WESTERN STATES AUTO THEFT INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION
NORTHERN CHAPTER
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The 43rd Annual WSATI Training Seminar took place in Lake Tahoe in October 2015 hosted by the Northern Chapter of WSATI.
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THE AL WEATHERMAN AWARD
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2017 WSATI CHAPTER OFFICERS
Position / Name / Click for Email AGENCY TELEPHONE
President Dennis Gallagher Farmers Insurance  (916) 214-6357
Vice President Michael Beauregard California Highway Patrol (916) 501-2115
Treasurer Tom Cantrell San Joaquin District Attorney (209) 603-7777
Secretary Sonja Scheidt Federated Insurance (916) 631-1896
Sergeant-At-Arms Pat Naves California Highway Patrol (916) 871-5213
Director Sumair Sandhu McDowell, Shaw, & Garcia Law (925) 895-5733
Director Mary Simone Blue Shield of California (916) 215-0110
Director Paul Kennedy NICB (916) 202-3519
Director Jack Coghlan Travelers Insurance (916) 261-5642
Director David Bear Farmers Insurance (209) 366-4449
Director Robert Midzuno Nationwide Insurance (415) 290-6114
Director / Past President Blake Schnabel California Highway Patrol (916) 843-3477

The Gary Gray Auto Theft Achievement Award

-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Hutchison <khutchison@nicb.org>
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 3:38 PM
Subject: 2017 Gary Gray Award

To all, please forward to your organizations.  Thanks Ken

May 22, 2017

To all WSATI Chapters

It is that time of year again. I am requesting nominations for this year’s annual Gary Gray Auto Theft Achievement Award to be presented at this year’s conference in South Lake Tahoe, NV.  Conference will be held at the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa,  55 Highway 50 Lake Tahoe, NV 89449, October 1 through 4, 2017.  I request that all nominations with a brief synopsis of the candidate be emailed or snail mailed to me by August 15, 2017.  The WSATI Northern Chapter board of directors and NICB West Region Directors will select the recipient from the nominations received. 

In 2003 NICB teamed up with the Northern Chapter of WSATI to give the first annual NICB/WSATI special achievement award for outstanding achievements in the war on Auto Theft by an individual or a team, either Law Enforcement or Insurance.   The award was renamed the Gary Gray Auto Theft Achievement Award in 2004 in a memorial to Gary. 

NICB through West Region Directors of Operation Ralph Lumpkin and Robert Jones will obtain a plaque. The plaque will be awarded to the recipient at the annual WSATI conference.  The award will be presented by NICB West Region Directors or their designee.  Any member or team in any of the WSATI Chapters would be eligible.

Gary was one of 4 or 5 investigators from around the San Francisco Bay area that had a meeting in 1970 to discuss auto theft problems in the area and 2 years later WSATI Northern Chapter was formed.  He was a real pioneer in WSATI. Over the several years that Gary was a member of WSATI he served in every office and was the current Past President when he passed away in 2003.  He was also a dedicated member of NICB for over 10 years.

Thank You, Ken Hutchison 
WSATI Northern Chapter Past President

Any comments or suggestions can be sent to khutchison@nicb.org

Mailing address:
Ken Hutchison
NICB
P.O. Box 2380
Elk Grove, CA 95624 

For more on the award, please click here

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The Al Weatherman Award

-----Original Message-----
From: Northern WSATI <northern.wsati@gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 6:24 PM
Subject: 2016 Al Weatherman Award Recipient

We are seeking for any nominations for the Al Weatherman Award. This nomination can be for either a law enforcement officer or an insurance investigator who is a member in good standing of the Western States Auto Theft Investigators Northern Chapter.  The award will be presented at this year's conference in San Diego, CA.  Additional information is attached.  Please submit any nomination in writing via email to Dennis Gallagher at dgallagher.wsati@gmail.com by September 23, 2016.   The WSATI Northern Chapter Board of Directors will select the recipient from the nominations received. 

The nominees should exhibit those characteristics of enthusiasm, tenaciousness, patience, and organization portrayed by Al Weatherman.  Any questions contact northern.wsati@gmail.com.

Additionally, the background of the award, as well as the past years' recipients’ list of the Al Weatherman Award, is listed on the WSATI website for your viewing (click here). 

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NORTHERN CHAPTER NEWS

-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis Gallagher
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2017 7:30 PM
Subject: Photo for website

Good morning Gary.  Could you please post the attached photo to Northern?   Dennis Gallagher and Mike Beauregard representing the association at the Anti-Fraud Alliance Conference in Monterey, April 12, 2017

thanks!


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-----Original Message-----
From: Blake Schnabel
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 2:57 PM
Subject: Past President Recognition

Hi Gary, 

Attached is a photo from our last WSATI Northern Chapter Meeting on January 16th.

Pictured is Jay Bobrowsky receiving a plaque recognizing his service as the Northern Chapter President the past year.  Pictured shaking Jay's hand is Blake Schnabel, the newly elected 2014-2015 Northern Chapter President.  Also pictured is the newly elected Vice President, Jeff Howard.

Thanks, 
Inv. Blake Schnabel
California Highway Patrol
Valley Division - ISU
DOI-Auto Fraud Task Force
(916) 731-6384


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-----Original Message-----
From: Hutchison, Ken D.
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2013 8:44 AM
Subject: Ken Piva Retirement

Attached is a photo taken at the retirement luncheon for Agent Ken Piva on August 1, 2013.

Left to right in group photo: Ken Hutchison, Greg Chinn, Steve D’Annuzio, John Pearce, Mike Miller from LoJack (retired NICB agent and Ken Piva took his place) Roger Hogan, Dave Roccaforte, Don Farnham and the retiree Ken Piva.

Thank You

Ken Hutchison
Supervisory Special Agent
NICB
Phone 916 685 2971
Fax     847 544 7666
Cell    916 275 1459

L-R: Ken Hutchison, Greg Chinn, Steve D’Annuzio, John Pearce, Mike Miller, Roger Hogan, Dave Roccaforte, Don Farnham, Ken Piva
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P.O. Box 189063  Sacramento, CA  95818


NEXT MEETING
Thursday, February 9, 2017
LOCATION: Cattlemen’s Restaurant
250 Dorset Court
Dixon, CA 95620
(707) 678-5518
REGISTRATION: Lunch and Training is $20.00 - Pay at the Door
AGENDA: Past Presidents' Meeting & Board Elections

We are pleased to announce that Sonoma County Auto Theft Task Force will provide members with an update. 

Networking & Member Registration 
Business Meeting 
Lunch / Training
Raffle
10:30 am to 11:00 am
11:00 am to 11:30 am 
11:30 am to 12:15 pm
12:15 pm to 12:30 pm 
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: We ask that all in attendance be prepared to share what local or
regional trends regarding vehicle thefts and/or insurance frauds you have been experiencing lately. This information will be shared amongst the members in attendance and will assist others in what to look for in future investigations.
RSVP: RSVP'S must be received by February 2, 2017 with your meal choice
Please RSVP by e-mail northern.wsati@gmail.com
FOOD CHOICE: Top Sirloin Steak, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Lemon Herb Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken, Porcini Mushroom Ravioli with Marinara. Includes Mashed Baby Red Potatoes, Sourdough Bread, Salad, and Ranch Beans, Soft Drinks, Coffee or Tea.

Refer to the Dave Prescott page on the WSATI website.  His loss is felt by all.

If you have questions or want additional information regarding the Northern Chapter of WSATI or any other WSATI chapter, or if you want details about upcoming meeting or conferences visit our web site www.wsati.org. or email us at northern.wsati@gmail.com.

***** REMINDER *****

**WSATI Northern Chapter 2017 membership fees of $20.00 are due for this year**  If you would like to download a copy of the form in Word format, click here

Directions:
From the Bay Area (80/680): I-80 East towards Sacramento. Take Exit 66 for CA-113 South / Dixon Currey Rd. Turn. Right onto Dorset Dr. Follow to Cattlemen’s.

From Sacramento: I-80 West towards Fairfield. Take Exit 66A for CA-113 South / Dixon Currey Rd. Continue straight toward CA-113 / N 1st St over the freeway. Turn Right onto Dorset Dr. Follow to Cattlemen’s.


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12/07/16 TRAINING DAY

On December 7, 2016, Detective Kraig Palmer from the San Diego Regional Auto Theft Task Force, presented the current trend of Jeep Wrangler Thefts and Thefts by Factory Key recoding operations to local insurance industry SIU personnel and law enforcement.  The presentation was conducted at the Alameda County - Office of Emergency Services in Dublin, CA.  Additional topics included: Investigating organized criminal organizations involved in auto theft and other illegal operations; Investigating organized criminal enterprises based in other countries but operating in the United States; Federal charges vs. State charges; Working with federal prosecutors and case presentations; Motorcycle thefts and current trends; Surveillance techniques and proactive investigations using analytics.  The presentation was informative, entertaining and very well received by all who attended.

* Images blurred at request of speaker

   

Paul Kennedy
Board Member
WSATI Northern Chapter
pkennedy.wsati@gmail.com

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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Date:   July 1, 2016

To:  All WSATI Chapter Members,

We are requesting nominations for this year’s Annual Distinguished Service Award to be presented at this year’s conference in San Diego, California, October 19, 2016.  All nominations must be submitted with a brief synopsis detailing why your nominated candidate should be chosen for this award.  Please e-mail Dennis Gallagher by August 1, 2016 with your nominations.  The WSATI Northern Chapter Board of Directors will select the recipient from the nominations received. 

Background:  In 2009, the Northern Chapter presented the First Annual Distinguished Service Award for outstanding achievements in the war on auto theft by an individual or a team in either Law Enforcement or Insurance Fraud Investigations.  The award is in honor of those individuals who have left us far too soon and who have made an indelible mark on our lives and molded how we go about our day to day business of fighting fraud and theft.  Some of these individuals are memorialized by individual awards given in their names.  This award is meant to celebrate and remember them all. 

This award is funded by the WSATI Northern Chapter and is marked by the awarding of a commemorative plaque or equivalent at each annual training conference.  To view the past recipients of this award, please go to www.wsati.org and search the Northern Chapter for their awards.

Thank you, 

Sonja Scheidt
WSATI Northern Chapter Secretary

All nominations should be e-mailed to Dennis Gallagher at: dgallagher.wsati@gmail.com

For additional information on the Distinguished Service Award, please click here.

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