Saturday: Track 1

7 am - 8:30 am



Fortify yourself with breakfast before diving into this second intense day of the conference.

8 am - 9:30 am
Business Meeting


Business Meeting

Business and Election Results

9:30 am - 10:30 am
Recognizing Mental Disorders

Joseph LaBeau

Recognizing Mental Disorders

In this session, participants will learn what mental illness (symptoms such as depression, dissociation, mania, panic, delusion, and psychosis) looks like when presented by their clients and witnesses and the basic principles of effective encounter management.

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Vendor Break

11 am - 12 pm
Criminals vs. Predators

Dave Amis

Criminals vs. Predators

This presentation explores the differences between “criminals” and “predators”.  The distinction is important because a criminal is someone who has been caught and convicted whereas a predator is someone who preys on others, but hasn’t been caught (or uses a hole in the law to prey).  Whether the investigator’s purpose is to solve a crime, develop a protection plan, or conduct an interview, it’s important to realize that there are multiple predator methods. Examples of financial predators, sexual predators, and others will be given.  A case study asking trainees to imagine how they would commit a crime is included.

12 pm - 1 pm
Lunch & Presentation of the "Hudgins-Sallee" and “Investigator of the Year” awards


Lunch & Presentation of the "Hudgins-Sallee" and “Investigator of the Year” awards

Join us for lunch and learn who the outstanding professionals in TALI are for the 2021-2022 season!

1 pm - 2 pm
Mental Health for Professional Investigators

Joseph LaBeau

Mental Health for Professional Investigators

Participants in this session will learn which mental health disorders present the greatest general threat to Professional Investigators, what these look like in the work setting, PI-specific risk and protective factors, and confidential, affordable, effective pathways to help. A self-screening tool for depression and anxiety will also be provided to attendees for their own private reference.

2 pm - 3 pm
Live Demo: Scent Dogs

Kimberly Thompson

Live Demo: Scent Dogs

Speaker will discuss the legal requirements for use of K-9 dogs and all the many uses that K-9 dogs can enhance investigations.  Speaker will discuss how to hire a K-9 handler to assist another PI company in their investigations as a partnership.

Attendees will observe the Handler & Narcotics Detection K-9 and Tracking K-9 conduct a live demonstration.

3:00 - 3:30

Vendor Break

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

You’ve Decided to Start your own Company – Now What?

Establish your team of professionals

  • Business Attorney
  • CPA
  • Insurance Agent

Entity Choice – Determine the best entity type for your company

  • Sole Proprietor
  • Partnership
  • S-Corporation (We don’t recommend a C-corporation)

Recordkeeping – all relevant documents should be stored in secure location

  • Legal Documents

Formation docs, secretary of state docs
Operating agreements

  • Tax & Accounting Information

IRS Correspondence
Banking Information
W9s, EIN information, payroll & personnel information

  • How/Where to Store

Physical – locked file cabinet
Digital – password protected files/location on computer
Backups – should be regular & systematic
Easy solution – cloud storage, dropbox, Google docs, etc

Accounting & Bookkeeping Procedures

  • Open separate business bank account – mandatory!

Determine how you will keep your books

Best: Pick an easy-to-use accounting software. QuickBooks, Wave, Xero
Okay: use an excel worksheet to track revenue & expenses
Worst: shoebox full of receipts that your CPA will have to sort through and read your mind at tax time

Your company’s personnel & payroll

  • Yourself & other owners
  • Office or Administrative staff
  • Fieldwork – Employees vs Contract Workers?