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2020 Conference Speaker Bios

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Matt Aubin, FBCI has over a decade of high-tech investigative experience and in developing investigation firms that capitalize on his legal, technical and investigative expertise. Matt has assisted in developing (3) successful and profitable investigation firms, where he remains an active partner and currently sits as Director of Operations for eEnforce, an exclusive brand protection division for Cyber Investigation Services, LLC that generates 7 figures of annual revenue. Matt currently serves on the FALI board of Directors as the Tampa Area Director and previously served 2 years as Treasurer.
Wes Bearden is CEO and Chairman of Bearden Investigative Agency which was established in Dallas in 1972. He is also an active attorney licensed in Texas and Louisiana. He understands what is discoverable and what is admissible in court. He knows how to handle witnesses appropriately and ethically, and he can work more easily on investigations that cross into other states. He maintains active membership and leadership in a number of private investigative associations throughout the United States, including FALI. For almost a decade he served as the general counsel of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (TALI). Wes currently serves as 1st Vice President of the National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS) as well as a Director at Large for the World Association of Detectives (WAD).

Johnston Blakley has over 24 years of private investigation experience in the insurance claims industry. Johnston directly supervises and trains field investigators for his company, On Track Investigations Inc. as they conduct investigations throughout the State of Florida. Johnston and his wife Dana also train and certify intern investigators in accordance with Florida’s 40-hour requirement at Investigative Training. Johnston Blakley has just launched PI Essentials, a company that provides video and report processing, redundant media storage as well as other Back Office solutions for Private Investigation agencies.

  Brandon Fortuno owns Fortuno Law and Fortuno Investigations. His work includes criminal defense, child custody, social media, and electronic surveillance. He has extensive experience in interviews and interrogations. He worked eight years as a law enforcement officer before moving to central Florida and taught police academy courses in topics including: interviewing, criminal investigations, and defensive tactics. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in 2014 from University of North Florida, his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in 2018, and his LL.M. from Stetson Law in 2019. He is a member of the National Association of Legal Investigators, FALI, and the St. Petersburg Bar Association. He practices family law and general civil litigation.  
 Jill Ghini is the supervising attorney with the Division of Licensing at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. She leads a team of 5 attorneys providing legal advice and representation to the Division in fulfilling its responsibilities related to the licensing and regulation of the private security, private investigative and recovery services professions; and related to concealed weapons licensing. Jill joined the department in 2019, with over thirty years of state government experience in employment and administrative law; and in the field of alternative dispute resolution. Jill earned her Bachelor's degrees in psychology and organizational communication at the University of Miami. She completed her law degree at Florida State University, and her graduate certificate in public administration at the University of Central Florida. She is a native Floridian.
 Burt Hodge, FBCI began his career as an investigator after graduating from Florida State University in 1978 with a degree in criminology. After working in the insurance claims investigations sector for several years, he opened State Information Bureau in 1985. His agency conducts a variety of investigations, from record retrieval to backgrounds, interviews, locations, personal injury, and wrongful death investigations. Burt specializes in personal injury and defective product investigations for the plaintiff. Burt was a two-term FALI president and held other board positions for over ten years. He served two terms as the national director of the National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI) after having completed two terms as its Region 3 director. Burt is a member of a number of investigative associations, including FALI, NALI, ACFE, NABI, TALI, NCISS, ISPLA, and Intellenet
 David Hodges, FBCI received his business degree from the University of Florida where he also played on the baseball team for three years. He served as an officer in the United States Navy for six years and received the Navy Achievement Medal for professionalism in performance of duties. He spent time working in merchandising and as a self-employed specialty contractor for 14 years. He opened his PI Agency in 1989 and has over 30 years of experience in assisting creditors with judgement collections. David has experience in construction and public corruption cases including complaints against professionals in construction, engineering and architectural fields, as well as public records law violations and ethics complaints against elected officials. He served as president of FALI from 1996-1997 and is a Certified 20 Year FALI Member. He is a Florida Board Certified Investigator (FBCI) and a member, and past Vice President, of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Jane Holmes began her career in investigations in 2004 and in 2015 founded her agency, Patricia Lane Investigations in Cumming GA. She is an investigator for the Forsyth County Indigent Defense office, and is a team member for several criminal defense attorneys in high profile cases in Georgia and Texas. Jane’s interview skills, and technique, have led to her becoming a part of Child Rescue Network with cases in multiple States. Jane has served as VP of the Georgia Association of Professional Private Investigators, as well as Chairman of the Legislative Committee. She has sought to change the image of Private Investigators leading by example and educating against the stereotype. Jane has participated in education and training of PIs, and Real Estate Professionals. Jane currently holds PI Licenses in Georgia, Alabama and Texas. Jane was voted 2017, 2018 and 2019 Best Private Investigator by the Forsyth County News Reader’s Choice Awards.

John Hubbard, CFI-FTER, PCA (Professional Claims Adjuster) is a 5th generation Florida native. He has 25 years law enforcement experience; 10 of those years as detective and specialized in RICO cases. He received numerous awards including Deputy of the Year five times. In 2012, John founded Hubbard Investigations, LLC based in Clearwater. His agency handles a variety of services from backgrounds to homicides. He has conducted numerous infidelity and alimony cases requiring many hours of surveillance. He has some of the best training, experience and equipment in the business.

Mark Murnan is a Certified Legal Investigator (CLI) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Mark served in the United States Air Force, where he attended the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey. He was subsequently assigned to the Air Force Security Service (now the Electronic Security Command) to an airborne unit at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, and to Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska. He received his Bachelor's degree in criminal justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Mark is a former staff investigator for the Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Florida. He has over 35 years of investigative experience and has assisted counsel in cases of securities and wire fraud, money laundering, drug trafficking, murder, sexual battery, and gang-related crimes. He is a past president of FALI, and a former Regional Director for the southeast United States for NALI.
 Wendy Murnan is a private investigator and nationally certified paralegal. She is also a registered paralegal with The Florida Bar. Wendy has over 40 years of experience in the legal arena. Wendy specializes in research, including complex background and asset investigations. Her “scorched earth” due diligence has uncovered invaluable information for our attorney clients over the years. Wendy also specializes in obtaining crucial records and documents needed by the attorneys in order that they have the complete information they need to effectually represent their clients.
 Michael J. Pivarnik is a US Navy Veteran and the owner of MJ Pivarnik & Co. a Texas based Investigations and Security Agency. He served as a law enforcement officer on the local, state and federal levels. He is also licensed in Louisiana and Florida. Mike is an NRA Proctor and a licensed classroom and firearms instructor as well as a TCOLE Certified Firearms and Tactical Instructor for Texas law enforcement. Mike has created a unique platform of information services for his company that cater to clients dealing in financial crimes, internal retail theft, financial investigations and deep background on domestic and international levels. Mike is the co-founder and VP of Corporate Security for National Anti-Organized Retail Crime Association and serves as a corporate security consultant for the National Retail Foundation. He is a Member of the TALI Board of Directors and a Big3 member of FALI and CALI.
 Jennifer Silliman is currently a Group Supervisor for the Tampa Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Fraud and Human Smuggling/Trafficking (FAST) group. She has a staff of nine people including six special agents, one Intelligence Research Specialist, one Task Force Officer, and one Investigative Assistant. Under her leadership, the FAST group works criminal investigations focusing on allegations of human smuggling and trafficking, and benefit and document fraud. Jennifer started with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1995 and started with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) when the agency was created in March 2003. Since that time, she has worked as a special agent in Tampa, FL and held management and leadership positions at HSI offices in Tampa, Washington, D.C., San Diego, and Los Angeles. She has an undergraduate degree in sociology/criminal justice from Miami University in Oxford, OH. 
 

David Wesolowski is a licensed private investigator (C 1400270) specializing in evidence preservation and accident investigation. David has investigated hundreds of accidents and has extensive training in accident reconstruction, evidence preservation, crash data “Blackbox” retrieval for passenger and commercial motor vehicles and GPS systems, and commercial motor vehicle operation and compliance. He is a Bosch Data Retrieval (CDR) Technician and is trained in Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorder (EDR) interpretation and retrieval.

 Robert Wyman is President of Wyman Enterprises, Inc., in Coral Springs, Florida. Wyman Enterprises provides Forensic Photography and Evidence Documentation services for civil and criminal cases, including Criminal Defense work administered by the Florida Justice Administrative Commission (JAC) and Federal Criminal Justice Act (CJA). Robert has been accepted as an Expert Witness in Federal, State and local courts regarding forensic photography, audio/video forensics, GPS forensics, cellphone mapping and related subjects. His work has been published in 4 books, as well as magazines and industry newsletters. He served as a Traffic Analyst, Traffic Engineer, and Emergency Management Coordinator for Miami-Dade County government, then took a non-sworn position as Special Events Coordinator for the City of Miami Police Department. He has been in full time private practice since 1988. Robert is a frequent guest speaker and seminar presenter at conferences for Private Investigators, Crime Scene Investigators, and Traffic Crash Reconstructionists. He also has several courses approved by The Florida Bar for Attorney’s CLE credits regarding technology subjects. 

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