This investigator is not just responsible for one great investigation, but is recognized for their consistency in being resourceful, and in the quality and execution of their performance as a whole.  A partner and an innovator, this individual isn't afraid to get their hands dirty in picking up each stone to see what might be underneath, and is more than comfortable in seeking out the answer when a question should arise.  

To be eligible for nomination, the Investigator must currently be, or have been, in the role for which they are being nominated, for some or all of the calendar year of the nomination.  Individuals must be nominated by someone other than themselves. For the purpose of recognizing a specific investigation, please consider nominating in the Investigation of the Year category.  

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Click below to see the list of Finalists and Winners for all categories.  

meet this year's finalists...

Investigator of the Year Finalist #1:      Carolyn Doran, ULTA Beauty
Here's what people are saying about this great investigator:

..... 1 am writing to highly recommend Carolyn Doran for the Investigator of the Year Award in
recognition of her outstanding contributions as the Organized Retail Crime Investigations Manager. Carolyn has consistently displayed exceptional resourcefulness, diligence, and a commitment to excellence in executing multiple investigations within our organization. Carolyn has proven herself to be a relentless and highly effective investigator, consistently delivering results of the highest quality. Her keen attention to detail, analytical mindset, and ability to think creatively have enabled her to uncover crucial insights and evidence, leading to successful resolutions of complex cases. What sets Carolyn apart is her unwavering dedication to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism throughout each investigation. She approaches every case with meticulous planning, ensuring that all resources are utilized efficiently and that every aspect of the investigation is conducted with precision and thoroughness. Carolyn has earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues for her consistent track record of success and her willingness to go above and beyond to achieve the best possible outcomes. Her leadership qualities, coupled with her exceptional investigative skills, make her a true asset to our organization.

.......It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I write this letter to endorse Carolyn Doran for the Investigator of the Year Award. As the Organized Retail Crime Investigations Manager and a distinguished member of our organization's board of directors, Carolyn has consistently demonstrated exceptional dedication, tenacity, and a relentless pursuit of truth in every investigation she undertakes. Carolyn possesses a rare combination of fearlessness and meticulousness in her approach to uncovering the depths of organized retail crime. Whether it's rolling up her sleeves to dig into the details of a case or fearlessly exploring every lead, she leaves no stone unturned in her quest for justice. Her willingness to delve into the trenches, coupled with her strategic thinking and analytical prowess, has resulted in numerous successful outcomes for our organization. As a valued member of the board of directors for Metrorca, Carolyn brings invaluable insights and expertise to the table, further enriching our collective efforts to combat organized retail crime. Her commitment to collaboration, transparency, and the highest ethical standards serves as an inspiration to her colleagues and peers alike. Carolyn is not just an exceptional investigator; she is a leader who leads by example, instilling confidence and trust in those around her. Her unwavering dedication to excellence, coupled with her willingness to confront challenges head-on, makes her a true asset to our organization and the field of investigative work.

.......1 am writing to recommend Carolyn Doran for the Investigator of the Year Award. As the Organized Retail Crime Investigations Manager and a distinguished member of the board of directors for Metrorca, Carolyn has consistently demonstrated exceptional skill, dedication, and leadership in the field of organized retail crime investigations. Carolyn has overseen and actively participated in multiple successful investigations, displaying an unparalleled ability to uncover critical information and bring perpetrators to justice. Her strategic thinking, attention to detail, and perseverance have been instrumental in resolving complex cases and protecting our organization from significant losses. Beyond her role as a manager, Carolyn brings invaluable expertise and insight to the board of directors for Metrorca.
Investigator of the Year Finalist #2: Eddie Sosa, EssilorLuxottica
Here's what people are saying about this great investigator:

Eddie is an experienced professional with 19 years of successful strategic and tactical leadership within the law enforcement, loss prevention, and security industries with various companies including his current role at Luxottica, as well as Walmart Inc., McDonald's USA, LLC., JCPenney Company, Inc. and communications provider Leap Wireless International/ Cricket Communications. Eddie has a proven track record for success in reducing shrink, minimizing losses, and maximizing profits. He is skilled in conducting investigations and interrogations, mining for data from exception-based reports/ software, conducting comprehensive audits, building partnerships and relationships, with an elevated experience in training development, project management and investigations.

Eddie has a strong background in law enforcement, operational planning, intelligence operations, and legal processes acquired during his previous role with the Office of Intelligence for the Department of Homeland Security's (OHS) investigative component, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Eddie is skilled in conducting extensive investigations, handling classified information, processing intelligence data, and producing comprehensive reports relating to localized and global threats impacting national security.

In 2023, as Regional Manager of Investigations, Eddie oversaw hundreds of Critical Incidents coming from the West Region of the United States for Luxottica and he was able to bring closure to approximately 105 cases with an estimated total loss in $2.25 million dollars.


how to vote

While Nominations are open, voting is currently closed.
Voting for the FMI AP Rising Star will open mid April.
All other categories will open for voting in late April 2024.

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