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2018 Conference Speaker Bios

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Chris Browning is is a proven and highly-trained Law Enforcement executive. He has operated in every aspect of modern policing, to include: large scale narcotics investigations, Homeland Security, white-collar crime, public corruption, voter and election fraud, violent crime, jail management and community oriented policing. Chris is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, held the positions of Police Chief and Chief of Investigations for the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. After 20 years in Law Enforcement, Chris started a Private Investigative agency which included TSCM services for individuals and corporations in the southeast. Research Electronic International’s equipment and training were widely used in this capacity.

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.

Cynthia Henderson began her career as an attorney and public affairs consultant to help clients succeed in land development, land use contracts, land management, real estate development, environmental permitting and administrative approvals for national, state and local projects. Having more than 14 years of experience in these arenas, Cynthia was recruited and appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve as the Secretary of Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Secretary of the Department of Management Services. During this time Cynthia’s was tasked with implementing two gargantuan online programs where she was successful in passing legislation and negotiating contracts to initiate People First and My Florida Marketplace. She also created integrated online licensing and phone systems to help implement and execute these programs. In the midst of these priority-driven projects, Cynthia was running daily state agency functions, managing multi-million dollar budgets for each agency as well as thousands of staff members. Cynthia incorporated Cynergy in 2003. She has been successfully gaining clients based on her vast expertise and her ongoing and growing relationships with both the executive and the legislative branches of government. She is a Florida Bar Attorney, Florida Real Estate Agent, Florida Real Estate Broker, and a licensed Legal Insurance Agent with Florida Department of Financial Services.

Michael Julian has worked in the investigations and security profession since 1985 when he began his career working as a surveillance investigator for National Business Investigations, Inc.He’s a long-time member of multiple national and international PI and security associations including the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI), of which he was President for two terms. He is a graduate of the Executive Protection Institute, studied surveillance detection and covert protection at Executive Security International, and has certificates in behavioral threat assessment and active shooter survival training.   His company, founded by his father in 1967, has provided executive and asset protection services to corporate executives, celebrities, natural and man-made disaster victims and people at risk, and investigative services to the corporate and private sector for five decades. He is a certified Personal Protection Specialist (PPS), is a Certified Professional Investigator (CPI) and is one of less than 50 Certified Security Professionals (CSP) in California. Michael is the Southwest Regional Director for the National Association for Missing and Exploited Children (NAMEC) Michael created the A.L.I.V.E. Active Shooter Survival program and now teaches active shooter survival throughout the US.  He wrote a book, 10 Minutes to Live: Surviving an Active Shooter using A.L.I.V.E., which will be published this year.

Ira Karmelin has been involved in the criminal justice field for more than 30 years.  Mr. Karmelin was with the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office for just under five years before leaving to attend law school.  While in law school, he testified as an expert witness in all facets of DUI enforcement.  Ira spent 10 years with the State Attorney's Office for the 15th Judicial Circuit (Palm Beach County), rising to the position of Deputy Chief of County Court, where he was responsible for training new attorneys.  Additionally, Mr. Karmelin taught new attorneys throughout the State via the Florida Prosecuting Attorney's Association.  Since leaving the State Attorney's Office, Mr. Karmelin has been a solo practitioner specializing in criminal defense law at both the trial, and appellate levels.  Ira Karmelin is one of only twelve attorneys to be Board Certified by The Florida Bar in both Criminal Trial Law and Criminal Appellate Law.

Mark Lynn is a military-trained leader with over 30 years of safety, investigative and logistics administrative experience. He a Combat Veteran having served in Desert Storm, Bosnia, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He was awarded more than 50 awards, decorations and citations with the highest being the Bronze Star Medal. He has Associate of Applied Science in Applied Technology, from Central Texas College (CTC) and is working on his Bachelor of Professional Aeronautics with OSHA minor, with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Mark was honorably discharged from the United States Army in August 2008 after serving for 20 years. Upon retiring from the military, Mark worked as an overseas Military Contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan from July 2008 – February 2015. Mark joined Keck Investigations in September 2015, and is now a partner in the agency. His investigative specialties include: Accident Investigation/Reconstruction, Surveillance Operations/Video Compilation, Armed/Unarmed Personal Protection, and Security. Aside from his C, D & G Licenses he is a Certified Forensic Interviewer – Forensic Testimony Evidence Recovery (CFI-FTER), Certified Protection Operation (EP Level 1) and Certified Tactical Gun Takeaway & Defense.

Tim O’Rourke is president of The Grafton Group, based in Tampa, Florida. Tim has more than 30 years’ experience in conducting and directing the protective and investigations needs of businesses. His practice areas include major fraud investigations, internet crimes, financial crimes, asset searches, product counterfeiting, due diligence and workplace violance. Prior to founding The Grafton Group, Tim served both domestic and multi-national corporations with their protective and investigative needs for twenty-years. During this period Tim was also appointed by the Florida Commissioner to serve as an advisor to the regulatory body which oversees private investigators from 2005-13. Prior to that Tim was selected to assist the DOL with a post 9-11 training curriculum. Tim has also served as president of the third largest PI Organization in the US, Florida Association of Licensed Investigators (FALI). Under Tim’s leadership FALI has doubled its size and is on track to become the nations second largest Private investigators association in the United States. Tim has hand picked from his network, the most experienced practitioners and courtroom tested specialists/experts in the forensic and private investigative field nationally to serve you. Tim is the Southeast Regional Director for the National Association for Missing and Exploited Children (NAMEC)

Dan O'Shea is a qualified Navy SEAL officer and presently a Lieutenant Commander in the US Naval Reserves. He voluntarily returned to active duty following 9/11 and served at Special Operations Command CENTRAL as a staff planning and SOF Liaison officer to US CENTRAL Command headquarters during the wartime planning and execution of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). He was the Coordinator for the Hostage Working Group (HWG) in Baghdad between July 2004 and April 2006. During his term as Coordinator, Dan directly managed the inter-agency response to more than 300 kidnapping incidents that included the release of an American journalist held captive for nine days and an Irish journalist held hostage for 36 hours. He has a proven leadership track record and extensive background in the tactical execution of initiatives ISO strategic objectives. An asymmetric warfare specialist with inter-agency, irregular warfare (IW), counter-insurgency (COIN) and extensive overseas experience. Skill-sets include: mission planning, war-gaming, designing strategy, implementing initiatives, curriculum development & training delivery. Builds & leads teams that take concept to completion - achieving mission accomplishment in any environment. Extensive experience and expertise operating in dangerous environs and conflict zones.

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.

Diane Spinner is a full time Fire Investigator with EFI Global and is based in South Florida. She also works as a Private Investigator with Rick Root and has been involved in the Fire Service/Investigations and Law Enforcement for the past 22 years. As a member of the Palm Beach County Arson/Bomb unit and past Secretary/Treasurer of the IAAI, Florida Chapter, she worked in the Investigative Division performing investigations of fires and was responsible for the juvenile fire setters program. Prior to being assigned to the Arson/Bomb squad, she was a Deputy Sheriff assigned to road patrol duties. Diane has over 450 hours of training specific to fire origin and cause investigation including classes from the National Fire Academy, Criminal Justice Training Institute and Michigan State Police, is a certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators, and is a certified Fire and Explosion Investigator. In addition, Diane possesses Pro Board Recognition and has conducted over 3500 investigations in her career, including qualifying as an expert witness in arson related judicial proceedings.

Joseph Travers, CPI, CCDI holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and is a candidate for a Master’s of Science Degree with High Honors from the California State University at Long Beach Graduate School of Criminal Justice Administration. Joseph is an Honorably Discharged Veteran from the United States Navy and has six years of experience in Law Enforcement. He has been a California State Licensed Investigator since 1984. His investigative work has been chronicled in print and electronic media. He has testified as an expert witness and conducted investigations regarding Police Practices and Investigative Technique in California State and United States Federal Courts. Joseph has been a Police Commissioner for the City of Oceanside, California since 2008. He is currently Chairman, and has served as Vice President and Director of the San Diego District for the Professional Investigators of California (PICA). He is a former President for the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI), and received the President’s Award in 2014 and the Investigator of the Year Award in 2015. He is also a Pastor for National Christian Information Center, and ministers on a Harley Davidson Motorcycle as founder of “Born Again-The Way” Christian Motorcycle Ministry. As Executive Director of Saved In America he has assisted in the rescue of over 45 young girls vulnerable to Child Sex Traffickers SINCE 2014. This in turn led to the formation of the National Association for Missing and Exploited Children (NAMEC). Joseph is the author of several publications with the most recent being “Investigation of Missing & Exploited Children: The Gateway to Child Sex Trafficking.”

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