IAATI Directors Award

Nominations Deadline: May 01, 2018

All nominations should be sent to: Executive Director PO Box 223, Clinton, NY 13323-0223 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

This award was created in 1985. It is intended to honor any members who have distinguished themselves by giving extraordinary service to IAATI.

Award Recipients

Year
Name or Group
2018
Robert Force Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority
2017
Marthinus Odendal
2017
Bill Biondo Posthumously
2016
Reg Phillips, VRSS

Director Ana Laura Brizuela and Associate Director Reginald Philips being honored with the 2016 Directors’ Award by Committee Chair Danny Sheppard.

2016
Ana Laura Brizuela, Auxiliar Letrado en Juzgado

Director Ana Laura Brizuela and Associate Director Reginald Philips being honored with the Directors’ Award by Committee Chair Danny Sheppard.

2014
Tommy Hansen, Galveston Co (TX) S D

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.

2013
J.C.B. Hans Kooijman, ITEB Schadeservices BV

IAATI Director Dennis Connor presentin g European Branch Past President and IAATI Director Hans Kooijman with the Directors’ Award

2012
Brian Salata, Arizona Automobile Theft Authority

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”.

2011
Robert C. Hasbrouck, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Police Dept. Ret’d.

(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.

2010
Marthinus H. Odendal, Ret’d Colonel South African Police Service, President Southern African Branch of IAATI

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.

2009
Jimmy & Pat Hester

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

2008
Marianne Finney, State Farm Ins. Ret’d

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!

2007
Michelle Lanham, Texas ATPA, NCTCOG-RATT
2005
Dennis Roske, Minnesota State Patrol - Retired

2004
Carol Vannatter - AAA - Southern California (post humus)
2003
James Holmes, Metro Transit Police, Washington D.C.
2002
Brian Wood, Thames Valley Police, UK - Retired

2001
Kevin Curry, 3M Corporation

2000
Bob Kohler, Director Lamtjanst AB , Sweden

1999
Marianne Finney, State Farm Ins and Joan Pitts, Hertz Corporation

1998
Charlie Banks, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Police Department - Retired

1997
James Spanel, Lincoln, NE Police Department

1996
Geoff Brown - First IAATI Web Master

1988
Jerry Williams, Ford and Jerry Riley, General Motors

1987
Tim Kett