IAATI Presidents Award

Nominations Deadline: May 01, 2020

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 for the President of IAATI to honor any members who have distinguished themselves by giving extraordinary service to IAATI.

Award Recipients

Name or Group
Captain (Ret) Kobi Neethling of South Africa
Gerard Van Warmerdam
OSI New Mexico Auto Theft Prevention Authority Team Members: Special Agent in Charge Mark J. Torres, Special Agent Johnny Cappelli, Special Agent Joseph J. Chavez, Special Agent Paul A. Garcia

Special Agent in Charge Mark Torres, Special Agent Johnny Cappelli, Special Agent Joseph Chavez, Special Agent Paul Garcia. Unfortunately, the winners were unable to attend the Glasgow conference


The 2019 President’s Award by IAATI President William Johnson honored a group of Investigators from New Mexico.

On March 9 2018, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed House Bill 173 and created a New Mexico Auto Theft Prevention Authority within the jurisdiction of the OSI’s Enforcement
Division. The bill further supports current statewide law enforcement efforts underway through the multi-jurisdictional Auto Theft Task Force led by the Fraud Bureau by providing an oversight
board to provide grant funding for auto theft prevention programs and those prosecuting related crimes.

Superintendent John G. Franchini said. “This added authority and responsibility allows OSI’s teams to further our statewide work of combating auto theft and insurance fraud crimes, as well as increasing public education efforts. ” Working with local, county, state, and federal law  enforcement agencies, the Auto Theft Task Force strives to reduce auto crimes as well as work with statewide district attorneys to prosecute new and backlogged cases. The new authority allows OSI to seek private and grant funding to support the task force’s efforts further.

During the week of August 16, 2019, the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance in New Mexico announced an operation that was conducted over the course of one week involving  stolen vehicles. During the New Mexico State Fair, the OSI and members of the New Mexico  Auto Theft Task Force conducted a joint operation targeting vehicle thieves around the  Albuquerque area. During the operation, ten vehicles reported stolen were recovered by the  Task Force with 16 arrests made and Agents have cleared an additional 11 felony arrest  warrants. Subsequently 11 individuals were indicted in New Mexico District Courts for auto theft  related crimes and have failed to appear in court or live up to conditions of release.

Torbjorn Serrander - Larmtjanst

Torbjörn Serrander has been an IAATI member for 20 years.  He is a member of the European Branch where he conducts training and is very active with the website committee. He has been recognized by Interpol as a member of their training program “Formatrain” (train the trainers program) and an active member of Interpol’s Stolen Motor Vehicle Task Force. He has presented training modules at numerous training sessions organized by IAATI EB and Interpol.

Torbjörn is a major contributor to the IAATI IT Committee. He is one of the few members who has taken an active interest in ensuring that there is new and fresh information uploaded to the International website. Almost on a weekly basis Torbjörn uploads news articles from around the world that are of interest to the IAATI members. Torbjörn has uploaded a total of 38 news articles in just 10 months. While this may sound like a relatively simple task, it is one that is incredibly important and one that virtually none of our other 3,500 members throughout the world does. Without someone like Torbjörn, members and potential members would visit our website and see information that is months out of date.  He has also provided a number of articles for inclusion in both APB and Auto Theft Today to keep members informed and up to date with current trends around the world. 

Torbjorn Serrander receiving the President’s Award from President JD Hough

John Paskan - NICB

John took on the responsibility to chair the on-site committee for the 66th annual IAATI training seminar and conference. I don’t think he realized what he got into when he took on this project. This has been a long stressful year for John. He was tasked with numerous requests that required him to make changes to meet the needs of IAATI. Even though this seminar is hosted by the NERC, there was a lot of required scheduling per the IAATI SOP. John and his team worked long hours and made many changes to meet the needs of IAATI. John was inundated with emails wanting information about the progress of the committee. He did a great job working through the issues that were brought up to make sure that certain directives were met. John did this while still doing his full time job with the NICB.  I appreciate all the work John and the committee did to make this a successful and outstanding conference. 

John Paskan receiving the 2018 President’s Award from President JD Hough

Reg Phillips

During the past year as IAATI President, I had the opportunity to work with many people.  One person really stood out and worked very hard. Reg Phillips was tasked with chairing the ATPA Committee and the Component Parts Marking Award and Award of Merit committees. Reg was also on the Asian Development Committee, IT Committee, Manufacturers Committee, NAEC Committee, and the Resolutions Committee. He was very active in all of these committees and spearheaded the support for the reaffirmation of the ULC-Can 338-98 Standards for vehicle safety and security.   

Reg spent many hours on IAATI business, conducting numerous meetings and conference calls.  He kept the committee members informed and active in their assignments. He would then provide detailed emails and reports of the committee activities. He took a personal ownership of each committee and held each committee member accountable, making sure the deadlines were met. Reg established sub-committees and set goals to make sure that the committee was progressing and meeting the IAATI goals and objectives. 

Reg Phillips receiving the President’s Award from President JD Hough.

Paul Thomas-South Australian Attorney General’s Dep
John Abounader

For his Service to IAATI, Executive Director John Abounader receiving the President’s Award from President Todd Blair.

Daniel Beck

LatAm Branch President, Daniel Beck, received the President’s Award from President Heidi Jordan for his outstanding work and tireless dedication to IAATI and to his Branch. Through his efforts, the number of members and countries represented within his branch grows every day,

Presidente de rama, Daniel Beck, recibiendo el premio del Presidente de Presidente Heidi Jordan por su destacada labor y dedicación incansable a IAATI y a su rama. A través de sus esfuerzos, el número de miembros y países representados dentro de su rama crece día a día, un crecimiento que no ocurrirían sin su guía y liderazgo. 

Kat Anderson - SPATTF

The award was created in 1985. It is intended for the President of IAATI to honor any members who have distinguished themselves by giving extraordinary service to IAATI. The 2014 award was presented to Kat Anderson. Kat has worked at the South Plains Auto Theft Task Force in Lubbock, Texas USA since 1998 and is currently the Treasurer of SCRC.

Paul Thomas - South Australian Attorney General’s Dep

Paul Thomas (right) receiving the 2013 President's Award from International President John O'Byrne.

Joey Canady, HEART of Texas ATTF
Brian Salata, Arizona Automobile Theft Authority
John V. Abounader, NYS DMV Auto Theft Unit
Patrick Clancy, LOJACK

(left) IAATI President Christopher McDonold and Pat Clancy

Pat Clancy – Pat is Vice President of Law Enforcement for LoJack and has been a staunch supporter of IAATI for 25 years. I’ve known Pat since 1996 and consider myself fortunate to have known Pat as a friend and colleague. Over the years Pat has seen the many changes in auto theft and has realized that developing and continuing a true partnership with IAATI is invaluable. The relationship between LoJack and IAATI has been much appreciated over the years and is largely due to Pat’s dedication and perseverance. As a result, I awarded Pat Clancy of LoJack the President’s Award because of his personal and professional efforts over the years.

Mark Bennedick, Australasian Branch of IAATI

(left) IAATI President Christopher McDonold and Mark Bennedick

Mark Bennedick – Mark works for Suncorp Insurance in Brisbane, Australia, currently serves as President of IAATI’s Australian Branch and is also a director on the IAATI board. Over the years, Mark has been instrumental in the continued success and growth of the Australian Branch. He played a vital role in the success of the IAATI conference held in Sydney in 2008 and also has spearheaded the chapter’s continued expansion by coordinating the upcoming conference to be held in Taipei. He also took on the role of chair of the certifi cation committee and is currently working on improving and updating the certifi cation information and process. I awarded Mark Bennedick of Suncorp Insurance the President’s Award because of his vision and contribution to the continued success of the Australian Branch and of IAATI. Both Pat and Mark unselfi shly dedicate their time and expertise for the continued success of IAATI. Many times, people who toil behind the scenes don’t do it for the recognition but simply because they see the need and step up. Over the years it has been a pleasure to work with both gentlemen. I admire their efforts and appreciate their friendship. Please join me in congratulating them on their well deserved recognition.

Alan Taylor, For Extraordinary Services to Police, IAATI UK, and IAATI
Kent Mawyer, Texas DPS Ret’d

PO Scott Wertz, Reading Police, PA USA End of Watch August 6, 2006
James Spanel, Lincoln, NE Police Department
H. Lee Ballard, Ford Motor Co. - Retired

Gene Rutledge

Bernie Hart, National Auto Auctions