Leadership

Christopher J. McGourty

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Founder / Executive Director of NAORCA Worldwide

He is 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 :

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.

Scott Ziter

Scott Ziter with Golub Corporation

Vice President of Risk Management at Golub Corporation/Price Chopper Supermarkets

Scott Ziter began his Loss Prevention/Asset Protection career in 1991. He is currently the Vice President of Risk Management for the Golub Corporation/Price Chopper Supermarkets and is responsible for Asset Protection, Crisis Management and Corporate Security. Prior to joining the Golub Corporation, Scott was the Vice President of Asset Protection for Ahold USA. Scott held many LP/AP leadership positions during his time at Ahold USA and its divisions, including Loss Prevention Field Manager, Division Loss Prevention Manager, Director of Loss Prevention for Giant Food and Senior Director of Asset Protection for the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Westfield State University. He also completed the Ahold Leadership Academy in 2013. This program was designed and delivered in partnership with Harvard Business School and the Said Business School at Oxford University.

Scott is the Chairman of the Food Marketing Institute’s Asset Protection Council and on the Board of Advisors for the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC). He is a longstanding member of ASIS International.

He resides in Ballston Lake, New York with his wife Stephanie and children Sophie and Sam.