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Yvonne Rouse
President

 Yvonne Rouse is a Loss Prevention professional with over 25 years of experience in the retail industry. She is presently a Vice President of Loss Prevention with Ross Stores Inc., Dublin, California. Over the past eight years, Yvonne has taken on roles of increasing responsibility within Loss Prevention – including Director, Sr. Director and Assistant Vice President.

Prior to joining Ross, Yvonne was a Regional Loss Prevention Director with Sears Holdings Corporation; she also held leadership positions with TJX companies (TJ Maxx and Marshalls). Yvonne has applied her knowledge, experience and relentless drive to ensure results are sustainable. Throughout her career she has been responsible for Talent Management of Teams, Strategic Planning, Safety Programs, Physical Security, and the Investigation of Theft and Fraud.

 Yvonne’s true passion is talent development. She has a natural bend towards leadership development and helping professionals realize their full potential.

She became a member of International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE) in 2009. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2014. Yvonne’s dedication to mentorship and the development of future leaders is what continues to motivate and inspire her.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.
 


Bert Williams
Vice President

Bert Williams is a Security Manager for Fannie Mae, the leading provider of residential mortgage credit in the U.S. secondary market. Since joining Fannie Mae in 2000, Bert has helped design and manage many of the Enterprise Security team's most critical programs. He currently oversees daily security operations at the company’s Northern Virginia and Maryland offices, including representing the Enterprise Security team's interests in one of the company's largest initiatives - the Northern Virginia Workplace Strategy project.

Before joining Fannie Mae, Bert worked with The Wackenhut Corporation (now G4S) in several capacities. He also previously worked as a Special Investigator for US Investigations Services, and held several positions at the Federal Aviation Administration.

Bert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland at College Park. He currently is on the Executive Committee for University of Maryland Black Alumni, and sits on the University of Maryland Alumni Board of Governors. Bert is a member of ASIS International, as well as its National Capital Chapter. Beyond his endeavors in the security field, Bert also is a voiceover artist whose voice has been featured in commercials, public service announcements, training videos and at live events.


Myron Burton
Treasurer

Myron Burton is presently employed by Ross Stores, Inc. as a Regional Loss Prevention Director. He began his tenure with the company in June of 2012 and supports a team of individuals responsible for stores within the Southeastern United States.

Myron’s introduction to Loss Prevention occurred at Mervyn’s Department Stores where he started as an hourly Associate. While there he went on to hold increasing levels of responsibility and his last position prior to transitioning was Field Asset Protection Team Leader. Since then Myron has held National and Regional Loss Prevention roles at SprintNextel and Bi-Lo Holdings (Winn-Dixie Stores).

Myron possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with an emphasis in Finance and professional designations as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI).

Myron first became involved with the IOBSE in 2014 when he was invited by two current members to assist with College campus visits. Later that year he attended his first IOBSE Conference and was so impressed that he committed to joining the organization and becoming more involved. He was elected to the IOBSE Board during the 2015 elections and also serves on the Education Committee.


Ricky Davis, MA
Secretary

Mr. Ricky Davis is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of RICE Security and Consulting, LLC in North Carolina. Mr. Davis’s security and risk management career began during his honorable and faithful service in the United States Army serving in combat, security force advisory and intelligence positions, respectively. His 27 years of world-wide experience in support of national and strategic security objectives provided him the opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the most talented leaders in the world.

Ricky’s highly decorated military career culminated with him achieving the rank of Command Sergeant Major, the highest enlisted rank in the United States Army. He is a graduate of the prestigious United States Army Sergeants Major Academy achieving awards in leadership and professional military writing.
 


Kevin Smith
Sgt. at Arms

Mr. Kevin Smith has over twenty years of professional experience including service in the US Army, law enforcement, and corporate security. During his law enforcement career, Mr. Smith served as a Field Training Officer, an Operator with the Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team, an instructor with the Regional Police Academy, and as an undercover Narcotics Detective with the Special Investigations Unit.

Mr. Smith now serves as an Enterprise Security Specialist of a utility company where he helps develop and oversee security operations, conducts vulnerability/risk assessments, criminal investigations, develops and implements enterprise-wide security procedures, and collaborates with other utilities as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Sociology and a Masters of Sciences Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado at Denver. He became a member of ASIS in 2009 and since that time, has earned all three ASIS certification designations that include: Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation, Physical Security Professional (PSP) designation, and Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) designation. He also earned the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) designation through the American Crime Prevention Institute.

Mr. Smith is an instructor for ASIS where he teaches courses in Asset Protection Course. He serves on several Boards to include FBI-Denver InfraGard Member Alliance, the International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE), and is a Committee Chair on the ASIS Investigations Council. Mr. Smith is also an Adjunct Professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver where he teaches a variety of courses in the Criminal Program.


Bobby Louissaint
Director of Communications

An experienced leader in the Security space of 23 years, Bobby comes from humble beginnings as an Applied Science graduate in Electronic Engineering from ITT Tech. He started his security career as a residential technician and has worked his way through the business to emerge as a leader in the market. As a field tech and project manager, Bobby’s technical experiences paved a solid foundation for him to become a trailblazer in the industry.

 For the last 10 years Bobby has worked as a sales director within ADT/TYCO/JCI National accounts where he managed all corporate businesses along the West Coast of the US. Bobby has managed millions of dollars’ worth of business in his career and as director he has developed multiple territories and teams to success.

His experiences in sales have undoubtably proven him to be a sales leader, but his talents as a leader in general should not be overlooked as he has established himself as a facilitator and industry thought leader. Bobby has led his business in regard to new technologies, working internally and externally with innovative companies disrupting the norm.

No longer with JCI, Bobby has transitioned his career into the innovation space as the executive in charge of Strategic Engagements for a startup Artificial Intelligence company called Ambient AI. As we step into a new world of data management, Bobby is leading a business into a new arena of enablement by utilizing sensor data to exhibit specific results. Providing a new world of substantial business outcomes that provide action, performance, and efficiencies by enhancing today’s environment utilizing smart technologies.


Maya Jackson
Director of Membership

Maya Jackson has been a leader in the retail Loss Prevention industry for over 20 years. She is currently a Regional Loss Prevention Director for Ross Stores, Inc. Maya has responsibilities for approximately 150 stores in 7 central and southern states. She is based out of Dallas, Texas.

Over her career she has been responsible for leading teams to drive excellent results. Although she is most passionate about talent development, she has developed expertise in reducing operational shortage, serious incident and crisis management training / response, and internal and external theft investigations.

She previously held positions as a store manager at the Home Depot, and various positions in Assets Protection at Target Corporation, where in addition to her roles she was a Senior Instructor for all assets protection training for the organization to include non-violent crisis intervention training. Being a New Jersey native, Maya attended Rutgers University where she studied Psychology and is currently continuing her education in business administration. Maya attended her first IOBSE event in 2001 and has been an active member over the last 6 years. In addition to her board position of the membership committee, Maya is active with Women in Security, North Texas division, ASIS.

Maya is also a passionate advocate for Autism resources for adults and spends as much time as she can with her loving family and 3 dogs.


Shatora Thomas
Director of Student Education

Shatora Thomas bio to come

 

Advisors to the Board: Will Baker, Ray Cloud, Venus Finley-Akins, Don Knox and Keith White.

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