TRAINING MEETING / LUNCHEON
March 17, 2016 - Galpin Auto Sports - G.A.S. - Van
2016 WSATI Southern Chapter President Brian Yori (LAPD TRAP) welcomed everyone to the meeting "the Collection at Galpin Auto Sports - G.A.S. in Van Nuys, a very popular venue for WSATI attendees.
Brian asked Dave Petrelli (Topa Insurance SIU) to lead the attendees in the pledge of allegiance.
Brian asked that Galpin Motors Vice President Alan Skobin come up to speak. Alan spoke about Galpin Auto Sports and also let the attendees know that Galpin, like they did last year, was picking up the costs of the meeting so all the money collected would go directly to helping to pay for this year's training seminar in San Diego.
Brian then introduced the other Southern Chapter Officers who were in attendance:
Vice President Heather
Roberts ( Liberty Mutual Insurance SIU)
The WSATI Southern Chapter Past Presidents in attendance were:
Skip Davidson (1991), Ted Saraf (1992), Dennis Frias (1997), Gary Labb (2000), Bill Lovold (2001), Dave Petrelli (2011), Rob Manning (2013), and Tim Jackson (2014).
Brian spoke about the upcoming WSATI Training Seminar in San Diego on October 16-20, 2016, requesting people spread the word about the seminar and also volunteer to assist with putting it on. He said that the Training Seminar Committee members had an early morning (7:00 am) meeting prior to the Training Meeting / Luncheon and a lot was accomplished. Brian said the Seminar would be co-hosted by the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI). He then introduced 2015-2016 IAATI Western Regional Chapter (WRCIAATI) President Dennis Frias who spoke about WRCIAATI and the benefits of being an IAATI member. He let everyone know that anyone attending the WSATI Training Seminar would have their 2017 IAATI membership dues paid for.
Brian talked about the networking available through the WSATI Southern Chapter membership roster that was posted on the WSATI website. He said a lot of information was available via the encrypted roster. He then gave the attendees the encryption password.
Brian then introduced the guest speakers for the training on Classic Car Theft: West Coast SIU Investigator Mick O'Neill, Hagerty Insurance, who spoke about classic car insurance and investigations; Long Beach Police Department Detective Johnny Miyasaki, who spoke about the basics of VIN identification; Los Angeles Police Department / TRAP Detective George Molina, who spoke about a classic car theft investigation; and Los Angeles Police Department / TRAP Detective Cesar Ramirez, who spoke about the evolution of the Chevrolet VIN plate.
Brian then invited those who purchased luncheon tickets to enjoy their lunch while networking with the others in the room. The attendees were able to enjoy an abundant amount of great food provided by a caterer provided by Galpin Motors. To say that everyone enjoyed their meal is an understatement.
During the luncheon, attendees had the opportunity to survey the raffle prizes that were available to raise money for WSATI funds that assist in putting on future seminars, as well as supporting events such as the San Diego and Orange County ATAC Vehicle Theft Recovery Officer of the Year programs. Following the luncheon, the raffle was then conducted by Mick O'Neill, Jeff Enfield, Mike Stefanoff, and Gary Novelich.
There were some new faces that came to the meeting, as well as several "old" members who had not been to the meetings in some time. Thank you all for your attendance.
The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be on May 19, 2016 in Long Beach.