Distinguished Achievement & Investigator of the Year



CALI's Most Prestigious and Honored Award

Call for Nominations Deadline: April 10, 2020

Nominations are currently being accepted for CALI's most prestigious and honored award the Distinguished Achievement Award (DAA). Recipients of this award have over an extended period of time contributed an extraordinary amount of time and effort to CALI and to the betterment of the professions in the investigation or security industries in general.

The Distinguished Achievement Award is not an annual award and is not intended to be awarded every year. It is an honor bestowed on those individuals who have made their contributions over an extended period of time. Past DAA recipients and the current sitting President of CALI are not eligible for nomination.

Award Criteria
CALI's highest honor, the Distinguished Achievement Award, is open to any CALI member who has, over the years, contributed an exceptional amount of their time, energy, and effort to CALI and to the betterment and professionalism of the investigative or security professions. Examples of the following criteria must be submitted in support of the nominee:

  • Length of continuous membership in CALI
  • Contributions to CALI and the industry
  • Leadership skills and their results
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others
  • Participation in training and education
  • Sustained support of CALI
  • Why the nominee will enhance the continued integrity of this Award

Those people nominating a member should include supporting documentation for the nomination including letters of support, testimonials, examples of their contributions to CALI, etc.

The Selection Committee for this award is made up of three outstanding members of the business, government or legal community with no ties to any investigation or security businesses. This committee must arrive, independently, at the same selection, or no award is presented. Neither the nominees nor the members of the Selection Committee are revealed prior to the final announcement.

Nomination Procedure
Any current member of CALI may submit nominations. All nominations should be written in a complete and comprehensive form. Self-nominations will not be considered. Letter(s) of recommendation and other documentation must be included and should highlight achievements and address the award criteria. Nominations must be received no later than Friday, April 10, 2020.

All nominations must be submitted in writing and forwarded through the U.S. mail to:

Frank Huntington
5150 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Suite 101 #327
Carmichael, CA 95608

The DAA will be presented at the CALI Annual Conference - President's Dinner, Saturday, June 13, 2020, at the Riviera Hotel in Palm Springs, CA.

Previous Recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award:

Frank Huntington III, CPI 2017
Chris Reynolds 2014
Jim Zimmer, CPI 2011
Walt Zwonitzer 2010
Barbara R. Burr, CPI 2008
Anthony W. Perrin 2006
Clarick G. Brown 2005
Mark A. McClain, CPI  2004
Francie Koehler, CPI  2003
Raymond E. Smothers, CPI 2001
John G. Talaganis, CPI  2000
Joseph S. Memolo, CPI 1999
Daniel Y. Jones 1998
William E. Weller* 1996
Steve Butin* 1995
Robert J. Frasco* 1994
Robert C. Wallace, CPI 1993
Eddy L. McClain, CPI  1992
Jack H. Reed. CPI 1991
John H. Eppick 1990



Investigator of the Year Award

Call for Nominations Deadline: April 17, 2020

The Investigator of the Year Award is presented to the individual who has demonstrated outstanding professional service during the past year. The nominees and final recipient will be announced during the Saturday night  Awards Dinner at the 2020 Annual Conference to be held June 11-13, 2020 at the Riviera Hotel in Palm Springs, California.

Any Active, Associate, or Affiliate member of CALI is eligible for these awards.

  • Nominees for the Investigator of the Year award must be a licensed private investigator (or equivalent)
  • Affiliate member nominees must be working as an employee of a licensee or an agency who is exempt from licensure and is performing full-time investigative work.

Award Criteria
Judging will be based on the following achievements and contributions made during the past or current year, using the following criteria:

  • Outstanding professional achievement (information on a significant case or service). All must be articulated by the investigator making the nomination.
  • Special contribution to the profession (how the nominee has assisted their profession). All must be articulated by the investigator making the nomination.
  • Exceptional service to the public (the nominee’s involvement with charities and or community service(s).

The Awards Committee bases its selection on a complete nomination packed being received containing but not limited to a completed “Nomination Form” accompanied by support documentation showing how the nominee meets the three areas of award criteria. The nomination must be supported by letters in support of the nomination from the nominee’s clients, fellow investigators, private parties, elected officials or others, which will support why the nominee deserves this award. These letters of support are necessary to the committee and the selection process.

Investigator of the Year Nomination Procedures

  • All nominations must be made by a CALI members. Each member may nominate only one candidate for the Award.
  • It is the nominating member’s responsibility to do the following for the nomination to be complete
    • Complete the online nomination form to be directed to the Awards Committee by April 17th 2020.
    • Include member’s nomination letter with statement of worthy achievement, letters SUPPORTING the nomination and any additional documentation to help confirm  the award criteria listed above. Nominations without an official nomination form, letters and documents in support of the nominee will not be considered.
    • Submit a completed nomination packet to the IOY Chair prior to the stated nomination deadline.
The nominator, nominee and those supporting the nomination should collection the needed and required documents and all support letters. This will assure the worthiness of the candidate receiving the award. Additional support letters are key as they confirm that others inside and outside of the industry agree that the nominee is worthy of the award. The following are examples of supporting documents which should be submitted;
  • Personal Letters
  • Letters from friends, colleagues, City Officials, State Officials
  • Letters from clients
  • News Articles
  • Industry Publications
  • Certificates of Achievement 

Nominations can be sent by US mail to:
William H. Schneid, Ph.D.
Investigator of the Year Committee Chair
33490 Date Palm Drive, Suite 3066
Cathedral City, CA 92235

Or by email to: William H. Schneid, Ph.D. at [email protected]

(Must be postmarked no later than April 17, 2020. Email must be sent by midnight April 17, 2020.)

Previous Recipients of the Investigator of the Year Award:
William H. Schneid, Ph.D
Oleg Flaksman, CPI
Joseph Travers, CPI
CW Sellers
Jean Kyles, CPI
Andrew Hanson, CPI
Joe M. Serrano, CPI
Daniel Goldsmith
Chris Reynolds
Jesus Castillo*
Sheila J. Klopper
Samuel F. Brown, CPI
Anne Fields
Mike M. Pirouzian, CPI, CSP
Walt Zwonitzer
Mark A. McClain, CPI
Ann Archer
Francie Koehler, CPI
Allen P. Cardoza
Jay H. Rosenzweig, CPI
John P. Henebry*, CPI
William E. Weller*
Samuel H. Webster*
Cynthia H. Erdelyi, CPI
Roger L. Smith, CPI
John G. Talganis, CPI
John Hart
Hal Lipset*
Robert C. Wallace, CPI, CSP
Joseph S. Memolo, CPI
Terry Finn, CPI
Steve Mendenhall
Jack H. Reed, CPI
Arnold L. Harris
Joseph B. Laski, CPI
Daniel Y. Jones
Daniel A. Cruzz

Security Professional of the Year Award (no longer offered)

Previous Recipients of the Security Professional of the Year Award:
Frank Donahue
Mike M. Pirouzian, CPI, CSP
Brenda M. Knox
Minot B. Dodson*
James C. Cawood, CPI, CSP
Frank Costa
Alan G. Knox
Darryl Le Doux
George M. Gibbs*
Ray Karle
Catherine D. Rogers*
Vicky Emero
Michael Bruce