JOHN A HODA - Owner Hoda Investigations

Speaking Topic: Marketing Your PI Business One Hour A Day

John A. Hoda is a veteran investigator and the owner of Hoda Investigations. He is a business coach working with exclusively with Private Investigators. John is the show-runner of the Podcast: My Favorite Detective Stories, and author of four books on the business of private investigations. His cases have headlined in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New Haven Register. He has been a lifetime athlete, running marathons, playing adult soccer, and semi-professional football.

Marketing Your PI Business One Hour A Day - I learned how to do this and so can you.
Why just one hour a day? Because that is manageable and measurable. “But John,” you say, “My business is different than yours.”
Since I coach PIs across most of the business segments, I can help you boil down who your target audiences are and how to attract them or pitch to them. I will talk about the difference of fishing or hunting for customers and why the distinction is so important. Either way, I will talk about the two absolutes your website must have. These tips alone is worth attending the session.  The time will fly, I promise and I guarantee I won’t waste your time with a salesy informercial.

MICHE'LE STUART - Owner, JAG Investigations, Inc.

SPEAKER TOPIC: Open Source Intelligence: Learn how to employ proper search techniques on social media platforms and internet investigation techniques including tips and tricks to assist with your civil and criminal investigations.

Ms. Stuart has over thirty years of experience with twenty-three years operating her own company. Ms. Stuart’s area of expertise includes OSINT, counter intelligence, insurance fraud investigations, financial investigations, threat assessments, due diligence, organized retail crime, corporate and competitive intelligence.

Ms. Stuart consults and trains federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, the military intelligence communities, fortune 500 companies as well as the financial and insurance industries in open source, social media and threat assessments / mitigation. She has been an Instructor at Quantico (FBI Academy) for International training programs and a former Adjunct Professor with University of Virginia.

In 2017, Ms. Stuart partnered with Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security creating a program "Keeping Kids Safe", training administrators, principals, teachers, SRO's and parents on the dangers of online and social media activity, predator grooming as well as the dangers of applications / cellular security.

Open Source Intelligence: Learn how to employ proper search techniques on social media platforms and internet investigation techniques including tips and tricks to assist with your civil and criminal investigations.
The internet provides investigators with the ability to detect individuals, identify threats and organize offensive and defensive approaches. Focusing on the individual threat is not always the answer. Understanding how technology gathers and disseminates online data empowers you to leverage Open Source Intelligence to identify and assess a threat climate, uncover hidden clues, and discover actionable intelligence. Identifying actionable intelligence is an extremely important focus on research to assist in the identification and movement of individuals. Additionally, correct searches of social media platforms can identify the real threats, suspects, and witnesses in an investigation. In this class, you will learn how to employ OSINT and proper search techniques on social media platforms to assist with your investigations.


Speaker Topic: Testifying In The Digital Age

Bob LeBlanc graduated with honors from St. John's Preparatory School, a Catholic boarding school in Boston, Massachusetts in 1975. He attended Bradford College in Boston, graduating with an honors degree in Political Philosophy in 1980. During his junior year, he did a year abroad at the American University of Paris. Thereafter, he undertook graduate studies in political philosophy at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, but left to pursue a law degree… He graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1989.

He interned with the Public Defender's Office in Orlando and the American Stock Exchange in New York during summer breaks from law school and worked two years as an assistant public defender. He was in private practice for 15 years handling criminal defense cases. He established his own firm, LeBlanc & Iennaco, in 1996 with partner Frank Iennaco. He was elected circuit court judge for the Ninth Circuit in 2006, and was re-elected in 2012 and 2018. He has presided over family, civil, domestic violence and circuit criminal divisions over the past 14 years.

He was awarded Barry Law School’s Champion of Justice Award in 2012, The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Outstanding Jurist of the Year in 2013, OCBA’s Glazebrook Memorial Award in 2015, The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism Hoeveler Judicial Professionalism Award in 2017 and The Paul C. Perkins Bar Association’s Outstanding Jurist Award in 2017.

MICHAEL GRAZIANO - ‎Vice President · ‎Executive Digital Group
                                             Cyber/Computer Forensics and Investigations

SPEAKER TOPIC: Digital Investigations and The Benefit Of A Forensic Examiner

Michael Graziano is a retired Detective who worked at the Suffolk County Police Department. Michael Graziano worked with the Suffolk County Police Department for 25 years. Michael began his career as a Patrol Officer. Due to his extensive computer and programming skills, along with his ability to implement these skills to his police work, he was promoted to work in the department's C.O.P.E Unit and then the department's I.T. Section. During his work in these units, he was responsible for creating programs that tracked gang members, stolen items, and patrol checks. Michael had been awarded several department recognitions for his arrests resulting from his police investigations. Michael was promoted to Detective and assigned to the Computer Crime Unit. During his almost 12 years in the Computer Crimes Unit, Michael was responsible for forensic analysis of digital evidence, including computers, mobile devices, DVRs, and other digital media, in such investigations as homicide, narcotics, white color crimes, and child exploitation. Michael was responsible for starting up and heading forensics investigations in the Megan's Law task force. Michael had been awarded several recognitions for his hard work in child exploitation cases that resulted in protecting children from sexual exploitation. Michael finished his last year with the Suffolk County Police Department as a Detective in Criminal Intel, where he was responsible for forensic investigations involving homeland security and gang investigations.

Michael is the co-owner, with his wife, of Executive Digital Group. Executive Digital Group offers services that include Digital Forensics, Cybersecurity along with I.T. Technology strategies and support.

Michael Graziano and his wife have been married for 15 years and have three children. Besides spending time with his family, he enjoys martial arts, animal rescue, and working with special needs children.

Digital Investigations and The Benefit Of A Forensic Examiner

  • Nature of Digital investigations and overview of computer equipment.
  • Sources of electronic data and evidence.
  • Considerations in digital investigations and forensics
  • Understanding what a forensic examiner can do for you.
  • I have taught Police Officers, Detectives, and County Attorneys within the Suffolk County Police Department and outlining agencies in digital evidence gathering and handling. With my investigative and court experience, I can help private investigators get a better understanding of digital evidence and how, with the right forensic examiner, this evidence can help better support their cases. I will speak about real-world issues, digital evidence collection and some of the pitfalls that may arise.

DAVE ROBINSON - President/CEO, Tactical Intelligence International

Speaking TopicExecutive Protection & Situational Awareness

Dave is the Co-founder and President/CEO of Tactical Intelligence International, a veteran-owned small business providing security assessments, technology solutions, executive protection, and tactical training. He has over 20 years of experience in counter-terrorism, intelligence analysis, mission planning, and risk assessments, working primarily with government agencies, military units, and multinational corporations. Dave has developed and implemented numerous live training programs for the US military, conducted close protection in non-permissive environments, and built holistic security solutions and counter-terrorism strategies for government and private sector clients worldwide. Recognized as a subject matter expert, he has performed as keynote speaker at dozens of international security conferences, and has been featured on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 for his innovative work in Maritime Security and Counter-Piracy.

BILL TOBIN - Principal, Forensic Engineering International

Speaking Topic: Forensic Metallurgy and Materials Science Can Help Attorneys in their Cases

William Tobin is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and de facto Chief Forensic Metallurgist for the FBI Laboratory. He is a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran with Bronze Star and two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry among 20 other military decorations, has a B.S. degree in Metallurgy from Case Institute of Technology, graduate studies at the University of Virginia, and M.A. degree in Special Studies from the George Washington University.

As a forensic metallurgist/materials scientist, he has rendered expert opinions on many high-profile matters worldwide, has testified several times before U.S. Senate Subcommittees, once as to his conclusions on the cause of the midair explosion of TWA Flight 800. He and co-researchers won the “2008 Statistics in Chemistry Award” from the American Statistical Association for their research into the JFK assassination. He has successfully challenged three junk forensic practices that had been admitted for over three decades each in judicial proceedings in U.S. courts, including the now-defunct sophisticated forensic practice of comparative bullet lead analysis (CBLA) used by the FBI, for which he was interviewed by Steve Kroft on CBS’ “60 Minutes”.

Tobin is currently a materials science consultant and owner of Forensic Engineering International at http://www.forensicengineersintl.com.  


Speaking Topic: Where Babies come from; DNA and its Uses in Investigations

Peter is a lawyer and investigator. After 19 years in Asia where he specialized in pre-investment due diligence investigations and anti-money laundering, he relocated to the United States to become an Investigator at the United Nations, and would have sank quietly into obscurity had he not become a whistleblower of some notoriety instead. In addition to being quoted extensively in the media, he has now testified twice in front of Congressional Committees. He retains a special interest in investigations carried out by the U.N. - the competence and quality of which he is usually very critical - and is also one of the founders of ‘Hear their Cries’ an NGO focused on fighting sexual abuses by U.N. personnel. He has frequently accused of speaking about things he knows nothing about, but his involvement with Hear their Cries has given him an interest in the investigative uses of DNA evidence.

STEPHEN D HURM, Director of Licensing at Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Speaking Topic: Division Update

Mr. Hurm administers Florida's concealed weapon licensing program; oversees Florida's private investigative, private security and recovery services industries.  he is a faculty member at the Florida State University Center for Criminology and Public Research, Hurm has a record of more than 35 years of public service. He has served as a state attorney, an officer in both the Leon and Okaloosa county sheriff departments and as the General Counsel for both the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Motor Vehicles and Highway Safety. He is also the husband of former Congresswoman Gwen Graham.

JIM NANOS - Publisher, Licensed Private Investigator, Surveillance Specialist

Speaking Topics: Surveillance

Jim Nanos is a retired sergeant who worked with the Wildwood New Jersey Police Department for over 28 years.

Jim’s assignments included many years as a detective heading some of the area’s largest narcotics & homicide investigations. Jim worked undercover with the and supervised his agency’s juvenile unit for several years. Jim was assigned to the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness as a counter terrorism investigator post 9/11 where he participated in high-profile, sensitive investigations related to the state’s counter-terrorism efforts.

Jim is a 18-year U.S. Coast Guard reservist having been deployed after the 9/11 attack to Ground Zero for six months. Jim was deployed for an additional six months to provide security at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and an additional four months forward deployed overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

After retirement, Jim was recruited by Covenant Security Services. Holding the title of Director of Training and Compliance, he oversaw more than three-thousand armed and unarmed security professionals assigned to many Fortune 100 companies nationwide.

Jim oversaw the implementation of security functions and compliance at dozens of petro-chemical facilities related to governmental requirements and regulations.

In early 2011, Jim formed Apple Investigations and Consulting which has continued to grow, providing investigative support services to high-profile attorney firms in New Jersey. Apple Investigations specializes in complicated surveillance operations, provides surveillance support to other private investigative firms in New Jersey, and is recognized as one of New Jersey’s leading investigative firms.

Jim SPECIALIZES in surveillance operations with his private investigations firm, Jim conducted federal background investigations as a sub-contractor, providing security clearance investigative efforts for several three-letter federal agencies for both initial employment and secondary security clearances.

Jim has been a frequent presenter at conferences on the topics of surveillance and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS-DRONES) and has been featured in segments of 20/20, America Tonight and several national trade magazines. He has been recognized as an expert in the field of surveillance and drone use.

Jim resides in Cape May County New Jersey and is the proud father of two young ladies, both of whom have gone into the field of education. James Nanos

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