2022 9th Annual Educational Conference

                           Coming September 14-15 2022

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Speaker: Chris Browning

Technical Threats and Mitigation Tools.

Chris Browning

Chris is a proven and highly-trained Law Enforcement executive. He has operated in every aspect of modern policing, to include: large scale narcotics investigations, Homeland Security, white-collar crime, public corruption, voter and election fraud, violent crime, jail management and community oriented policing. Chris is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, held the positions of Police Chief and Chief of Investigations for the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. After 20 years in Law Enforcement, Chris started a Private Investigative agency which included TSCM services for individuals and corporations in the southeast. Research Electronics International’s equipment and training were widely used in this capacity.


Speaker: Rick Miller

Re-Investigating Murder Cases.

Rick Miller

Lt. Rick Miller (Ret.) 

President & CEO  

Praetorian AI Systems & Kinesic Media LLC 


Rick has 40+ Years Law Enforcement and Investigative Experience. He is a Graduate of the FBI Executive Development Program, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Bomb Reconstruction Program, A Computer Voice Stress Analyst, and a Graduate of the DPC, Santa Clara University. During his law enforcement career Rick served as a Training Officer, Detective, Uniform Division Commander, Chief of Detectives and Precinct Commander.  Rick was also a POST certified Law Enforcement Instructor for several Police Academy and Law Enforcement Agencies. Rick was a Master Rated Defensive Tactics Instructor, Hostage Negotiator and Consulting Hypnotist. Rick specialized in Capital Murder investigations as a PI for over 12 years and has re-investigated over 100 murder cases during that time period. 


Speaker: Charles Hopkins

The Art of Investigative Interviews.

Charles Hopkins


Investigator and Consultant

Charlie Hopkins is a native of Alabama and makes his home in Birmingham. He attended Jefferson State Junior College and The University of Alabama. He served from 1970-1976 In the Alabama Army National Guard. Charlie founded Investigation Services, LLC, Utilities Security Group, LLC, Security Management Solutions, LLC, And Single Source Employment Screening, LLC.

Charlie was appointed by two Alabama Governors to The ALABAMA PRIVATE INVESTIGATION BOARD and, in 2013, became the Boards first Chairman. He also served on the Board of Directors of The Alabama Private Investigator’s Association, is a past member of The Alabama Worker’s Compensation Organization and an associate member of The Alabama Self Insured Association. For over twenty years, Charlie has conducted investigation and consulting in the areas of insurance fraud, human resource and workplace violence, due diligence, loss prevention, security assessment, and NCAA compliance.

Charlie has received formal assessment training from The American Petroleum Institute, Sandia National Laboratories, The Environmental Protection Agency, The Department of Homeland Security and The American Society of Industrial Security International.

Since September 11, 2001, Charlie has served as Lead Investigator in nineteen U.S. Department of Homeland Security sanctioned security vulnerability assessments, including U.S. Ports, Refineries, Public Utilities, Major Sports Events and six American College Campuses.

Charlie holds Alabama Private Investigation License Number 4. E-MAIL: Hopkins@investigationpro.com
Direct Dial (205) 540-3553
POST OFFICE BOX 1853 Gardendale, Alabama 35071


Speaker: Jay Jacome

Essentials of Criminal Defense Investigations

Mr. Jacome has been active in the investigative industry for over 28 years and has been a Board-Certified Criminal Defense Investigator since 2001.

With over 20 years of experience, he has successfully completed thousands of cases in both Criminal and Civil Defense, with most of his focus on major crimes, including sex offenses, capital sexual batteries, home invasion robberies, complex drug trafficking, and homicide defense.  He has worked on multiple Capital homicide cases as well as white collar criminal investigations.

Mr. Jacome is certified in interviewing and interrogation techniques through the Reid Institute and is a licensed trainer and investigator in Florida and Alabama, as well as a Capital Defense Mitigation Specialist.  He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and a member of both the Alabama Private Investigators Association and the Florida Association of Licensed Investigators.  Mr. Jacome is a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served his country in active combat during Operation Desert Storm.

Mr. Jacome is the owner, founder, and managing director of Florida Defense Investigations, which provides investigative services to clients throughout the State of Florida and beyond.

Jay has been active in the investigative industry since 1994 and has been a Board-Certified Investigator since 2001.

With over 20 years of experience, he has successfully completed thousands of cases in both Criminal and Civil Defense.

Jay has been active in the investigative industry since 1994 and has been a Board-Certified Investigator since 2001.

With over 20 years of experience, he has successfully completed thousands of cases in both Criminal and Civil Defense.


Speaker: Stephen Shaw


Stephen Shaw

Stephen W. Shaw's Profile


Steve Shaw joined Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt in 2020. He practices in the areas of Family Law, White Collar Crime, Campaign Advice and General Litigation. He has represented public officials and witnesses and conducted internal investigations. This gives him a unique understanding of involvement in both Federal and State investigations.


Steve is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Birmingham Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is admitted to practice law before the United States District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama and the State Courts of Alabama.


He received his BS in Business from the University of Alabama and his Law Degree from the University of Alabama. Following graduation, he served one year as the law clerk for United States District Judge E.B. Haltom, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. From 1981 to 2020, Steve practiced law with Redden, Mills, Clark & Shaw in Birmingham and in 2020 he and his law partner, Bill Clark, joined Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, LLC.


Steve has been actively involved in numerous civic, charitable and religious organizations including: The University of Alabama President’s Cabinet, Rotary Club of Birmingham, Leadership Birmingham (2010), Nine years on the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) (Chair), The University of Alabama A Club Charitable and Educational Foundation, the Mountain Brook Library Board (President), the Mountain Brook Library Foundation (Chairman) and the University of Alabama National Alumni Association (District Vice President) and Independent Presbyterian Church.


In 2015 Steve received the Omicron Delta Kappa, Frances Summersell Award from the University of Alabama. He has been recognized since 2009 for his practice of White Collar Crime, DUI Defense, and Family Law by Alabama and Mid-South Super Lawyers. =He has made numerous presentations and training for State and local elected officials and public employees under the Alabama Ethics Law and Campaign and Election Laws.



    The University of Alabama School of Law - 1980

    The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama - BS Business 1977


Bar Addmissions

    U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama 1981

    U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama

    State of Alabama 1980


Speaker:  Kelly Riddle

Military Investigations - seminar will discuss how to identify fake Navy Seals, ways to identify if a person has been in the    military and types of records available.


Fraud Investigations - seminar will identify the latest trends and types of fraud and how to conduct the investigation into advanced types of fraud.

Kelly Riddle

Mr. Kelly E. Riddle

Kelmar Global Investigations


Professional Experience Narrative:     Mr. Riddle is the President of Kelmar Global Investigations and has more than 35 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 Investigatordesignation (less than 50 in TX.)  Mr. Riddle is also the past President (2010-2012) for TALI - the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (TALI); 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 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.” Kelly was the recipient of the 2013 Hudgins-Sallee 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 400 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 1000 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.




Speaker: Michelle Riley Remote Notarization in Alabama

PI work involves a lot of paperwork.  Some of those important documents require notarization - especially when dealing with civil and criminal cases.  This notary update will cover the following:  

    1. What does Remote Notarization look like in Alabama versus other states?
    2. How remote notarization can benefit PI's?
    3. Where to find remote & traditional notaries?
    4. The importance of finding the right notary for your  client's important documents.

    Michelle L. Riley

    Michelle is most known for training and mentoring Alabama’s notaries. She
    not only trains private citizens, many Alabama businesses and state
    municipalities send their employees to her for notary training.
    Michelle fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming a private investigator by
    obtaining her PI License in 2017. She had already been a civil process
    server since 2008. By obtaining her PI license, it made it possible for her to
    offer additional services. Michelle was approved by APIB to be a Certified
    Trainer from 2019 to 2021. In addition to notary courses, she added:
    Process Server 101; PI Exam Prep; and several continuing education
    classes for private investigators.
    Michelle currently works full-time at Aflac in a sales role. She conducts
    training in the evening and on weekends. She’s the owner of two small
    companies: Notaries for Alabama, and Alabama Notary & Process Server.
    Michelle received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the
    University of Alabama at Huntsville. She holds active insurance licenses in forty-nine states.


    Speaker: Tim O'Rourke: Surveillance Detection Route (SDR)

    Why It Matters!!!

    Everyone that has conducted surveillance for a long enough time has been burned i.e.:  detected.  

    As a professional investigator that may conduct surveillance on a regular basis you are always subject to being detected.  Some of the best training on surveillance is out there for everyone to assess. Hands on training and practice is essential to honing your skills and becoming better at surveillance.

    But once you are comfortable with these skills, I recommend that you take it further and then learn something about surveillance detection or counter-surveillance.  The objective is to make you a better surveillance operator.  During this program we will show you how a trained counter-surveillance person applies his/her craft at detecting, manipulating and thwarting a surveillance team.

    Prior to most attacks, surveillance is conducted on the target(s).  Will discuss who uses surveillance and why.  How situational awareness and surveillance detection can save your life during lunch, on the job as a executive protection specialist to spot pre-attack indicators.

    Tim O’Rourke, CPS  (Corporate & Civil Investigations)

    Tim O’Rourke is president of The Grafton Group, based in Tampa, Florida. Tim has more than 30 years’ experience in conducting and directing the protective and investigations needs of businesses. His practice areas include major fraud investigations, internet crimes, financial crimes, asset searches, product counterfeiting, due diligence and workplace violance.

    Prior to founding The Grafton Group, Tim served both domestic and multi-national corporations with their protective and investigative needs for twenty-years. During this period Tim was also appointed by the Florida Commissioner to serve as an advisor to the regulatory body which oversees private investigators from 2005-13. Prior to that Tim was selected to assist the DOL with a post 9-11 training curriculum.

    Tim has also served as president of the third largest PI Organization in the US, Florida Association of Licensed Investigators (FALI). Under Tim’s leadership FALI has doubled its size and is on track to become the nations second largest Private investigators association in the United States.

    Tim has hand picked from his network, the most experienced practitioners and courtroom tested specialists/experts in the forensic and private investigative field nationally to serve you.



    Speakers: Rick Fernambucq & Charles Dunn: 

    “How To Get What We Need: Private Investigation from a Divorce Lawyer’s Perspective.”

    G.R. (Rick) Fernambucq Partner, Trial Practice

    Charles H. Dunn, Partner, Trial and Appellate Practices.


    Speaker: Jeff Hammock

    Rule 4 (Service of Process)

               Past Conferences

    2020 7th Annual Educational Conference

    2019 6th Annual Educational Conference

            2014 Conference-Alabama's first APIA Conference

          2013   APIA before Chapter 34-25B went in effect.

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