IAATI Directors Award
Nominations Deadline: May 01, 2020
This award was created in 1985. It is intended to honor any members who have distinguished themselves by giving extraordinary service to IAATI.
The recipient of the 2018 Directors Award has been involved in Auto Crime Investigation and prevention for many years, both on the international level and in his home state. The recipient is also the Executive Director for his home state’s Auto Theft Prevention Authority and a member of the IAATI ATPA Committee. His tireless and professional efforts have played a major role in the success of the ATPA Committee. For these reasons, the Directors’ Award is presented to Robert Force of the Colorado ATPA.
Robert Force, Director of the Colorado ATPA receiving the Directors’ Award fromPresident JD Hough and committee chair, Danny Sheppard.
Director Ana Laura Brizuela and Associate Director Reginald Philips being honored with the 2016 Directors’ Award by Committee Chair Danny Sheppard.
Director Ana Laura Brizuela and Associate Director Reginald Philips being honored with the Directors’ Award by Committee Chair Danny Sheppard.
The IAATI Directors Award is given each year to a person who is dedicated to IAATI and its mission.
This year, the award was given to IAATI and SCRC Past President Tommy Hansen for his dedication over the past 30 years to the service, promotion and representation of IAATI both at chapter and international levels. He continues to work tirelessly in promoting IAATI in the law enforcement domain.
He has been a wise counsel in board matters that required knowledge of the history and protocols of this great organization and his chapter. He is a great mentor to members seeking appointment to board positions at international, chapter and branch levels. He is also an advocate for the Auto, Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority in his home state of Texas.
(L to R) IAATI President Peter Perrien; Tommy Hansen; SCRC President Danny Sheppard.
IAATI Director Dennis Connor presentin g European Branch Past President and IAATI Director Hans Kooijman with the Directors’ Award
Each year, IAATI Directors put their minds together to honor someone what has shown a high level of commitment, dedication and professionalism to IAATI. This year, they honored Brian Salata of Arizona.
Brian Salata has been an IAATI member for over 10 years. He was appointed as the IAATI Legal Advisor in 2004 at the IAATI Seminar in Antwerp, Belgium and he continues to act in that capacity.
Brian provides the President and the Executive Board with professional advice on all matters relating to legal and contractual issues ensuring that IAATI is not exposed to litigation. He also acts as parliamentarian at IAATI Board meetings
He has delivered presentations at IAATI training seminars addressing legal and prosecution issues directly related to auto theft investigations.
Professionally, Brian was a Prosecutor for the Pinal Country (Arizona) Attorney’s Office and following retirement, he went into private practice. In 2009 he was named the Executive Director of the Arizona Auto Automobile Prevention Authority a position he currently holds.
Brian was the Chairperson of the “Mexico/South America Development”. His hard work came to fruition at our conference in Kansas City when the IAATI membership voted to grant “Branch” status to the group from Latin America.
Brian recently attended a seminar in Argentina where he provided a PowerPoint presentation in Spanish, to enhance seminar communications he is in the process of changing the IAATI Kiosk language to Spanish so that it will be understood by the majority of the attendees at future seminars.
Brian continues to assist IAATI members, his chapter and the Executive Board with legal and professional advice.
Brian is a great ambassador for IAATI and gracious host to members who have travelled from overseas to attend IAATI training seminars.
Brian’s commitment to IAATI is evident in his comments to the Executive Board, as quoted, “It continues to be my honour to serve in the capacity of Legal Advisor”.
(L-R) IAATI President Chris McDonold, Director Dennis Connor and Bob Hasbrouck
The words that come to mind when you think about or speak of Bob Hasbrouck are: dedicated, devoted and mentor.
Bob has not only given many years to the organization at both the International and Chapter level, but serves as a mentor to new members and new Board members.
Bob has a wisdom about him and a fair and balanced way of uniting people whether on a committee or in discussions at meetings. Bob was also instrumental in aiding membership when the time came for new Chapter members to automatically become members of International.
Bob has served as President of the Northeast Chapter from 1991 to 1992. In addition to moving through the Chairs at the Chapter level, Bob continues to actively attend and participate in all meetings, guides new Board members, and has served willingly on numerous committees and continues to do so, well into his so-called retirement.
In this capacity, he mentors new members and new Board members as the voice of wisdom and reason. At the International level, Bob served as President from 1998 to 1999 through his election in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bob has also served IAATI as its Treasurer beginning in 1991 through 1998, and again from 2003 to the present date. Serving as Treasurer is a tremendous responsibility.
Bob has also served IAATI on numerous other committees whenever needed and continues to dedicate himself to our organization. It is Bob’s personal demeanor and guiding ways that make him such a tremendous asset to the organization as he patiently accepts his duties and responsibilities.
He always serves to the best of his abilities and sets an example for the rest of the Board and membership.
In recognition of his years of service to IAATI and to the Southern African Branch, Tinus Odendal was honoured at our Orlando seminar with the Directors’ Award. A familiar face at most of our seminars, Tinus was unfortunately not able to attend. Accepting on his behalf was Gerald Davis, 2nd VP of his branch.
Tinus was instrumental in raising the profile of IAATI in his native South Africa and his presentation to the IAATI Board in 2008 led to the reinstatement of Southern African Branch. Tinus served as President of the Southern African Branch from 1995 to 1996 and was again elected President in 2008.
The award also took into consideration Tinus’ dedication to the vehicle theft investigation as a member of the South Africa Police Service. Tinus served with the SAPS from 1977 to 1997. Tinus’ rose
to the rank of Superintendent and during his distinguished career he served in varied investigative units with significant focus on motor vehicle theft and associated vehicle crime. Tinus retired from the SAPS 1998 and then went to work for Tracker.
Now after 12 years with Tracker, Tinus is moving on to other endeavours but hopes to remain active in IAATI as well with SAPS Reservists where he holds the rank of Colonel.
This Award was created in 1985 to honor members who have distinguished themselves by giving extraordinary service to IAATI. This year’s award was given to Pat and Jimmy Hester as joint recipients.
Jimmy Hester had an outstanding 33 year law enforcement career. He started as a Deputy Sheriff, then progressed to Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and then Chief of Detectives. In 1985 he joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol as a Special Agent in the Criminal Investigations Division where he was later promoted to Special Agent in Charge. For 25 plus years, his main focus has been in vehicle identification and stolen vehicle recovery.
He is a past President of the Southeast Chapter of IAATI as well as an instructor at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy and the National Forensic Academy. Jimmy has authored and coauthored manuals currently being used by investigators throughout the Country on Interview and Interrogation, Cargo Vehicle, and Vehicle Identification. He also wrote and lobbied for the Tennessee Chop Shop Law which was enacted in 2000 along with several other laws.
After Jimmy retired from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, CID, in Nashville he began working with the LoJack Corporation as the law enforcement Liaison. Jimmy is married to Pat Mitchell Hester.
Pat also had a distinguished law enforcement career. She retired in April from the Tennessee Highway Patrol-CID after 33 years with the State of Tennessee, 30 as an agent with the Highway Patrol Criminal Investigations Division. She also retired as Special Agent in Charge.
Pat served as the first female President of IAATI from 1990 to 1991, Past President of the Southeast chapter from 1989 to 1990, and currently serves as the Secretary of the Southeast chapter. She continues to instruct at various seminars and institutes, including, but not limited to, the National Forensic Academy and the Chattanooga Police Department.
Jimmy and Pat live in Hermitage, Tennessee and have three children and seven grandchildren.
Both have been and continue to be valuable assets to IAATI.
Congratulations to both on this award!
Sheri Taynor (left) and Mikel Longman with the Award for Pat and Jimmy Hester
This years Directors’ Award has been awarded to Marianne E. Finney. Marianne has been the Marketing Director for IAATI since 2004. As the Marketing Director, Marianne is in charge of
selling IAATI merchandise at the annual conference as well as on the internet. It is also part of her job every year to come up with new sales ideas. Marianne has done a great job. Since she has
taken the position of Marketing Director, the sale of IAATI merchandise has grown. She has also taken the initiative of investigating new ideas before making them a new IAATI merchandise item.
Each year at the conference, her merchandise choices not only attract IAATI members, but also family members too. She has mastered the craft of balancing IAATI merchandise sales to both
members and non members. She has made a positive impact on spreading the IAATI name.
Congratulations, Marianne! Job Well Done!