44th ANNUAL TRAINING SEMINAR
The 2016 WSATI Training Seminar was held at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley Hotel in San Diego, California. The seminar was hosted by the WSATI Southern Chapter and the IAATI Western Regional Chapter.
The Seminar began with early registration taking place the afternoon of Sunday, October 16, 2016, and late registration taking place early on Monday morning, October 17, 2016. A big thank you to WSATI Southern Chapter Treasurer Mick O'Neill, Associate Director Alan Skobin, Legal Counsel Richard Knapp, and his Office Manager Cathy Longman, for the great job they did processing the pre-registrations prior to the Seminar. Mick and Associate Director Keith Jackson also processed the "walk-in" registrants at the Seminar. Mick and Keith handled all the bookkeeping for the Seminar as well in the confines of the Seminar office, out of sight of most of the attendees. Past Presidents Dennis Frias and Gary Labb were busy adding information to the mobile application supplied by IAATI for use at the seminar by the attendees. Secretary Jeff Enfield, Sergeant-At-Arms Mike Stefanoff, and several TRAP members, were busy preparing the great goodie bags containing welcoming gifts that were given to the attendees as they checked in. And what about those bags and gifts... you can thank Associate Director Alan Skobin for getting sponsorships to cover the costs for those and all the great daily gifts everyone received. Associate Directors Robbie Midzuno and Johnny Miyasaki were busy preparing the hospitality room and setting things up for the Monday night event.
Most of the attendees had the opportunity to see Maria
Ferreira, Geraldine Gary, Martha
Jones-Joseph, and Associate Director Melissa
Somers at the registration table. If you purchased raffle
tickets or WSATIWear, you had the chance to see Vice President Heather
Roberts. President Brian Yori
liaisoned with the hotel staff to make sure everything happened as planned.
It takes a lot of people to put on a seminar the size of this one.
The seminar opened on Monday morning with the California Highway Patrol Border Division Honor Guard presenting the colors while the National Anthem was played.
2016 Southern Chapter President Brian Yori (LAPD / TRAP) presided over the opening ceremonies and welcomed the close to 325 attendees.
Brian then introduced LAPD / TRAP Detective Cesar Ramirez who gave the invocation.
Brian introduced 2015-2016 IAATI Western Regional Chapter President Dennis Frias. Dennis explained to the attendees that IAATI WRC was co-hosting the seminar and as a result everyone who registered would be receiving free membership (2017) in the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators.
Brian then introduced the Keynote Speaker, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell.
Following Sheriff McDonnell's address, Brian made introductions of the 2016 WSATI Southern Chapter Officers who were in attendance:
Vice President Heather Roberts,
Liberty Mutual Insurance SIU
Brian also advised the attendees that the Officers
and Seminar Committee Members would be wearing distinguishing shirts each
day to make it easy for the attendees to find someone if help or assistance
was needed. These will, moving forward, always be referred to as
the "Seminar Bowling Team" shirts.
Brian then went over information regarding the seminar training schedule and locations, raffle tickets, and scheduled seminar events.
Brian ended the opening ceremonies and invited all to take part in the training sessions that would immediately follow, beginning with General Session presentations by L.A. County Superior Court Judge Tomson Ong and Cyber Crimes Expert John Villareal.
A lot of the credit for the success of the Seminar is due to the 2016 WSATI Chapter Officers and the following:
2016 TRAINING SEMINAR COMMITTEE MEMBERS