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NCISS The eAdvocate - Hit the Hill Success! March / April 2017
Welcome to your bi-monthly email newsletter of NCISS!
In this extended April / May 2017 issue highlighting Hit the Hill!
  • President's Message - Terry Myer, Sr.
  • NEW! Members Only Page
  • Slideshow and Photos of Hit the Hill / Annual Meeting
  • Elections of Officers and Directors
  • Awards Luncheon
  • Thanks to our Hit the Hill Speakers
  • Special Thanks from Hit the Hill
  • Thanks to our Diamond Sponsors
  • Legislative News from Lobbyit - Keith Nelson
  • NCISS on Social Media
  • Are Your 2017 Dues Current? NEW Retired / Inactive Member category
  • Vendors, Sponsors, Supporters and Benefits of NCISS
  • NCISS Apparel Store - Now Open!
President's Message - Terry Myer, Sr.

I am pleased to come to you as your new NCISS President. We had a great time at HTH!
We were able to meet with so many Senators and Congressmen to discuss certain House Bills and share our needs in the industry. Personally, I was able to meet with Ohio Congressman Patrick Tiberi and visit as always, we discussed the GPS Bill and asked that we be exempt from the Bill.

We had a luncheon at the Capitol in the Senator Visitor Center, there Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers was able to speak to our group, he agreed that to work some cases, we need trackers.

If you were able to attend thank you for making this a successful year. If you were unable to attend, maybe next year you will share another successful HTH with us.

We had about 50 members in attendance, which is almost double from last year.

After HTH a couple of our members had to leave D.C. to attend Wisconsin's annual conference (PAWLI). The attendance there was small but our 2nd VP Dean Gluth was able to sign up a large percentage of the attendees as new members for NCISS. Dean Gluth will be one of our top performers this year.

We are kicking off to an exciting year! Looking forward to seeing you at the next conference.
 
Respectfully,
Terry Myer, Sr. 
NCISS President

( 614) 864-0007
president@nciss.org 
NEW - Members Only Page
NCISS has recently developed the new Members Only page on the NCISS website.

You will need your username and password - but don't worry, there are reminder links to follow if you have forgotten yours.

Inside you will find, exclusively for members:
State Legislation Awareness Monitoring (SLAM)
Benefits of Membership
Advocacy Hub
Membership Directory (PDF file)
Member Contributed Articles
Listserv Rules and Resources
Past Presidents
Awards

This page is in final improvements - please bear with us.

If you have any articles to contribute, please send the article name and a link to president@nciss.org for consideration. Please do not send the full article - links only will be posted.

Slideshow and Photos of Hit the Hill / Annual Meeting
Andrea Orozco, 3rd VP, has put together a Power Point of some key events of the Hit the Hill and Annual Meeting event. Attendees also sent their photos and are shared here.

If you have photos, please send to editor@nciss.org - photos will be added as they are provided.
Elections of Officers and Directors
Congratulations to the following Officers and Directors sworn into their elected positions 03/29/2017:

Board Chairman - Dean Beers (CO)
President - Terry Myer, Sr. (OH)
 
Dean Beers and Terry Myer

1st Vice President - Brad Duffy (IA)
2nd Vice President - Dean Gluth (IL)
3rd Vice President - Andrea Orozco (CO)
Secretary - Francie Koehler (CA)
Treasurer - Jim Zimmer (CA)
 
Jim Zimmer, Andrea Orozco, Brad Duffy, Dean Gluth, and Francie Koehler


Region 1 Director - Candace Ivey (MI)
Region 3 Director - Bob Dunn (NC)
Region 6 Director - Chris Reynolds (CA) - appointed
At Large Director - Brandy Lord (IN)
At Large Director - Steve Rambam (NY)
At Large Director - Jeff Hammock (AL) - appointed
(Brandy Lord, Bob Dunn, and Chris Wells; Candace Ivey, Steve Rambam, and Jeff Hammock not pictured)

Brandy Lord, Bob Dunn, and Chris Reynolds
(not pictured - Candace Ivey, Steve Rambam, and Jeff Hammock)
NCISS Awards Luncheon
Congratulations to new recipients of the NCISS Vinson Award, Wunder Award, and Duffy Award! NCISS presented its annual awards 03/29/2017:

Vinson Award to Terry Myer, Sr. for his term as 1st Vice President 
past recipient Dean Beers presents to Terry Myer, Sr.


Wunder Award to Brad Duffy
, for his term as 2nd Vice President
Kerry Wunder presents to Brad Duffy


  Duffy Award to Dean Beers, for his term as President
past recipient Maria Landry presents to Dean Beers

www.nciss.org/awards
Thanks to our Hit the Hill Speakers
Jimmie Mesis
Internet Marketing on a Shoestring
How to Identify Modern Day Eavesdropping and Bug Detection

Ed Martin
Financial Fraud Investigations
Forensic Audits Using Financial Software

Claire LaVelle
Cyber Security for Small Businesses

Kevin McClain
READI direct referral program for PIs
 
Special Thanks from Hit the Hill
Hit the Hill Speaker and Luncheon
NCISS extends its thanks and appreciation to Rep. Steve Stivers (OH) for his keynote address at the Hit the Hill luncheon - held in the US Capitol Senate Visitors Center.
  
Our thanks to Terry Myer for arranging Rep. Stivers, and also Brad Duffy and Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) for the special room arrangements in the Senate Visitors Center of the US Capitol building.

Terry Myer and Rep. Steve Stivers


Sen. Chuck Grassley and Brad Duffy



Thanks for State Association Donations!
Presented at Hit the Hill were two state association donations:

New Jersey Private Investigators Association
Peter Staats, Steve Vardakis presenting to Dean Beers, and Jimmie Mesis  
 

California Association of Licensed Investigators
Chris Reynolds presents to Terry Myer
 
 
  Thanks to all the indviduals, agencies and associations that have donated before the event. Look for a complete list in the next publication of Your Advocate this summer! 
Thanks to our Diamond Sponsors
NCISS extends its thanks and appreciation to our Diamond Sponsors.

Mechanic Insurance was represented by NCISS member Matt Disparte.

Tracers Information Specialists was represented by Jay Forget, who had a table and live demonstrations for attendees. At the end of the event, a Kindle Fire was raffled.

 
Terry Myer, Jay Forget and Jim Zimmer at the Tracers table   
 

Terry Myer, Jay Forget and Bob Dunn at a Hit the Hill appointment
   
News from Lobbyit - Keith Nelson 
T he month of March was dominated by preparations for and execution of the official NCISS 2017 Hit the Hill (HTH) event. NCISS members and management gathered in Washington, DC for their Annual Meeting and Hit the Hill (HTH) legislative action day.
 
On Monday, March 27, Lobbyit attended a portion of the annual meeting and spoke about what to expect from our Hill visits given the current political climate. Lobbyit also attended that evening's NCISS reception, where we caught up on developments since the NCISS mid-term meeting in Las Vegas in late 2016.
 
On the morning of Tuesday, March 28, Lobbyit attended the NCISS HTH breakfast and orientation, where we prepped the attendees on what to expect during their Hill meetings, discussed the legal and legislative topics we were presenting, and covered how best to conduct effective advocacy. Later that morning, as part of HTH advocacy, Lobbyit took NCISS leadership to sit down with legislative staff for Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Ut3), the sponsor of the GPS Act, which NCISS opposes. The GPS Act would make it a criminal offense to track persons and property via electronic means without their consent. We explained to Chaffetz's staff how and why private investigators (PI) utilize GPS, and solicited their agreement to carve out/exempt PIs from the Act's prohibitions. Staff took voluminous notes, and asked us for legislative language which would accomplish our goals. Lobbyit and NCISS are currently in the process of reviewing the relevant state exclusions and drafting language for their consideration.

Later in the day, Lobbyit had a quick meeting with counsel from the Senate Judiciary Committee (the committee of jurisdiction for the Senate version of the GPS Act [Wyden, D-Or]), as part of a meeting Brad Duffy had with Senate Judiciary Chairman Senator Charles Grassley - Lobbyit had to high-tail it to lunch to meet our speaker, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH15). Judiciary staff were equally interested in reviewing language exempting PIs from GPS prohibitions, and Lobbyit will be following up with them in the near future. This is a critical relationship, because as Chairman, Grassley can hold Wyden's bill until Wyden concedes to our amendments. Consequently, even though the Chaffetz meeting went very well, we are heartened that we have a solid backstop in the Senate committee of jurisdiction.
 
NCISS then attended the luncheon in the Capitol Visitors Center, during which we were addressed by Congressman Steve Stivers, Member for Columbus Ohio, who sits on the Financial Services Committee and is now the Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the political body responsible for getting Republicans elected to the House of Representatives. Congressman Stivers spoke for about 15 minutes, then took questions for another 10 minutes. In the process, Cong. Stivers very graciously recognized incoming NCISS president, Mr. Terry Myer. In turn, Mr. Myer secured Cong. Stivers's commitment to help NCISS with the GPA language in the House.
 
Overall, a resounding success. Finally, at the end of the day, NCISS hosted its "after action" reception for Members and staff in a room in the Cannon House Office Building. The event was well attended.
 
Also look for an Advocacy Hub letter next week to send to your Members of Congress on the GPA bill.

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A new bylaw was passed at the Annual Meeting, adding a new category for membership.

Section 3.05   Regular Inactive.
A Regular member who has been a member in good standing for at least ten consecutive years and has reached the age of 65, and retired from their business shall be entitled to waiver of one-half of regular dues commencing with the first renewal period following their sixty-fifth birthday. Regular Inactive members shall have the right to vote.

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NCISS Board
Executive Council
President
Terry Myer, Sr.

1st Vice President
Brad Duffy

2nd Vice President
Dean Gluth

3rd Vice President
Andrea Orozco

Secretary
Francie Koehler

Treasurer
Jim Zimmer

Chair
Dean Beers

Executive Director
Carol Ward

Directors
Region 1 
Candace Ivey

Region 2
Open

Region 3
Bob Dunn

Region 4
Mark Gillespie

Region 5
Open

Region 6
Chris Reynolds

Members at Large
Jim Casteel
Brandy Lord
Steve Rambam
Jeff Hammock     
NCISS Links
MEMBERS ONLY PAGE
- State Legislation Awareness Monitoring (SLAM)

- Benefits of Membership

- Advocacy Hub
Membership Directory (PDF file)

- Member Contributed Articles

- Listserv Rules and Resources

- Past Presidents

- Awards
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