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CALI's Most Prestigious and Honored Award

  Past Recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award:

Frank Huntington, CPI
Chris Reynolds
Jim Zimmer, CPI
Walt Zwonitzer
Barbara R. Burr, CPI

Anthony W. Perrin
Clarick G. Brown

Mark A. McClain, CPI
Francie Koehler, CPI
Raymond E. Smothers, CPI

John G. Talaganis, CPI
Joseph S. Memolo, CPI

Daniel Y. Jones

William E. Weller*
Steve Butin*

Robert J. Frasco*
Robert C. Wallace, CPI

Eddy L. McClain, CPI
Jack H. Reed, CPI*

John H. Eppick


Due to the COVID-19 related cancelation of last year’s conference, there was not a DAA program held.  This year, the program will take place and be held virtually during the annual conference.

If you submitted a nomination last year, you do not need to resubmit this year as we will combine it with this year’s nominations.  If you wish to submit a nomination this year, please review the qualifications and deadline below.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions.  (Nominations, however, must be submitted via US Mail.)

Call for Nominations Deadline: April 1st of each year
Nominations are currently being accepted for CALI's most prestigious and honored award the Distinguished Achievement Award (DAA). Recipients of this award have over an extended period of time contributed an extraordinary amount of time and effort to CALI and to the betterment of the professions in the investigation or security industries in general.

The Distinguished Achievement Award is not an annual award and is not intended to be awarded every year. It is an honor bestowed on those individuals who have made their contributions over an extended period of time. Past DAA recipients and the current sitting President of CALI are not eligible for nomination.

Award Criteria
CALI's highest honor, the Distinguished Achievement Award, is open to any CALI member who has, over the years, contributed an exceptional amount of their time, energy, and effort to CALI and to the betterment and professionalism of the investigative or security professions. Examples of the following criteria must be submitted in support of the nominee:

  • Length of continuous membership in CALI
  • Contributions to CALI and the industry
  • Leadership skills and their results
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others
  • Participation in training and education
  • Sustained support of CALI
  • Why the nominee will enhance the continued integrity of this Award

Those people nominating a member should include supporting documentation for the nomination including letters of support, testimonials, examples of their contributions to CALI, etc.

The Selection Committee for this award is made up of three outstanding members of the business, government, or legal community with no ties to any investigation or security businesses. This committee must arrive, independently, at the same selection, or no award is presented. Neither the nominees nor the members of the Selection Committee are revealed prior to the final announcement.

Nomination Procedure
Any current member of CALI may submit nominations. All nominations should be written in a complete and comprehensive form. Self-nominations will not be considered. Letter(s) of recommendation and other documentation must be included and should highlight achievements and address the award criteria. Nominations must be received no later than April 1st of each year.

All nominations must be submitted in writing and forwarded through the U.S. mail to:

Frank Huntington, III, CPI
5150 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Suite 101 #327
Carmichael, CA 95608

If awarded, the DAA presentation will occur at the annual conference.

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