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NCISS bi-monthly Member eNewsletter
January / February 2020
Welcome the bi-monthly NCISS Member eNewsletter!
In this issue:
  • From the President
  • NCISS Annual Meeting, Awards & Elections
    Hosted by the South Carolina Association of Licensed Investigators (SCALI)
  • NCISS - Our Profession's Voice Nationwide
  • Executive Director / Administrative Office Contact Information
  • Board Election Nominations Now Open
  • Welcome New NCISS Members
  • 2020 1st Quarter Member Directory and Member Guide - Coming Soon!
  • Legislative News & Activity from Lobbyit
  • and More!
President's Message - Andrea Orozco
I certainly hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season. The start of 2020 brings not only a new year but also new goals to strive for. In the next few months you will see a new look to the NCISS website with an easier to read and easier to navigate format. The transition will take some time, but we will let you know when the new site launches, and we will certainly ask for feedback.
We ended the year with a final legislative advisory board (LAB) round table that again had 30+ association leaders from around the country. With legislation issues in several states the hour goes by fast and much is discussed. These round table discussions are crucial to our industry around the country to help protect our profession.
It's almost time for our annual meeting. Our annual meeting this year is May 6th and will be hosted by The South Carolina Association of Legal Investigators at the Marina Inn at Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC. Their annual conference is to follow on May 7th & 8th. The Marina Inn is a fantastic hotel on the beach with some wonderful amenities. Come for the NCISS meeting and stay for the conference with speakers such as NCISS Regional Director Kelly Riddle, Ed Spicer and Mike Yergey. There will be a separate registration for each. Please see the following links:
NCISS meeting registration 
Finally, it has come to my attention that some member benefits are being shared with non-members. Please remember these benefits are for NCISS members only. We work hard to obtain additional benefits for our members and would hate to see membership in our association lose its value.
Thank you for your support of NCISS! We hope to see you in Myrtle Beach.
Andrea Orozco 
NCISS President

(720) 933-9301   
NCISS Annual Meeting, Awards & Elections
Hosted by the South Carolina Association of LIcensed Investigators (SCALI)
Marina Inn at Grand Dunes
8121 Amalfi Place
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Tuesday, May 5th - Arrival
Wednesday, May 6th
- NCISS Board & Annual Meeting with elections 
- SCALI / NCISS Reception
- NCISS President's Awards & Swearing In Ceremony Reception
Thursday & Friday, May 7th & 8th
- SCALI Annual Conference
(separate registrations & fees for each event)
NCISS Annual Meeting
Wednesday, May 6th
8:00am - 8:30am      Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:30am - 10:30am    Board Meeting (outgoing)
10:30am - 10:45am  Break
10:45am - 12:00pm  Annual Meeting
12:00pm - 1:00pm    Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm      Annual Meeting (continued)
To Be Announced     Elections
2:00pm - 2:15pm      Break
2:15pm - 3:00pm     Annual Meeting (continued)
3:15pm - 4:15pm     Board Meeting (incoming)
5:30pm - 6:30pm     Evening Reception hosted by SCALI & NCISS
6:30pm - 8:30pm     President's Awards & Swearing In Ceremony
NCISS Members receive the SCALI discount using the code NCISS 
This is a courtesy from SCALI to NCISS members ONLY
Please do not share this code to non-members
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
9:30 AM: SCALI Golf Tournament
4:00 PM: Early Registration
4:00 PM: Executive Committee Meeting with Committee Chairpersons
4:30 PM: Executive Committee Meeting
5:30 PM: Networking and Social 
6:30 PM: NCISS President's Awards & Swearing In Ceremony Reception
Thursday, May 7, 2020
7:30 AM: Registration
8:00 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:10 AM: Welcome Announcements - TBD
8:30 AM: Kelly Riddle - "Beyond the Basics of Marketing"
9:30 AM: Networking Break
9:45 AM: Kelly Riddle - "Understanding TSCM"
10:50 AM: Mike Yergey - "Insurance and Risk Management"
11:50 AM - 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM:  SCALI Legislative Committee and NCISS Representatives
               Legislative Round-table
2:00 PM: Networking Break
2:15 PM: TBD
3:30 PM: Networking Break
3:45 PM: SLED Update
5:05 PM: SCALI General Business Meeting
6:30 PM: Networking and Social Gathering - Hotel Lounge
7:00 PM: SCALI Awards Banquet (Business Casual Attire Required)
Friday, May 8, 2020
8:30 AM: Edward Spicer - Pre-Surveillance, Surveillance &  
              Troubleshooting Techniques
10:30 AM: Networking Break
10:45 AM: TBD
12:30 PM: Adjourn and presentation of certificates
NCISS - Our Profession's Voice Nationwide
Have we abandoned Hit the Hill? Absolutely not!  
Many of you may have noticed that we have been traveling around the country to hold our meetings. Although our mission is in legislative advocacy on the federal level, another part of our mission is also in supporting our state associations.  

Many legislative issues start statewide. How better to strengthen our profession than to support our state associations, teaching them how to talk to legislators, and watch for legislative issues that may impact their state members? Strengthening our legislative presence in each state will certainly make a difference on the federal level.  
Part of your membership dollars pay for YEAR AROUND lobbying in Washington D.C. Additionally, the board is committed to going to Washington D.C. on your behalf - volunteering their time and expenses - at any time if the need arises to address any bills that may affect our profession.  

Per our lobbyist, 2020 may not be a good year to hold a HTH event as it is an election year and may be pretty contentious. After all, we want our voices heard and not fall on deaf ears.  
Not only will this give association leaders an opportunity to be better
advocates legislatively within their perspective states, but also will give you a rare opportunity to share ideas on how to better improve your associations. By talking to state association leaders from around the country, sharing ideas on what has worked for the associations that are thriving in this economy of decreasing memberships might prove priceless for your association.  
Why are we doing this? We've heard many of our state associations need help in these areas and we're hoping to make future HTH events bigger and better than ever before. Legislators want to hear from constituents. The most powerful message we can give in the future for our profession is to have state association heads from around the country there to represent their perspective states. This is simply the best way for us to be heard like never before. 
Remember "Together We're Better" and we most certainly need "Both Halves" with our state and national association working together to make a difference. 
Andrea Orozco - NCISS President
Board Election Nominations Now Open
Your Nominating Committee consists of three Past Presidents, as required by the NCISS Bylaws - Dean Beers (Chair), Robert Heales, and Maria Landry.
The Committee is seeking nominations for Officer and Director terms ending at the 2020 Annual Meeting / elections, to be held on May 6, 2020. The Committee is now accepting nominations, until Friday April 3, 2020.The nominating slate will be presented to the membership on April 10, 2020. Nominations may be made at the Annual Meeting from the floor.
Any member in good standing who is qualified to serve as an Officer or Director may submit their name, and position of interest, to the Committee. Please refer to the Bylaws for positions, qualifications, and duties - All positions are expected to attend both the Annual Meeting (Spring) and Mid-Term Board Meeting (Fall) each year, and fulfill duties throughout the year.
Please submit nominations to the full Committee:
Robert Heales -
Maria Landry -
If you have any questions, or need any additional information, please contact any Committee member.
Executive Director, Karen Beers
Updated Contact Information

P.O. Box 200615
Evans, CO. 80620-0615

(800) 445-8408
Fax - (970) 480-7794
Welcome New Members - December & January!

George Gardner

Gardner Investigations

Columbia SC

Mike Thompson

Bearden Investigative Agency

Dallas TX


William Davis

Strategic Training and Consulting

Lawrenceville GA

Rolanda Palma

S1 Security Group

Doral FL


Bryan Scott
Scott Searches
Chattanooga TN

NCISS 2020 1st Quarter Membership Directory
The NCISS 2020 1st Quarter Membership Directory and Member Guide is almost ready!
Coming in mid February, inside you will find an updated Directory, as of January 31, 2020.  
Inside are member listings by name, as well as region and state, and interactive with links
for members' email and domain addresses, as well as Vendor & Sponsor sites.
This is a Members Only publication and requires you to login to your Member Profile.  
The Membership Guide section helpful information about NCISS and website - from Bylaws and News, to your Board and Committees.
Your membership in NCISS is more than just supporting the mission of legislative advocacy - your membership shows you care about the future of your profession! Thank You!
Legislative News & Activity - Lobbyit
The primary objective of NCISS is to monitor national legislative and regulatory activities affecting the investigation and security industry. A substantial part is to assist, advise, inform and influence legislation.  
NCISS actively works to promote the private investigation and security industry and to educate members and the public in the advancement, improvement and uses of investigation and security services.  
The NCISS Legislative Advisory Board (LAB) is comprised of the leaders of each member State Association.
To stay current, please visit 

NCISS Member magazine - Your Advocate - December 2019 Winter
Now available online at be sure to check current and past issues!

Lobbyit Update - In Congress and Inside the Beltway
As regular readers of The Advocate are aware, NCISS, through our DC representatives at Lobbyit, continue to track the content and development of the various measures proposed under the general rubric of "data privacy".  Spurred first by the European Union's GDPR, then California's CCPA, Congress continues to work on an overall legislative package which would regulate the collection of information generated via use of the internet, and provide consumers greater insight as to what was collected, enhanced control over what information is allowed to be collected, and more say over its eventual disposition.
As an Investigator, Security Agency, Process Server, or related professional... have you benefited from:
  • Having access to driving records and motor vehicle information from your state DMV and private data providers?
  • Having access to databases with permissible purposes under the GLBA?
  • Having access to Social Security Numbers, Birthdates, Address History and other important information?
  • Carry a firearm in the course of your professional duties?
  • Having the ability to use a pretext for undercover operations, shopping services and other permissible purposes?
  • Used the National Sex Offender Registry (Dru's Law) for background investigations?
  • Used GPS, drones and other modern technology in your investigations and security services?
If you answered YES to just one of these questions, you have directly benefited from the more than 40-year history of NCISS, volunteers, and support of NCISS every member. NCISS and membership have provided responsive testimony to Congress and federal regulators, as well as assisting state associations with similar issues at the state level.
If you wonder what NCISS does for you, view NCISS as your insurance policy. You don't make claims every day. When the big claim comes, and the upcoming privacy fight is that "claim," you will want NCISS protecting you at every turn. 
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Do you want to be featured on the NCISS Facebook page?  Please privately email in the following format:
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- 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
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(if before July 2015 dues expire 12/31; and if from July 2015 dues expire on your anniversary date) 
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Renew your NCISS membership and refer a friend... 
Increase NCISS Membership and Make a Donation Today!

Call Executive Director Karen Beers at (800) 445-8408 to update your membership and renew your dues! 
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
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Please share this with your colleagues and encourage them to be part of the NCISS mission! 
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 ...
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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 affect on our profession.

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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.

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Thank you for your NCISS support and membership!