Recipients of the Billy Osborn Memorial Award have been Marianne Finney Dan Ryan Myron Smith Emile Maassen Gene Meregillano George Sentman Jerry Park Joan Pitts Gary Labb Fritz Grimsley Terry Cramer Carol VanNatter Lou Koven Bill Lovold Dennis Frias Bud Hood Martha Jones Geraldine Ward Rick Greenwood Michael Bender
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BILLY OSBORN AWARD RECIPIENTS

MICHAEL BENDER - 2012
L-R: Recipient Mike Bender and Southern Chapter President Rob Manning

During the 2013 WSATI Training Seminar Banquet in San Diego on May 23, 2013, WSATI Southern Chapter 2009 Past President Jim Williams, accompanied by 2009 Billy Osborn Memorial Award recipients Martha Jones-Joseph and Geraldine Ward, gave a background of the award and then announced the Southern Chapter's 2012 Billy Osborn Memorial Award recipient to be Michael Bender, currently ICW Group Insurance Companies SIU Director.  Michael came up to the podium with a big smile on his face and accepted the award.  Michael was asked to speak and said "Thanks,"  Michael has been involved with WSATI for many years, instructing at almost all Southern Chapter Training Seminars and many meetings, even when he was living out of the area.

L-R: 2009 Recipients Martha Jones-Joseph and Geraldine Ward, and WSATI 2009 Past President Jim Williams making the announcement
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RICK GREENWOOD - 2010
L-R: WSATI Southern President Dave Petrelli presenting the Billy Osborn Memorial Award to Rick Greenwood L-R: WSATI Southern President Dave Petrelli presenting the Billy Osborn Memorial Award to Rick Greenwood

During the September WSATI Training Meeting / Luncheon on September 15th, 2011, WSATI Southern Chapter 2011 President Dave Petrelli was at the podium to present the Southern Chapter's Billy Osborn Memorial Award.  Dave gave a background of the award and then invited a shocked Rick Greenwood, Riverside Police Department (Retired) to the podium.  Dave then presented the award to Rick.  Dave spoke of Rick's involvement as a WSATI officer and 2009 Past President, his leadership during the WSATI Training Seminars hosted by the Southern Chapter, his involvement as an IAATI Western Regional Chapter officer and 2009 Past President, his involvement in IAATI and being the current 2011-2012 3rd Vice President.  Rick said he never expected to be awarded the Award and wanted to let WSATI know how much it meant to him to receive the Billy Osborn Memorial Award.

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MARTHA JONES - 2009 / GERALDINE WARD - 2009

During the 2010 WSATI Training Seminar Awards Presentations on May 27th, 2010, WSATI Southern Chapter 2009 Past President Jim Williams was called to the podium to present the Southern Chapter's Billy Osborn Memorial Award.  Jim gave a background of the award and then invited Keith Levin, AAA Southern California SIU Team Manager, and Dan Brogdon, AAA Southern California SIU Manager to the podium.  Jim then announced that the 2009 Billy Osborn Memorial Award was being presented to AAA Southern California SIU members Martha Jones and Geraldine 'Geri' Ward, who were both surprised as their names were called.  Both Keith and Dan spoke about all that Martha and Geri do for not only WSATI, but also for the AAA Southern California SIU.  For those of you who have been involved in the past three Seminars hosted by the Southern Chapter and all the Orange County and San Diego County ATAC Awards Presentations since 2004, you know why they are so deserving of this award.
 

L-R: Dan Brogdon, Dave Petrelli, Keith Levin, Billy Osborn Award Recipients Martha Jones and Geri Ward, Jim Williams AAA Southern California SIU Team Manager Keith Levin AAA Southern California SIU Manager Dan Brogdon

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BUD HOOD - 2008
The Billy Osborn Memorial Award

At the September 17th, 2009 meeting of the WSATI Southern Chapter, Past President and 1993 Billy Osborn Award recipient Marianne Finney (State Farm Insurance SIU Manager - Retired) came up to the podium to make the Billy Osborn Memorial Award presentation for 2008.  Marianne spoke of the background of the award and her contacts with Billy.  Marianne then announced the 2008 recipient of the award to be Bud Hood, Orange County Sheriff's Department / OCATT (retired).  The very surprised Bud, who had been preparing lunch for the attendees, came up and spoke about how honored he was to receive the Award.  He also told the attendees that they should be actively involved in WSATI and especially in the upcoming Seminar in San Diego in 2010. 

Bud was recognized for his many years as an Investigator assigned to OCATT, and his many contributions to the WSATI Southern Chapter.  Bud is a past president and has been involved in the behind the scenes work for many of the Southern Chapter hosted seminars as well as the 2003 IAATI Seminar.  Bud was the driving force of the very successful 2007 WSATI Training Seminar in San Diego.

All past living recipients of the Billy Osborn Memorial Award were asked by 2009 WSATI Southern Chapter President Jim Williams to attend the presentation.  Those who were able to attend were asked to join Bud at the front of the room for a photo.  The prior recipients who attended were (left to right) Bill Lovold, Gary Labb, Terry Cramer, Bud Hood, Marianne Finney, Dan Ryan, and Dennis Frias. 

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DENNIS FRIAS - 2007
2007 Billy Osborn Award Recipient Dennis Frias The Billy Osborn Memorial Award 2007 Billy Osborn Award Recipient Dennis Frias and WSATI Southern Chapter President Rick Greenwood

Dennis Frias was unable to attend the July 17th, 2008 meeting of the WSATI Southern Chapter.  Rather than making the presentation without Dennis being present, it was decided to present the Billy Osborn Memorial Award to Dennis at the August 7th, 2008 Orange County Auto Theft Investigators Association Meeting as Dennis was making a presentation there.  2008 WSATI Southern Chapter President Rick Greenwood (Riverside Police) came up to the podium to make the Billy Osborn Memorial Award presentation for 2007.  Rick spoke of the background of the award.  Rick then announced the 2007 recipient of the award to be a very surprised Dennis Frias, California Highway Patrol FEAR Team.   Dennis came up and spoke about how honored he was because he had had the opportunity to work with Billy Osborn.

Dennis was recognized for his many years as an Investigator assigned to the CHP Southern ISU, CHP FEAR, and then promoting and returning to supervise FEAR.  Rick noted Dennis' many contributions to the WSATI Southern Chapter, stating that Dennis was a Past President of WSATI Southern Chapter (1997) and has been involved in the behind the scenes work for many of the Southern Chapter hosted Training Seminars.  Dennis, along with Mark Stowell, has been the co-chairman of the training committee that continues to provide some of the best training available at WSATI Training Seminars.

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BILL LOVOLD - 2004
2004 Billy Osborn Award recipient Bill Lovold with 1993 recipient Marianne Finney The Billy Osborn Memorial Award 2004 Billy Osborn Award recipient Bill Lovold

At the March 17th, 2005 meeting of the WSATI Southern Chapter, Past President and 1999 Billy Osborn Award recipient Gary Labb (Santa Ana Police / OCATT) came up to the podium to make the Billy Osborn Memorial Award presentation for 2004.  Gary spoke of the background of the award and his contacts with Billy.  Gary then announced the 2004 recipient of the award to be Bill Lovold, Los Angeles Police Department BAD-CATS (retired) and currently with the AAA Southern California Special Investigations Unit.  Bill came up and spoke about how honored he was because he had had the opportunity to work with Billy Osborn.

Bill was recognized for his many years as a Detective assigned to BAD-CATS, his years of working with insurance company special investigation units, and his many contributions to the WSATI Southern Chapter.  Bill is a past president and has been involved in the behind the scenes work for many of the Southern Chapter hosted seminars as well as the recent IAATI Seminar.  Bill has been the driving force behind the golf tournaments that keep coming up at seminars.

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LOU KOVEN - 2003
WSATI Southern Chapter President Phil Macklin presenting the award to Lou Koven The Billy Osborn Memorial Award WSATI Southern Chapter President Phil Macklin with Billy Osborn Award recipient Lou Koven

At the January 15th, 2004 meeting of the WSATI Southern Chapter, Lou Koven, Los Angeles Police Department BAD-CATS, was presented with the Billy Osborn Memorial Award for the year 2003 by one of Billy's sons, Tom Osborn.  Unfortunately, Lou had been subpoenaed to testify in court, and could not attend the award presentation.

Tom spoke of conversations with Billy about his involvement in WSATI and his contacts with law enforcement.  Tom, like Billy, works for State Farm Insurance.

The award was accepted on Lou's behalf by his long time partner Bill Lovold.  The formal presentation of the award took place at the next WSATI meeting Lou could attend.

Lou was recognized for his many years as a Detective assigned to BAD-CATS, as well as his many contributions to the WSATI Southern Chapter.  Lou is a past president and has been involved in the behind the scenes work for many of the Southern Chapter hosted seminars as well as the recent IAATI Seminar.  Lou was further recognized for the two years (plus) that he put in to obtain the bid for the 51st IAATI Training Seminar, and then co-chairing the actual Seminar in Los Angeles in August 2003. 

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CAROL VANNATTER - 2002
Terry Cramer speaking about award recipient Carol VanNatter The Billy Osborn Memorial Award Terry Cramer presenting the Billy Osborn Memorial Award to Carol VanNatter

At the January 16th, 2003 meeting of the WSATI Southern Chapter, Carol VanNatter, Auto Club of Southern California SIU, was presented with the Billy Osborn Memorial Award for the year 2002 by 2001 Billy Osborn Memorial Award recipient and WSATI Southern Chapter Past President Terry Cramer.

Carol thanked everyone and said she was speechless.  Once that phase passed, she was humbled by the award because she had the opportunity to have known Billy.

Carol was recognized for her many years (less than the 75 attributed to her by Terry) as a SIU investigator for the Auto Club of Southern California, as well as her many contributions to the WSATI Southern Chapter.  Carol is a past president and has been involved in the behind the scenes work for many of the Southern Chapter hosted seminars as well as most of the recent IAATI Seminars.  Carol was declared the "brick" of WSATI several years ago as she was part of the foundation that the Southern Chapter was built upon. 

Many of us were surprised that Carol had not previously received this award.  Then we thought about how she was always on the award committee talking about the contributions of others and nominating other members.  Carol was surprised by the award as she believed no one had been nominated for the award this year.  It was a difficult secret to keep.

You can read more about Carol by clicking here.

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TERRY CRAMER - 2001
Carol VanNatter presenting Terry with the Billy Osborn Award The Billy Osborn Memorial Award
At the January 17th, 2002 meeting of the WSATI Southern Chapter, Orange County Sheriff's Department Investigator Terry Cramer was presented with the Billy Osborn Memorial Award for the year 2001 by Carol VanNatter, AAA Southern California SIU and WSATI Southern Chapter Past President.

Terry thanked everyone and said he was especially pleased to accept the award because he was lucky enough to have known Billy.

Terry was recognized for his many years as a vehicle theft investigator for the Orange County Sheriff's Department, as well as his contributions to the WSATI Southern Chapter.  Terry is a past president and has been involved in the behind the scenes work for many of the Southern Chapter hosted seminars.

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FRITZ GRIMSLEY - 2000
Marianne Finney presenting Fritz Grimsley with the Billy Osborn Memorial Award Fritz Grimsley thanking the audience, ''boys, you're going to make me cry.''
At the January 18th, 2001 meeting of the WSATI Southern Chapter, State Farm Insurance SIU Manager and first Billy Osborn Memorial Award recipient Marianne Finney presented CHP / OCATT Sergeant Fritz Grimsley with the Billy Osborn Memorial Award for the year 2000.

Fritz thanked everyone and quickly exited the podium, stating "boys, you're going to make me cry."

Fritz was recognized for his many years as a vehicle theft investigator for the California Highway Patrol and the Orange County Auto Theft Task Force, as well as his contributions to the WSATI Southern Chapter. 

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GARY LABB - 1999
Marianne Finney presenting the Billy Osborn Memorial Award to Gary Labb The Billy Osborn Memorial Award
At the January 20th, 2000 meeting of the WSATI Southern Chapter, State Farm Insurance SIU Manager and first Billy Osborn Memorial Award recipient Marianne Finneypresented Santa Ana Police Investigator Gary Labb with the Billy Osborn Memorial Award for 1999.

When Gary accepted the award, he reflected back to knowing Billy and just how much Billy did for law enforcement and WSATI.  Gary was humbled by being presented the award, stating he was both surprised, but quite happy to accept an award honoring someone like Billy.  Gary was recognized for his many years as a vehicle theft investigator at the Santa Ana Police Department and the Orange County Auto Theft Task Force, as well as his contributions to the WSATI Southern Chapter.  Gary was further recognized for putting WSATI out to the world by way of the World Wide Web with the WSATI website at www.wsati.org that Gary created less than a year ago.  Gary has also come up through the WSATI ranks, from being a committee member at WSATI training seminars, to being the Year 2000 President of the WSATI Southern Chapter.

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MARIANNE FINNEY - 1993
Southern Chapter President Rick Greenwood presenting Marianne Finney with a replacement award The Billy Osborn Memorial Award
At the November 20th, 2008 meeting of the WSATI Southern Chapter, State Farm Insurance SIU Manager (retired) Marianne Finney was presented with a duplicate of the Billy Osborn Memorial Award for 1993 by 2008 WSATI Southern Chapter President Rick Greenwood.  Marianne was the first person ever recognized for the award and kept it dear in her heart because she had worked with Billy for many years.

During the 2007 fire storms in San Diego County, Marianne's residence was totally destroyed by fire, also consuming her original Billy Osborn Memorial Award.  The WSATI Southern Chapter Officers decided to have a duplicate award made to be presented to Marianne when she was finally able to once again attend a Chapter Meeting.  Marianne has just completed moving into her newly restored home and was able to attend the November meeting.

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