the 2024 season is over
nominations for the 2025 season will begin fall 2024

The winner will be announced at the 2025 FMI conference.

2024 FMI AP Rising Star - Selection Criteria

Nominees for the FMI Asset Protection & Grocery Resilience AP Rising Star Program should meet the following criteria:
  • Have approximately 3-10 years of experience in the field of asset protection i.e., mid-career level employees   (Director level and below)
  • Demonstrated strengths in (at least) ONE of the following categories:
    • Business Excellence: Nominee exemplifies business acumen.  They go above and beyond their traditional job duties to protect and add value to the business. 
    • People Excellence: Nominee exemplifies personal and professional development growth along with strong servant leadership skills. 
    • Profit Excellence:  Nominee exemplifies commitment to protecting or enhancing business profits as it
              relates to shrink, productivity or efficiency.

Submission Guidelines

  • Individuals submitting nominations must complete the submission form in full. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • The response to each criteria question must be 350 words or less.

  • You will be asked to also submit the nominee's resume and headshot photo (300 dpi or greater) with the form for consideration.  Please email these to

  • Nominations must be submitted by an individual other than the nominee being considered.

  • Only one honoree per company can be selected, however multiple nominations from any given company will be accepted.

  • Deadline for nomination submissions is close of business April 12, 2024.  Finalists will be informed of their selection within two weeks, before voting starts in late April.  

  • Selections will be made through a blind evaluation of the entire nominee pool. The FMI Asset Protection Council will evaluate nominees without viewing company or individual names.

For more information, please contact:
  • Email: 
  • or contact FMI directly:  Tom Cosgrove, Director, Industry Relations for FMI, Email:

In order to validate your submission, in the event we have any questions about your nomination, and to ensure the integrity of the nomination process, please provide your contact details on the nomination form.  Unfortunately, if you do not submit your contact details, your nomination will be eliminated from consideration.  Your name may be shared with the judges as part of your submission. Please note, however, that if your nomination is to be listed online, we will not post your name as the person making the nomination unless you agree for us to do so.  

Ready to get started?    Click the button below to go to the Nomination Form!

check out our hall of WINNERS:

Congratulations to the 2024 FMI AP RISING STAR

Luke Devine, Kroger - WINNER!
Luke Devine is an outstanding District AP Manager with a proven track record of success. Luke comes from a law enforcement family but fell in love with the Asset Protection business. Luke shows amazing leadership, business acumen and has a communication style that grabs the attention of his audience. Luke worked his way up from Asset Protection Specialist to his current role of District AP Manager and has aspirations to continue growing his career in Asset Protection.

and the 2023 fmi ap rising star winner is.... (or should we say, "WAS")


Michelle Fisher, Festival Foods - Winner!
Here is what people are saying about Michelle: 
Michelle Fisher joined the Festival Foods Asset Protection team in 2017 as Business Insights Specialist.  In that role, Michelle primarily led the implementation and evolution of the exception reporting program, cashier discrepancy investigations, and our in-house shoplifter restitution program.

As Michelle grew in her role, she began to take on additional program components - utilizing point-of-sale data to help drive insights to our business and assisting various teams throughout our company.  In 2020, she was promoted to Profit Protection Manager, and in 2022 she continued her journey with another promotion to Profit Protection Assistant Director.  All throughout her tenure with Festival Foods, Michelle’s leadership has been a vital part of the evolution of the Profit Protection department.

Michelle’s current team makes a significant impact on the profitability of our company.  They protect company assets and increase profitability by analyzing, reporting, and communicating key operational business opportunities through the use of exception reporting systems and Asset Protection technologies.  The team is highly skilled in identifying actionable data that the business can use to make decisions to increase guest service and improve company profitability.

Michelle’s leadership style is best described as equipping and empowering.   She completed a five-week Collaborative Leadership course to learn new ways to inspire and lead her team.   She is a pivotal contributor to the culture of Festival Foods.  She is a humble leader who is often seen praising others for their great work; she doesn’t seek recognition of her own.

Her responsibilities touch every department and store, and she regularly interacts with associates on every level.   She often steps up to lead projects that fall outside her role's responsibilities, which speaks to her being a respected business leader within our company.  Michelle recently partnered with Operations to help oversee the development of our guest satisfaction program.   The program rolled out to all 40 stores and 8,000 associates and was an immediate success.  

Michelle is also partnering with Human Resources to co-lead our company’s initiative on mental health awareness in partnership with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).   Her passion for mental health awareness is driving this important initiative forward.

Michelle is passionate about giving back to her community.   For the past year, she volunteered her time to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as a big sister to “V”.   Michelle lights up when she talks about her time with her little sister.

congratulations to the 2022 fmi rising star