing law enforcement and other security practitioners together for the RLPSA, now branded RLPSA Connect. This program focuses on how to improve working relationships that positively impacted both communities and businesses. He has been instrumental in assisting franchisees with Exception Base training and is currently involved in implementing the system to our International Franchisees.

Michael Loox, CFI, Director, Loss Prevention, BLD Brands

Michael began his loss prevention and security career with the New York Yankees while earning his M.A. degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College. Upon arriving in California, Michael worked in the retail sector for U.C.L.A, Barneys New York, Gucci and Prada before taking opportunities with Z Gallerie then The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to develop and direct loss prevention, safety and security operations. Michael is currently Loss Prevention Director for BLD Brands, who own and operate Spaghetti Warehouse and Stir Crazy regional restaurant chains and are franchise operators for 120+ Hardee’s and Papa John’s in the Carolinas.

Ken Gladney, CFI, Director, Loss Prevention & Security, Taco Bueno Restaurants, LP

Ken Gladney, CFI, is a results driven Loss Prevention executive with decades of experience across a diverse retail, grocery and restaurant background. His experience and expertise in working within various business environments provides him with a multi-dimensional approach to achieving great value for organizations. Currently responsible for the day to day corporate and field Loss Prevention and Security functions at Taco Bueno, Ken supports his organization through the development and implementation of programs and initiatives that brings greater profitability to his organization. Ken served our country as a U.S. Marine, honorable discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant, receiving numerous awards and commendations during his service to our country.

Ken’s diverse background and years of service provides him with the understanding of how our profession and industry continues to evolve. His personal attitude about leadership, professional development and growth of our profession, will assist him in serving the RLPSA membership, seeking to make the RLPSA a better association, focused on bringing greater value and development of the association and our membership.

Linda Zaziski, MSM CP-FS, National Director of Safety, Little Caesar Enterprises & Blue Line Distribution

Linda is the National Director of Safety at Little Caesar Enterprises and Blue Line Distribution. She has 32 years of retail/ manufacturing/distribution experience in safety, environmental safety, loss prevention, crisis management and food safety. She obtained her BS degree from Albion College (Albion MI), and MSM from Walsh College (Troy, MI). Linda is a Certified Professional in Food Safety (CP-FS), a Certified Pest Control Operator, an OSH outreach general industry instructor, and an instructor/proctor for National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), National Restaurant Association (NRA) ServSafe and American Red Cross CPR/AED/First aid.

Linda currently serves as a chief spokesperson and sits on various boards/councils of influence including the Conference for Food Protection (CFP), on the Michigan and Indiana Food Defense Advisory Committee, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) HR/Risk/Safety Executive Study Group and the Restaurant Loss Prevention and Security Association (RLPSA) Safety Advisory. She has been involved with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) – Greater Detroit Chapter; since 2011, holding various leadership positions including: Secretary/Awards and Honors/ROC Planning Chair.

Jennifer L. Schaefer, M.A., LPC | McDonald’s US Security Department | Regional Security Manager: Midwest and Heartland

Executive professional with over nineteen plus years of experience in the Criminal Justice field city, state, and federal exposure including retail and quick service restaurant arenas. Jennifer has worked in a plethora of roles and responsibilities including retail/ gourmet food loss prevention management, educational professor, correctional officer and criminal law clerk. Currently, Jennifer is a regional security manager for McDonalds Corporation: US Security team. Jennifer oversees the management of security matters for company owned restaurants and regional operating partners. Provides consulting services to owner/operator restaurants. Develops and executes security and loss prevention plans and programs, which protect people, brand and assets to achieve overall company loss prevention and business objectives.

Jennifer is passionate about people, protecting the brand and the human connection associated with the never-ending drive to educate professionals on their distinct ability to succeed through individualistic pathways. Jennifer has been an RLPSA member for six plus years during, which time the organization was titled NFSSC, and the transition into the forward continuum of rebranding as RLPSA.

Edwin Saul | Director, Asset Protection & Risk Management | CKE Restaurants Holdings

Edwin Saul is the Director of Asset Protection & Risk Management for CKE Restaurants Holdings. In his role, Edwin oversees Loss Prevention, Safety, Risk Management and the 24/7 Security Support Center. Edwin has spent over 13 years in both Retail and QSR in roles from multi-unit field support to cross-functional department management. Edwin Saul is the Director of Asset Protection & Risk Management for CKE Restaurants Holdings. He oversees Loss Prevention, Safety, Risk Management and the 24/7 Security Support Center. Edwin has over 13 years’ experience in both Retail and QSR in roles ranging from multi-unit field support to cross-functional department management.

Steve Longo, Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives, CAP Index

Steve Longo serves as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at CAP Index, a privately owned company recognized as the industry leader in crime risk forecasting in the US, the UK, and Canada.

Longo oversees the company’s business development efforts, acts as primary liaison for several security industry trade groups, manages CAP’s vast reseller program and co-managing our marketing efforts. Longo has worked within the industry since 1993 and for CAP Index for over 21 years.

Longo serves on the Board of Advisors for the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC). Longo is an Advisory Member of the ASIS Banking and Financial Services Security Council. Longo also serves on the Vendor Advisory Board for Loss Prevention Magazine, and has previously served as a Board Advisor for the Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA).

Raymond “Paig” Parish | Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing | Amphion

Paig is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience working with industry professionals specializing in Loss Prevention, Asset Protection, Safety, Security and Construction. Paig has religiously attended RLPSA for over 20 years and regularly explores other Retail & Food Service Industry trade shows annually.

His past work for the RLPSA honored him with being elected as the first Vendor Liaison to the Board to serve a two- year term. Other contributions include, organizing and fundraising to insure the success of the annual RLPSA Golf outing and serving as a member of the 1st ever RLPSA Marketing committee.

Mr. Parish is a former collegiate athlete, leader and team player, who holds a B.S in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Biology from California State Dominguez Hills. Paig is married, has two beautifully intelligent daughters who have “grown up” at the RLPSA show and a 4 month old son who all currently reside in Orange, California.

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