The Asset and Profit Protection (APP) team recently held its annual APP National Conference that brings together associates from Sears, Kmart, Supply Chain, Home Services, Online and other corporate formats to engage in sessions focused on business updates, team sessions and professional development. During the week-long conference, the group recognized several APP associates, culminating with the 2017 Community Champion Award presentation given to a Sears Holdings’ associate for showing an outstanding commitment to community leadership.
The team also spent a morning away from the campus to participate in an Adopt-A-Bike Event in partnership with the USS Foundation at Lowrie Elementary School in Elgin, Illinois. APP donated a new bike, helmet and lock to each of the 50 elementary students.
“Sears Holdings and the Asset & Profit Protection team are active participants in our members’ lives and are dedicated to enriching the lives of children in our communities,” said Scott Glenn, chief security officer. “Our partners at the USS Foundation provided us the opportunity to reward 50 deserving students for their stewardship, academic efforts and outstanding behavior. Nearly 200 Sears Holdings Asset & Profit Protection leaders worked together with many others to make this day a success.”
In addition to the bicycles, Sears Holdings’ Sporting Goods business unit provided helmets and locks for each student, encouraging safe riding and obeying the rules of the road.
“Sears Holdings’ generous gift of bikes and helmets to Lowrie Elementary will help these children feel a sense of accomplishment and responsibility for all their academic efforts and good citizenship,” said Adel Sayegh, founder of the USS Foundation. “We hope this reward and celebration will help them continue on a bright road ahead.” Students were chosen by their teachers and principal based on overall academic scores and attendance.
Since its inception, the USS Foundation’s Adopt-A-Bike program has reached more than 2,500 children, from 25 elementary schools, across 12 states.
To watch a video from the event, click here.
Meet the AAP Community Champion Award Winners
Jim Waldrop – Manager, APP Crisis
Jim works with several hundred associates at Sears Holdings to coordinate emergency plans and critical incident activity across the country. He has also participated in events including the Regional Chicago Corporate Security Symposium sponsored by Homeland Security and events held in partnership with A Safe Haven. “Jim has always been, and continues to be, a tireless advocate for the veteran’s community. He is also very passionate about emergency preparedness, crisis management and business continuity,” said a colleague. “Jim walks the walk when disaster strikes, as evidenced by his efforts in rebuilding damaged homes after powerful storms struck the southern United States a few years ago. His passion, advocacy and his willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty exemplifies what a community champion should be.”
Ron Bigelow – Manager, APP, Inventory Process/Projects
Ron has spent the past two years volunteering as a leader for the American Society for Industrial Security Chicago North Shore Chapter. Ron was instrumental with the planning and execution of the 2015/2016 officer appreciation dinners in which both law enforcement and private security officers in Northern Illinois were recognized for their contributions to the protections and service of Chicago-area communities. “Ron is extremely deserving of being a recipient of the Community Champion Award because of his volunteer interactions, extensive knowledge and accomplishments within the APP industry internally and externally,” said one of his team members. “Ron’s due diligence, drive and sense of accomplishment are a robust example for all levels of peers, management and leaders to follow. His level of engagement is superior because he always does what it takes to get the job done and to meet the end result.”
Mike Kitchen – Zone Manager, APP
Mike is the owner of the Pro Wrestling Rampage, a wrestling entertainment group, in Erie, Pennsylvania. He devotes a great deal of his personal time to the program and gets the entire community involved, including several local elected officials. “Every bit of money above the cost of the event is donated to charity! Mike does not make a dime off of it because he feels it is essential to give back to the community, especially to those who are in the greatest need,” shared his colleague. “I haven’t met anyone in the industry as open to genuinely help someone whether it’s dealing with personal or career development, or simply giving advice.”
Willson Burggraff – Region Manager, APP Logistics
Willson was acknowledged by his peers for being extremely active with both his church and community. He currently coaches little league baseball, basketball and football and has made a tremendous impression on the kids on his team. He utilizes sports to teach the kids not only the game but also strong values like teamwork, work ethic and sportsmanship. Willson is a volunteer for his church and sings in its band.
Thank you to all four associates for representing Sears Holdings with such drive and passion for serving our members and local communities!