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FREE to conference attendees who pay for the FULL conference
(One day and student registrations may attend for an extra fee.
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Thursday, MAY 3rd

9:00AM - 5:00PM

RSVP Required
See link below

This year's Pre-Conference will consist of "2" sessions
presented by "2" of the most well known Private Investigators in the USA today:

Mark GIllespie      Kelly Riddle

 Add more to your PI Toolbox!


Morning Session:  9:00am-12:30pm
Junk Science?
What PIs, and Criminal Defense Investigators NEED to Know About Forensics.
A Private Investigator's Guide to Understanding Forensic Science

Presented by: Mark Gillespie, MFS, TCI
Private Investigator, FALI Member, and
Past President of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (TALI)

Since OJ, forensic science has gained widespread popularity in large part due to countless TV crime dramas and documentaries. Fans are intrigued by its capabilities, uses and impact on seeking the truth and justice, and believe what they see on the big screen without knowing anything about the science. Unfortunately, many Private Investigators and defense attorneys fall into this category. Other than their “Hollywood CSI” education, few know anything about the forensic disciplines and how a state-of-the-art forensic crime laboratory is managed, operated, organized and staffed.

Today, we face a national dilemma regarding the use of forensics in our justice system. To compound the problem, most attorneys and PIs are intimidated by the “science” and accept the science and related testimony because they do not “understand” the science. Too often, lawyers are unwilling to attack forensic evidence and fear anything with the name ‘science’ attached to it.

This presentation, which has been given at many other PI Association Conferences through the Unite States, will open your eyes to ways your defense team can attack the science and the scientist to ensure justice is applied appropriately. The class introduces all forensic disciplines and the flaws with each. It is of great value to all PIs and attorneys (not only criminal defense teams).

Lunch Break: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The hotel restaurant will be offering a limited menu in order to best serve all attendees

Afternoon Session:  1:30pm - 5:00pm
“Marketing for the Professional PI”

Presented by: Kelly Riddle
Private Investigator, FALI Member, and
Past President of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (TALI)

This course will cover all aspects of running a business emphasizing all types of marketing techniques designed to bring in more business.  Learn the tried and true methods of marketing as well as unusual and create was of branding your company. The course will cover successful methods and examples of traditional print advertising, digital, internet, billboards, radio, TV and off-the-wall unique advertising. Learn how to market the general public as well as law firms, insurance adjusters, government agencies and corporations.  In addition you will discover how to build you agency into an extremely busy and profitable business.

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RSVP Required

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Select the Pre-Conference item under the "Optional" section on the registration page

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About the Speakers:

Mark Gillespie  is President of Gillespie Security and Investigations located in Austin, Texas. With 34 years of investigative and forensic science experience and a master’s degree in forensic science from George Washington University, Mark combines extensive first-hand field experience with cutting-edge forensic technical expertise. Mark spent a career as a special agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) where he commanded a number of OSI investigative units in the U.S. and overseas. Upon retirement from the Air Force, Mark became the Director of Forensic Science for the Austin (Texas) Police Department where he was responsible for directing and managing the department’s Forensic Science Division (Crime Laboratory). Mark has the distinction of introducing forensic science to St. Edwards University (SEU) (Austin, Texas) in 2002 which led to the creation of their forensic science undergraduate degree program. Mark served on the SEU faculty where he was an Instructor of Forensic Science, crime scene investigation and criminal investigation. In 2016 Mark created the Texas Institute of Investigation (TII) offering PI training and continuing education. Mark is a past president of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators, TALI (2012-2014) and TALI Board member (2007-2012). Mark currently serves at TALI’s School Director. Mark is the Region 4 Director for the National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS). He is also Vice President of Private Investigations, and Chairman of the Board, for the National Association for Missing and Exploited Children (NAMEC). Mark is licensed in Texas, Alabama and Louisiana

Kelly Riddle  is the President of Kelmar Global Investigations and has more than 35 years of investigative experience. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Alabama. He has been designated an expert in surveillance, insurance investigations, nursing home abuse and computer investigations. He was chosen as “One of the Top 25 PIs of the 20th Century.” Kelly obtained his Texas Certified Investigator designation and is past President (2010-2012) of TALI as well as being on the Board of Directors for the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. Kelly is on the Board of Directors for the Intellenet Board Accredited Investigator certification and the Membership Chair for the San Antonio Chapter of ASIS. He is a Founding Board Member and Board Advisor for the non-profit organization “Can You Identify Me.” Mr. Riddle is on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Missing and Exploited Children. He is the author of 10 books and has published more than 40 articles. He has been the guest speaker at more than 500 events and has been on national TV, radio and newspapers. Kelly was also presented the NALI Editor-Publisher Award in 2004. Prior law enforcement experience includes being a member of the SWAT team, a Training Officer, Emergency Medical Technician, Evidence Technician, Arson Investigator, Juvenile Specialist and Traffic Investigator. Mr. Riddle is the Founder and President of the PI Institute of Education, as well as the Association of Christian Investigators with more than 1000 members in the U.S. and 19 countries. Kelly is the Founder of the Coalition of Association Leaders comprised of past and present board members from state, national and international associations.

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