The 8th annual Axis Retail Leadership Forum will be held in Seattle, WA this year!

Retail is a vast world of endless complexities including asset protection, the Internet of Things, software analytics, network security and other business functions. There exists a variety of intelligent solutions you can use to cover everything from loss prevention and asset protection to traffic counting and shelf space compliance. But to manage all of this - and more - it’s critical you adopt a solution that works best for your entire team.



Advisory Board

Meet the 2019 Retail Leaders Advisory Board 

Throughout the year, Axis consults the Retail Leaders Advisory Board to drive content for the agenda. This way, our discussions and workshops address the challenges you face within retail security and surveillance. The board is always looking for your input, so please contact us if you have any recommendations.  

James Stark
VP of Loss Prevention and Risk Management, Pier1 Imports

James Stark is the Vice President of Loss Prevention and Risk Management at Pier1 based in Fort Worth, Texas. James has 30 years of retail loss prevention and store operations experience. James is responsible for all Loss Prevention, eCommerce Fraud, Safety and Risk Management in both the US and Canada. His teams are responsible for traditional and digital loss prevention strategies, profit protection programs, loss prevention technology, physical security, health and safety programs.

 

Jerry Brefol
Luxottica

Jerry Brefol is the Manager of Physical Security and Department Contracts for Asset Protection at Luxottica N.A. He is responsible for developing, identifying and implementing Physical Security layers into Luxottica N.A. locations which include: LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Target Optical, Sears Optical, Sunglass Hut, Oakley, Ray-Ban, ILORI, Optical Shops of Aspen and Oliver Peoples in over 4500 retail outlets and 10 manufacturing / distribution / office locations throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Jerry has been with Luxottica since 2004. Prior to Luxottica Jerry worked with the University of Cincinnati’s IT department as well as Home Depot and Kohl’s department stores, bringing over 20 years of experience in Loss Prevention, Information Technology and Retail.

 

Laura Metrick
Sr. Manager Asset Protection, Denny's corporation

Laura Metrick is the Sr. Manager of Asset Protection for Denny’s Corporation.  Laura is an accomplished Asset Protection, Safety and Security Professional with success in managing multi-site locations within the US, Canada and the Caribbean for more than 20 years.

In her current role with Denny’s, Laura supports 32 states on the east coast for Asset Protection which includes loss prevention, criminal investigations & safety, as well as supporting the franchisees in her area of responsibility. 

Laura has been with Denny’s for 8 years.  Prior to Denny’s, she was with Burger King Corp. and FedEx Corp. serving in the same capacity.

 

Matthew Bykowski
Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions Architect, The Orvis Company Inc.

Matthew Bykowski is the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions Architect at The Orvis Company, Inc.  Matt is responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of the companies local and wide area networks, wireless, unified communications technologies, IP audio, access control, CCTV/VMS systems, and pretty much anything else that connects to the IP Network.  Matt has over 25 years experience in the IT Infrastructure and Physical Security / Life Safety practices.  Prior to The Orvis Company, Matt was with Simplex Time Recorder in Gardner Massachusetts working as a Sr. Service Support Representative.  Beyond Matt’s work in the IT/Retail industry he is extensively involved in his local community and serves on the board of directors at GNAT-TV and the Arlington Vermont School and Select Boards.

 

 

Joe Coll
Sr. Director Operations & Asset Protection, Macy's Inc.

Joe Coll is currently Sr. Director Operations & Asset Protection for Macy's Inc. where he responsible for directing Asset Protection Innovation, financial planning/reporting for Operations & Asset Protection, strategic planning initiatives, and advanced business technology.  He has been practicing in the Asset Protection and Operations field for over 20 years at Macy’s.  Joe graduated from SUNY Farmingdale with a BA in Criminal Justice.

 

Interested in participating next year?

We want to be sure that every segment within retail is represented. If you are interested in participating on next year’s Retail Leaders Advisory Board, please contact Hedgie Bartol at retail.forum@axis.com.


What's Included:

  • Conference Registration
  • 3 night stay at the Westin Bellevue Hotel (single occupancy room) August 12-15
    • Reserve your room using the booking link provided in registration
  • Food and beverage in conjunction with the conference agenda
  • Complimentary transportation to and from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
    • Arrivals: Monday, August 12th
    • Departures: After 6:00PM on Wednesday, August 14th
    • Departures (continued): Thursday, August 15th
      **in order to receive transportation to and from the airport you must enter your flight details into your registration by Friday, July 24th
  • VIP networking event
  • Internet Access
  • Parking at the hotel

What's Not Included:

  • Flight and any travel expenses incurred outside of the conference agenda
  • Car rental
  • Mini-bar/room service in hotel room
  • Room nights outside of the specified conference dates
  • Food/beverage/any activities outside of the conference schedule

Registration Deadline 7/24/19

Hotel Information:

The Westin Bellevue
600 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: 425-638-1000

Hotel Registration Policy:


Please be sure to reserve your hotel room by Wednesday, July 24th

As part of your individual Axis Retail Leadership Forum conference package, Axis covers the cost of your room nights plus local taxes and fees for conference dates August 12-15 (single room occupancy). You will be required to enter your credit card information. Credit card information is required to extend your stay, charge amenities that are outside of the conference package, and for any no-show or late cancellation fees should your plans change.

*You will not be charged for your hotel room unless you can no longer attend Axis Retail Leadership Forum and do not cancel your room by the deadline. If your plans change and you are no longer able to attend this conference, please cancel your hotel room by August 7th.


Agenda

Time Agenda Topic Speaker
Monday, August 12    

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Registration  

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Welcome Reception  
Tuesday, August 13    

8:00am - 9:00am

Registration and Breakfast  

9:00am - 9:30am

Welcome Hedgie Bartol and Scott Dunn, Axis Communications

9:30am - 10:30am

Keynote by Microsoft Microsoft Corporation  

10:30am - 11:00am

Break  

11:00am - 12:00pm

Sales and Negotiation Training Dave Thompson, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc.

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch  

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Integration and Installation

John Teller, Kroger

2:00pm - 3:00pm

IT Panel

Matt Bykowski, Orvis 

3:00pm - 3:15pm

Break

 

3:15pm - 4:15pm

Product Roadmap - an overview

Robert Brown, Axis Communications

4:15pm - 4:30pm

Closing Remarks

 

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Networking/Evening outing

 
Wednesday, August 14    

8:00am - 9:00am

Breakfast  

9:00am - 9:30am

Welcome  

9:30am - 10:30am

General session

Starbucks

10:30am - 11:00am

Break  

11:00am - 12:00pm

Video Beyond Security

Rick Snook, Axis Communications and Jerry Brefol, Luxottica

11:00am - 12:00pm

Future of Retail workshop

Hedgie Bartol, Axis Communications

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch  

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Product Roadmap - A technical deep dive

Robert Brown, Axis Communications

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Virtual tour of store

Jerry Brefol, Luxottica

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Hazardous event training

Jerry Wilkins, Active Risk Survival, Inc.

3:00pm - 3:15pm

Break  

3:15pm - 4:15pm

Organized Retail Crime Officer Cody Evans, Boise Police Department

4:15pm - 4:30pm

Closing remarks

 

4:30pm - 6:00pm

VIP Dinner

 

 


Contact

Need help or have questions during the conference? There will be an Axis-staffed reception desk, which we will direct you to upon your arrival. Should you have any questions before the event you may contact: Sarah Smith Marketing Events Coordinator Office: 978-614-2035