Board Members Present:
Robert (Monty) Clark
Board Members Not Present:
We start with the board reports.
Training & Education - Dave Shaffer
Nothing to report at this time. Dave also wanted to let the membership know how much he had enjoyed serving them.
Ethics & By-Laws - Allen Innis
Allen identified he will defer to Christine about a couple of by-laws changes. He acknowledged that he has moved out of state. He has resigned his board position.
Membership - Ted Gartman
Ted wanted to let us know that he has been working with IRB Search to obtain special deals for our members. New members to the Association will receive 250 free searches within a 30-day trial period. Current members of the Association who are already clients of IRB will receive 50 free searches when they call IRB and mention of the spring SuperConference.
Credentials – Marti Miller has been in contact with Berkley Blanks and Mack Donaldson about our credentials. They are willing to work with us about the credentials, but all of the individuals covered under PPSB have to be able to be handled by the system we come up with. Ted has been in contact with Bubba Russo of Smith Advertising in Garner who retails a product that could be of assistance.
Survey - The PPSB has asked for the opinion of the PI’s about what type of training we think the would be beneficial for continuing education. This email will be sent shortly. Please take a moment to respond to it.
Application - Ted identified he has redesigned the Membership Application and loaded it to the website.
Introduction to Private Investigation Studies – Ted has been in contact with Rick Clayton who has been working on the CE curriculum, about training targeting individuals who are interested in a career in Private Investigation. The PIS would contain 5 core-required courses and be taught over a semester’s time. These courses would count towards the PPSB required hours for licensing.
Topics would include:
Ethics and Professionalism
Investigative Report Writing
North Carolina Licensing Statutes & Investigators Safety
Firearms and Mental Preparedness
Ted wanted to let the membership know how much he has enjoyed working for the members this year. We have made great strides this year and hope to keep the momentum up.
Motion to Accept
Treasurers Report - Marti Miller
Marti identified the current balances:
$12,396.99 NCAPI Checking
$ -210.48 Check not cleared yet
$12,186.51 Total Checking
$808.30 PAC Fund
$3,520.00 Lobbyist Account
$16,154.81 Total Funds
Bill Fletcher audited the books on 19Jan05. All accounts have balanced.
Motion to Accept Bills Report
Identification - The subject of our ID’s caused much discussion. There was question about the size the identification should be. Should it be a card, or the current paper equivalent? This has been a long hard road to get to the point that the PPSB will even consider changing the ID’s. The PPSB has made it crystal clear that any ID we decide on (if it is approved) will be utilized in some fashion for all individuals covered by the PPSB. They will not entertain a different type of ID for us than everyone else. One of the members had three different type/size ID’s that were passed around the to show the difference.
Badges are still being discussed in the 74C rewrite, but are unlikely to be passed.
The discussion was tabled until the next meeting in Raleigh in February.
Motion to Accept.
Past President - Monty Clark
Monty wanted to remind everyone that the SuperConference is coming up in May. He explained that the trip would be tax deductible since it is a business expense.
South Carolina is going to accept the conference as Continuing Education credit.
The Marriott is a wonderful resort right on the beach. This is a new facility and they have a negotiated room rate at $130.00 until our room block runs out. The resort has many amenities.
Please visit www.carolinaconferences.com
Secretary's Report - Christine Covington
Christine wanted to thank Barbara Roundbehuler for pointing out that contact information at the bottom of www.ncapi.org was incorrect. It has been corrected.
She also identified that non-renewed members will be removed from the website on 31 January 2004. She will also restrict access to the newsgroup on that date.
Christine wanted to make sure that everyone realized how important it was to update her with correct email information. On the last email that was sent to the membership, 10 email addresses were wrong.
Also, all notifications from the board, being sent by the secretary will change from my business email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There was discussion that all requests to have information disseminated to the membership will not be honored. If information is sent from the board, it gives implied approval to whatever product or service. The board reserves the right to not forward information to the membership.
Christine wanted everyone to know that after each PPSB meeting she obtains a copy of the current PI/PIA listings. She then verifies that everyone being displayed on our website is still licensed. If anyone drops their license, they will be removed pending re-licensing.
By-Law Changes –
There are 2 by-law changes for the members to vote on.
The Fiscal year of the ASSOCIATION is set on the calendar year, January 1st through December 31st. Annual dues are due and payable on or before January 1st. New members who join between January 1st and June 30th will pay 100 percent of the annual dues fee. New members who join between July 1st and December 31st will pay a prorated membership fee, not to exceed 50 percent of the annual dues. The prorated amount will be voted on by the NCAPI Board at the annual conference and will remain in effect until the next annual conference. All new and renewal members will receive a certificate upon being duly voted on and approved by the NCAPI Board. Members who renew their dues will receive a new certificate before the 1st scheduled meeting after the annual conference. Invoices will be sent to each member no less than 30 days prior to renewal. Dues not paid within 30 days of notification will be considered delinquent and the member will be dropped from the rolls. Once dropped, a former member may only be reinstated by payment of the delinquent dues and re-approved by the Board of Directors.
The Fiscal year of this Association is set on the calendar year, January 1st through December 31st. Annual dues are due and payable at or before the Association’s annual meeting. New members who join between January 1st and October 31st will pay the full membership dues. Any new member joining after October 31st will still pay the full membership dues, but it will be valid until December of the next year. All new and renewal members will receive an NCAPI Private Investigator’s Certificate after being duly voted on and approved by the Board of Directors. Members will receive a new certificate before the 1st scheduled meeting after the annual conference. Invoices will not be mailed to members. Invoice, or reminders, will be emailed to all members unless the member does not have a valid email address. All members whose checks are returned for insufficient funds (NSF) will be assessed a $25.00 fee, payable by money order or other certified funds. Dues not paid within 30 days of notification will be considered delinquent and the member will be dropped from the rolls. Once dropped, a former member may only be reinstated by payment of the delinquent dues and re-approved by the Board of Directors.
Since there were 2 separate issues being addressed in these by-law changes we split it into two votes.
1st vote was to drop the wording about sending invoices.
Motion to accept.
2nd vote was to drop pro-rating the membership dues. We will go to one membership fee. The only difference will be if you join after 31 October will be granted membership until the end of the next fiscal year at no additional cost.
Motion to accept.
Motion to accept Christine’s Report
Guest Visitor - Allen Hersh
Allen Hersch came to let us know that there are alternatives for health insurance.
He is with a group that provides “group rated” health benefits but individually written polices.
These polices are written by Midwest National Life.
Deductibles are reasonable and you do not get rated based on use. In the last 10 years the premiums have only gone up 8%.
For further details contact:
14300 Harbor Estate Road
Charlotte, NC 28278
C.J. Bronstrup - We want to thank C.J. for coming and setting up a display. C.J. creates websites and has worked for many of our members. He even created the superconference website.
Presidents Report - Ruth Reynolds
Ruth first addressed our problems with North Raleigh Hilton. We believed we had set up a new venue for our Raleigh meetings. However, the Hilton decided to change the terms that had been discussed. We have decided to stay at the Quality Inn and Suites. We will be looking at alternative venues for us to grow with.
Everyone knows that we are in an insurance emergency. However, please take care when you are shopping for insurance that you are getting coverage that cover you. Also, be careful that your insurance company is licensed to write insurance in North Carolina.
The PPSB has formed a committee to address the insurance issue. The PPSB originally declined a surety bond. Now, there are at least keeping the option on the table, but it is not realistic.
The Insurance Commission may not be aware of our plight. Ruth is willing to speak to the Insurance Commissioner on our behalf.
Russ Thomas detailed his problems getting insured. He pointed out that there is no uniformity. You cannot get an insurance carrier to write the mandatory minimums. He has also agreed to help out on an Insurance committee.
The other concern is that there are no companies in North Carolina that actually write polices. All of our money is being filtered out of the state.
It was again brought up that a surety bond would be an answer. 74C does not differentiate between insurance and bond.
Ruth brought up that this is a bittersweet meeting for her. This is her last meeting sitting as the President of our Association.
She brought up that she received a call from Eddie Caldwell’s old firm, Caldwell, Heffner, Coller, and Koshentic. He has left the company and had joined forces with Attorney McDarris from the PPSB. They have created McDarris/Holt/York.
Mr. Caldwell’s previous firm is looking to try to keep us with them.
There was discussion about the costs associated with hiring a lobbyist. It was finally decided that we would have to check with Caldwell, Heffner, Coller, and Koshentic and McDarris, Holt, and York to see what the prices would be for a lobbyist.
Another discussion was what to do with the lobbyist fund. A suggestion was to move the funds to the PAC fund. However, all further discussion about the lobbyist fund was completed when the membership made a motion to table the idea until we found out the pricing on a lobbyist.
Motion to table.
Mandatory CE will be a large part of the 74C rewrite. As an association we are able to provide this requirement through seminars.
Prior to this a past lobbyist had a contract to provide CE and they were going to charge $300-500 per course. Since then the board changed and the association fired the lobbyist.
The association then worked with the PPSB to get them to acknowledge us as a provider of Continuing Education through seminars. They finally agreed.
Ruth brought up that Dave Shaffer, resident author, has brought copies of his book if anyone wants to purchase one, he would be glad to autograph it.
Election of the New Board
Nominations were opened to the floor.
For President the nominees were:
Robert (Monty) Clark
For Treasurer the nominees were:
For Secretary the nominees were:
For Vice Presidents the nominees were:
Jim King -- Removed from ballot for failure to Renew.
Troy Perry -- Removed from ballot for failure to Renew.
Your new Board is:
Robert (Monty) Clark - President
Ruth Reynolds - Past President
Marti Miller - Treasurer
Christine Covington - Secretary
Larry Flannery - Ethics & By-Laws VP
Ted Gartman - Membershp VP
Thalia Ellis - Training & Education VP
John McGee - Legislative & Legal VP
Motion to Adjourn
Jeff Kiker Kiker Investigations
Frank Kiker Kiker Investigations
Tom Rose Kiker Investigations
Sonny Safrit Kiker Investigations
Bill Dover Kiker Investigations
Keith Hollen Eagle Eye Detective Agency
Aaron L. Stokes Eagle Eye Detective Agency
Kristie W. Land Wilson & Wilson Investigations
Dick Wilson Wilson & Wilson Investigations
Johnny Mims Private Eyes Investigative
Barbara Rounbehler Regional Investigations, Inc.
Larry Flannery Scott & Associates Inv
Chris Fisher C.A. Fisher & Associates
Thalia Ellis Progressive
Allen Innis Suntrust Bank
Dan Caylor Caylor Investigative Services
Hayden Church Track’Um Investigations
Darrel Latham Latham Confidential
Don Frey Latham Confidential
Ed Cobbler ELC Investigative Services
Russ Thomas Thomas Investigative
Audra Coleman Cameo Investigations
Fred McKinney SouthEastern Investigations
W. Bill Lane Lane & Associates
Barbara Bacon Cameo Investigations
John McGee McGee Investigations
Christopher Mayhue Robbins & Associates, Inc.
Monty Clark Clark & Associates
Ruth Reynolds Reynolds Professional Services
Ted Gartman N-Focus Investigations
Dave Shaffer Shaffer Investigations
Marti Miller A-1 Services
Christine Covington Blake Investigations, Inc.