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The next WSATI Southern Chapter Training Meeting / Luncheon will be on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Van Nuys...RSVPs are required for this meeting...
Schedule of Training Meetings / Luncheons
for Calendar Year 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Cerritos Thursday, July 19, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018 Van Nuys Thursday, September 20, 2018
Thursday, May 17, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018
Logo  2007 - 2014 WSATI Southern ChapterThe Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI) Association, Southern Chapter, meets on the third Thursday of each odd month at 10:00 a.m. at various locations throughout Southern California.  The Southern Chapter is a non-profit organization that is comprised of professionals representing law enforcement, rental car and insurance companies, and other individuals whose goal is to reduce vehicle theft. 

The meetings are for auto theft investigators, insurance company special investigation agents, vehicle leasing loss prevention agents, and other individuals involved in the investigation, recovery and prevention of vehicle thefts.  Investigators from in and out of Southern California attend the meetings to share information about current cases, suspects and auto theft trends.  The meetings also feature a guest speaker who gives training during the course of the training meeting / luncheon format.

The Training Meetings / Luncheons begin at 10 a.m. and go until about 1 p.m. Lunch is served about 11:30 a.m.  We would recommend coming about 9:30 a.m. to meet your peers and share coffee or tea. 

The cost is:
Training Meeting / Luncheon   $25.00 Training Meeting / No Luncheon  $10.00
(includes one raffle ticket) (morning coffee/tea included)

Next Training Meeting / Luncheon

The next WSATI Southern Chapter Training Meeting / Luncheon will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 10:00 am at Galpin Auto Sports, 15600 Roscoe Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406 (877) GO-GAS-GO. RSVPs will be required for the luncheon portion of this meeting.  PARKING: limited parking is located in the GAS parking lot and on Orion. Galpin will provide additional parking, with the exact location to be published shortly.

The Guest Speaker has yet to be confirmed.  Please check back here for additional information regarding the Guest Speaker and their topic.

RSVPs will be necessary for this meeting's luncheon portion.  Only RSVP if you will be attending the luncheon portion of this meeting.  Please RSVP via rsvp@wsati.org by Thursday, March 8, 2018, noon (12:00 pm).

For directions and a map to this location, please click here.

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Last WSATI Training Meeting/Luncheon
January 18, 2018 WSATI Training Meeting / Luncheon
Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que - Cerritos

2018 WSATI Southern Chapter President Jeff Enfield (LASD / TRAP) welcomed everyone to the meeting at the Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que in Cerritos.   This is one of the most popular venues for WSATI.

Jeff requested that Mike Carnakis (LASD / TRAP) lead the attendees in the pledge of allegiance. 

Jeff introduced the other Southern Chapter Officers who were in attendance:

Vice President Mick O'Neill (Hagerty Insurance SIU)
Secretary Mike Stefanoff (CHP/OCATT)
TreasurerJohnny Miyasaki (Long Beach Police)
Sergeant-At-Arms Melissa Somers (CPP of SoCal)
Associate Director Joe Starbird (Long Beach Police / TRAP)
Associate Director Mike Carnakis (LASD / TRAP)
Associate Director Rob Midzuno (Nationwide Insurance SIU)
Associate Director Alan Skobin (LASD/TRAP)
Past President Heather Roberts (Liberty Mutual SIU)
Legal Counsel Richard Knapp (Knapp & Spurlock, LLP) 

WSATI Southern Chapter Past Presidents who were in attendance:

Ted Saraf (1992), Dennis Frias (1997), Gary Labb (2000), Bill Lovold (2001), Lou Koven (2002), Jim Williams (2009), Rob Manning (2013), Tim Jackson (2014), Brian Yori (2016), and Heather Roberts (2017)

Jeff then introduced the first Guest Speaker, Long Beach Superior Court Judge Tomson Ong, who spoke about current judicial trends.  

Jeff then introduced Guest Speakers TRAP / L.A. County District Attorney's Office Deputy District Attorney Alex Karkanen, and L.A. County District Attorney's Office Auto Insurance Fraud Deputy District Attorney Elaine Ramsey.

Following the training, Jeff requested that Past President Heather Roberts (Liberty Mutual SIU) come to the front of the room.  Jeff then presented Heather with her thank you plaque for being the 2017 WSATI Southern Chapter President.

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Jeff then requested that Melissa Somers, Executive Director of the Crime Prevention Program for the Construction Industry of Southern California, come to the front to present their Annual John Hootman Memorial Award.  Also coming forward was CPP of SoCal Board President Tim Karle and former President Wes May.  Melissa went over the background of the award.  She then recognized past Award recipients in attendance. Melissa then spoke about the 2017 Award Recipients, Riverside (County) AutoTheft Interdiction Detail (RAID) Investigators John Nogues and John Rodriguez (Please refer to the link at John Hootman Memorial Award to read about their investigation).  She then called them up to the front to receive their Award.

L-R: Tim Karle, Melissa Somers, John Rodriguez, John Nogues, Wes May

Melissa then said that CPP wanted to present a Lifetime Achievement Award.  She then called Dennis Frias (OCRA / Locator Technologies) up to the front of the room.

Jeff then requested that WSATI Southern Chapter Vice President Mick O'Neill (Hagerty Insurance SIU) come up front.  Mick is also the current 2017-2018 President of the International Association of Auto Theft InvestigatorsWestern Regional Chapter.  Mick then presented the 2017 IAATI WRC Executive Board Achievement Award to Sergeant Sean Brown and the Riverside (County) AutoTheft Interdiction Detail (RAID) Team.

Following award presentations, Jeff had the attendees do self introductions.   Webmaster Gary Labb (Santa Ana Police / OCATT [Retired]) spoke about the networking encrypted roster available to the attendees via the WSATI website.  Gary gave the password to the attendees.

Following the self introductions,  Jeff invited those who purchased luncheon tickets to enjoy their lunch while networking with the others in the room.  The attendees were able to enjoy an abundant amount of great food provided by Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que.  There was enough for seconds and even enough for some take home boxes.  To say that everyone enjoyed their meal is an understatement.

Following the luncheon, the raffle was conducted by Mick O'Neill and Chapter Officers.  The raffle helps 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. 

There were several 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.

Jeff announced the next meeting / luncheon would be held on March 15, 2018 in Van Nuys.  The Guest Speaker has not yet been confirmed.  Please check back here for the future posting of the Guest Speaker information.

The meeting was adjourned. 

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