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Our Team

Our Loss Prevention Team

Lauren Bridgeo – Vice President of Systems & Field Services

With 20 plus years in the Retail Loss Prevention including Corporate Director and Regional Director positions with Bed Bath & Beyond, Sears, Kohl’s and The Sports Authority, Lauren’s background is truly diverse.  Lauren’s experience includes LP Field Management, LP Operations, Logistics, Risk Management, Inventory Control, Analytics and eCommerce Fraud.  Lauren’s most recent experience with a major retailer included directing the eCommerce fraud business.  Direction of the department included managing the rules engine, management of an order review team, customer and card holder problem resolution and ensuring the maximum ROI from the eCommerce fraud program.  Lauren has an active relationship with the Merchant Risk Council, the leading organization dedicated to eCommerce fraud reduction.  This relationship helps her remain current on the latest trends and issues.  Lauren’s vast experience in field and corporate Loss Prevention Operations will provide clients with a balanced approach to client needs in  eCommerce, Recovery, Investigations, and Physical Security and Merchandise Protection . Lauren is a graduate of American University in Washington D.C.

Linda Chiappone – Director of Analytics

Having held various front-line retail positions, Linda brings 25 plus years of combined experience in Operations, Human Resources, and Loss Prevention to the Zellman Team.  Linda’s success includes implementing new EBR applications and Case Management Systems, and handling a number of high profile cases for various concepts. She has an extensive background in POS exception based reporting analytics within the retail and grocery industries. Linda’s ability to understand business operational needs with the necessary system data points, allows her to develop the right indicators to identify fraud trends for exception reporting and operational changes. She brings with her an experienced innovation which she applies to reverse engineering cases post interview with her team to provide constant improvement in query building and reporting  for future findings. Linda’s attention to detail and ability to develop programs and individuals will continue to drive the success of our services and partnerships. Linda holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Centenary College.

Mario Morante – Regional Loss Prevention Manager, CFI

Mario joined the Zellman Group in 2011 as a Regional Loss Prevention Manager. He brings with him 10 years of Loss Prevention Investigation experience from various Fortune 500 companies, where he took an active role in identifying all forms of loss, motivated shortage control involvement, and created and implemented shortage control solutions. In addition, Mario managed the detection and investigations of all internal, high dollar, and sensitive investigations. Through utilizing such tools as XBR and Aspect, he was able to develop patterns of questionable POS activity, and successfully gain admission statements by applying Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. interviewing techniques to suspected dishonest employees. Mario is fluent in both English and Spanish.