Investigative & Security Professionals for Legislative Action

Executive Committee

 

 

Chairman: Al Cavasin

Al is the founder and sole remaining partner of Great Northern Sentry Co., which opened for business on April 18, 1991. At that time he brought a wealth of over 21 years of experience in management, management consulting, marketing, security, and undercover investigations to the business. His expertise in both the industry and in business has grown exponentially in the time since. He was named "Small Business Person of the Year - 2003" by the Greater Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce and is a three time nominee for the "Athena" award.

He is often published in trade and technical journals on security and investigation related subjects and has contributed to two books on undercover investigations for the private sector, another on shoplifting and a fourth on parenting. Al frequently instructs business, civic, community and trade groups on security related issues in the home and the workplace.

A staunch advocate for raising the level of professionalism in the security & investigations industries, he has introduced legislation on three separate occasions that would mandate minimum training standards for Security Personnel in Michigan. He has participated in rewriting PA # 285 (Private Detectives Licensing Act of 1965) and several subsequent amendments; rewriting PA # 330 (Private Security Guard Licensing Act of 1968) and subsequent amendments; assisted in the passage of PA #90 of 1996 providing immunity to employers who disclose a former employee's work record; and assisted with the legilsative repair of the FCRA, DPPA and many others. In 2002 he was tapped to chair the Security Providers Advisory Commission empaneled by then Rep. Hanson Clarke and Sen. Gary Peters.

He is a member of the Executive Committee for the Investigators & Security Professionals for Legislative Action, a Past President of the Board of Directors for the National Council of Investigators and Security Specialists. He is the Founder & Immediate Past President of the Michigan Contract Security Association as well as the Founder and current Chairman of their Fallen Heroes Fund, he is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Council of Private Investigators and received their "Professionalism Award" in 2005, and a member of the World Association of Detectives. Additionally, Al is a member of the Greater Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce's Federal Legislative Subcommittee, is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for Catholic Community Credit Union, Past Executive Officer for the Irish Hills Squadron of the United States Power Squadron and teaches safe boating courses for them. He also writes on boating, water safety and related subjects.

 

 

 

Founder and EC Member: Peter Psarouthakis

 

Peter Psarouthakis founded Chelsea, Michigan based EWI & Associates, Inc. in 1995 and has been a licensed professional investigator since that time.

Since 2000 Mr. Psarouthakis has played a major role in legislative affairs impacting the professional investigation and security services professions on both the state and national levels.

 

During the 2001 and 2002 Michigan legislative session Mr. Psarouthakis helped lead the redrafting of the Michigan Private Detective Act of 1965. In 2008 Governor Granholm signed the second redrafting of the Michigan Private Detective Act, which Mr. Psarouthakis also helped draft and lobby for to become law.

 

Mr. Psarouthakis has been instrumental in other legislative events that have had a direct impact on the Private Investigation profession in Michigan. With his leadership the MCPI was able to gain exemption status for Licensed Private Investigators from the “restricted zones” of the concealed pistol permits law in Michigan. Additionally, many privacy and anti-surveillance bills were either stopped completely or amended within the legislature, both in Michigan as well as Washington D.C. that would have had a negative impact on the Private Investigation profession. In July 2010, acting in his capcity as the legislative chairman for the MCPI, he successfully lobbied for languge to exempt professional investigators from the newly enacted anti-GPS law.

  

His most notable legislative moment so far came when he lead Michigan Professional Investigators in a lobbying effort that resulted in the repeal of service taxes on professional investigators and security providers. This repeal occurred in 2007 and is the only known repeal on a tax of this kind for investigative and security professionals.

 

On March 26, 2009 he provided testimony on behalf of the professional investigative profession to the U.S. House of Representative Committee on the Judiciary, House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Mr. Psarouthakis testimony was regarding the committee’s investigation into public defense reform in Michigan and around the country. Mr. Psarouthakis continues to work with members of Congress and coalition members on this important issue.

 

Mr. Psarouthakis is the current Chairman of the executive committee for Investigative & Security Professionals for Legislative Action (ISPLA), the first ever national Political Action Committee representing the combined Professional Investigator and Security Guard professions. He is a current board member and Past-President of the Michigan Council of Private Investigators. He continues to serve as their legislative chairman.

 

Mr. Psarouthakis is a former board of director’s member and served as the 1st. and 3rd Vice President of the National Council of Investigation and Security Services. His service in those capacities was from 2001-2009.  He also serves as the current Legislative Committee Chairman for the National Association of Legal Investigators.

 

Peter Psarouthakis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and an Associates degree in Law Enforcement, both from The University of Toledo. He is also a member of ASIS International (Investigation Council member), INTELLENT, Council of International Investigators, International High Technology Crime Investigation Association, Espionage Research Institute and Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Science.

 

Treasurer:  Alan Goodman

Alan E. Goodman, LPI, is President and CEO of Lawyers Investigating Service, Inc., based in Portland, Maine. He is a Past National Director of the National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI) \ where he also served four terms as Assistant National Director and two terms as Northeast Regional Director. A NALI member since 1996, he has served on various committees and assignments. Goodman is currently the on the Board of Directors of the Maine Licensed Private Investigators Association (MLPIA) after having served as President, Vice-president and Secretary. Goodman joined the association in its infancy and continues his service to this date. Goodman has appeared before Maine Legislative Committee hearings, meetings and work-sessions. He serves as a representative of NALI and the MLPIA at State, Regional and National Conferences and Seminars. Goodman has been a member of NAPPS, INTELLENET, USPSA, LPDAM, NHLI, FALI, LPIA, NAIS & many other Professional Investigative Associations in the past. He speaks at Conferences and Seminars regularly.

Goodman is a founder and an Officer of the Investigative and Security Professionals for Legislative Action organization, (www.ispla.org), the profession's premier group for responsive legislative action. Formerly an Officer and Board member of the National Council of Investigative and Security Services (NCISS), Goodman has represented both his state and national Private Investigative associations on Capitol Hill with Maine Senators Snow and Collins and Maine's Representatives Michaud and Allen. His long history of advocacy for the Professional Investigator in both State and Federal Legislative arenas keep him constantly aware of changing laws, policies and methods. The ISPLA was formed by fellow, dedicated professionals for advancement of the Investigative and Security professions.

 

Goodman's agency, Lawyers Investigating Service, Inc., offers 36+ years of agency experience, from homicides to contested wills. His company's history in the Maine Justice system dates back to the early 1970's with Lawyers Investigating Service's founder Joseph D. Thornton, Jr's dynamic rise to prominence. Thornton founded the agency on the principals of fairness for all, vehement investigation and superior service for his clients. Those founding principles are the same principles this agency has today! 100% Maine-made!

 

Goodman, a fully-licensed, bonded and insured Maine Private Investigator, is a registered Maine State Archive Researcher, a Maine Motor Vehicle Commercial Accounts holder and is online with the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

 

He is a certified, registered and fully-vetted proprietary-database researcher with years of experience. His company assists corporations and individuals in locating critical witnesses, locating assets, uncovering fraud; providing tangible proof for prosecution. Goodman's timely investigations have saved Maine businesses countless dollars and time. He offers Investigative Consultations to management on an ongoing basis. 

 

Goodman is a qualified and experienced work place investigator specializing in theft, substance abuse and other employee misconduct. He provides Internet Business Intelligence and Corporate Background Investigations. He offers expertise in the timely-implementation of Investigation, Awareness and Ethics programs for employees, association members and other interested parties. He presents common-sense approaches to solve problems with cost-effective, employer/association-specific programs.  

 

 

 

 

 

EC Member: H. Ellis Armistead

 

Ellis Armistead is President of Heartland Investigative Group, managing their elite team of professional investigators.Ellis was retained within hours of the Columbine High School shootings. Three years before, he worked with the attorneys representing John and Patsy Ramsey after the death of their daughter, JonBenet. Other clients have included Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Ellis has been recognized nationally as an expert witness in crime scene investigation and police procedure.  

 

Ellis holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. He was a police officer for 18 years, before beginning his own private investigative firm in 1991. He has also served as the chief investigator of the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and as a deputy coroner for Routt County, CO. He is a Certified Legal Investigator (CLI) through the National Association of Investigators and has served as the organization’s National Director. He is also a member of Intellent.

 

EC Member: Nicole Bocra

 

Nicole Bocra is the President and Founder of Infinity Investigative Solutions. She is a former special investigator for NASD's Member Regulation and Enforcement divisions. Nicole developed her expertise in NASD and SEC rules and regulations. To determine compliance with governing rules and regulations Nicole examined the books and records of publicly traded companies and conducted broker-dealer investigations. While at a plaintiff’s class action law firm, Nicole worked closely with firm attorneys to identify, develop, document, and prosecute cases by gathering documentary and witness evidence for use in civil complaints.


Nicole is a graduate of the University of Hartford with a BS in Accounting, Registered Private Investigator in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Licensed Private Detective in New Jersey, Recipient of NASD President Awards in 2000 and 2003, Woodbridge, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year, 2001. She is a member of the Private Investigators Association of Virginia-Secretary, Former NCISS Regional Director and Board member, National Association of Legal Investigators and Intellent.

 

EC Member: Jim Carino

 

Jim Carino is founder and Executive Director of Intellenet, a worldwide association of private investigators and security professionals.  Jim began his investigative career with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) in 1956.  He served 20 years as a Special Agent retiring in 1976 as a LT Colonel.  His last position with OSI was as Director of Criminal Investigations.  Since Air Force retirement Jim worked for companies as a security consultant before forming his own investigative and security firm in 1982.

 

He is the co-founder and immediate Past President of PALI, currently serving as the Chairman of the Board.  He served 10 years on the ASIS Investigative Council and completed 10 years on the NCISS Board in April 2010.  He received the NCISS Duffy Award in 2009.

 

In addition to Intellenet, PALI, and NCISS & ASIS he is a member of the VIDOCQ Society, CII, NALI, USAPI, AFOSISA (founder and former Chairman of the local Philadelphia chapter), among other associations.

 

Jim has over 50 years of combined military and private sector experience.  He has been a leader in battle to protect, preserve and engender legislation favorable to the investigative community.

 

EC Member: Paul Dank

 

Paul Dank is the owner of Advanced Surveillance Group overseeing and directing investigation for corporate, legal and private clients. His company focus is on computer forensics, insurance defense, corporate investigations, surveillance, background investigations, and employment related background checks Areas of operations include Michigan, Florida, Texas, Indiana and Illinois

 

Paul is a member and Vice President of the Michigan Council of Private Investigators. He is also a founding member of Investigative & Security Professionals for Legislative Action.

 

EC Member: Richard Horowitz, Esq.

 

Richard Horowitz is an attorney concentrating in corporate, international, and security matters.  Admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia, he has also passed the Israeli bar examinations.  He is a licensed private investigator and a recognized expert in the areas of corporate and competitive intelligence, fraud, money laundering, national security, and international investigations. He has provided legal assistance and investigative and consulting services to companies from various industries including financial services, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, computer and software, and aviation.   Richard Horowitz served in the Israel Defense Forces for six years, attaining the rank of captain, where he researched, planned, and implemented national security projects. He holds a B.A. in political science from Yeshiva University, an M.A. from the Department of Politics of New York University studying international relations, a Mortimer Zuckerman Fellowship at Columbia University's Graduate School of International and Public Affairs, and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

 

Richard Horowitz is a noted and frequent speaker on the methods and mentality of terrorism and the West's difficulty in grasping the threat, trade secret law and the legal aspects of acquiring competitive intelligence, and money laundering schemes and investigations.  He has spoken at conferences in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, The Cayman Islands, The Czech Republic, England, France, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Uruguay.  He was the terrorism consultant on Fox New York during the week of September 11, testified to the Public Safety Committee of the New York City Council on post-September 11 security in New York, and has appeared on NBC, MSNBC, and the Fox News Channel.  In 2009, he was invited to participate in a 30 expert seminar on human rights co-sponsored by the Spanish Foreign Ministry, the Council of Europe, the Club of Madrid, and the Valsaín Foundation.
     

He served as security consultant for a public relations event held in 1993 for Bosnia under the auspices of the president of the United Nations General Assembly and has prepared educational material for the U.S. Department of Defense.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of Investigative & Security Professionals for Legislative Action, a member of the Advisory Panel of Shorex Risk Alert,  a financial intelligence and risk management service, a member of the steering committee of the Business Threat Awareness Council,  and has served as a member of the International Security Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar Association, the Trade Secrets and Interference with Contracts Committee of the American Bar Association, and the Economic Crime Council of the American Society for Industrial Security.

 

Richard Horowitz is the founder and editor of InternationalSecurityresources.com and authored the entry on the Patriot Act in the Encyclopedia of Terrorism (Sage Publications), the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professional's (SCIP) Policy Analysis on Competitive Intelligence and the Economic Espionage Act, and advised SCIP on the revision of its Code of Ethics. He is on the faculty of the Fuld Gilad Herring Academy of Competitive Intelligence where he lectures on the legal aspects of competitive intelligence.  He has been published in Money Laundering Alert, The Cayman Islands Journal, Security Management, Competitive Intelligence Review, the Journal of Counterterrorism and Security International, and the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.  

 

 

EC Member: Paul Jaeb 

 

CEO of Heartland Investigative Group. Founded in 1991

Licensed in Minnesota since 1991, with offices in Denver, CO.

2009 National Director for the National Association of Legal Investigators (4 yrs as National Secretary)

Member: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; ASIS International; Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals; NCISS; Intellent; CALI; Founding member of the Minnesota Association of Private Investigators

 

EC Member: Jim Olsen

 

James H. “Jim” Olsen has been an investigator with Ferret Investigations of Texas (formerly Ferret Investigative Services of Texas) since 1988.  He is a member of TALI, ISPLA, INTELLENET and NCISS.  He is a licensed insurance investigator in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.  He serves on the Board of  ISPLA and is the Federal Legislative Chairman for TALI. He also formerly served as a NCISS Regional Director and Board member. He has contacted approximately 8 US congressional offices in East Texas and participated in the NCISS “Hit the Hill” and TALI “Walk the Halls” legislative efforts.  He maintains an open relationship with his US Congressional office in Dallas and DC.

 

 

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