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The eAdvocate - May / June 2018
NCISS News, Updates and and More!!
Welcome to your bi-monthly The eAdvocate newsletter of NCISS!
In this May / June issue:
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President's Message - Brad Duffy President
Members and Colleagues,
Now that we're fresh off the heels of a great Annual Conference and Hit the Hill, we have much to look forward to throughout the rest of 2018. 
All committee chairs have been appointed and the committees are already hard at work. Andrea Orozco is fully embracing her new role as 1st VP and the Chair of the Vendors and Sponsors Committee as we approach renewal time for many of our sponsors. We are excited that the board has appointed Tina Thomas from Arizona to replace 1st VP Andrea Orozco as the RD from Region 5. In addition, the board has also appointed Jon Tipton to replace Secretary Mark Gillespie from Region 4. 
Many of our members attended FALI in May.  It was a great time and we had a lot of success signing up some new members.  We also have the upcoming CALI conference in June, which will be their 50th Anniversary meeting.  For those of you not already planning to go, I would encourage you to attend if possible.  It will be held at the Hilton in Long Beach, California June 7 through June 9.
Also, please remember to register to attend our Mid-term meeting at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York, November 7-8.  This will coincide with the 2018 Investigators Superconference, which is November 8-11.  Each conference has its own registration and agenda of events, but both will be great opportunities for members to come together and bounce ideas off each other.
Full details for each of the above meetings are available on the NCISS website, and you should be receiving emails about them as well. 
Thank you for your membership and continued efforts towards our common goals for our industry.  2018 should be a great year!
Brad Duffy  
NCISS President

NCISS 2018 Mid-Term joins the 2018 Investigators Superconference! SuperConference

We are excited to announce that the date has been set for the Mid-Term Meeting and it will coincide with the 2018 Investigators Superconference in New York, New York. 

The Mid-Term Meeting for NCISS will be November 8, while the Investigators Superconference will be held November 8-11. 

Both events will be at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York.  Each conference has its own registration and agenda of events, but both will be great for members to attend.

You can find the specific details about each conference, along with registration and hotel information at

Be sure to register and reserve your hotel room as early as possible to lock in your spot!

Hope to see you all there! 
Welcome New Regional Directors!NewRDs
Jon Tipton
My name is Jon B. Tipton and I am proud to be appointed as your new Region 4 Director!

First, I would like to thank Mark Gillespie for his belief in my abilities as a Professional Investigator and as a leader within our industry which led to his nomination of me for this position.  Thanks Mark!

Secondly, I want to thank the Board for their subsequent approval of my appointment.  I promise to work tirelessly to promote the values, morals, ethics, and principles of NCISS and to represent the same in all that I do in and for our industry.

While in terms of a career as a Professional Investigator I am on the younger end of the spectrum what I make up for with a short steep learning curve, a very strong filter for extraneous bologna, a very direct and deliberate approach to solving challenges, culminating with a strong work ethic.  I possess an intense desire to see our profession re-branded from the stereotypical "private dick" or "gumshoe" to that of a Professional Investigator that is sough after and respected by society as a whole because we as Professional Investigators hold ourselves accountable under the highest standards of care, diligence, professionalism, and integrity.  

Again,  thank you all for your belief in me.  I am looking forward to serving our Members as an ambassador for our profession.

Jon B. Tipton
Cinco Peso Security & Investigations, LLC (TX)
C: (830)965-8300
O: (210)888-9175
Tina Thomas
I am honored to have been appointed by the Board as the new Region 5 Director for NCISS. It is exciting to serve the Board, Region 5, and all of my fellow investigators as I go forward into this position. For many years I have reaped the benefits of the hard-working members of this association, and now is my chance to give back to the group and our industry. It is important we continue to grow, learn and add to the membership of NCISS.

Taking part in my state organization (Arizona Association of Licensed Private Investigators) as well as NCISS has been critical to my continued education and growing my network of trusted colleagues. YOU NEED BOTH HALVES FOR THE BEST LEGISLATIVE PROTECTION! For those of you I have not personally met or worked with in the many years I have been an investigator, I look forward to meeting you at the NCISS Mid-Term in New York on November 8th. Please introduce yourself and let me know how I can help make this organization even better than it is.

Christina C. Thomas
Subrosa (AZ)
602-256-2266 x104
Welcome New Members!NewMembers
Scott Bailey
N1 Discovery, LLC
Troy, Michigan
Henry Browne
HSB Investigations
Grosse Point, Michigan
Russell Bubas
Data Quest Investigations, Ltd.
Canton, Massachusetts
John Chilton
Chilton Investigation Sevices, LLC
Evans, Georgia
Sherwood DeVisser
Origins Research, LLC
Hartland, Michigan
Mark Frazer
Southeast Regional Investigative Services
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Wendy Johnson
Fortitude Investigative Services
Loveland, Colorado
Thomas Nelson
Vermont Investigative & Consulting Services
Essex Junction, Vermont
David Owen
D.E. Owen and Associates
Firestone, Colorado
Yada Phillips
Phillips Private Investigations & Consulting Firm, LLC
Romulus, Michigan
Nancy Rovik
Helganz Investigations
McKinney, Texas
Troy Sawade
Phantom Investigations
Clio, Michigan
Judy Shea
JT Palmer & Associates
Granbury, Texas
Shantel Torres-Kauwe
Torres & Associates Investigations
N. Fort Myers, Florida

News for Members MemberNews
Region 3 Bob Dunn (DC-DE-FL-GA-MD-NC-SC-PR-VA)

Regional Direct Bob Dunn attended the South Carolina Association of Licensed Investigators (SCALI) conference in Myrtle Beach SC. Pictured with him are NCISS Members and SCALI President Brad Kandare and NCAPI President Tamara Rabenhold.
Bob also attended the Florida Association of Licensed Investigators (FALI) in Tampa FL. Pictured with him is NCISS Board Chairman Terry Myer, Sr.
Region 5 Tina Thomas (AZ-CO-IA-KS-MN-ND-NE-SD-UT-WI-WY)  
Congratulations to Brad Duffy and wife Alison in the birth of Mary Louise Duffy - born May 19 at 1:35 am and 9 pounds, 15 ounces
Mary is the youngest of three sons and two other daughters. Congratulations also to grandparents Michael Duffy and wife Linda.  
How precious. Congratulations and what a blessing!! 
Region 6 Michael Julian (AK-CA-HI-ID-MT-OR-NV-WA) 
Congratulations Francie Koehler - Saint Leo University announced the graduation of Francie Koehler with the degree of Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Behavioral Studies Summa Cum Laude. Commencement Exercises were April 28th at Marion Bowman Center Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL.
New Vendors & Sponsors
Security And Investigators Insurance Solutions - Liability coverage for professional investigators, security guard operations, and personal firearms liability. Visit for details.
The National Council of Investigation & Security Services is introducing NEW association benefits. These benefits are available for both you and your family. Please take the time to research your choices and make the best selections for you and your family. If you have questions regarding enrollment or the plans, call (866) 354-1327 or
NCISS Members - attend Osmosis 2018 and save $100 using discount code ANCISS at 
Be sure and visit all NCISS Vendors & Sponsors at
Legislative News from Lobbyit - Keith Nelson Legislative
Keith Nelson - Lobbyit

Its been very quiet for the investigation and security professions in Congress and regulatory agencies. That's a good thing - for now. We must always be prepared. One way we do that is to personally visit our Senators and Representatives every year - and stay in contact with them throughout the year. We also stay in touch with our members.

PS - be sure and catch the latest NCISS Digital Your Advocate at

As always, stay tuned!

For additional information on NCISS legislative activity, please visit

State Legislative Awareness Monitoring (SLAM)
Lobbyit has set up NCISS's "state-level" tracking and continues to identify hundreds of bills in currently active states. Members may view bills impacting private investigators, private patrol operators or security guards in your state, by going to the Advocacy Hub and State Legislation at .

Members can search alphabetically by state or click on a specific state on the United States map provided at the top of the page.

If you know of a bill in your state that we need to become aware of, suggestions for legislative and regulatory keywords to track activities at the state and federal levels, please contact any NCISS Officer or Director - .
NCISS Member Association Events Events
California Association of Licensed Investigators
Jun 07th-09th - CALI 50th Annual Conference in Long Beach CA.

National Association of Legal Investigators
Jun 21st-22nd - NALI Annual Conference in West Chester OH
Details at

Texas Association of Licensed Investigators
Aug 22nd-25th - TALI 2018 Annual Conference in Lake Conroe TX.
Details at

2018 Rocky Mountain Private Investigators Conference
September 14th-15th - PPIAC Annual Conference in Breckenridge, CO 
Details at 

Oct 07th-09th - Osmosis Annual Conference in Las Vegas NV.
Details at

World Association of Detectives
Sep 27th-Oct 1st - WAD Annual Conference in Las Vegas

National Council of Investigation & Security Services
Mid-Term Meeting will be held on Nov 08th, at the 2018 Investigators Superconference in NYC, NY
Details at

2018 Investigators Superconference
Nov 08th-11th in New York City, NY
Details at

Does your association have a conference or event coming up? Email them to to be included on the NCISS Events Calendar and future Advocate calendars. 
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Do you want to be featured on the NCISS Facebook page?  Please privately email the following:
- Your name
- Your agency name, city and state
- Your key areas of specialties and services
- Your contact information - phone and email
- Your website, your agency Facebook page and Twitter
Are Your Dues Current? Dues        
Help grow your Voice in Washington
renew your NCISS membership and refer a friend... 
Increase NCISS Membership and Make a Donation Today!
When renewing, please consider a donation to the NCISS Legislative Fund or NCISS PAC. 
The following are the current categories of membership: 
  • Regular Member: $175 -- includes the NCISS Legislative Fund and receives all rights and privileges of membership.
  • Inactive / Retired: $87.50 for inactive / retired members over the age of 65 years with at least 10 consecutive years of NCISS membership.
  • Affiliate Member: $175 -- Investigative & Security employees of government agencies, law firms, insurance firms or related business.
  • Associate Member: $75 -- Unlicensed employee of a Regular Member agency.
NCISS also has memberships for Associations and related Service Industries / providers. 

Contact your Regional Director if you have any questions or need assistance.  Membership and dues information are also at
The National Voice of the Investigative & Security Professions
As a member of NCISS, you know the importance of the NCISS mission.
Please share this with your colleagues and encourage them to be part of the NCISS mission! 
Download the 2018 Hit the Hill Photo Album! PhotoAlbum
The NCISS 2018 Annual Meeting and Hit the Hill - Success and Fun!
The planning and attendance of each Annual Meeting and Hit the Hill event starts early - from choosing a venue to lining up volunteer training speakers, and coordinating special events, elections and awards. Each year is fun and unique .
Inside are photos from the Board meetings, and Annual Member meeting, as well as elections, swearing in, and the presentation of the John J. Duffy Memorial Achievement Award, the Wayne J. Wunder Memorial Award, and the Vinson Award.
It's not all business, there is also time for networking, fun and camaraderie! Attending were over 50 members from 19 states. NCISS members also attended as leaders from their state associations, as well as the World Association of Detectives, National Association of Legal Investigators, Council of International Investigators, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and National Association for Missing and Exploited Children.

You can view and download the photo album at:   

Important News
NCISS monitors federal legislation and regulations impacting the investigative and security professions. To keep members current, all latest newsletters, reports and alerts are linked from this page.

Your Member Benefits
As many members are part of other state, national and international associations with varying benefits, at NCISS we offer unique benefits - from legislative advocacy and alerts to multi-association integral networking.  Your NCISS membership extends to tens of thousands of friends and colleagues in the investigation and security professions.

Details of unique and tangible benefits are at:
Your Membership, Your Voice ...
Refer a colleague to save $25 on their First Year Dues ! 

The National Council of Investigation and Security Services, Inc., is a cooperative effort of those companies and associations responsible for providing private security and investigation services to the legal profession, business community, government and the public.  


It is the role of NCISS to meet and solve these problems while seeking to uncover and recommend action on any hidden potential problems which may have an effect on our profession.

Important NCISS Links
Visit Your NCISS Vendors & Sponsors
Benefits for you, fitting your needs 
The Mechanic Group
Diamond Sponsor
PI Magazine
Gold Sponsor
Tracers Information
Silver Sponsor
Yergey Insurance
Bronze Sponsor
Bronze Sponsor
PI Direct Link
Bronze Sponsor
Security & Investigators Insurance Solutions
Bronze Sponsor
Your Advocate Advertising for Members

Members can submit business card sized ads for this year's Your Advocate and event placards. These must be ready-made artwork - preferably your business card in JPEG in at least 300dpi for enlargement.

Please use this form  < Member Your Advocate Sponsors >
* Payments - send directly to NCISS (
* Artwork - send directly to  the editor (
* Questions - email the editor or call (970) 691-0813.  
Thank you for your NCISS support and membership!
NCISS Apparel Store
 NCISS now has a stand-alone store with one of our Vendors & Sponsors, EmbroidMe of Davenport IA

The store is now open at

NCISS will benefit with a percentage of sales for the NCISS Legislative Fund. 
Executive Council
Brad Duffy

1st Vice President
Andrea Orozco

2nd Vice President
Chris Reynolds

3rd Vice President
Wes Bearden

Mark Gillespie

Candace Ivey

Terry Myer, Sr.

Executive Director
Carol Ward

Region 1 
Tim Gilbert

Region 2

Region 3
Bob Dunn

Region 4
Jon Tipton

Region 5
Tina Thomas

Region 6
Michael Julian

Members at Large
Brandy Lord
Steve Rambam
Dean Gluth
Tawni Tyndall