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The next WSATI Southern Chapter Training Meeting / Luncheon will be on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Long Beach...RSVPs are required for this Meeting's luncheon...
Schedule of Training Meetings / Luncheons
for Calendar Year 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Cerritos Thursday, July 19, 2018 Los Angeles
Thursday, March 15, 2018 Van Nuys Thursday, September 20, 2018 Carlsbad
Thursday, May 17, 2018 Irwindale Thursday, November 15, 2018 Long Beach
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, November 15, 2018 10:00 am.  The meeting will be held at Skylinks at Long Beach Golf Course, 4800 E Wardlow Rd, Long Beach, CA 90808 (562) 421-3388.

The Guest Speaker will be Los Angeles Police Department Detective Jimmy Martinez who will be giving a presentation on "Identity Theft and Vehicle Theft Fraud."

RSVPs will be necessary for this meeting's luncheon portion of the meeting. Only RSVP if you will be attending the luncheon portion of this meeting.  Please RSVP via rsvp@wsati.org by Thursday, November 8, 2018, noon (12:00 pm).   The WSATI Southern Chapter Officers are also seeking your thoughts about future training at the meetings.  Please include your ideas of what you'd like to see when you make your RSVP for this meeting.

For a map and directions to this location, please click here.
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Last WSATI Training Meeting/Luncheon
September 20, 2018 WSATI Training Meeting / Luncheon
Spy Optic Sunglasses & Goggles - Carlsbad
Photo by Gary Labb  2018

2018 WSATI Southern Chapter President Jeff Enfield (LASD / TRAP) welcomed everyone to the meeting and a new WSATI venue, at SPY Optic Sunglasses & Goggles, in Carlsbad.   

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

Vice President Mick O'Neill (Hagerty Insurance SIU)
Secretary Johnny Miyasaki (Long Beach Police)
Treasurer Melissa Somers (CPP of SoCal)
Associate Director Alan Skobin (LASD/TRAP)
Legal Counsel Richard Knapp (Knapp & Spurlock, LLP) 

Sergeant-At-Arms Mike Carnakis (LASD / TRAP), Associate Director Jesse Bravo (Irwindale PD/TRAP), Associate Director Rob Midzuno (Nationwide Insurance SIU)Associate Director Michael Octave (LASD/TRAP), Associate Director Richard Spallinger (NICB), Associate Director Joe Starbird (Long Beach Police), and Past President Heather Roberts (Liberty Mutual SIU) could not make it to the meeting.

WSATI Southern Chapter Past Presidents who were in attendance:

Gary Labb (2000) and Lou Koven (2002)

Jeff Enfield announced that the 2018 WSATI Training Seminar, hosted by the Northern Chapter, will take place October 8-10, 2018, at the Mont Bleu Resort in South Lake Tahoe.  He said that information was posted on the WSATI website and it wasn't too late to register for the Seminar.

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Jeff then introduced the Guest Speaker, CHP/San Diego County RATT Investigator Kraig Palmer, who gave an abbreviated presentation of his "Vehicle Hacking - Vehicle Security, and How to Defeat It" class.  Kraig's class was well received by the attendees and everyone now has a better understanding of the differences between social engineering, relay attacks, and hacking.  

Following the presentation, the raffle was conducted by Mick O'Neill, with the help of Johnny Miyasaki, and Melissa Somers.  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.  SPY Optic Sunglasses & Goggles also provided some raffle prizes to assist WSATI.  Spy Optics Brand Manager, Curtis Ellis, and Spy Optics Vice President of Revenue - Digital, John Gilson, spoke with the attendees.

Following the raffle, Jeff invited those who purchased luncheon tickets to enjoy their lunch while networking with the others in the room.  A catered lunch of "Gourmet Tacos and Mexican Fixins" by Jose Cicero of Taquizas Jose was provided to the attendees.  This luncheon was enjoyed by the Meeting attendees.  

Following the luncheon, Melissa Somers opened up the Roundtable Discussion.  Webmaster Gary Labb (Santa Ana Police / OCATT [retired]) advised the attendees of the encrypted online networking roster and gave the attendees the password to allow them access to the roster.

Mick O'Neill spoke about the 2019 WSATI Training Seminar, hosted by the Southern Chapter, that will be taking place in October 2019 in San Diego at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley.  He invited the attendees to spread the word to their peers, especially the attendees from the San Diego area.

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 November 15, 2018.  

The meeting was adjourned. 

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