As 2013 draws to a close, I can’t help but to reflect on the many successes PICA has had this year. When it comes to real educational meetings, I think PICA is distinctly different and special.
The district educational meetings included guest speakers that discussed: audio/video forensics, elder abuse, computer forensics, locksmith techniques, immigration law, the small claims court process, investigator-attorney relationships, human trafficking, Open Source Intelligence Techniques…and more.
I was thoroughly impressed with the district meetings that I have attended, and I walked away having learned something new at each one. Many times, I was able to implement what I had just learned in current cases. It reminded me of how important it is to attend district meetings, not only to network with fellow colleagues, but to also listen to other professionals in, or related to, our industry.
The new PICA website is a success. Members of the legal community have commented on how impressed they are by how professional the PICA website looks. The member’s only area of the PICA website is a great resource with additional information being added regularly.
Our sponsors have really stepped up this year; both with providing top-notch intuitive products, and supporting PICA. PICA will continue to build relationships with industry companies to bring exposure of the very best products to our members.
A special ‘thank you’ to the District Ambassadors, Committee Members, District Directors, and PICA Board Members that made 2013 a positive year (and a great annual conference). Without our members helping in these positions, PICA would not be possible.
The recent conference in Thousand Oaks was one of the best conferences that I have ever attended. The guest speakers were fantastic and the venue was perfect. Our Executive Director, Ann Marie Batesole, did a great job of leading the efforts for that event! I had the pleasure of meeting many of you at the conference and, along with calls to members that I have made, I have received invaluable feedback, with respect to the association that you want PICA to be.
As the 2014 PICA President, I will continue to promote and support meaningful educational district meetings, member benefits, business opportunities, professional networking, and a successful annual conference.
If you are interested in being a PICA Committee Member, District Ambassador, or District Director, please contact me; I would personally like to speak with you. 2014 will, without a doubt, be a fun and productive year! Here’s to 2014!
With Best Regards,
Jose L. Newman
2014 President-Elect Professional Investigators of California
Gary Brummond is a licensed Private Investigator, Registered Process Server, Credit Expert, who coaches individuals on how to obtain a better credit score. Mr. Brummond has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Management from Cal Poly-Pomona.
Corey Friedman, a Forensic Locksmith, is also a licensed California Private Investigator, Registered Process Server, Bail Agent, Bounty Hunter, a TV Consultant, and college instructor, with over 27 years of experience in the investigative industry.
Gretchen Lichtenberger has a Bachelor’s Degree from University of California Santa Barbara and an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Ventura College. She is a Registered Process Server, Certified Paralegal and Judgment Recovery Expert.
Don Ray, veteran multimedia investigative journalist, producer and author, has written or produced for NBC, CBS, PBS and Disney. He has written six books that relate to background investigations, public records, document interpretations and privacy issues.
Michele Stuart, Licensed Private Investigator with over twenty years of investigative experience, is also an Adjunct Professor with University of Virginia and an Instructor at Quantico for multi country training programs.
Rob Dick is a Licensed Private Investigator, Locksmith, Notary, Bail Enforcement Agent and instructor, Bail Recovery Agent and instructor and firearms training instructor. He has over 25 years of investigative experience.
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