2016-2017 Issue 3

April 2017


From the President

CALI 2017 Annual Conference: Your Sure Bet!

It's CALI Awards Season!

CALI Member Profile

2017 Golf Tournament & Scholarship

Sacramento District News

Running for the Board
2017-2018 Slate of Nominees &
Candidate Statements

CALI Listserv

Certified Professional Investigator: Are you Ready?

CALI's e-Learning Opportunities

Refer CALI & Earn!

CALI Online Exam Prep

CALI District Meetings

the CALI Website


Event List

CALI 2017 Annual Conference

Certified Professional Investigator




Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

CALI Social Networks


CALI Board of Directors

Robert Rice

Chris Reynolds
Immediate Past President

Frank Huntington, III, CPI
Chairman of the Board

David Williams
VP of Security Services

Maki Kudaka, CPI
VP of Administrative Services

Anne Fields

Oleg Flaksman, CPI

John Proveaux
Director at Large

Roberto Rivera, CPI
Director at Large

Jerry Packer
Executive Director

Chad Ragan
Central Coast Director

CW Sellers
East Bay Director

Bradley Pfanner
Golden Valley Director

Don Lewis
Inland Empire Director

Cary Cavalieri
South Bay-Long Beach Director

Ken Childs
Los Angeles Director

Anthony Hopkins, CPI
North Bay Director

Bob RadusOrange Director

Lee Wolfe
Redding Director

Frank Huntington, III, CPI
Sacramento Director

Jared Rowe
San Francisco Director

Rick Rivero, CPI
San Diego Director

Osiel Garza
San Joaquin South Director

Felipe Flores
San Jose Director

CALI District Governors

Carl Dougherty
Centra Coast Governor

Juan Sigler
East Bay Governor

Tony Suggs
East Bay Asst. Governor

Amenoel Barfield
Golden Valley Governor

Don Lewis
Inland Empire Governor

Alfonso Lozano
Long Beach-South Bay Governor

Fred Moreno
Los Angeles Governor

Mayra Mira
North Bay Governor

Mark Eskridge
Orange Governor

Cary Cavalie-Gonzalez
Orange Asst. Governor

Edward Mussen
Redding Governor

Terry Gilbeau
Sacramento Governor

David Walker
San Diego Governor
2016 Governor of the Year

Jared Rowe
San Francisco Governor

Lance Davison
San Joaquin South Governor

Sandra Copas
San Jose Governor


 Our goals remain as clear and strong as they were when CALI was formed in 1967:

To advance the professions of licensed investigators and security professionals;

To provide education and training to all licensed professionals; and

To articulate and advocate the needs and interests of the professions before legislative, administrative, and judicial branches of government.

Through quarterly conferences and seminars, publications, community programs, and advocacy on behalf of our profession, we honor our commitment to our colleagues and clients.

From the President, Robert Rice

March was an exciting month for CALI, headlined by our very successful Legislative Day in Sacramento.  A big thank you goes out to all the attendees and to the Districts and individual members that supported Legislative Day through your donations.  Once again, Frank Huntington, Francie Koehler and Jerry Desmond did an outstanding job on behalf of CALI and all PIs in California.  A big thanks also goes out to the Legislative Committee for giving up a full day to review all the pertinent bills affecting PIs and Security professionals currently before the Legislature.

I was pleased to attend an excellent training seminar given by the Orange District regarding genealogy.  The information provided was very insightful even to a novice searching their family tree.  Kudos to District Director Bob Radus and District Governor Mark Eskridge for organizing a great event.  I hope to attend more District meetings in April.   

The slate of candidates for CALI's leadership positions for next year are set.  While many of the officers are running unopposed, write-ins are possible. Let your voice be heard through the ballot! I encourage all members to vote and to ultimately get involved, if not on the Board then within your Districts or on a CALI Committee - click here to view a list of committees.

Soon our District election meetings will be held.  Again, your voice determines who represents your District next year.  Get out to those meetings and make certain that your District Director & Governor earn your vote.  Let them know what you would like to see from your District going forward.

The Annual Conference is just over 2 months away.  The Conference Committee has been working hard to provide our members with an excellent social, networking, and educational event.  Take a break and join your fellow members in Reno this June.


Join the California Association of Licensed Investigators for its 2017 Annual Conference: Your Sure Bet! To be held June 8-10, 2017 back by popular demand to the beautiful Peppermill Resort, Spa, & Casino in Reno, Nevada, "The Biggest Little City in the World!" The CALI Conference boasts high profile keynote presenters and sessions as well as an absolutely wonderful venue - a not to miss event!

Click here for more information and to register!

Conference Highlights
  • Thursday night's Welcome Reception will feature a fully hosted bar service, hors d'oeuvres, putting contest, and cigar night
  • Friday Morning Keynote Presentation with Donald "Max" Noel, The Unabomber: The Hunt & The Capture
  • New this year! Friday Lunch Keynote Presentation featuring FBI Special Agent Frederick Bradford on the topic of Cyber Attacks
  • Friday night's festivities will include Cocktail Hour with Exhibitors with a fully hosted bar and hors d'oeuvres
  • Annual Conference Golf Tournament (separate fee applies)
  • Exhibitor Showcase ~ view the latest products and services offered by the many vendors that will be present         
  • Several opportunities for networking with your peers
  • Saturday's Keynote Presentation and Lunch with Kelly Riddle, Cases that Land You in Jail
  • Opportunity to sit for the CPI Examination (separate fee applies)
  • The Great Gatsby President's Banquet and Awards Ceremony ~ this semi-formal event will honor CALI Officers and Directors for their contribution throughout the year.  The 2017 President's Award will be presented in addition to the Distinguished Achievement Award (separate fee applies)

Don't miss the PI event of the year!  

Reserve Your Guest Room:
Peppermill Resort & Spa
2720 S. Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89502

A discounted guest room rate of $99 is available until May 16, 2017 and subject to availability.  For room reservations, click here to use the convenient on-line reservation link or call (775) 826-2121 and ask for the "CALI discounted rate."

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino offers extensive amenities to make your stay comfortable and convenient. Indulge in the opulence of Reno's Best Casino Spa or enjoy swimming pools, free wi-fi, a fitness center, business center, casino shopping, arcade and more at Peppermill resort casino in Reno, NV.

 It is CALI Award Nominations Season!

Distinguished Achievement Award
Call for Nominations Deadline: April 14, 2017
CALI's Most Prestigious and Honored Award

Investigator of the Year Award &
Security Professional of the Year Award

Call for Nominations Deadline: April 17, 2017 Deadline

Click here for criteria and the nomination information.

 CALI Member Profile

Have you reviewed your member profile lately?

The speciality human trafficing was recently added.

Be sure to logon with your username and password to peridocially check that the information in your profile is correct.

If you need assistance please contact the CALI staff at 949-715-5401 or [email protected].

 Golf Tournament & Scholarship

Be sure to register for the CALI Annual Conference Golf Tournament. We will tee off in the morning of Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Red Hawk Golf Course.

We are also accepting tee/green sponsors for this year's golf tournament. $125.00 for a tee/green sign. Click here for the CALI 2017 Golf Sponsorship Form.

The 2017 CALI Scholarship application: Click here to complete the online scholarship application form. The deadline to submit the application is May 5th, 2017. If you have any questions pertaining to the process or the application please feel free to give a call or send an email. The committee and I are looking forward to reviewing the applications and awarding the scholarships once again this year.

We are currently accepting donations for the CALI Annual Conference Auction, please share this at your district meetings! If you have items, please send an email to [email protected].

Respectfully Submitted,
Chad Ragan, Chair
CALI Golf Tournament and Scholarship Committee

 Sacramento District News

The Sacramento District was pleased to have retired Sacramento Police Detective John Cabrera speak at our last meeting on March 8.  John had a very distinguished career as a homicide detective where he investigated numerous notorious cases including Dorotha Puente, the infamous Sacramento landlord who was convicted of murdering multiple tenants at her boarding home, and afterwards burying the remains in her yard.  The case was the subject of numerous television shows and documentaries and a Hollywood movie is purportedly in the works. Special thanks to Detective Cabrera for sharing the inside...scoop.

Sacramento's next meeting is scheduled for April 11.  Details to follow.

(Picture: Sacramento Director Frank Huntington with retired Sacramento Detective John Cabrera at the Sacramento District Meeting.)


2017-2018 Board of Directors
Slate of Nominees & Candidate Statements

Anne Fields

Vice President of Administrative Services
Maki Kudaka, CPI

Vice President of Investigative Services
Roberto Rivera, CPI

Vice President of Security Services
David Williams

Oleg Flaksman, CPI

Chris Reynolds

Director at Large
John Proveaux

Director at Large
Dan Goldsmith

Anne Fields for the position of President
It is with great pride that I submit my name as a candidate for President of CALI. I have served on the board of directors of CALI as the San Jose District Governor and the San Jose District Director (9 terms), a Director at Large, the Vice President of Investigative Services, Vice President of Administrative Services and the Treasurer for the past three years. I have served on several committees and have been the Chair of the Unlicensed
Practices, Scholarship, Bylaws, Budget and Historian Committees.

Legislation is one of my top priorities. Numerous bills are introduced each year that impact every member. I will support the promotion of a strong Legislative program that reaches out to our members for support.

I support a strong education program through NLITE, ELITE, and the Annual Conference. I support transparency and good communication between the board and the membership. I have been working as a private investigator since 1984 and a member of CALI since 1987. I have extensive experience conducting Criminal Defense Investigations, Administrative Investigations and Trial Preparation.

In 2003, I received the CALI Investigator of the Year Award. During my career, I have been a mentor to several new private investigators.

I will perform my duties even when it is difficult or awkward. I understand the history of CALI and the association's strengths and weaknesses. One of my goals is to keep CALI dues reasonable while supporting our membership programs. I look forward to the opportunity to serve our membership and the organization.

Maki Kudaka, CPI for the position of Vice President of Administrative Services

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Vice President of Administrative Services for the past year.  I am asking for your support as I seek for re-election for the 2017-2018 term.
My experience in CALI Leadership includes serving as Orange District Governor (2014-2015), Senior Governor (2015), Orange District Director (2015-2016), Chair of Membership Committee (2016-current), and Member of Scholarship Committee (2015-current), and Annual Conference Committee (2014-current).  I was awarded the Governor of the Year award in 2015.

As VP of Admin, I have actively assisted all 14 District Governors and Directors in enhancing the quality of their District events with quality speakers, education and training, and legislative advocacy.  In an effort to provide support and resources to District Leaders (DL) to accomplish this, I have implemented monthly DL conference calls to offer training, share ideas and encourage team support for success within their Districts.
As CALI Membership Committee Chair, I have worked with all Committee Members to formulate and implement short and long-term plans to increase the number of CALI membership with qualified, well-trained investigators.  

My dedication, passion, enthusiasm and energy over the years in Leadership have demonstrated my qualification and level of commitment to CALI to serve as your VP of Admin.   I look forward to 2017-2018 term and the challenges it may bring.  My goals are to continue working closely with DL's to strengthen the Districts and provide value added benefits through events, training and networking opportunities.  I will work diligently to identify and execute plans to increase the number of CALI membership with highly-trained professionals.

I am fortunate to have the support of President Robert Rice, CALI Executive Officers, Board of Directors and Governors.  I hope to have your support in re-electing me as your Vice President of Administrative Services.   Thank you.

Roberto Rivera for the position of Vice President of Investigative Services

My goals as a VP of Investigative Services are to continually focus on furthering our fulfillment of the Association's mission to encourage education, training and networking amongst the membership and our peers, and continuing to grow our member base. Fiscally speaking, our Association is a momentous time of change and securing future streams of revenue to the Association promises to be one of the next Board's imminent tasks. The goal is continuity of overall membership benefits with a minimal increased cost to our membership.

My background as a CALI Member began in 1998 when I became initially licensed and began my own investigative firm in Northern California, serving clients locally, nationwide and internationally.

As a current three-time Director-at-Large (DAL) and three-time District Director, I have continued my commitment and service to our Association. In the past, I have served as the Chair of the CALI Scholarship Committee and Unlicensed Practices Committees, along with participating in other committees.

I am seeking election to continue my work in our Association as Vice President of Investigative Services, furthering CALI be as an outstanding member-driven and industry-focused organization. Our membership, our colleagues, and our businesses both need and deserve a better, stronger professional association to forge into the future as a stronger Investigative and Security Association. A strong CALI allows for better sharing of knowledge through member supported meetings, trainings and networking, such as the local District events and annual training classes offered throughout the year in various venues.

The need for a united proactive Association towards the State Fund situation, good benefits for our members and continued participation with BSIS remain important concerns for our membership on a regular basis.

Chris Reynolds for the position of Treasurer


I am seeking election as the Treasurer of CALI for the 2017-18 Term.  I have served on the board of directors for the past fourteen years as a Director of the North Bay District, Director at Large and four terms as your President.  I have been actively involved with the Budget committee since its formation.  The budget committee works with the Executive Director to monitor and approve all CALI spending.  I have worked closely with Northwestern Mutual, the investment company responsible for CALI's investment portfolio. I believe I am qualified to serve CALI in this position and I respectfully ask for your vote.


Oleg Flaksman, CFE, CPI for the position of Secretary

I am excited to run for CALI secretary for the 2017-2018 term. This was my first year as secretary and I feel that my performance as a board member will continue to mature as my desire to contribute to our profession grows more every day. This year I have made progress with the memoriam committee and believe that we will have a finished page on our website completed by the coming CALI year. We are also working diligently on the online education program to continue to improve the online test prep course with the help of the entire committee. I will continue to contribute as much time as I can find to CALI and to the benefit of all PI's.
Thank you,     
Oleg Flaksman, CFE, CPI

John Proveaux for the position of Director-at-Large

CALI is a great organization composed of a wide variety of private investigators and associates from Southern California, the Central Valley and Northern California. The diversity and skill level of our members is as varied as our beautiful state. We have investigators who have worked their way into our profession through long hours of apprenticeship, study and careful attention to detail. Some of us, come from government service or law enforcement and have decided to start a new career. We all share one thing in common; if it wasn't for our mentors, we would not be where we are today as investigators. Our association is built on time honored practices and the knowledge that staying focused on member training, legislative engagement and political action will ensure that our members are the best trained and most respected private investigators in the world.

I have been a CALI member and private investigator for approximately 10 years, the majority of which I have been the Redding District Director and/or the Northern Director at Large. I am retired from a 28-year career in law enforcement, in which I have had assignments all across California from San Diego, the Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and Redding. I am well accustomed to our state's diversity and the challenges that each area presents to our profession. I bring an even tempered and balanced approach to the complex problems that our association faces.
I am again seeking the position of Director at Large and pledge to continue my support of our CALI districts and the continued development of our association. I am asking for your vote of support for the position of Director at Large.

John Proveaux                                                                                                                                                                     Northern CALI Director-at-Large  

Dan Goldsmith for the position of Director-at-Large

I wanted to introduce myself to you CALI members, who do not know me.  I have been a licensed Investigator for over 22 years and have operated a successful private investigation business in Riverside.  I have been a member of CALI on and off since 1996.  I have served in several leadership positions with CALI, over multiple years.  I have served as Inland Empire District Governor, Inland Empire District Director, appointed to the CALI Board of Directors, as Director at Large, and elected as Vice President of Investigative Services.  While on the CALI Board of Directors, I have served as the List Serve Chairman.  Also, in 2008,  I was proud to be selected as the CALI Investigator of the Year.  So, I have a heart for our business, for representing our needs and keeping the integrity of our profession.  I want CALI to be a beacon for PI associations worldwide.

You may ask, why I applied to run for the CALI Board, again.  What I see is a need for grassroots leadership and transparency that represents the everyday working Private Investigator and Security Operator.  What I ask for is your confidence that electing me to the CALI Board as Director at Large, is having someone who represents everyone and not just themselves.  As in the past, I am fiscally responsible with Membership funds and try to give the best benefits back to you, the members.  This is your association!  I encourage all members to get involved.  If you can't or don't want to be actively involved, then make sure you vote in representatives that will carry your interests to the Board.


CALI Listserv Update

In this newsletter and hopefully ones in the future, I will be discussing the CALI Listserv and highlighting the purpose and occasionally the history.

Today's topic: Reply all or just to the sender?

In the vast majority of cases, the proper response is to reply to the sender, not back to the entire Listserv.  There are of course exceptions, although few.  The best rule of thumb is to ask yourself, do 1,000 of my associates need to have my reply in their inbox?

Just a reminder:

The purpose of the Listserv is to provide a method for the Association - through its Board of Directors, Executive Director, or authorized representative - to communicate to its members about the association and association-related matters and policies.

Member use of the Listserv: Member use of the Listserv is solely for the purpose of exchanging business referrals, posting work assistance requests and information specifically related to PI or PPO case work and/or assignments.

The CALI Listserv is not a chat room or blog and is not intended for the purpose of expressing personal opinions or addressing a dispute with the Association, individuals or businesses.

Communications which do not conform to the Rules and Purpose of the Listserv are prohibited and may result in disciplinary action up to and including your removal from the Listserv.

For a complete explanation of the list-serve and relevant information visit the Listserv page on the CALI website.

Certified Professional Investigator

Are you ready? This test will be offered at the upcoming 2017 Annual Conference!

 Applicant Qualifications

  • The applicant must be a licensed Private Investigator or the equivalent designation in her or his jurisdiction to qualify for the Certified Professional Investigator designation. The applicant must be a licensed Private Patrol Operator or the equivalent designation in her or his jurisdiction to qualify for the Certified Security Professional designation.
  • If the applicant is a licensed Private Investigator or licensed Private Patrol Operator in the State of California, she or he must have been licensed for a minimum of three consecutive years immediately preceding application for certification.
  • If the applicant resides outside the State of California, and is not licensed in California, she or he must have been qualified under the respective laws or regulations in her or his jurisdiction to operate as a Private Investigator or Private Patrol Operator, for a minimum of three consecutive years immediately preceding application for certification.
  • Proof of licensure, or its equivalent in non-licensing jurisdictions, must be submitted with the original application for certification.
  • The applicant must accumulate ten (10) CPI/CSP credits to qualify.

To qualify for the CPI certification one must complete all of the requirements listed above and accumulate ten (10) credits. To renew, one must accumulate five (5) credits and attend at least one CALI Annual Conference every two years (which will meet three of the five credit requirement). Credits will not be carried forward from previous renewal periods. Determination of qualifying credit(s) will be made by the CPI/CSP chair and/or President of the Association.

Continuing education credits may be earned in the following ways:

One (1) Credit

  • Attend two District Meetings
  • Attend two Board Meetings
  • Governor Term
  • Committee Member Term
  • MCLE Credits
  • Related CE Credits
  • Leg Day Attendance
  • Conference Speaker
  • CPI Seminar Attendance
  • NLITE or ELITE Trainer
  • Related Certification

Two (2) Credits

  • Board Member Term
  • Bachelors Degree
  • Instructor at any accredited University or College. Instruction must be related to the security or investigations field.
  • Publication of article on CALI website, CALI Newsletter, CALI Journal
  • Article in recognized national publication related to investigations or security.

Three (3) Credits

  • All CPIs must attend one CALI Annual Conference in a two-year period (as of 2016). Attendance will meet three of the five credits needed for renewal
  • CALI President Term
  • JD, Masters, or PhD
  • Publication of bound book related to investigations or security field.
  • Attendance at a CALI ELITE-CDITC Academy

For complete information and to apply, please click here:

Attention Current CPIs:
The Board recently voted to include the attendance to at least one CALI Annual Conference per renewal so that inspectors will keep up-to-date with regulatory, legislative, best practices, and association business.

If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please contact Anthony Hopkins, Chair, CALI CPI/CPS Education/Training Committee at [email protected].

 CALI's e-Learning Opportunities

CALI has added to its library of e-Learning classes:

  •     CALI's Private Investigator Test Prep Course
  •     Interviewing Skills for Managers: Conducting an Interview
  •     Successful Hiring
  •     Quickbooks 2011
  •     Business Communications Fundamentals
  •     Better Business Writing
  •     Successful Negotiation
  •     WORD 2013 (Bundle)
  •     Outlook 2013 (Bundle)
  •     Excel 2013 - 5 Course Bundle
  •     Sexual Harassment Prevention for Managers
  •     Sexual Harassment Prevention for Employee

Click here for more information or to register!

Refer an Active Member and Earn Credit!

Earn up to $25 for EACH NEW ACTIVE MEMBER YOU REFER AND WHO JOINS CALI.  There is no limitation to the number of new active members you refer.

When your referral joins CALI, we automatically give you a credit on dues for the next year.  Your referral only needs to add your name to the referral box on the CALI application form.  Once you are ready to pay dues, contact the CALI staff at [email protected] or 949-715-5401 for your promo code so your discount is applied.

You can pay for your dues for years to come!

Start referring CALI today by sharing this link:


 CALI is proud to introduce its online PI TEST PREP course!

CALI's Online PI Exam Prep Course

To become a private investigator in the state of California, an individual must pass the state licensing examination. This course is designed to build a foundation of investigational knowledge to prepare students for the California Private Investigator (PI) exam. It was developed by the CALI Online Learning Committee, practicing private investigators who added their expertise, experience, and knowledge to the creation of this prep course.

For more information about CALI'S ONLINE PI TEST PREP course, please click here.

CALI District Meetings

4.1.17 Inland Empire District Meeting
5.11.17 Redding District Meeting
5.12.17 San Diego District Meeting
5.23.17 San Jose District Meeting, Elections, and Interview Techniques
6.24.17 San Jose District Meeting & Annual Retreat for the 2017-2018 Term

Event List 

Click on the Event List for more information or to register!


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