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October 13th-17th, 2019
Hosted by the WSATI Southern Chapter 
and the IAATI Western Regional Chapter
at the

8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, California 92108

 Seminar Menu
Opening Ceremonies
Seminar Schedule
Training Schedule
Committee Members
Seminar Events
Chapter Officers

The 2019 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 13, 2019, and late registration taking place early on Monday morning, October 14, 2019.  A big thank you to WSATI Southern Chapter Treasurer Joe Starbird, Legal Counsel Richard Knapp, and his Office Manager Cathy Longman, for the great job they did processing the pre-registrations prior to the Seminar.  Joe and Associate Director Robbie Midzuno also processed the "walk-in" registrants at the Seminar.  Joe 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 President Gary Labb was busy modifying website information for the attendees as he was given updates in training times, locations, and instructors by the Training Committee (Past President Dennis Frias, Legal Counsel Richard Knapp, Past President Lou Koven, and Vice President Johnny Miyasaki).  Associate Director Robbie Midzuno and Vice President Johnny Miyasaki, along with bartenders Kelsey and Justin, were busy preparing the hospitality room and setting things up for the Monday night event.

Most of the attendees had the opportunity to see Geraldine Gary, Martha Jones-Joseph, Associate Director Melissa CastanedaAssociate Director Richard Spallinger, Ryan Rasmussen, and College Credit / POST Credit representative Kim Collet at the registration table. Associate Director Melissa Somers handled the "walk-in" name badges.  If you purchased raffle tickets, lunch tickets, or WSATIWear, you had the chance to see Associate Director Robbie Midzuno and his wife Teri Midzuno, and some times Ryan Rasmussen.  President Mick O'Neill, Vice President Johnny Miyasaki, and Associate Director Melissa Somers 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.


California Highway Patrol Border Division Honor Guard2019 Southern Chapter President Mick O'Neill (Hagerty SIU) presided over the opening ceremonies and welcomed the close to 370 attendees. 

Mick explained to the attendees that IAATI WRC was co-hosting the seminar and as a result everyone who registered would be receiving one free year of membership (2020) in the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators.

The seminar opened on Monday morning with the California Highway Patrol Border Division Honor Guard presenting the colors while the attendees recited the Pledge of Allegience.

Mick then introduced San Diego County Sheriff's Department Chaplain Herb Smith who gave the invocation. 

Mick then introduced San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit, who gave a brief welcoming address to the attendees.

Mick announced that San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan had a conflict and could not make it to the opening ceremonies, but would join us at Wedenesday night's event.

Mick then introduced the Keynote Speaker, Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty.  Mr. Hagerty spoke about the current status of cars and driving in the United States.  Of course the attendees got to enjoy some great photos and videos as well.

2019 WSATI Southern Chapter President Mick O'Neill San Diego Co Sheriff's Department Chaplain Herb Smith San Diego Police Department Chief David Nisleit Keynote Speaker McKeel Hagerty General Session Speaker Leo Bottary San Diego Co District Attorney Summer Stephan
Mick O'Neill
Herb Smith
David Nisleit
McKeel Hagerty
Leo Bottary
Summer Stephan
Mick presenting McKeel Hagerty with a thank you gift

Mick 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. 

Mick with Martha and Geri showing off the shirts

Mick then went over information regarding the seminar training schedule and locations, raffle tickets, and scheduled seminar events.

Mick ended the opening ceremonies and invited all to take part in the training sessions that would immediately follow, beginning with a General Session presentation by Leo Bottary, well known speaker, author, professor.  Leo spoke about the importance of workplace peers and relationships.

California Highway Patrol Border Division Honor Guard presenting the colors to the attendees
California Highway Patrol Border Division Honor Guard
Part of Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty's audience
Part of McKeel Hagerty's Audience
Part of Leo Bottary's audience
Part of Leo Bottary's Audience
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Chapter Title  Name/Click for E-Mail Current Agency Telephone
President: Mick O'Neill Hagerty SIU (213) 400-1030
Vice President: Johnny Miyasaki Long Beach Police (Retired) (562) 884-6402
Secretary: Melissa Somers Crime Prevention Program of SoCal (562) 860-9006
Treasurer: Joe Starbird Long Beach Police (562) 570-7364
Sergeant-at-Arms Jesse Bravo Irwindale Police / TRAP (626) 423-2469
Associate Director: Melissa Castaneda Automotive Collision Consultants (424) 203-9326
Associate Director: Jess Corral National Insurance Crime Bureau (626) 361-1574
Associate Director: Rob Midzuno Nationwide Insurance SIU (415) 290-6114
Associate Director: Mike Octave LASD / TRAP (626) 873-2360
Associate Director: Alan Skobin LASD / TRAP (818) 778-2970
2018 Past President: Jeff Enfield LASD / TRAP (Retired) (626) 572-5623
Legal Counsel: Richard O. Knapp Knapp & Spurlock, LLP (714) 434-9600

A lot of the credit for the success of the Seminar is due to the hard work of the 2019 WSATI Chapter Officers and the  


Dennis Frias, Locator Technologies / OCRA Gary Labb, Santa Ana Police/OCATT (Retired)
Geraldine Gary, AAA of Southern Calif SIU Cathy Longman, Knapp and Spurlock, LLP
Martha Jones-Joseph, AAA of Southern Calif SIU Rob Manning, LASD / TRAP
Lou Koven, National Insurance Crime Bureau Cesar Ramirez, LAPD / TRAP

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