Security Expert to Close Out 2011 NGA Convention

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Security Expert to Close Out 2011 NGA Convention


Dr. Lionel C. M. Von Frederick Rawlins, an expert on homeland security and terrorism issues, will present “Leadership, Business and Terrorism: Understanding Your Risks and Vulnerabilities,” the closing session at the 2011 National Grocers Association Annual Convention and Supermarket Synergy Showcase.

In this session, Rawlins will discuss risk-management plans and help attendees decide if their plans are adequate to address the risks and implications of terrorism. Attendees will also gain a knowledge of what the federal government is doing, what retailers are obligated to do and the legal and civil implications of not having an effective plan in place.

Rawlins is president and founder of the VonFrederick Group, a Sacramento, Calif.-based counterterrorism and criminological organization. Rawlins has working experience in Europe, Africa, Asia, Central and South America, the Middle East and the Far East, in the capacity of a counterterrorist and criminologist. He has been an adjunct professor of criminal justice and criminology, sociology, ethnic studies, physics, chemistry and history. Rawlins served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a drill instructor at Parris Island, S.C.; an NCO academy instructor in Japan; and an Officer Candidates School instructor at Quantico, Va.

Every year, NGA presents attendees with timely and relevant general sessions and workshops, special events and numerous networking opportunities to speak with other industry executives.

For more information or to register online, visit or call (703) 516-0700.

NGA represents the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. Members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, manufacturers and service suppliers.