Houston Area 2018 Mid-Winter Seminar


Tools of the Trade

March 1, 2018   Thursday
9am – 6pm

Registration Desk opens at 8am

Embassy Suites by Hilton Houston Energy Corridor

11730 Katy Freeway, Houston Texas 77079

Registration:  TALI Members $190 and Non-TALI Members $210



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Non-TALI Members click here to Register.

FREE - Parking in adjoining covered parking  
FREE - Wifi

8 hrs Continuing Education
Networking Opportunities





PI Direct Link

Hawk Analytics


El Dorado Insurance

DFA Insurance

Snap Diligence




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TOPS Technical Support Staff

TOPS technical support staff will be in attendance and will provide a presentation on Navigating through TOPS.  TOPS support staff will explain and describe the intricate details of starting an individual application, starting a business application, renewals, submission of forms, inputting of business information, stakeholder information, fingerprinting, background, and the review process.  The staff will be available to assist attendees with TOPS issues.


Tools of the Trade




Tx DPS Division Director Bowie

"Board Rules

1 Hour of Continuing Education in Board Rules


The Department of Public Safety (DPS) regulates the private security profession in Texas. DPS protects the public by conducting fingerprint-based background checks on applicants, licensing training schools and instructors, investigating and resolving complaints, and taking disciplinary action against licensees or seeking criminal prosecution of those who perform private security services without a license.  The private security profession includes armed and unarmed security guards, personal protection officers, private investigators, private security consultants, alarm systems installers and monitors, guard dog trainers, armored car couriers, electronic access control device installers, and locksmiths.  DPS regulates the private security profession under the authority of the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1702 and the related administrative rules.


Brad Dalhover

"Case Management and the Investigator" 

1 Hour of Continuing Education


Brad Dalhover is the founder and Director of Operations at PI Direct Link, a comprehensive case management solution for the investigative industry.  After 12 years of building and operating a successful investigative firm in Atlanta, Georgia, Brad set his sights on making case related technology more affordable and user friendly for small to mid-size investigative companies.  PI Direct Link was launched in 2012 and has enjoyed steady growth over the past five years.  Currently Brad attends over 20 PI Conferences a year and has been a presenting speaker and panelist on the topic of case management systems.  The current topic, Investigative Case Management Systems for Private Investigators, starts by giving the audience base knowledge about what case managements are and how they work.  The presentation gives investigators insight to determine what to look for in a system and the features and benefits of implementing technology.  For more information, Brad can be contacted reached at 844-620-8555 or via email, [email protected]

Frank Childers

"Becoming a more Productive Investigator using Voice Dictation" 

1 Hour of Continuing Education


Frank is the President of SpeakWrite.  Frank is a native Texan, a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and a 35-year veteran of the business and technology industries.  During the nine years before SpeakWrite, he founded and led Trelogos Management, LLC, in the delivery of consulting services focused on business strategy, decision making, workforce optimization and the impacts of neuroscience on knowledge worker performance.  Frank enjoys the business challenges of investing in the vital few and eliminating the trivial many.  He and Kathy, his wife of 45 years, have three grown children and six grandchildren living in the Austin area.  


Dorothy A. Filippov, CFE, MAFF

"Open Source Intelligence" 

1 Hour of Continuing Education

Dorothy A. Filippov, CFE, MAFF, is a Director of Financial Forensics at McCann Cyber Investigations. Ms. Filippov holds a master’s degree in Decision and Information Science, is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF), and a Licensed Private Investigator in experience in litigation engagements and financial modeling. She brings her data analytics and programming background to the analysis and synthesis of complex financial topics including cryptocurrency, fraud risk mitigation, embezzlement, concealed assets, and other financial forensic investigations. Ms. Filippov provides consulting, asset tracing, and expert testimony in disputes where these topics arise. .  


J.L. Carpenter

"What if I Need to Defend Myself in Court?

1 Hour of Continuing Education



J.L. Carpenter has worked both sides of the aisle, prosecuting and defending people facing criminal charges. In addition to gaining trial experience as a prosecutor, Attorney Carpenter has trained under highly skilled defense lawyers.  In 2006, J.L. Carpenter worked alongside the Honorable Craig A. Washington in United States v. Tyrone Mapletoft Williams what became known as the truck driver case.  In 2008, Lawyer Carpenter also assisted Attorney Chip B. Lewis in the State of Texas v. Timothy Shepherd a highly publicized murder trial in Harris County, Texas.  What that means for you as a client is that she understands how the prosecution thinks, what they are likely to look for as evidence and in negotiating a plea bargain should the case not go to trial. It also means Attorney Carpenter has the respect of her colleagues in the court. They know they can trust her judgment and you can, too.
Areas of Practice:  100% Criminal Defense
Bar Admissions:  Texas, 2000, U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas                                Education:  Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, Texas, 1999 J.D.,  Honors: Law Review - Member and Editor,  University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 1997 B.S. Honors: Cum Laude
Honors and Awards:  Honored in H Texas Magazine as 2010 Top Lawyers, Houston's Top 100 Professionals
Professional Associations and Memberships:  Harris County Criminal Lawyer's Association Member, Houston Young Lawyers Foundation (HYLF) Fellow Member, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) Member,  National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NCDLA) Member

Brett Dearman

"Understanding Digital Forensics

1 Hour of Continuing Education

As a Digital Forensics Investigator, Brett Dearman has performed or participated in over 200 internal investigations of varying complexity from 2002 to present. These include alleged corporate espionage, theft of intellectual property, illegal trading practices, possession and distribution of pornography, and human resources related issues. Collection of information is often performed after normal working hours or by covert action. Mr. Dearman performs or assists with numerous e-discovery initiatives including probable cause for reasonable termination, and the preliminary examination of personal computers and/or network servers as part of e-discovery. In digital investigations, Mr. Dearman regularly works with attorneys, federal agents and law enforcement officers and his experience includes investigations for cases with the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and numerous high-profile corporations.  Brett’s certifications include:

  • ACE- AccessData Certified Examiner (FTK)
  • MCFE- Magnet Certified Forensic Examiner
  • CNE- Certified Network Engineer
  • MCSE- Microsoft Cetified Systems Engineer

The Forensic Investigations division conducts e-discovery and forensic examinations in liaison with public and private investigators, and coordinates with Intelligence Services in developing case evidence and with the CISO in developing security assessments. The Lead Forensic Investigator directs forensic examinations of PCs, Macs, mobile and other digital devices utilizing tools such as EnCase, Forensic Toolkit, Cellebrite, Axiom and Network Email Examiner. The Director of the Forensic Lab oversees all digital evidence intake, chain of custody, documentation, final reporting and is available as an expert witness in litigation matters. The Director also oversees Incident Response and Forensic policies and procedures, is responsible for training and managing all forensic personnel, and oversees the digital forensic lab specifications, certifications, equipment, and compliance.

Gil C.Torrez

"Surveillance Tech

1 Hour of Continuing Education

Gil C. Torrez has served for more than twenty years as an FBI Special Agent. SA Torrez started his federal law enforcement career with the FBI in 1986 when he was selected as an FBI Special Agent candidate. After completion of the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia, SA Torrez has been assigned to the New Orleans and Dallas, FBI Field Divisions, as well as the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Panama as a Legal Attaché. SA Torrez has investigated a variety of criminal matters that include Drugs, Organized Crime, and White Collar Crime matters. After the September 11, 2001 bombing of the World Trade Center, in New York City, SA Torrez was assigned to investigate Counter Terrorism matters out of the Fort Worth, Texas office of the FBI. SA Torrez is currently assigned to the Field Intelligence Group in the Dallas Field Division of the FBI. SA Torrez is an FBI Instructor, Crisis Negotiator, and Public Speaker. SA Torrez teaches Crisis Negotiation and Crisis Management, to police officers in the U.S. and Law Enforcement personnel throughout Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Prior to the FBI, SA Torrez served five years in the U.S. Air Force after high school. Serving with the 1st Special Operations Wing as a gunner and Instructor on an AC-130 gunship. SA Torrez served in Southeast Asia and saw combat during the Viet Nam war. Sergeant Torrez was honorably discharged in the summer of 1977, and then attended Southwest Texas State University, in San Marcos, Texas and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1985. SA Torrez hales from the small rural community of Ben Bolt, Jim Wells County, Texas. SA Torrez, his sons Mark, Aaron, and daughter Daniela, live in Colleyville, Texas. SA Torrez speaks three languages, is a SCUBA diver, and constructs steel string guitars in his spare time.




For Additional Information, Contact:


Region 3 Director Martin Renteria at [email protected]