SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 1, 2008
Beginning on Sunday afternoon, registration took place. After registration, most of Sunday afternoon and evening saw participants renewing old acquaintances and meeting new contacts, in other words, networking and intelligence gathering.
Early Monday morning was late registration prior to the opening ceremonies. For the first time in many years Marianne Finney was not able to attend the Seminar due to the rebuilding of her home that was destroyed in the wildfires last year. In her place, WSATI Southern Chapter Officers began selling mementos of the Seminar, including the new WSATIWear featuring the new WSATI Southern Chapter logo.
2009 IAATI Training Seminar Committee
Chairperson Jim Kautz
(Westminster CO Police Department) and 2007 IAATI Western Regional Chapter
President Gary Labb
set up the IAATI Information kiosk and a table with information regarding
the upcoming 57th Annual International Association of Auto Theft Investigators
Training Seminar to be held in Denver, Colorado August 9th-14th, 2009.
The Seminar will be co-hosted by the Colorado
Auto Theft Investigators (CATI) and the IAATI
Western Regional Chapter (IAATI WRC).
On Tuesday night there was the annual banquet and closing ceremonies.
WSATI Central Chapter President Tom Shepard started the banquet by inviting all in attendance to help themselves to the buffet dinner.
Following the meal, Tom introduced the Central Chapter Officers and Training Seminar Committee Members. Tom thanked all the attendees who came to the Training Seminar. Tom thanked the sponsors and vendors who participated in the Seminar. Tom gave a special thank you to WSATI Southern Chapter Past President Gary Labb for helping promote the seminar on the Southern Chapter website www.wsati.org. Gary is the webmaster of the WSATI.org website.
Tom then requested Westminster (CO) Police Department Detective Jim Kautz to come to the podium. Jim, who is the 2009 IAATI WRC 2nd Vice President, is the Chairperson for the 2009 IAATI Training Seminar which will be held in Denver, Colorado. Jim spoke about the Seminar which will take place on August 9th - 14th, 2009. Jim gave information regarding what the area offers and the many things that will be available to the attendees.
Tom then called IAATI Western Regional Chapter President Skip Davidson up to the podium to present the annual IAATI WRC Lee S. Cole Award. Skip then invited Lisa Hanks who has continued to keep Lee S. Cole and Associates moving forward since Lee's death. Lisa spoke about Lee and how the award continues to recognize outstanding officers. Skip then read the 2008 recipient's nomination and then Skip announced the 2008 Lee S. Cole Award recipient to be Yuma (AZ) Police Department Detective Melissa Norred.
2008-2009 WSATI Northern Chapter President Tina Johnson spoke about the 2009 Annual WSATI Training Seminar that will be held in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada at the Harrah's Lake Tahoe Hotel from October 6th-8th, 2009, with the golf tournament taking place on October 5th.
There were numerous door prizes handed out, from LCD Televisions to WSATIWear shirts. There sure were a lot of raffle tickets sold, and a lot of winners. A lot of attendees went home very happy.
2008 WSATI SEMINAR COMMITTEE