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Licensed Florida Private Investigator

  • Retired NYPD Detective and Florida Sheriff's Detective that has worked in:
  • 13th Division Homicide NYC
  • Intelligence Division & Dignitary / Celebrity & Principal 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

Current President of Florida Association of Private Investigators

Past Chairperson of (BAI )Board Accredited Investigator

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. 

Speaking Topic: Investigative Ethics

  • Brief overview of our FAPI conference.
  • Support a greater understanding of ethics we need to review its historical origin.
  • Examine life's journey, our history, Today and what tomorrow may have in store for us.

REGGIE MONTGOMERY | Mr. Reginald “Reggie” Montgomery CPP, PSP, CLI, CFE, CII, CST, CP, PPS,BAI

Reginald J. Montgomery is President of R.J. Montgomery Associates in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, specializing in corporate asset protection and criminal defense investigations with over 50 years of related experience. Reginald has an extensive expertise in the security and investigations fields. He is a certified polygraphist, protection professional, physical security professional, legal investigator, fraud examiner, security trainer, international investigator, Board Certified Professional Investigator, Personal Protection Specialist, and Board Accredited Investigator. Reggie, a Life Member has served as vice-chair for ASIS International’s Standing Investigations Council and as the chairman of the Northern New Jersey Chapter. He is a life member and past assistant national director for the National Association of Legal Investigators, a life member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the World Association of Detectives, currently serves on the Board of Directors of Intellenet and 3rd Vice President of Florida Association of Private Investigators. He is a past Board Member and 3rd Vice President for the Council of International Investigators. Reggie also served as president of New Jersey Licensed Private Investigators Association from June 1996 to June 2000 and has been named to the Certification Board of The United States Association of Professional Investigators. Reggie is an adjunct professor at New Jersey City University. Reggie was named as the National Association of Investigative Specialists SPEAKER OF THE YEAR FOR 2006-2007. He has given hundreds of speeches to national and international associations on many investigative subjects ranging from product diversion and protecting intellectual property to workplace violence investigations. He is best known for his interview and polygraph workshops.

Reggie has been certified by numerous courts as an expert in virtually every aspect of criminal defense, corporate security, and investigative related matters. Reggie has appeared on dozens of network television programs as a polygraph and investigative expert. Mr. Montgomery is the Editor of (as well as contributing author, two chapters) “Corporate Investigations” and contributing author to Advanced Forensic Criminal Defense Investigations”,” Basic Private Investigations” and Advanced Private Investigations”. Reggie can be contacted at:

Speaking Topic: Ethics In Practice

Now that we know the meaning and origins of ethics, we will cover how these principles can and should be applied to our Profession as investigators and Security practitioners. This presentation will concentrate on Florida Association of Private Investigators and our Professional code of ethics. The ways we deal with Clients, Peers, and the public in general as Professionals.

PETER GALLO | Former UN investigator and Director, ‘Hear Their Cries’

Peter Gallo is a qualified lawyer admitted to practice in Scotland, Hong Kong and New York. He has an MBA and a LLM in International Criminal Law. He spent 19 years as an investigator based in Hong Kong, working on investigations in some of the most corrupt countries in Asia and was a leading authority on the identification and detection of money laundering.

In 2011, he was recruited by the United Nations, as an investigator in the Office of Internal Oversight Services, Investigations Division in New York; the office that is supposed to investigate corruption, fraud and other criminality in the Organization.

He has been quoted extensively in the international media and appeared on television in a number of countries worldwide.

Speaking Topic: International Fraud


Kevin W. McClain is a licensed private investigator in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri. He is a Board-Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, a Board Accredited Investigator and President of Kevin W. McClain Investigations Ltd., which is a multistate investigative firm (Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Kentucky) with 10 investigators that have over 200 years of investigative experience. He is qualified as an expert in Criminal Investigations, and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. He has also been a college instructor in personal security. Mr. McClain began his career in 1993 and gained distinction as one of the regions premier private investigators assisting some of the finest criminal defense and civil attorneys with major felonies, personal injuries, accident investigations, transportation risk management claims, wrongful deaths, workers comp investigations, excessive force shootings, civil rights investigations, police misconduct investigations, white collar defense investigations, corporate investigations and high profile media cases. Mr. McClain conducts cyber investigations to assist with companies analysis of their website and social media image, expert witness and jury backgrounds, and gathering critical evidence and locating witnesses from scenes electronically.

He has been a featured speaker at the national and international conferences for NLADA, NACDL, NCISS, NALI, NAPD, Intellenet and Federal Defenders. He has spoken for the IICLE, ISBA, IACDL, MACDL, Arizona, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Montana, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Tennessee Public Defenders. Mr. McClain has presented on over 20 different investigative subject matters and in 25 states as well as internationally

Mr. McClain is the founder of the READI Response Investigative Network and Mobile App An investigative network of over 1000 investigators connected through mobile app technology. His parent company MAC Innovations is a technology company that combines the experience of an elite, nationwide private detective network with a state-of-the-art mobile APP. The READI Response solution provides a valuable tool in the transportation marketplace designed to strengthen a customer’s risk management process by having the technology to start the investigation immediately after the crash happens. READI Response helps clients minimize the costs and valuable resources directed at the management of incidents or accidents.

Mr. McClain has recently been featured on the Oxygen Network series “Snapped” and the A&E Series “The Accused”. Mr. McClain has also worked extensively with the Center of Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University and is on the faculty at the Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College and is a contract investigator for the Missouri Public Defenders, Kentucky Public Defenders, Federal CJA Panel Investigators and the Exoneration Project in Chicago. Mr. McClain can be reached at 877-532-1152,, or,

Speaking Topic: Digging for Gold FOIA and Open Records Request Techniques (Advanced Course)

FOIA'S, Open Records are becoming the new normal in the investigative world. Journalist are now using this resource to uncover information that subpoenas could not access before. Learn from this veteran investigator who has been using open sources for over 10 years and how his creative techniques have yielded amazing results. Last year alone his investigative agency sent over 750 open records requests. This is a powerful tool that should be in everyone's tool belt. This dynamic powerpoint presentation will walk you through case examples and templates that have been created to help you achieve maximum results.


Marc Hurwitz attended SUNY Buffalo for a B.A. degree in Political Science, and The George Washington University for a M.A. degree in National Security Policy.

Marc began government service with Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and continued in the U.S. Department of State’s Human Rights Bureau. He then worked in the White House for three years, where he served as the aide to the Deputy National Security Advisor. Marc went on to become a counter-terrorism officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and later worked for the government in multiple overseas posts, earning several commendations for meritorious service.

In 2008, Marc opened Crossroads Investigations to sub-contract for retired CIA Chiefs of Stations with corporate due diligence contracts. Crossroads has since expanded into a full-service Florida-wide Private Investigation and Due Diligence firm, named for the last six years by the Daily Business Review as the top Private Investigation Agency in South Florida.
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Speaking Topic: A Former CIA Officer’s Guide to the Secret Love Affair Between James Bond and Whiskey

Join us for an informal happy hour where Marc will review some of the famous whiskeys James Bond has enjoyed in books and movies.

KELLY RIDDLE | President of Kelmar Global Investigations

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. Mr. Riddle is a member of TALI,NAIS,INTELLENET,NALI,FAPI,CALI,ASIS, NCISS,USAPI, ACI,PICA,WIN,CII,NLLI,CTIP, CLEAR,IOPIA,TIDA,ASSIST,ISPLA

Speaking Topic: International Cases & How To Navigate These Cases

This presentation will provide examples of the types of cases and clients an investigator can develop internationally as well as how to manage these investigations. The seminar will outline various ways the cases can go wrong and how to conduct these cases successfully.

MATTHEW SPAIER | President / Owner Satellite Investigations
Voted Investigator Of The Year 2021- P.I. Magazine

Matthew Spaier is the president and owner of Satellite Investigations in New York City. Satellite Investigations specializes in Plaintiff personal injury investigations since 2005. Matt has over 20+ years experience doing investigative work. He is the 1st Vice president for ALDONYs (Associated Licensed Detective of New York State) and serves as the region 2 director of NCISS (National Council of Investigative and Security Services). He has been a columnist for PI magazine for the past 2 years writing 2 articles for each issue. If you listen to Podcasts, you have probably heard him on PI-Perspectives. Pi-perspectives is a weekly audio and video podcast that has been releasing content for over 2 years. Matt has recorded over 150 episodes. Matt has also written for Psychology Today and is a contributing author to the Art of Investigation Textbook for John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He graduated in 1996 from John Jay and has returned several times to lecture. Matt has also spoken at conferences for ALDONYS, NALI,WAD, OSMOSIS,CALI, GAPPI, PPIAC and is scheduled to speak for KALI in Feb of 2022. Matt is also the creator and owner of, an online resource community for investigative professionals.

Speaking Topic: How to take effective Witness Statements

Matthew Spaier has over 20 + years working as an investigator in the New York City market. Matt has worked for hundreds of law firms on thousands of cases. This teaching will cover the Dos and Don'ts for taking effective witness statements. We will discuss some new techniques and also how the "zoom boom" has effected our ability to interview people and take statements. He will cover the Pattern Jury instructions for civil litigation and you will learn some tips and tricks on what to add when you are taking an affidavit. He will end the session with an effective Q&A session to cover any topics that are not covered in the teaching. 

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

Steve Hurm serves as director of the FDACS Division of Licensing. He is a native Floridian and first worked in law enforcement as an officer with St. Petersburg P.D. in 1974 after earning an A.S. in Police Administration from St. Petersburg Jr. College. After earning a bachelor’s degree and teaching high school for three years, Hurm attended law school at Stetson University, graduating in 1986. Until late 1990, he worked as an assistant state attorney in Florida’s 5th Judicial Circuit, prosecuting career criminals and supervising one of five divisions. He later served as circuit-wide director of training for the state attorney. From 1991 through 2004 he worked in private practice before joining the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as a Regional Legal Advisor. In early 2009, Hurm was asked to join the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office to serve as general counsel and accreditation manager with the rank of captain. Shortly after accepting the position, during a meeting in Tallahassee Hurm met his wife, Gwen Graham, and two years later, his heart called him back to Leon County. He joined the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in 2010 as general counsel and served as a reserve trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol. Hurm was appointed a Major at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff Mike Wood in 2016 and directed accreditation, training, and internal affairs, before a new administration took office. After leaving LCSO, Hurm served as a research faculty member of the Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice where he directed the Institute for Law Enforcement Research and Policy for two years before his appointment as DOL director in February 2019. His passion at DOL is to cement its position as the best division in state government. 

Speaking Topic: Division of Licensing Leadership will update us on current developments, and legislation

JOHN RAYMAKER | Attorney, Chief of the Bureau of Regulation and Enforcement for the Division of Licensing

John Raymaker is an attorney and currently serves as Chief of the Bureau of Regulation and Enforcement for the Division of Licensing. John has been with the Division of Licensing for over 13 years and has previously served the division as an Assistant General Counsel and as Attorney Supervisor. John is a 1992 graduate of The Florida State University College of Law and spent his first 10 years practicing criminal law serving first as an Assistant Public Defender and then as an Assistant State Attorney primarily doing felony trial cases. Before joining the Division of Licensing, John spent 7 years as the attorney for Florida’s Sexually Violent Predator Program.

Speaking Topic: Division of Licensing Leadership will update us on current developments, and legislation

CHRISTOPHER SALGADO | CEO of All Points Investigations, LLC and Former Facebook investigator

Christopher Salgado is a highly accomplished and trusted security and investigations leader with more than 19 years in cyber and physical investigations as well as security. Throughout his career, he has effectively assisted several companies, including Fortune 50 companies, in various capacities, including via the installation of numerous innovative and efficient processes in the topics of investigations, security, brand protection, threat management, business continuity, intelligence, operations, recruiting, customer service, employee morale and leadership. The companies that have benefitted from his services span across the spectrum of industries, including social media, pharmaceutical, luxury brands (clothing, jewelry, etc.), consumables, automotive, electronics, film production, streaming services, entertainment and insurance. He has also assisted investigations firms and law firms across the globe. Christopher Salgado is a contributing author to PI Magazine on cyber and social media investigations and a member of the London Speaker Bureau. CLICK for More Details

Speaking Topics: OSINT Investigations, 
AGGOSO™ (AGGressive Open Source intelligence Operations) Training from a former Facebook investigator

Regardless of your scope of investigations (domestics, worker’s compensation, criminal, process serving, etc.), if you’re not deploying aggressive OSINT investigations, your skillset and business may have inherited an expiration date that is quickly approaching. Clients of various sorts are becoming more aware of the impact of traditionally less-costly cyber investigations. Discover how to elevate your online investigations to an aggressive level from a former Facebook investigator who assisted in building and managing Facebook’s investigations division on a global scale. This overview of AGGOSO™ Training will showcase the hard-hitting results available via the AGGOSO™ method and how you can incorporate it into your business immediately. Learn how you can master OSINT investigations, including social media, online forums, dump sites, historical information, geolocation with and without metadata, image searching with facial recognition software, hidden websites, hidden website content, decoding HTML code, subject name variation searching, Google Dorking and Boolean strings, Google alerts and other automation resources, data scraping tools, browser plugins, effective free tools and paid-for tools and many more. Please note that no IT experience is required for this intense program. You’ll also learn about ensuring your online attribution, the ethical dilemmas with online investigations as well as the importance of maintaining relevance with your investigative program. 

MICHAEL GRAZIANO | Owner-Executive Digital Group, Cyber/Computer Forensics and Investigations

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 17 years and have three children. Besides spending time with his family, he enjoys martial arts, animal rescue, and working with special needs children. CLICK for More Details

Speaking Topic - Part 1: What is penetration testing and how can it help your clients

  • Internal Penetration Testing: Testing internal layers to assess internal threats and points of possible compromise.
  • External Penetration Testing: Testing digital perimeters and examining how they stand up to attack attempts.
  • Wireless Penetration Testing: Examining wireless connections and how they can expose internal network systems.
  • Security Policies: Review policies in place for the identification and response of possible threats. Review and testing.
  • Social Engineering: Real-world examples and testing.

Speaking Topic - Part 2: How to market Penetration Testing and Digital Security

  • Things to consider in conducting a penetration test
  • Scalability of services for your clients
  • Types of Pen testing and the resources involved and time involved
  • Utilizing time, budget, and manpower.

PAUL JAEB | leading private investigator, podcaster, author, and nationally known speaker

Paul Jaeb is a veteran private investigator and industry thought leader. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and a well-known podcaster. Paul led the National Association of Legal Investigators for two terms, formed a federal PAC, and was a founding member of the Minnesota Association of Private Investigators. Paul is the Managing Director at J2 Risk Advisors and a consultant to the PI industry.

Speaking Topic: Five Pitfalls in Running a PI agency

Paul Jaeb has been a private investigator for over 30 years. He has built and sold an agency, and along the way made a lot of mistakes. Learn how to avoid the most common mistakes that PI’s make in running their agency. By addressing these five pitfalls your agency will run smoother, you’ll make better decisions, and increase the value of your company or book of business.

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