RLPSA Connect



Nationwide Arena
200 Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215

All Attendees Must Register:





This event is FREE for restaurants and food service providers.

Hotel Information:

Sonesta Columbus Downtown
Address: 33 East Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215
Reservations: https://www.sonesta.com/sonesta-hotels-resorts/oh/columbus/sonesta-columbus-downtown
Rate: Around $160/night


Courtyard Columbus Downtown
Address: 35 West Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Reservations: https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/cmhcy-courtyard-columbus-downtown/overview/
Rate: Around $210/night


AC Hotel Columbus Downtown
Address: 517 Park Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Reservations: https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/cmhad-ac-hotel-columbus-downtown-oh/overview/
Rate: Around $240/night


RLPSA CONNECT Columbus, OH is a FREE event for RESTAURANTS. Join the exclusive community of restaurant LP, Security, Safety, & Risk professionals who solve the unique challenges the restaurant and food service industry faces every day. Smarter. Together.

May 16 Program schedule (subject to change)


Registration and Badge Retrieval

9:00 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Rebecca Alexander, Associate Director of RLPSA and Kurt Leisure, The Cheesecake Factory, President of RLPSA

“Best Practices for Dealing with Escalating Environments ” A panel discussion featuring risk, safety, loss prevention, and legal experts.

  • A panel discussion featuring risk, safety, loss prevention, and legal experts. Moderated by Shaun Jackson, Executive Director, Risk Management at Panda Restaurant Group
  • Octavio Jara, Senior Manager of U.S. Security, McDonald’s Corp.
  • Cristian Iglesias, Manager, Risk Services, The Cheesecake Factory
  • Ryan Bauss, Vice President of Training & Awareness, Calibration Group

“Collaboration Between HR/Risk and Loss Prevention Teams for Effective Risk Management”  Michael W. Simmons, ARM, RIMS-CRMP, Vice President, Human Resources, Risk & Legal Services, WKS Restaurant Group

“Digital Fraud Trends”  A session featuring fraud and risk executives.

  • ­Wendy Hans, Director, Fraud/Loss Control at AMC Theatres
  • Brady Harrison, Director, Customer Analytics Solution Delivery at Kount, an Equifax Company

“State of the Crime in the Industry” A panel discussion featuring law enforcement and loss prevention executives.  Moderated by Basia Pietrawska, Vice President, Consulting & Analytics, CAP Index.

  • Christopher Magana, Senior Manager, Field Safety & Asset Protection, Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Ruben Olivas, Director, Asset Protection, Whataburger
  • Regional/Federal Law Enforcement

“Effective Cash Handling Techniques to Minimize Loss and Fraud” A panel discussion featuring loss prevention executives and solution providers. Moderated by Dawn Lampert, Vice President of Sales at Envysion, Inc.

  • Louis Burke, Director of Risk Management, WKS Restaurant Group
  • Monika Shah, Manager, Safety, Security and Loss Prevention, Yum Brands/Taco Bell
  • Elsie Lam, Field Asset Protection Manager, Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • John Bezek, Customer Success Manager, Envysion, Inc.

Facilitated Round Table Discussions  Find out how your peers are tackling some of your challenges, including Safety Trends (heat Illness preparedness), Risk Trends, and Fraud and Loss Prevention Trends, and share your own strategies and best practices!

  • Risk Topic facilitated by Kurt Leisure, RLPSA President and Vice President, Risk Services, The Cheesecake Factory
  • Loss Prevention Topic facilitated by Brad La Cross, Sr. Asset Protection Manager, Jack in the Box Inc.
  • Safety Topic facilitated by Rebecca Alexander, Associate Director, RLPSA

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Networking & Reception 

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse – Montebello
1716 Montebello Town Center
Montebello CA 90640

Thank you to our sponsors