LP Magazine

JAN-FEB 2018

LP magazine publishes articles for loss prevention, asset protection, and retail professionals covering shrinkage, investigations, shoplifting, internal theft, fraud, technology, best practices, and career development.

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a uditor to review and discuss the foundation's annual financial statements and quarterly financial statements, as well as all internal control reports. We also appoint, retain, and oversee the work performed by the independent auditor retained for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or any related work. EDITOR: What are your views on education and continuing education for LP associates? VALENTINE: I am a strong supporter of education and continuing education for team members. A number of department team members at Signet have taken advantage of the tuition reimbursement and have received either a bachelor's or master's degree as a result. As a department, we pay for our team members to receive their LPC or CFI certifications. There are a number of groups that provide great continuing education, such as National Retail Federation, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Jewelers' Security Alliance, the Institute of Internal Auditors, ASIS, CLEAR, and the Risk Management Association to name a few, and we encourage team members to attend frequently. I would also stress that team members understand the business from start to finish and most importantly the financial side of the company they work for, not just their department. EDITOR: Your retirement was recently announced. What is next for Kevin Valentine? VALENTINE: I plan on staying active in the industry. I also have done some consulting in the past, and I will be doing more in the future. My responsibilities at Signet required a lot of travel over the years, and I plan to spend more time with my family. I am also a partner in a cigar shop called Royal 10 Cigar in North Royalton, Ohio, so I will be more active in that. And as you know, I really enjoy golf and just need an excuse to go fishing. continued from page 29 30 JANUARY–FEBRUARY 2018 | LOSSPREVENTIONMEDIA.COM INTERVIEW

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