Leadership

Christopher J. McGourty

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Founder / Executive Director of NAORCA Worldwide

Christopher is currently pursuing his Master’s of Science in Cybersecurity at Southern New Hampshire University. A 1991 graduate of Northeastern University in Boston with a BS in Criminal Justice and a 1986 graduate of Brookline High School in Brookline Massachusetts.  Some of his past positions include; Regional Director (Northeast & Midwest) WetSeal & Contempo Casuals, 9 years ORC National Taskforce Investigator and ORC Trainer at TJX, Senior Corporate Investigations -External & Internal Fraud at Filene’s Basement, Christopher has been in the retail loss prevention industry and consulting for over 29 years. He is a passionate, dedicated, loyal leader who leads with vision and builds solid business relationships. Christopher is divorced and has three daughters Emily and Twins Kelly and Samantha. He resides in Norwood, Massachusetts.

Here are some publications about NAORCA and Christopher’s efforts to curb ORC :

http://www.storesmagazine-digital.com/nrfk/may_june_2018/MobilePagedArticle.action?articleId=1397277#articleId1397277

https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/intelligence/luxury-retails-war-with-organised-crime

http://www.securityinfowatch.com/article/12380256/at-the-frontline-naorca-founder-christopher-j-mcgourty

https://qz.com/905169/sophisticated-shoplifting-gangs-are-costing-us-retailers-30-billion-a-year/

http://www.securityinfowatch.com/article/11659045/organized-retail-crime-has-the-attention-of-loss-prevention-management

http://www.retailsolutionsonline.com/doc/how-to-be-proactive-against-organized-retail-crime-0001

http://www.retailsolutionsonline.com/doc/new-advocate-in-the-battle-against-orc-0001

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/229526

John Mearls

Director of Fraud at Varo Money Inc.

Currently Director of Fraud. Leadership responsibility for strategic development, implementation and oversight for all anti-fraud initiatives for Mobile Only Banking start-up. Create and modify early upstream detection, prevention and risk mitigation efforts, while also developing robust policies and procedures for the consumer banking products business, including client on-boarding, transactional monitoring for checking and savings deposits, remote check capture, lending, lines of credit and debit card management. Leverage best in class innovative industry solutions resulting in reduced consumer friction and false positives, enhanced operating efficiencies and an overall reduction in fraud rates within highly regulated banking and financial technology environment. Building a highly engaged and collaborative team of Fraud Agents, Risk Analysts and Financial Crime Investigators supporting strategic business mission and defined objectives.

Former global functional leader for the PayPal Holdings, Inc. Global Asset Protection Investigations group, which is part of the brands Legal organization. John was directly responsible for providing leadership guidance, development of strategic and progressive roadmaps, operational mapping, execution and financial measurement rhythms, robust investigative support, and oversight of a dynamic suite of technical tools supporting PayPal’s worldwide business operations protecting its 180M user base. John practices an energizing thought leadership approach to people development, cross-functional collaborative spirit, fiscal management, risk mitigation and enhancing core company cultures via highly engaging inclusion initiatives. His function is also directly accountable for the cultivation of high-level relationships with Global Law enforcement agencies and government regulators, while ensuing appropriate headcount resource allocation supporting the seamless execution of compulsory Legal orders consistent with global privacy standards and local laws. John joined PayPal in January 2010, and has held Senior executive level roles such as Director of Loss Prevention at Hollywood Entertainment, Divisional Director at Lowes Home Improvement, Divisional Vice President at Kmart, and Regional Director at Bloomingdale’s. John previously served as the Vice Chairman of the United Kingdom On-Line & Mail Order Loss Prevention Forum and is a highly sought-after industry speaker. John is married and resides in Scottsdale, AZ.

Brad Jordan

Founder and President of BOLO BOARD

Brad is a 1997 graduate of Francis Marion University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration/Marketing. He started and ran 3 fours businesses in the architecture and engineering fields. He also founded a non-profit for the benefit of veterans called the Veterans Housing Development Corporation. (http://veteranshousingdevelopment.org) He is now the founder and president of BOLO Board (https://www.boloboard.us/). BOLO Board is a social media app designed specifically for the loss prevention, security, and retail industry. He is also a licensed real estate agent in Myrtle Beach, SC. He resides in Myrtle Beach with his wife Theresa and son Noah.