May 20th-24th, 2013
Beginning on Monday afternoon, WSATI Southern Chapter 2007 Past President Bud Hood began selling, with the assistance of several people, the new WSATIWear featuring the new WSATI Southern Chapter logo.
WSATI Southern Chapter 2008 Past President Rick Greenwood began selling baseball game tickets for Wednesday night's San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals game.
After registration, most of Monday evening saw participants renewing old acquaintances and meeting new contacts, in other words, networking and intelligence gathering. Mike Elenitsky and Heather Roberts presided over the information gathering.
On Thursday night there was the annual banquet, awards presentation, and raffle. WSATI 2013 Southern Chapter President Rob Manning welcomed everyone to the banquet and was the master of ceremonies for the event. Rob apologized for missing the first three days of the seminar due to personal matters. Rob thanked WSATI 2013 Southern Chapter Vice President Tim Jackson for filling in for him while he was unavailable. Rob explained that the banquet would be broken up into three sections, the buffet, the Awards Presentations, and then the raffle. Rob thanked those who had been involved in putting on the Training Seminar.
Rob introduced the Southern Chapter Past Presidents in attendance; Ted Saraf (1992), Dennis Frias (1997), Gary Labb (2000), Bill Lovold (2001), Lou Koven (2002), Jim Williams (2009), and John Bartolone (2010).
Rob Manning then announced that dinner was served. The attendees found plenty of great food at the two buffet tables and the numerous dessert tables. Many were seen going for the dessert while waiting in line for the buffet...
Arizona Auto Theft Authority Lieutenant J.D. Hough spoke about the upcoming AATIA / AATA Training Seminar taking place on September 9-12, 2013 in Laughlin, NV.
Rob started the Awards Presentations by inviting WSATI 2013 Northern Chapter President Jay Bobrowsky and NICB Senior Special Agent Ken Hutchison to the podium to make the presentation of the Gary Gray Auto Theft Achievement Award. Ken read the award nomination and then announced the recipient to be California Highway Patrol (CHP) Investigator Robert Padilla, Investigator with Santa Cruz Auto Theft Reduction and Enforcement (SCARE). Robert was unable to attend the ceremony due to K-9 training. Co-worker CHP Sergeant Chandler Stewart accepted the award from NICB Supervisory Special Agent Ken Hutchison.
Following the awards, the raffle was presided over by WSATI Southern Chapter President Rob Manning and WSATI Southern Chapter Vice President Tim Jackson. Both were responsible for obtaining, one way or another, most of the door prizes that had been displayed all week. As many of the attendees commented, "a lot of great prizes." Great job Rob and Tim.
The raffle began with two special raffles.
Dennis Frias, representing vendor PlateNet, pulled the business card for a Lenovo tablet.
There were numerous door prizes handed out. Rob and Tim were assisted by runners Mick O'Neill, Aristeed Powell, Vic Valdez, and Brian Yori. There were lots of great door prizes including a Surface, an iPad, two big screen LCD TVs, a balloon trip, gift cards, and many more door prizes, too many to mention. It appears that those that bought the most raffle tickets did the best, except for a few who came up empty handed.
2013 TRAINING SEMINAR COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Also assisting was Rick Greenwood's wife, Judy Greenwood