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JULY 18, 2019


2019 WSATI Southern Chapter President Mick O'Neill (Hagerty Insurance SIU) welcomed everyone to the meeting at the newest WSATI venue, the El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant in El Monte.  Mick thanked everyone for making it to the meeting in all the traffic.

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 (562) 570-5035
Secretary: Melissa Somers Crime Prevention Program of SoCal (562) 860-9006
Treasurer: Joe Starbird Long Beach Police (310) 345-6465
Sergeant-At-Arms: Jesse Bravo Irwindale PD / TRAP (626) 423-2469
Associate Director: Luis Alvarez Viper Group (949) 241-7243
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
Associate Director: Richard Spallinger National Insurance Crime Bureau (520) 940-8831
2018 Past President: Jeff Enfield LASD / TRAP
(626) 572-5623
Legal Counsel: Richard O. Knapp Knapp & Spurlock, LLP (714) 434-9600

Mick introduced the other 2019 WSATI Southern Chapter Officers who were in attendance:

Vice President Johnny Miyasaki (Long Beach Police)
Secretary Melissa Somers (CPP of SoCal)
Treasurer Joe Starbird (Long Beach Police)
Sergeant-At-Arms Jesse Bravo (Irwindale PD / TRAP)
Associate Director Melissa Castaneda (Automotive Collision Consultants)
Associate Director Jess Corral (
National Insurance Crime Bureau)
Associate Director Rob Midzuno (Nationwide Insurance SIU)
Associate Director Michael Octave (LASD / TRAP)
Associate Director Richard Spallinger (NICB)

Associate Director Luis Alvarez (Viper Group), Associate Director George Molina (LAPD / TRAP), Associate Director Alan Skobin (LASD / TRAP), Legal Counsel Richard Knapp (Knapp & Spurlock, LLP), and 2018 Past President Jeff Enfield (LASD / TRAP) could not make it to the meeting.

WSATI Southern Chapter Past Presidents who were in attendance:

Ted Saraf (1992), Dennis Frias (1997), and Gary Labb (2000).

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Mick then introduced the Guest Speakers, California Department of Insurance Detective Sergeant Rick Edmonson, currently assigned to the L.A. AIFTF and California Department of Insurance Technician Natalie Chandler, currently assigned to the Complaince section in Sacramento  Rick made a presentation on "Updated SFC / FD1 Information and the newly re-formed Los Angeles County Automobile Insurance Fraud Task Force."  Natalie gave a presentation on "compliance requirements."

Following Rick and Natalie's presentation, Mick opened up the Roundtable Discussion.  Webmaster Gary Labb (Santa Ana Police / OCATT [retired]) advised the attendees of the encrypted online networking roster and gave the attendees the password to allow them access to the roster.

Mick O'Neill spoke about the 2019 WSATI Training Seminar, hosted by the Southern Chapter, which will take place October 13-17, 2018, at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley.  The preliminary information is posted on the WSATI website.  WSATI Southern Chapter is seeking manpower assistance and sponsorship support.  Online registration is available on the website.

Mick then invited those who purchased luncheon tickets to enjoy their lunch while networking with the others in the room.  A buffet style lunch was provided by the El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant.

Following the luncheon, the raffle was conducted by Mick O'Neill, with the help of Melissa SomersRob Midzuno, Johnny Miyasaki, and Jesse Bravo.  The raffle helps 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.  

There were several 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.

Mick announced that due to the seminar in October, there would not be a Training Meeting / Luncheon held in September.  He said the next meeting / luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at a venue to be determined.  

The meeting was adjourned.


The Training Meetings / Luncheons begin at 10 a.m. and go until about 1 p.m. Lunch is served about 11:30 a.m.  We would recommend coming about 9:30 a.m. to meet your peers and share coffee or tea. 
The cost is:
Training Meeting / Luncheon   $25.00 Training Meeting / No Luncheon  $10.00
(includes one raffle ticket) (morning coffee/tea included)


Due to the training seminar in October, the next WSATI Southern Chapter Training Meeting / Luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019 10:00 am at a location to be determined.  Please check back here in September for the location information.

The Guest Speaker for the November 21, 2019 Meeting has yet to be confirmed.  Please check back here in September for the Speaker information.

RSVPs will be necessary for this meeting's luncheon portion of the meeting. Only RSVP if you will be attending the luncheon portion of this meeting.  Please RSVP via rsvp@wsati.org by Thursday, November 14, 2019, noon (12:00 pm).   The WSATI Southern Chapter Officers are also seeking your thoughts about future training at the meetings.  Please include your ideas of what you'd like to see when you make your RSVP for this meeting.
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