TRAINING MEETING / LUNCHEON
September 18, 2014 - Toyota USA Automobile Museum -
2014 WSATI Southern Chapter President Tim Jackson (AAA Insurance SIU) welcomed everyone to the meeting and to the newest WSATI venue, the Toyota USA Automobile Museum in Torrance. Tim then asked Past President Dave Petrelli (Workmen's Auto Insurance SIU) to lead the attendees in the pledge of allegiance.
Tim then introduced the other Southern Chapter Officers who were in attendance:
Vice President Aristeed
Powell (DMV Investigations - Orange)
Legal Counsel Richard Knapp (Knapp & Spurlock, LLP) could not attend the meeting.
Tim then spoke about the 2014 WSATI Training Seminar, hosted by the WSATI Central Chapter, that will be taking place on October 5-8, 2014, in South Lake Tahoe, NV. The most updated information regarding the Seminar can be located on the WSATI website.
Tim thanked Toyota for opening up the Museum for the meeting and for providing the rolls, donuts, coffee, and juice for the early arrivers. Due to the traffic, Tim said that prior to jumping into the panel discussion, he'd give a few more minutes to allow the late arrivers to check in.
Tim introduced Arlene Herrero, Director of Product Development for the Los Angeles City Employees Association. Arlene explained that LACEA is the parent company of the City Employees Club of Los Angeles. The Club is a unique membership concept that strives to connect city, county and state employees (current or retired) by building a community-oriented network of information, discounted products and services. Arlene gave a brief update on what discounts were available to members of the Club. Several of our attendees purchased membership in the Club after her presentation.
Tim introduced James McCarthy, National Manager for Compliance with Toyota Financial Services, with responsibilities for the Anti-Money laundering, OFAC Sanctions, Privacy, Regulatory Training and Fraud programs. Mr. McCarthy made a presentation of an award from Toyota, only the 6th Award given by Toyota nationwide. The award recognizes an individual for their support to Toyota Financial Services in fighting fraud. Mr. McCarthy called up DMV Investigator Armando Rodriguez and presented him with the award.
Tim then introduced the panel of guest speakers:
Eileen Mejia - Toyota
Unfortunately, Eric Chase from CarMax had to make a last minute court appearance and could not participate.
Each spoke about what there agencies were doing to combat fraud. It appeared the one topic running throughout each speaker's dialogue was how networking with other financial institutions and law enforcement was helping to reduce the fraud losses.
The panel then took questions from the audience.
Following the presentation, Tim asked everyone in attendance to introduce themselves to the other attendees and share any information or important cases.
Tim then announced that the luncheon was ready to be served.
A catered luncheon was then provided to the attendees who stayed to have lunch. I don't think anyone had any complaints about the luncheon that was served at this meeting. All I heard were compliments about it being the best luncheon (outside of Lucille's) that people could recall. Hats off to Magic Johnson Catering.
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.
Due to Past President Rob Manning (LASD / TRAP) being at the meeting, the WSATIWear collection of work shirts, T-shirts, and hats were available for purchase at the meeting. The most current WSATI Southern Chapter T-shirts, hats, and work shirts are available from WSATIWear. For inquiries regarding WSATIWear, please contact Past President Rob Manning.
Tim announced that the next meeting would be held in Tustin. Details will be forthcoming and will require RSVPs for the catered luncheon.
Tim then introduced WSATI Southern Chapter Past Presidents who were in attendance:
Ted Saraf (1992), Dennis Frias (1997) Gary Labb (2000), Bill Lovold (2001), Dave Petrelli (2011), and Rob Manning (2013).
The raffle was then conducted by Mick O'Neill, Jeff Enfield, and Victor Valdez (among others). Besides the usual prizes from WSATI, there were some great door prizes donated by Toyota and the City Employees Club of Los Angeles.
Following the raffle, the meeting was adjourned by Tim Jackson. Toyota / Lexus Financial Services Fraud Administrator Tony Ko then invited the attendees to enter into the Toyota USA Automobile Museum and to look at the exhibits.
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.