Richard Pena has over 30 years in law enforcement and national security since 1986. Rich started his law enforcement career with the NYPD later being promoted to detective. His assignments included the 77 precinct, one of the busiest precincts in New York City, Brooklyn North Tactical Narcotics Team, Queens Narcotics District, Queens Narcotics Major Case Unit, and the NYPD-ATF Joint Firearms Task Force. After 9/11, Rich was transferred to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force where he was assigned to a squad responsible for the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.

In 2006, Rich retired from the NYPD and worked as a US Department of Energy contractor in the capacity of a Deputy Senior Counterintelligence Officer for the Northeast Counterintelligence Regional Office. His responsibilities included espionage and counterterrorism investigations.

In 2008, Rich joined the FBI in New York as an intelligence analyst in the Joint Terrorism Task Force where he was responsible for terrorism matters in Western Europe. Rich was deployed to Europe numerous times for major terrorism incidents, investigations, and operations with foreign security services. He has worked major investigations into al-Qai’da and ISIS networks in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Spain and the UK.

Speaking Topic: 

Terrorism in the United States and AbroadThe Formation of ISIS, Al Qaeda & The Paris and Belgium Massacres.

John Gaspar | B.S., M.S, CFE, BAI, CSI

Licensed Florida Private Investigator

  • Retired NYPD Detective and Florida Sheriff's Detective that has worked in:
  • 13th Division Homicide NYC
  • Intelligence Division & Dignitary / Celebrity & Principle Protection
  • Organized Crime Control
  • Major Case Squad – Bank Robberies & Terrorist Activities NYC
  • NYPD Forensic Hypnosis Unit
  • Economic Crime Division Supervisor – Fraud & White-Collar Crime – Florida Sheriff's Office
Specialized Training
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Master Crime Scene Investigator
  • Forensic Hypnotist - Memory Retrieval - New York & Florida
  • Firearms Instructor
  • Defensive Tactical Instructor

Past President of the Society of Professional Investigators – members & honoree's included Robert Kennedy & Rudi Giuliani

John Gaspar started his profession as a Criminal Justice Professional in Law Enforcement in 1973, with the New York City Police Department. While with the NYPD, he worked as an Educator, Administrator, Police Recruit Instructor, Patrol Officer, Detective and Supervisor. He also served as a curriculum developer and educator in New York City Police Department's Police Bureau.

Gaspar continued to progress in his career with the NYPD, working in a variety of investigative capacities, including Detective assignments in the Organized Crime Control Bureau, Intelligence Division (Executive and Dignitary Protection), Major Case Squad (Bank Robberies and Fraud Investigations), Special Investigation Division, Terrorist Task Force, Hostage Negotiation - Kidnapping Squad, Crime Scene Forensics and Special Investigation's Forensic Hypnosis Unit.

During his tenure in Special Investigations, John became one of the 10 most experienced and highly regarded Forensic Hypnotists in the United States.After retiring from New York City Police Department, Gaspar assumed a Command Staff role as the Chief Executive Officer of a Private Detective and Security Patrol agency licensed in four States and employing 250 people. While CEO of this agency, he was elected President of the Society of Professional Investigators, (members and honored guests included Robert Kennedy and Rudolph Giuliani). For his achievements in Law Enforcement and private sector leadership, Gaspar received a Proclamation from the City of New York.

Continuing this journey of excellence at the Flagler County, Florida Sheriff's Office, Gaspar was appointed by the Sheriff as the Director of Professional Standards and Training. In that assignment, he led the agency through the process of obtaining Florida Accreditation and National CALEA recognition.

As an educator, Gaspar has enjoyed a long-standing relationship as an Associate Adjunct Professor with St. John's University in New York City, and Ad Hoc Professor with John Jay College of Criminal Justice and for the past 9 years as an Associate Adjunct Professor, FDLE Instructor and recruit school trainer with Daytona Beach Community College. Gaspar also enjoys a relationship as an Adjunct Professor at Bethune Cookman College in the Social Science Department/Criminal Justice. He currently is the Crime Scene Investigations Program Coordinator for a Local Florida University.

John's areas of focus include homicide investigations, hazmat safety, forensic hypnosis interviews, financial crimes investigation and forensic auditing in criminal investigations. He is a Master Crime Scene Technician and is available as an instructor, private investigator and consultant in each of these topical areas

Anthony j. Luizzo, PhD, CFE, CST, PI

Anthony will have a stand alone introduction going out
Licensed Private Investigator in New York, and a member of the Board 
of Advisors of Stage One Screening LLC and Vault Verify LLC. He is a former member of the 
NYPD and a former senior security executive with the
 NYC Mayor’s Office. He has published dozens of articles for professional journals and magazines among which include: Security Management Magazine, PI Magazine, Texas Investigator Magazine, Better Building’s Magazine, Security Magazine – formally the White Paper, CPA Journal, Cam
pus Law Enforcement Journal, Internal Auditing / Fraud Report, Journal of Healthcare Protection Management. He was a contributing editor for Reuters - RIA Group publications and a guest lecturer and featured speaker for The American Management Association, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Academy of Security Educators & Trainers, and Institute of Internal Auditors. Academic affiliations: adjunct faculty-member at Long Island University, New York University, College of Staten Island, Skidmore College, Temple University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice Studies. He is a founding member and president emeritus of the New York Chapter: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, past president Brooklyn / Staten Island 1013 Association, past president of the Society of Professional Investigators {previous honorees included former New York Senator Robert Kennedy and former NYC Mayor Rudi Giuliani}. Co-hosted “SENIOR CARE AND LIFESTYLES” – a Time Warner cable weekly series dedicated to educating and advocating for Staten Island N.Y. senior citizens {2009-2012}. Dr. Luizzo, is a Court qualified security expert – Cited in the N.Y. Jury Reporter Bronx Supreme Court (October 1998).

  • Resolution: New York State Legislature (Senate # 613 – Assembly # 599) - 1983
  • Citation: 98th U.S. Congress, Hon. Joseph P. Addabbo:- Congressional Record - 1984
  • Citation: Brooklyn Borough President: - 1990
  • Distinguished Achievement Award: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners - 1996

Speaking TopicDemystifying the Investigative Process

Presented by John Gaspar and Anthony Luizzo

“an investigation is the medium through which facts are discovered, gathered, preserved and prepared as evidence for legal proceedings”

We will discuss Interviews/Integrations

  • using control type questioning – a control question is an incident-related query intended to elicit a psychological response
  • observing kinetics
  • establishing rapport
  • controlling the flow of the interview
  • allowing uninterrupted dialogue
  • keeping an open mind
  • following the facts wherever they may lead

Speaking Topic: Demystifying the Investigative Process

Presented by John Gaspar and Anthony Luizzo

“an investigation is the medium through which facts are discovered, gathered, preserved and prepared as evidence for legal proceedings”

We will discuss Interviews/Integrations

  • using control type questioning – a control question is an incident-related query intended to elicit a psychological response
  • observing kinetics
  • establishing rapport
  • controlling the flow of the interview
  • allowing uninterrupted dialogue
  • keeping an open mind
  • following the facts wherever they may lead

Mr. Kelly E. Riddle
Kelmar Global Investigations

Professional Experience: Mr. Riddle is the President of Kelmar Global Investigations and has more than 39 years of investigative experience. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Alabama. He was chosen as the “PI of the Year” by the National Association of Investigative Specialists and the PI Magazine named Mr. Riddle as the “#1 PI in the United States”. 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 PI’s of the 20th Century.” Kelly obtained his Texas Certified Investigator designation (less than 50 in TX.) Mr. Riddle is also the past President (2010-2012) for TALI - the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators; Board of Directors (2007-2010) for TALI as well as being on the Board of Directors for the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. Kelly is on the Advisory Board for FAPI - the Florida Association of Private Investigators and is on the Public Relations committee for the Council of International Investigators. Kelly is also 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 Council of Investigation and Security Services and the National Association for Missing and Exploited Children. Kelly was the recipient of the 2013 Investigator of the Year award, the highest recognition presented by the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators.

Mr. Riddle is the author of 10 books and has published more than 40 articles. He has been the guest speaker at more than 650 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 1500 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.


Speaking Topics: 

1. Building Your Business

2. Cases That Can Land You In Jail

3. Caregiver and Nursing Home Abuse Investigations


Rachel Cracchiola, Solutions Sales Manager, has been with DRN since 2008. Rachel serves Special Investigations Units daily. She has an extensive background with LPR data as it pertains to practical use and closing case files. Rachel has over 10 years expertise in the LPR data and technology field, has been working with LPR data and associated data analytics since VaaS inception, and has been serving the industry with extensive training aimed at teaching users how to gauge maximum benefits from LPR technology. Rachel is growing the DRN Event Links program and paving the way for licensed Investigators to transform their market into a greater success with much less efforts. Rachel's active account portfolio exceeds over 50,000 clients.

Speaking Topic: DRN – License Plate Recognition

DRN provides SIU investigators with commercial license plate recognition (LPR) data from across the country to develop investigative leads. Using the power of LPR data or vehicle sightings, learn how to investigate cases and catch fraud fast.


Michael T. Yergey started with Yergey Insurance Agency in 1991, and after graduating from Ferrum College as a triple major in business. He started in sales for small businesses in the small family owned agency and subsequently has worked in personal and commercial services, accounting and sales. He became a partner in 2004 and handled personal lines and special programs. In 2017, Mike formed Yergey Insurance Services that is specializing specifically in special programs that include private investigators and security guard industry.

Mike has been working with State Organization and Departments of Public Safety Groups with their guidelines and bylaws. Yergey Insurance has been endorsed by many different National and State Associations for their insurance products and services that they provide.

Since graduating from college, Mike has been involved with a few different Non-Profit organization like Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Northern Virginia (FCA) and Nokesville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department as a running member. Mike has also been a member of Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia since 1995 and has been a committee chair for the Membership Committee of the IIAV. Mike won the Young Agent award from the IIAV for his outstanding contribution to the association during his time as committee chair. He is now serving as board member for the IIAV as an at large director.

Mike currently resides in King George, VA with his wife Mary and their three children.

Speaking Topics: Protecting Your Business

Insurance 101 – Protect your Assets, ‘Are your Truly Protected’

Agenda of Presentation

  • Benefits of Insurance vs. No Insurance (Go Bare)
  • Policy Language Brief and Differences Between policies - What to look for and request in a policy
  • Liability Insurance versus Bonds
  • Things to Know about Workers Compensation
  • Cyber / Privacy Liability – Do you need it?
  • What can you do to prevent a claim?
  • Discussion and Questions


Oliver W. “Ollie” Phipps is a University of Central Florida graduate and former U.S. Air Force OSI Special Agent. He has been in the investigation industry for over 35 years. During his four years with OSI, Ollie served with detachments in Austin, TX, Manila, PI and Cocoa Beach, FL. While the OSI was responsible for major investigations into crime and counter-intelligence, Ollie specialized in fraud inquiries. He worked cases with all the federal law enforcement agencies and many state and local ones as well.

While Ollie is not the world’s greatest investigator (not even Florida’s!), he fancies he is a superior report writer. This is due to two reasons:

1. His mother was an English major in college and never let him end a sentence in a preposition!

2. His first boss in OSI basically dipped his reports (written on a legal pad, pre-computer) in red ink for a couple years.

Sit in for an entertaining look at sprucing up various types of reports!

Speaking Topic:

The Do's and Don'ts of Report Writing


Judy Shea is Founder and President of JT Palmer & Associates, LLC. Since its start up in 2012, JT Palmer & Associates has become a highly respected global leader in the research and information industry. Ms. Shea has successfully put together a panel of experienced investigators and research specialists who have effectively assisted in numerous investigations. These include, but are not limited to, financial fraud, insurance fraud, location and apprehension of fugitives and the discovery of international assets for judgement recovery.

In addition to being a strong business woman, Ms. Shea enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Her strong family values have been a driving factor in her creating such a successful and rewarding company.

Ms. Shea is a licensed private investigator and member of FAPI, CALI, FALI, TALI, WAD and NCISS.

Speaking Topic: 

GLB/FCRA Compliance and Overview of Senior Safe Act

This 2 hour session will provide you with an overview of the Grimm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, & the Senior Safe Act. We will discuss who needs to comply with these laws & how to do so, how to eliminate risk of violations, how to legally share & protect non public information, examples of permissible purpose, regulations for pre-employment background checks, & much more.


William B. Berger was sworn in as the United States Marshal of the Middle District of Florida on February 7, 2011. The District is comprised of five offices located in Tampa, Jacksonville, Ocala, Orlando, and Ft. Myers. 

Marshal Berger began his law enforcement career with the City of Miami Police Department in 1974 where he worked and commanded the following entities: Radio Patrol, Training, Legal, Budget, Planning, Homicide, Robbery, Internal Affairs and the Miami Police Academy. Marshal Berger served as the Police Chief in the City of Palm Bay, Florida from 2004-2011 and the Police Chief of the City of North Miami Beach from 1989-2004. Marshal Berger also had the distinction of being elected and served as the President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, an organization of 30,000 members, in 2001-2002 and was the President of the Florida Chiefs of Police Association in 1996-1997. Marshal Berger is a recognized subject matter expert in police practices both in state and federal court and for the United States Justice Department. He was one of the founding fathers of the State of Florida Police Accreditation Commission. He has been an instructor in the areas of Forensics, Police Use of Deadly Force Technology. He was responsible for the creation of the IACP Forensics Science Committee, the IACP August Volmer Award, and the IACP “Oath of Honor”, through his chairmanship of the Police Ethics and Image Committee. He has also served as a member of the Justice Department Technical Working Group (TWG) in the areas of police communications, forensic sciences, police and the courts. 

Currently, Marshal Berger represents the United States Marshals Service on the Executive Board of the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association representing all Federal agencies in the Tampa Bay area. He serves on the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Board of Officers committee as a Past President member and was Chairman of the Past Presidents from 2014-2015. He currently serves as a member of the IACP Police Investigative Operations Committee. Marshal Berger also served on the Florida Police Chiefs Association Executive Board 2017-2018 representing Past Presidents and as the Parliamentarian.

Speaking Topic:

History of the US Marshal’s Service and Interaction with Private Investigators


Mr. Sastia cyber crime expert and hold a BS in Physics from Federal University of Paran√°

(UFPR) in 1995 and founder of eNetsec. I have worked in cyber crime and fraud since

1999. I moved to Parkland, FL in 2016. I am a reference in illicit digital cases in Brazil, with an index of 97% of solved cases. Among them are apocryphal defamation, information leakage, industrial espionage, password theft, pedophilia, among others. I have experience with the following: services, electron screening, training, consulting, product information security and digital forensics.

Founder of BATI/Brazil (Behavior Analysis Training Institute), which offers technical training in ethical investigative interviewing from a judicial standpoint for security professionals. Expert in digital forensic analysis by Paraben and AccessData, USA, with international experience, an expert in cyber crime in the USA, Africa, Canada and Chile.

Certified by the Laboratory for Scientific Interrogation (LSI), Dr. Avinoam Sapir, Israel, in the advanced course Scientific Content Analysis (SCAN) Scientific Methodology Course for interrogation, conducted in Ontario, Canada.

Certificate course in FACS (Face Action Code System), a method developed by Dr. Paul Ekman and staff, Berkeley, San Francisco, USA.

Instructor for 68 police chiefs in Brazil at the Civil Police School in Parana and also trained federal judges.

Speaking Topic:

Cybercrime Tools For The Investigator


Among many qualifications, I am “certified” to teach active shooter under the CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) and CPTED mentioned below. However, as the owner and instructor of T4Tactics, LLC, I recognize it is much more than that. I have personally traveled the country interviewing investigators, witnesses’ and survivors of some of the most horrific and unthinkable acts of violence. (The Pulse Nightclub, Columbine, San Bernardino, VA Tech, Sutherland Springs Church, Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, Chicago Pizza and Platte Canyon High School to name a few) It’s important that my audience understand the truth and exactly what occurred during these attacks. My 22 year career as a police Sergeant in the Daytona Beach, FL area allowed me to be a Commander of the Hostage Negotiations / Rescue Team, a SWAT member and a Special Investigations Unit Supervisor investigating drug abuse, homicides and violent crime. For 17 years of my police career I was an adjunct instructor teaching special tactical situations to police officers among other courses. I have commanded numerous critical incidents and was awarded law enforcements highest honor, the medal of valor, for three separate incidents throughout my career. I have worked on numerous U.S. Customs, FBI and DEA Task Forces and have been involved since 2013 with providing dignitary protection in Washington, DC for a National Conference regarding the Congressional Hearings on Terrorism.

Just recently I was the feature in a documentary on Active Shooter events and training produced by the United States Department of the Interior, Voice of America. It aired worldwide and in 42 different languages.

So far in 2019 T4tactics has traveled to 17 states and trained just over 7,500 people on this topic. I’ve spoken at large conferences, trained banks, large and small manufacturing facilities, pharmaceutical companies, apartment complexes, auto manufacturers, road and building construction companies, schools, colleges, and churches along with medical facilities. I am unique to this industry because I deliver information from the primary source of victims, witnesses and law enforcement directly involved with the scene. What the participants of my presentations must hear is what worked and what did not work in these unthinkable attacks.

Speaking Topic:

Active Shooter Training For The Investigative Professional

Director, Global TSCM & Physical Security    
U.S. Secret Service - Retired

Tim recently completed a remarkable 20-year career with the U.S. Secret Service where he was responsible for assessing, planning and implementing secure environments for the President and the Vice President of the United States. While serving as a technical advisor for large-scale protection projects and special security events, he also coordinated law enforcement, military units, and foreign entities to secure a variety of protective sites.
His duties included security recommendations which accounted for fiscal and manpower limitations, worldwide site surveys to identify vulnerabilities and countermeasures to negate them, as well as worldwide deployment of U.S. Secret Service assets, military units, vehicles and equipment in support of Presidential visits. In addition to physical security, Tim contributed to the research, design and integration of new security assessment technology and trained other Secret Service personnel in their use.

Tim is a rare combination of exemplary management and coordination of resources, meticulous security assessments, and innovative, thorough implementation in an environment where failure is not an option.

General Skills & Qualifications
Active Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) Clearance • Leadership
Development • Specialized Firearms • Surveillance & Countersurveillance 

Physical Security for Personnel & Facilities Training 
Active Shooter • Alarm Implementation, Assessment & Response • Detection/Response for CBR 
Explosives Facility Protection Fire, Life Safety & HAZMAT Terrorism Protection & Response

Information Technology Systems Training
Computer Investigation & Counterintelligence • Technical Surveillance Countermeasures
(TSCM) • Telecommunications & Electromagnetic Security (TEMPEST)

Speaking Topic:

Electronic Eavesdropping Detection- Insight into Detection and Debugging

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