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2019 Conference Speaker Bios

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Bruce Anderson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Cyber Investigation Services LLC a boutique high tech Cyber Investigation and Intelligence Agency with its home offices located in Tampa, Florida. CIS specializes in helping Corporations, Law Firms & Professionals; navigate the complex world of Cyber & Internet Threats that impact Corporate and Global brands, Intellectual Property, financial assets, Corporate Security and Liability. As a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Cyber Security Analyst (ECSA), and Certified Digital Forensic Engineer (CDFE) Mr. Anderson has been responsible for solving cases involving international hacker groups, multi-national companies, insider theft, organized fraud rings, extortion, tortious interference, trademark infringement, counterfeiting and defamation.
Matt Aubin is the Vice President of Investigations and Enforcement at Cyber Investigation Services, LLC. CIS specializes in helping Corporations, Law Firms and Professionals navigate the complex world of Cyber & Internet related crimes. Matt’s certifications include: Certified Digital Forensics Examiner, Florida Board Certified Investigator, and Certified TSCM Countermeasures Technician. He has worked on Cyber Cases jointly with the FBI and numerous domestic law enforcement agencies around the United States. Matt has been responsible for solving cases involving International Extortion Rings, Business Email Compromise, Hacking, Electronic Espionage, Internet Defamation, Revenge porn, Cyber harassment and Cyber Stalking. He has been declared as an expert witness in in the fields of Cyber Forensics, Cyber Investigations and Cyber Stalking. Matt currently serves on the FALI board of Directors as the Tampa Area Director and previously served 2 years as Treasurer.

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.

Brad Dalhover is the Director of Operations at CROSStrax, a case management software provider for the investigative industry. After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Criminology and Psychology, Brad worked for two large investigative agencies before starting his own investigative agency in Atlanta in 2002. While implementing technology for the investigative agency, there was a clear need for affordable case management software within the investigative industry. Over the past 6 years, the software company grew to become an industry staple in the case management arena and was acquired by CROSStrax in 2018. Brad has presented the case management topic at numerous conferences across the country.
 

Cynthia Hetherington, is the founder and President of Hetherington Group, a consulting, publishing, and training firm that leads in due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations by keeping pace with the latest security threats and assessments. She has authored three books on how to conduct investigations, is the publisher of the newsletter, Data2know: Internet and Online Intelligence, and has trained over 120,000 investigators, security professionals, attorneys, accountants, auditors, military intelligence professionals, and federal, state, and local agencies on best practices. For more than 25 years, she has led national and international investigations in corporate due diligence and fraud, personal asset recovery, and background checks. With a specialization in the financial, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications industries, her investigations have recovered millions of dollars in high profile corruption cases. Cynthia provides expert commentary for national and international media outlets. She has presented at over 500 conferences across North America. In 2015, Cynthia founded the OSMOSIS Institute, host of the annual OSMOSIS Conference. Hundreds of investigators across the nation attend to gain insights into Open Source Intelligence and receive training from the most recognized social media and open source trainers in North America.

Jan Edwards is the founder and CEO of Paving the Way Foundation. Jan spent over 25 years as an Executive in sales and marketing working with organizations like Time Warner, Bright House, the United Nations and other international groups, before taking on the worldwide initiative to prevent children from becoming victims of this silent crime. Paving the Way has educated over 4,500 children, teens and adults on this subject since Jan of 2017. She has been featured in Huffington Post, Marie Claire UK, NBC and iHeart Radio as an expert in prevention and was recently awarded Humanitarian of the Year. Jan is the writer, co-director and producer of the award-winning film, Trapped in the Trade, which was featured on CNN. 
Jane Holmes began her career in investigations in 2004 and in 2015 founded her own agency, Patricia Lane Investigations in Cumming GA. She is currently 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 Private Detectives, and Real Estate Professionals. She has taught courses including: Mortgage Fraud Investigations, Utilizing Real Estate Documents in Investigations, Effective Report Writing, Courtroom Testimony, and Georgia Sunshine Laws Jane currently holds Private Detective 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 Lynn joined Keck Investigation Service in September 2015 and is now a partner in the agency. His Investigative Specialties include: Accident Investigation/Reconstruction, Surveillance Operations/Video Compilation and Armed/Unarmed Personal Protection. He has experience testifying for depositions and trials in both State and Federal Court. He currently serves as FALI Treasurer, and Legislative Chair, interacting with legislators on issues affecting PIs throughout the State. A Highly Decorated Combat Veteran, Mr. Lynn retired Honorably from the U.S. Army in 2008. He then became a Military Contractor for the next 7 years supporting Troops while deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a Military-trained Leader with over 30 years of Safety and Accident Investigation experience. Mark is a trained first responder and crisis manager. Mark holds the designation of Florida Board Certified Investigator.

Tara Scott Lynn is a highly accomplished Florida Licensed Attorney with 14 years of legal experience handling a diverse marital and family law case load. A strong communicator and litigator admired for being detail-oriented and an exceptional problem solver. She attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Government. Her main interest in this area was political theory. She then moved to the Tampa Bay area in February of 2000 and attended Stetson University College of Law, from which she graduated in 2004, receiving her Juris Doctor degree with a concentration in advocacy. Tara was admitted to practice by the Florida Bar in September of 2004 and ventured on her own by opening the Law Offices of Tara J. Scott P.A. in 2009. She concentrates her practice in the area family law issues, dependency, as well as court appointed guardian ad litem. She is currently the President Elect of the St. Petersburg Florida Bar Association.

Eric Miller entered public service in 1982 as a uniformed police officer for the City of Pensacola, Florida. He served in many different capacities until 1993 when he became a lieutenant with the Office of the Inspector General (IG) for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), eventually commanding that same unit.His investigations into criminal misconduct by Florida Marine Patrol Officers, culminated in his appointment to a leadership role in the Florida Marine Patrol as its assistant director. In 2001, Eric assumed a leadership role at the Department of Insurance. In 2004 he became the Director of the Division of Insurance Fraud a position he held until 2007 when he was tapped to lead the Divisions of State Fire Marshal, Insurance Fraud, and Worker Compensation as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Compliance and Enforcement. Eric was then hired to create the Office of Corporate Compliance for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation after which he accepted an appointment as IG for the Agency for Health Care Administration. Five years later, he accepted an appointment as the Chief IG for the State of Florida. In this role, Eric served as the IG for the Executive Office of the Governor and provided direction and guidance to the IGs posted in the state agencies reporting directly to Governor Scott. Eric retired from state service in January 2019. He possesses a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and master’s degree in Public Administration. He is a certified financial crimes investigator and a certified inspector general.

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 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 the National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI).

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 violence. 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 nation's second largest Private investigators association in the United States. Tim is the Southeast Regional Director for the National Association for Missing and Exploited Children (NAMEC).

Brandon A. Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER is an award winning nationally recognized Florida private investigator and National Director of the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council. Brandon and his seasoned team of investigators are available for all types and phases of investigative assignments. He is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI), Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI-FTER) and has been qualified as an "Expert in criminal investigation" by the courts. Brandon has 34 years of investigative experience as a former U.S. Air Force Criminal Investigator, State of Florida Public Defender Investigator, government appointed civil & human rights investigator, and Florida licensed private investigator. He is recognized as one of the nation's foremost private investigators and trainers, consultants, and speakers in the area of criminal defense investigation providing his investigative expertise to government agencies and the United States Military. In addition, Brandon has authored the professionally acclaimed book Uncovering Reasonable Doubt: The Component Method - A Guide for the Criminal Defense Investigator as well FTER - Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery – Forensic Interviewing.

Amy M. Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER, is an expert in the area of capital cases involving the d
eath penalty and specializes in capital case investigation management and mitigation investigation. She maintains a position as the Chief Investigator and lead Death Penalty Mitigation Specialist for the State of Florida, 19th Judicial Circuit Public Defender. Amy is also a Florida licensed private investigator and seasoned veteran with over 16 years of experience conducting criminal and civil investigations on behalf of government agencies, law firms, corporations, and private individuals. She has earned the nationally recognized designation of Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI-FTER) and was awarded two National CDITC Field Commendation Awards for outstanding performance as a criminal investigator.

Dennis Root is the President of Dennis Root & Associates, Inc., an expert consultant, professional investigations, and specialized training firm. He is a nationally recognized expert who testifies in cases regarding the use of force and self-defense. His area of expertise has him working force cases across the United States and he has appeared on many national and local news media programs. He served as the use of force expert during the well-publicized cases involving George Zimmerman, and Micah LeMaster. Dennis has more than 27 years of law enforcement experience during which his duties included road patrol, traffic, canine, detective and internal affairs, training. He served as the Martin County Sheriff’s Office use of force specialist. He has served as the lead Defensive Tactics Instructor for four different law enforcement agencies and is the former lead Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Indian River Criminal Justice Training Institute. Dennis is the Founder of the Dennis Root Public Safety Foundation which is dedicated to providing crime prevention and personal safety programs to the community for free. The Foundation strives to support the specialized needs of law enforcement, military & Search and Rescue K-9 teams.
Bruce Yasukochi has conducted numerous fraud, forensic accounting and corporate internal investigations involving financial statement fraud, earnings manipulation, money laundering, kickback and conflict of interest schemes, embezzlement, contractor fraud, procurement fraud, payroll fraud and executive misconduct. Bruce has provided expert testimony and expert reports in state and federal civil and criminal proceedings and has helped his clients recover millions of dollars in insured loss claims. Bruce has also served as an adjunct professor of fraud and forensic investigations at the University of Miami. Bruce is licensed both as a CPA and as a Private Investigator in the State of Florida.


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