The North Carolina Association of Private Investigators held its 23rd Annual Association Banquet and Membership Meeting on January 15 and 16 at the Marriot Downtown in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The event was hailed a success.
The NCAPI was pleased to welcome Senator Richard Burr, R-NC, as the Keynote Speaker at the Friday Night Banquet. Senator Burr spoke about the importance of a strong and efficient Homeland Security Department; the vision for the future that Dr. Martin Luther King had about our country, jobs and society over forty years ago and how Dr. King’s visions have and are becoming reality. The Senator gave insight as to the struggles he and other Members of Congress face in today’s political atmosphere in our nations capitol when it comes to introducing legislation. Senator Burr is very supportive of our profession and the legislative issues that affect our businesses and ability to provide services to the public.
Senator Burr concluded his presentation for the evening. Members and NCAPI guest enjoyed a buffet dinner that by the looks of the empty plates, everyone enjoyed.
After dinner, a drawing was held that included all members (present or not) that joined or renewed their membership by January 5, 2010. Bill Lane of Lane and Associates in Shelby, North Carolina won a near shore fishing trip at the Crystal Coast of North Carolina.
Saturday morning’s Annual Meeting was kicked off by Forsyth County Sheriff Bill Schatzman’s Color Guard who presented the State and National Flags.
NCAPI President Larry Flannery opened the business meeting during which many topics including the never ending 74-C Rewrite, continuing education for NC PIs, Private Protective Services Board perceived abuse of powers, and one of the most pressing issues was our efforts in the legislative process within the North Carolina House and Senate.
PAC Chairman Bill Fletcher reported on all of the great effort put forth and the level of success reached by our NCAPI Board of Directors and General Membership to defeat Senate Bill-9 and promote the appointment of one of our own to the Private Protective Services Board. Senate Bill-9 which was introduced by State Senator Boseman, D-New Hanover; would have made it illegal for a private investigator to videotape anyone in an occupied room.
After 23 years, the Membership voted to increase the Principal Membership dues from $50.00 to $100.00 beginning in 2011. The other levels of membership dues will remain the same.
Elections of the 2010 Board of Directors was held. The 2010 Board of Directors elected is:
President – Larry Flannery, Scott & Associates, Greensboro
Past President – Ruth Reynolds, Reynolds Professional Service, Charlotte
Michael Cheek, Priority Plus Investigations, China Grove
Legal & Legislative Committee Chairman
Audra Coleman, Cameo PI, Thomasville
Administrative Vice President; Ethics and Bylaws, Chairwoman
Leroy W. Everhart, IFC, Case-Closed Investigations, Winston-Salem and Atlantic Beach
Membership and Public Relations Chairman
Gary Pastor, Private Eyes, Inc., Greenville
Program and Education Chairman
Treasurer – Jeff Kiker, Kiker Investigations, Salisbury
Secretary – Sybil Richards, SPI, Inc., Salisbury
After the elections, President Flannery recognized and presented plaques to the 2009 Board Members and our PAC Chairman for their service to our association this past year.
The new Board of Directors was sworn in by Past President Ruth Reynolds followed by a brief Board meeting where President Flannery assigned the duties to his vice presidents.
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For Additional Information Please Contact:
Leroy W. Everhart, IFC, V.P.
Membership & Public Relations Chairman
North Carolina Association of Private Investigators, Inc.
133 East Council Street
Salisbury, North Carolina 28144